Pro-Deans for Research and Innovation
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Professor Philip Mellor
Faculty of Biological Sciences Professor Brendan Davies
Faculty of Business Professor Mark Stuart
Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Anthea Hucklesby
Faculty of Environment - Professor Alan Haywood
Faculty of Medicine and Health - Professor Rory OConnor
Directors of the Research and Innovation Service (RIS)
Members of the Research and Innovation management team at Leeds.
Andy is responsible for overseeing the Universitys research and innovation contracts, intellectual property portfolio, and commercialising research through licences and spinouts. He has a background in marketing and has worked in both commercial and academic organisations. Andy has over 20 years experience of developing collaborations between universities and industry and has worked with a wide range of investment partners. He has established and managed spin-out companies and negotiated licenses across a broad range of technologies including therapeutics, drug delivery systems, data, engineering, automotive components, telecommunications, computer gaming and healthcare.
Dr. Martin Stow leads on the delivery and implementation of Nexus. Nexus provides seamless access for businesses of all sizes to the expertise, talent, skills and facilities of the University as well as creating a collaborative community of entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs within the state-of-the-art innovation hub.
Martin is dedicated to ensuring Nexus remains an innovation powerhouse, fostering a vibrant working environment for academics, entrepreneurs and innovative companies. A biochemist by training, he has over 25 years experience working in senior research and development and strategic leadership roles. They include multinational businesses (as Vice President for Research and Development with Johnson & Johnson) and in start-up organisations, most recently as CEO of an innovative DNA personalised skincare business.
Dr Ceri Williams leads a team of research and innovation development professionals across the University. They help academics to develop strategic research and innovation proposals that align with external funding opportunities, address market demand and build on research capability. This includes working with researchers in fundamental and applied research, supporting interdisciplinary collaborations to address complex challenges and securing investment to translate proven science into technologies with societal and economic benefits. The team works closely with academic, industry, public sector and civic partners.
Dr Williams has a strong track record of strategic leadership in this field; she works with an extensive range of external partners and has previously led science and innovation programmes at Yorkshire Forward.
Professor Claire Honess is a Professor of Italian Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, and inaugural Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College, which launched in October 2017.
The Leeds Doctoral College provides support for the Universitys 3,000 Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs), and oversees the strategy for developing Postgraduate Research activity. As Dean, Claire takes responsibility for coordinating training and development for PGRs, for overseeing quality assurance and programme development, and coordinating funding bids in collaboration with Faculty Graduate Schools. A key area for the Doctoral College is communication with both current and prospective PGRs and the celebration and sharing of PGR achievements via the annual Doctoral College Showcase and other events.
Stuart Taberner leads on promoting interdisciplinary research, bringing together colleagues in STEM, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities to address complex global challenges that require expertise and understanding from varied perspectives. He is responsible, with Head of Interdisciplinary Research Samantha Aspinall, for encouraging and embedding collaboration across faculties, schools, themes and platforms.
He is keen to demonstrate and further develop the Universitys interdisciplinary excellence, promoting both blue-skies and challenge-led research to address pressing societal problems such as climate change, anti-microbial resistance or mental health, as well as the new opportunities from AI, advances in design and technology, and rethinking social and economic models.
Stuart is both an active researcher in the fields of German Studies, Holocaust Studies and Memory Studies and an experienced research manager, most recently as Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research at UK Research and Innovation.
Ian is responsible for the Universitys large Corporate Relationships and Major Research Initiatives teams. Ian developed the Universitys approach to engaging corporate partners with revenues over £1bn. The aim is to support the academic community to elevate conversations to the most senior level increasing the breadth and depth of our relationships by working with business partners to address their strategic priorities and maximise impact.
Ian initially spent his career as an engineer in the aerospace and defence sector, followed by a role in one of the Big 5 global consulting firms, delivering business business turnaround, transformation and change for FTSE 100 clients. He went on to negotiate 14 acquisitions in the UK and overseas, setting up and selling his own businesses and performing Non-Executive Director roles with fast growing companies and a FTSE 100 subsidiary. Ian is also a director of C-Capture, a University spin out company.
Professor Nick Plant leads on the development of initiatives to support and enhance the overall research profile of the University on a sustained basis. This includes developing and implementing an institutional-wide quality and impact delivery plan, as well as leading preparations for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Nick is dedicating to ensuring that the University continues to invest in its greatest asset: its enthusiastic, high-quality staff. By providing an environment that allows our staff to reach their full potential, he believes the University will continue to grow as a global institution that makes a significant impact in shaping our future world.