John Conti-Ramsden Director

Dr John Conti-Ramsden is the Director of the KCMC. He has extensive experience in the materials chemistry space across the US and the UK, and he holds a PhD in macrocycle chemistry.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role is largely to lead the development of the programme across all of our industry and academic partners. This also involves working with our industrial steering groups and other key sponsors across the wider KTN and Innovate UK. A key part of what we do is building trust between people,

Maureen Laughton Knowledge Centre Materials Chemistry, Operation Manager

Maureen Laughton is the KCMC’s Operations Manager. She has over 20 years of experience in the UK’s chemistry-using sectors and across the innovation landscape.

What do you do at the KCMC?

I run the KCMC’s operations arm, which means I manage a large portfolio of content and events which allows me to work with lots of different people across industry and academia. I work closely with the KCMC steering group, the KCMC governing board and the principal investigators. Before joining the KCMC, I managed the larger events and administration operations programme at Chemistry Innovation.…

Mike Holmes Knowledge Transfer Manager

Dr Mike Holmes is a Knowledge Transfer Manager here at the KCMC. After his PhD in surface chemistry, he had a wide and varied career in the chemical industry and in collaborative R&D.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role is to talk to companies, to understand their R&D programme, and identify where the gaps are. Then, I explore where we can fill those gaps at the University of Manchester, in terms of skills, expertise or facilities. That’s only the first step though – getting from an initial connection to a legally-binding contract between the parties is not trivial.…

Adrian Toland Business Development Manager for Life Sciences, Health & Advanced Materials at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Dr Adrian Toland is the Business Development Manager for Life Sciences, Health & Advanced Materials at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and he holds a Knowledge Transfer role here at the KCMC. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and has worked in industry with R&D organisations across Europe.

What do you do at the KCMC?

I’m based at the Hartree Centre at Daresbury, but we’ve had a very close relationship with the KCMC for a number of years. Broadly, my role is to help industry clients achieve competitive advantage by leveraging the latest in high performance computing,…

Steve McBride Knowledge Transfer Manager

Dr Steve McBride is a Knowledge Transfer Manager here at the KCMC. He holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, and his background includes commercial, technical development and research, across the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing market sectors.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role sits between the academia and industry, and I’m responsible for the University of Liverpool and the University of Bolton – I’m there to make collaborations happen! But it’s broader than that – I want those relationships to last and to thrive, so I’m always looking for the best fit between collaborators.…

Professor Colin Bailey, currently Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Manchester and a leading researcher in structural engineering, will take up the post on 1 September 2017, following the retirement of Professor Simon Gaskell in August 2017. Chairman of Queen Mary Council, Sir Nicholas Montagu, commented: “Colin Bailey is a stellar appointment…

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