Naomi Weir, Acting Director, Campaign for Science & Engineering
Since January 2015 Naomi has taken on the role of Acting Director and oversees all aspects of CaSE’s work. Naomi joined CaSE as Assistant Director in November 2013, leading on CaSE’s policy work across investment, education and skills, and science and engineering in government.
Naomi joined CaSE from the policy team at University Alliance where she was Senior Policy Analyst and led on Employment and Enterprise policy. Naomi has a background in science having studied Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Pharmacology. Naomi also has experience working within financial services.
Dr Catriona Manville, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe
Dr Catriona Manville is a Senior Analyst at RAND Europe. She has been extensively involved in the evaluation of the impact element of REF2104, looking at the submission and assessment process. She has a particular interest in understanding and articulating the impact of research outside of academia and exploring how impact can be measured. In 2013, Catriona was part of the RAND Europe team evaluating the Australian Impact Trial (EIA). Catriona is currently seconded part time to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) working on business intelligence. Whilst at RAND, Catriona has also undertaken research, policy analysis and evaluation studies for clients in a variety of sectors including the European Commission and Parliament, higher education institutions, pharmaceutical industry, public private partnerships, and public health.
Paul Mason, Deputy Director Research and Chief Scientific Advisor, Innovate UK
Paul is Deputy Director Research and Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) at Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), the UK’s innovation agency. Paul has overarching responsibility for the joint thematic work between Innovate UK and the Research Councils, working together to identify and accelerate the impact of high potential research, and with the wider Government CSA network.
He leads the team responsible for identifying and evaluating significant new technology-related business opportunities for the UK and, where appropriate, turning them into robustly argued and coherent programmes. This produced the first 10 Innovate UK sector strategies (in high value manufacturing, creative industries, biosciences, ICT, electronics photonics and electrical systems, advanced materials, energy generation and supply, financial services, medicines & healthcare, and emerging technologies and industries) and the development of new Innovation Platforms in the Detection & Identification of Infectious Agents (DIIA), Sustainable Agriculture and Food (SAF IP) and Stratified Medicine (SMIP). Implementation of these programmes represents a public sector investment of over £500m.
The team runs the Emerging Technologies & Industries programme, a national programme designed to identify and accelerate to market high potential early stage technologies. Current investment areas include synthetic biology, energy harvesting, energy efficient computing, emerging imaging technologies, graphene, non-animal technologies, quantum technologies and biofilms. He also has responsibility for Innovate UK’s work in design, and for technology and market data analysis.
Before joining Technology Strategy Board he worked for 25 years in the chemical industry, and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Paul read Chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford and in 1984 joined Courtaulds Research where he led a number of research projects, mainly fibre-related. From 1989-90 he was Group Manager for Performance Films research within the Courtaulds Films and Packaging business. He then transferred to the Strategic Research Group responsible for coordinating Courtaulds’ technology activities in Japan, and for technico-economic appraisal. This led to a two-year appointment working as a Market Analyst in the USA, helping to shape the industrial products portfolio of the Performance Films business. From 1998-2003 he led a multi-site change management programme for Acordis Acetate Products, and also assumed responsibility for European cellulose triacetate polymer sales, selling mainly to customers in the photographic and LCD polariser film markets. From sales, he moved into manufacturing, and after a brief period as Technical Manager, in 2003 became Manufacturing Manager for Acordis’ acetate plant in Coventry. He joined Technology Strategy Board in 2007.
Dr Faye Taylor, Policy & Projects Manager, University Alliance
Faye joined University Alliance in 2014 where she leads on research, innovation and university-business policy and collaborative activities. Previously, she led benchmarking projects on knowledge exchange and postgraduate careers at the University of Nottingham. As a post-doctoral Fellow at the educational charity Cumberland Lodge she managed a series of programmes bridging university research with public and third sector policy, and was responsible for the annual ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ intensive retreat focused on developing postgraduate careers. She has worked on community outreach, widening participation and researcher development throughout her career and volunteers for a charity promoting aspiration and capacity building for underprivileged school girls in London. Faye has a PhD in History from the University of Nottingham and has taught and convened modules in medieval history there and at King’s College London.
Twitter handles – we are @unialliance and I am @fayectaylor
Professor Susan Smith, Head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory
Professor Susan Smith is Head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, she was appointed as head in 2012. She works closely with the JV partners in the SciTech Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus to accelerate the growth of the Campus. Susan led the team responsible for developing a strategy to secure their far reaching vision: to develop the campus as a national centre for large-scale science, innovation and entrepreneurship deliver growth and high quality jobs, regionally in North West England and nationally across the UK.
A graduate of Glasgow University, Susan started as a physicist in 1985 at Daresbury Laboratory on the development of the SRS and then the design of the Oxford Compact Source. From ~1995 till 2007, she led the lattice design for the UK’s Diamond Light Source and then progressed to the leadership of accelerator studies. She is currently Director of STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre, a partner constituent of the Cockcroft Accelerator Institute together with Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster Universities.
Dr Catherine Mulligan, Head of Digital Strategy and Economics, Future Cities Catapult
Dr Catherine Mulligan is Head of Digital Strategy and Economics at the Future Cities Catapult. She has broad-ranging experience of technology and strategy development in industry and academia. She is leads Standardisation activities within the Catapult, as well as technology strategy development for SMEs and cities. In addition, Catherine also leads the Economic Analysis activities within the Catapult, creating and applying groundbreaking frameworks and methods for analysing the use of digital technologies in the urban age.
She also holds a position as a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where she has researched the impact of digital technologies on a variety of industries. Catherine has regularly advised companies, cities and government organizations on the role of digital technologies in creating economic growth and its impact on jobs. She is Associate Director of the Centre for Crytpocurrency Research and Engineering.
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA, former Vice Chancellor and President, University of Ulster; President Emeritus and Hon. Executive Secretary of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA is a former Dean of Science, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), and Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Ulster. He was the key architect in the transformation of the University from a largely teaching-only institution in the 1980s into one with a strong reputation for research and knowledge transfer. He internationalised the University through collaborative research and teaching linkages with leading universities in the United States, Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia and Australia.
McKenna has been centrally involved in developing many national and international initiatives including the establishment of Universities Ireland (as founding chair), and being co-founder of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS), the US-Ireland R&D Partnership and the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA).
Locally, he has been a pioneer of knowledge transfer. He was co-founder of the Northern Ireland Science Park and developed incubator facilities for start-up companies across each of the University of Ulster’s campuses. He chaired the Northern Ireland Foresight: Life and Health Technologies Report.
He is currently President Emeritus and Hon. Executive Secretary of HUCBMS.
Dr Noam Shemtov, Senior Lecturer IP and Technology Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London
Dr Noam Shemtov is a Senior Lecturer in IP and Technology Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London and the Director for Graduate Studies at CCLS. His interest areas include IP and the creative industries and the intersection between IP and technology. Noam has led various research projects and is a regular speaker in both academic and professional events in the above-mentioned areas.
In addition to his role in QM, he is a visiting lecturer in Spain, France and The Netherlands. Noam is a qualified solicitor both in the UK and in Israel.
Nicola Blackwood MP, Chair of the Science & Technology Select Committee
Nicola Blackwood was first elected to Parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2015, she is the Member for Oxford West & Abingdon.
Before the General Election, she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Energy and Enterprise (2013- 2015) and a key member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee (2010- 2015). She was also previously Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2010-2013.
In June 2015, Nicola was elected by MPs from all parties to Chair the Science & Technology Select Committee, and is currently overseeing its inquiries into the Science Budget, Big Data, the lessons learnt from the Ebola outbreak last year. The Committee sits at the interface between politicians, the public and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community and will be a key committee in the 2015- 2020 Parliament.