Knowledge Transfer Adviser
Ian is a Knowledge Transfer Adviser based in North Yorkshire.
As an Adviser Ian spends most of his time supporting Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme. The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) support businesses to engage with expert academic teams on a project-based collaboration delivering sustainable innovation with positive economic impact and additional societal or environmental benefits. Jointly funded by industry and government, projects fund graduates working with university academic support to enable knowledge transfer into businesses, leading to step-changes in culture and performance. I work closely with Universities and companies at all levels to develop and support applications, and then take a non-executive role to support, challenge and approve budgets for projects to ensure they deliver. Ian works with companies in North Yorkshire and the North East, in any sector, and predominantly with Durham, Leeds, Newcastle, York and York St. John Universities. Current portfolio value £5.5M.
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.
More recently Ian has taken on other voluntary roles. Ian was a School Governor for a multi academy trust, and has also been a Town Councillor from 2015 to 2020. Ian has been a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) since 2007, in part in recognition for work done on Spinning Disc reactor technology with University of Leeds, and has been an IFST Board Trustee since 2017, and chairs the Finance Committee, which provides strategic support to the board on financial matters for the Institute, including investments, risk and governance, and liaises with investment managers and accounting professionals. Ian is also board sponsor for the Digital Project, a complete overhaul of digital ways of working and infrastructure across IFST.