Ian Blakemore

Knowledge Transfer Adviser

Ian is a Knowledge Transfer Adviser based in North Yorkshire.

As an Adviser, Ian spends most of his time supporting the transfer of knowledge from academia into business via Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme.  Jointly funded by industry and government, projects support graduates working with university academics, leading to step-changes in culture and performance.

With a portfolio of circa 30 projects / £5.5M value, Ian works closely with people at all levels in Universities and companies to develop and support applications, and then takes a non-executive role to support and challenge project teams to ensure they deliver. Ian works with companies in North Yorkshire and the North East, in any sector, and is lead contact for Durham, Leeds, Newcastle, York and York St. John Universities, and CPI.

Ian has a degree in Microbiology from the University of Dundee, and prior to working as an Adviser held a variety of roles, mostly in the food and drink supply chain. This includes delivering large technology transfer programmes for devolved government agencies to support the food and drink sector, and also manufacturing, commercial, technical, support and consultancy roles for large and small businesses, research providers and universities, and a period of self-employment as a consultant. Ian was also a Director of the Food Processing Faraday, a forerunner of KTNs.

Ian has experience of wider strategic and governance roles, including time as a School Governor for a multi academy trust and a Town Councillor from 2015 to 2020. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), in part in recognition for work done on Spinning Disc reactor technology with University of Leeds, and was an IFST Board Trustee from 2017 to 2022, chairing the Finance Committee, responsible for strategic support to the board on financial matters for the Institute, including investments, risk and governance, and liaison with investment managers and accounting professionals. Ian was also board sponsor for the Digital Project, a complete overhaul of digital ways of working and infrastructure across IFST.

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