As Director – Capability, Kirsty oversees the following teams at KTN:

Kirsty previously held the position of VP Strategy and Innovation at the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) where she was responsible for identifying, translating and commercialising early stage technology opportunities together with embedding a culture of innovation across the organisation. In addition, Kirsty led the development of NNL’s four strategic themes that incorporated diverse targets areas from clean energy to nuclear medicine.

Prior to NNL, Dr Kirsty Hewitson was VP Life Sciences at Ploughshare Innovations, converting defence and security innovations, from across the Ministry of Defence, into civilian applications. Before Ploughshare, she was Director of Life Sciences at Helsinki Innovation Services and held responsibility for all innovation matters, across the life sciences, at the University of Helsinki. Previously, she worked within the field of pre-clinical drug discovery including a spin-out company from the University of Oxford. Dr Hewitson holds a MChem and a PhD in bio-organic chemistry, both from the University of Oxford.

She is also currently a Director and Executive Committee member of Women in Nuclear UK that is driving gender equality across the nuclear sector.

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