I work to develop relationships between external organisations in the marine, agricultural and environmental sectors and our world-leading researchers at UEA. I am the point of contact for knowledge exchange, impact, enterprise and engagement activities in these sectors. By building and supporting collaborations and partnerships between private, public and third sector organisations I aim to help solve industry, environmental and societal challenges.
Following a BSc in Plant Sciences and German at the University of Manchester and a PhD in plant molecular biology at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Denmark for a couple of years before returning to the John Innes Centre as the Programme Manager of a large research programme in plant synthetic biology. Within this role I had a broad overview of activities, which included lab research, development of hardware, engagement with companies and with the general public. I worked across the disciplines to provide connectivity and drive synergies. I bring this interdisciplinary mindset into my role at UEA to ensure the best outcomes and maximise impact.
In 2010, I co-founded a not-for profit company and organised a year-long sailing expedition from Scotland to Antarctica and South Georgia. As a keen sailor and a nature guide on several polar expeditions (Arctic and Antarctic) I have a great appreciation of the natural environment, the challenges of the marine environment and the industries that work in this space.