Knowledge Transfer Adviser
Lorna Howarth is the KTA (Knowledge Transfer Adviser) for companies based in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. She is actively involved in developing KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) between local business and academia. 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. Lorna works with cross disciplinary teams to scope out a project from initial ideation through to application build and final review. She also provides project management support throughout a KTP project lifecycle and is a coach and mentor to early career professionals.
Prior to joining KTN, Lorna gained nearly eight years’ experience at The Industrial Innovation Centre, Sultanate of Oman where she built and developed a large portfolio of successful innovative industrial R&D projects as part of the Omani governments ‘Industrial Innovation Assistance Program’. An initiative designed to drive economic growth by providing technical and financial support to help boost the productivity of Omani SME’s. Before travelling abroad, Lorna was a Research Associate at Nottingham Trent University, where she worked on a water amelioration project run in collaboration with Severn Trent Water. She also spent several years in various roles at Defence Estates, MOD. Lorna graduated from Bangor University with a BSc (Hons) in Biology, a MSc in Ecology and a PhD in Biogeochemistry.