Dr Lorna Colquhoun

Lorna joined RED in 2007 from Imperial College London, Division of Medicine where she was senior manager in the Division, working with the academic Head of Division to develop strategy and policy and head up operational management.  Lorna did her PhD at University of Southampton studying neuropharmacology of nicotinic receptors in parasitic nematodes.  After post docs at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and Tufts Medical School in Boston, she hung up her labcoat in 1999 to come back to the UK to join the Medical Research Council as Programme Manager at Imperial College in the Division of Medicine where she set up and led a team managing international research in infectious disease for 2 years until taking on the management of the Division of Medicine.  As Head of Research Development Lorna's role  is to develop high level strategic direction of research at the University and to facilitate its growth and development including evaluating current activity in an international context.  She provides leadership and direction for the professional team of Research Development Managers and works closely with Deans and Research Directors to offer expert guidance, advice and support.  She is also responsible for support to inter-disciplinary research applications and initiatives and for helping to identify new funding opportunities, particularly those in 'high priority' areas. 

Lorna was co-Director of RED alongside Neil Bradshaw while David Langley was on secondment (from August 2014 to  January 2016).

Position: Director of Enterprise
Department: Research & Enterprise Development
Organisation: University of Bristol
Address: RED, 3rd Floor, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)117 331 8291
Website: www.bristol.ac.uk/red
Profile: www.bristol.ac.uk/red/people/person/lorna-m-colquhoun/
Stephanie Maytham (Mon, Tues, Wed) and Becca Tilling (Thurs, Fri)
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8318


Sean Fielding

Sean Fielding

Sean Fielding is the Director of Innovation Impact and Business at the University of Exeter.

Sean’s team handles the University of Exeter's support for collaboration with external partners whether for research, education or commercial business such as spin-outs and licensing.  He is also responsible for strategic alliances, regional economic development and the generation of impact from the University’s research.  Each year his team works on c1000 projects worth around £40-50million.

He is also responsible for strategic knowledge transfer projects such as the University’s Innovation Centre and the new Exeter Science Park. 

Sean is a board member of Praxis Unico, the UK's national association for knowledge transfer professionals. He is a former member of the Board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Association for Knowledge Transfer. He is a Director for The Exeter Science Park.

Sean previously worked for national University bodies where he setup and led joint-ventures for commercialising and marketing national and international HE services. He has been Managing Director and Director of several companies. 

Sean studied languages at University College London.

Position: Director
Department: Research & Knowledge Transfer
Organisation: University of Exeter
Address: University of Exeter (Streatham Campus), Innovation Centre Phase 2, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN, UK
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1392 723181
Website: www.exeter.ac.uk


Niki Thomas

Email: [email protected]

Tel:     +44 (0)1392 722305


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Simon Bond 

Simon is Innovation Director of SETsquared, the award-winning enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. He is also Director of the University of Bath Innovation Centre (www.ubic.org.uk) which helps accelerate the growth of technology-based companies both from the University's research base and from the private sector and has founded a portfolio of networks to support business innovation - these include Silicon South West, Low Carbon South West, the open Mobile Innovation Camp, and the Assisted Living Action Network. He is a Director of the UK Electronics Alliance, ESCO.

Simon leads the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme business plan training course which is based on the pratical experience and track record of SETsquared and the Innovation Centre.
SETsquared Innovation Director
SETsquared Partnership
University of Bath Innovation Centre, Ground Floor, Broad Quay, Bath BA1 1UD
+44 (0)1225 388682


Dr Jon Hunt 

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Jon is Director of the University of Bath’s Research and Innovation Services with responsibilities for all grant submissions, acceptance and finance; large grant support; project management; industrial partnerships; research & commercialization contracts; research commercialization; enterprise and a city centre-based Innovation Centre.
Jon has been promoted several times within the University of Bath, with a detailed expertise in research development, project management and leading teams.
Achievements have been in drafting and editing large grant proposals; defining strategies for growth in research awards, in particular European Commission; reviewing and implementing improved processes and ways of working for contracts and developing positive professional relationships internally and with funders.
He also joined the Council of the Association for University Research & Industry Links (AURIL) in 2013.
Before joining Bath in 2005, Jon has worked for the Royal Society, as a business analyst in a small company in London, and EPSRC. Before that he was a Chemist, researching liquid crystals.    
Position: Director
Department: Research Development and Support Office 
Organisation: University of Bath
Address: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
Tel: +44(0)1225 384497
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.bath.ac.uk/rdso/
PA: Kay Gallagher

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3519


Keith Robson

Keith Robson

Keith Robson is Director of the University of Surrey Research and Enterprise Support unit, which includes responsibilities for Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Industrial and Regional Engagement as well as research collaborations.

Before joining the University of Surrey, Keith served as Director of Enterprise at Brunel University. Prior to that he had a career in the Electronic and Instrumentation Manufacturing sector, latterly in Managing Director roles.

Keith took one of his companies to a successful trade sale and set up his own spin out company in vision systems, which was later acquired by Sumitomo. During his time within the HEI sector, Keith has been responsible for establishing a number of major Enterprise programmes and was founder Chairman of the WestFocus Consortium of seven London based universities. He also raised finance for early stage seed funds to support university start up companies.

Position: Director
Department: Research & Enterprise Support
Organisation:    University of Surrey
Address: University of Surrey, Senate House (H4), Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Tel: +44 (0)1483 689065
Fax: +44 (0)1483 683481
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/research/res/

Carol Snell

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:     +44 (0)1483 682685

Don Spalinger

Don Spalinger

Don brings his serial entrepreneurial and international management experience to the University of Southampton (UoS) in the position of Director of Research and Innovation Services (RIS).

Don joined the UoS in 2007, initially with a remit to foster strategic relationships between UoS, key corporations, and other external partner organizations. Prior to joining UoS, he had an eight year relationship with the University, beginning with his licensing of technology to form Southampton Photonics, Inc. (SPI), SPI's funding of on-going research programs within UoS, and it leveraging of UoS technology to become a world leader in fiber lasers. In 2000, Don was a driving force in the founding of SPI, leading the team in defining the company and its products, hiring the senior management and technical teams, and raising over $50 million in first round venture capital.

Don is the former Managing Vice President of worldwide telecom research and consulting for the GartnerGroup. Before Gartner, Don was founder and President of On-Stream Networking which commercialised the first multi-megabit drop and insert multiplexer. In the early 1980s, Don started Optical Networking Inc. (ONI) which developed one of the first wireless LANs. He also started SpanWorks which established IrDA as a global communications standard.

In addition to founding five companies, Don has held executive positions with a number of multi-national manufacturing companies. Managing Exxon Enterprises' Advance Techology Group, he oversaw the investment of $100s of millions in the first semiconductor fabrication facility dedicated to microprocessors, and in the development of new data communications and information display technologies. Don also held management positions at Racal, DSC Communications, Texas Instruments, and Stanford Research Institute.

Don graduated from the University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa in Physics, and has an MBA in Technical Management also from the University of Texas.

In addition to his RIS responsibilities, Don is active in the local community, as a director of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Policy Board, the Southampton Asset Management Board, and the SETsquared Partnership. But most importantly, Don is the manager of the Hiltingbury Harriers mini-soccer team, on which his son, Toby, plays.

Position: Director
Department: Research & Innovation Services
Organisation: University of Southampton
Address: University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)2380 592392
Fax: +44 (0)2380 593585
Website: www.soton.ac.uk/ris/
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Email:  [email protected]

Tel:     +44 (0)2380 59 4686