Driving KTP Success 

Innovate UK Business Connect plays a vital role in the successful delivery of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme by providing specialist expertise via its national network (see list below) of Knowledge Transfer Advisers (KTAs) who support every stage of your KTP.  

Our network comprises 34 energetic and highly knowledgeable professionals with around half a millennium of combined experience across a wide range of academic, business, and scientific backgrounds and sectors. 

Passionate about creating positive impact and with a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for all partners, our KTA’s knowledge, expertise and experience are key to every project’s success and to delivering transformational, strategic change. 

We create powerful connections, with business at the heart of everything we do 

Via KTP, we support the transfer, embedding and application of knowledge from research bases to businesses to help them innovate, profit and grow. It’s the application of that knowledge to solve a real world strategic challenge that powers every partnership and our Advisers play a vital role in helping make it happen.

Every KTA has a specialist background but is equally comfortable covering all technologies and industry sectors, with responsibility for managing a large and dynamic portfolio of knowledge transfer partnerships. 

We shape the innovation communities of the future 

All KTAs have both a local role and a national role, acting as a knowledgeable conduit between the Innovate UK family, the local research base and innovation ecosystem and their national equivalents.  

We are on hand throughout the lifetime of your KTP 

As a key member of your extended KTP team, your dedicated KTA will be on hand throughout your KTP, inspiring the effective delivery of your strategic innovation project: 

  • Assessing the feasibility of your idea and helping you scope out and cost the project 
  • Supporting your grant application 
  • Providing mentoring, coaching and professional development to your Associate 
  • Delivering expert advice and guidance to the Project team to ensure all three partners achieve their objectives 
  • Working with you throughout the lifetime of your KTP to shape, manage and deliver it on time 
  • Accessing colleagues elsewhere in the innovation ecosystem to help fully exploit the project’s potential. 

Locate and contact your local Knowledge Transfer Adviser by choosing your region from the list below.

Terry Corner – East Sussex, Kent, Central and South London
Shona Campbell –  West Sussex, Surrey and South London
Stephen Woodhouse – Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Gerry O’Hagan – Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London North / Central
Mark Lynch – Hertfordshire and London North / Central
Matthew Hogan – Oxfordshire, Berkshire and West/Central London

Jody Chatterjee – Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and North London
Jan Stringer – Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and London East / Central
Mohan Ahad– Essex, Suffolk and London East
Sharon Perry – Suffolk, Norfolk and East London

Russ Bromley – North-West and West Midlands including South East Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire
Mark Matchett – Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Shropshire and the Black Country

Philippa Ryan – North and West Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Kamran Hussein – Leicestershire and Rutland, North and West Northamptonshire
Jody Chatterjee – East and South Northamptonshire

Mick Card – Merseyside and West Cheshire
Jonathan Abra – Lancashire and Cumbria
Imrana Mushtaq – Manchester
Russ Bromley – South East Cheshire
Susan Suttle – Liverpool, Manchester, East Lancashire and Salford

John Clayton – Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Durham and North West Yorkshire
Ian Blakemore – Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northwest and North Yorkshire
Ann Storey – West Yorkshire and the Humber
Andy Barnett – South Yorkshire and surrounding areas

Stephen Woodhouse – Dorset and Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight
Lorna Howarth – Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Geraint Jones – Greater Bristol and South Wales

Rob Rolley – South and Mid-Wales
Geraint Jones – South Wales
Mick Card – North Wales and Mid-Wales

Jim Berryman – East Scotland
Ian Heywood – North Scotland
Susie Ranford – North Scotland
Serena Broadway – East Scotland

Ken Frame – Northern Ireland
Joel Ferguson  – Northern Ireland
Stephen McComb  – Northern Ireland

what they say

Chirine Riachy, PhD
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"KTP projects pave the way to businesses who want to exploit the latest advancements but do not have the expertise or confidence to do so. Through input from academic experts advising on the latest research in the field, and unrelenting support and guidance from Innovate UK, success is way more attainable."

Head of Data Science, Charles Clinkard
Lucy Jones
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"The KTP not only provided the project management and skilled people....but the support of the University academic supervisors [made] it as current and evidence based as possible. A KTP was one of the only ways to achieve this."

VP Clinical, Oviva UK
Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"My KTP was challenging but very rewarding at the same time. I have received an unique opportunity to work in the industry and academia at the same time, which is very advantageous. I became a better researcher and worked with different departments at the company, which gave me a great idea of how I want to shape my career path". Find out more about Agneiska's experience in this longer profile piece here.

arbnco / University of Strathclyde
Emily Mason (BSc Hons, Biopharmaceutical Science)
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"For me, the KTP role has really been a life changing opportunity.... I hadn’t heard of KTP until I applied for my role, however after the experience I have had I recommend it to anyone - especially graduates as it’s a great bridge between university and ‘real life’. It is certainly a decision I will never regret".

Northumbria Pharma / University of Sunderland
Melanie Herrmann
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"I am privileged to work both with gifted academics at the University of Cambridge, and bright minds at Vizzuality, a change agency for a sustainable and fair future. I am grateful for this unique opportunity to work in a job that I love and believe in."

Vizzuality/University of Cambridge
Dr Shirley Ann Hazlett, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast Management School
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"The Management KTP initiative is fantastic for any growth-oriented SME, such as RBP, and we cannot recommend this programme highly enough."

David Beattie
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

“Through KTP, I’ve found a graduate role which offers both academic and industry experience in equal measure. My role is intensely immersive, which I put down to the considerable degree of autonomy the KTP framework affords. Our project is a win-win for its stakeholders, may lead to job creation and will reduce our Carbon footprint. That’s satisfying.” See a longer profile piece about David Beattie's KTP here.

Davidsons Feeds/James Hutton Institute
Neha Sharma
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"KTP is like a beautiful interwoven fabric of academia and industry."

KTP Associate, Cosmotec Ltd and University of Salford
Professor Yvonne Perrie
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"KTP provides a superb pathway for knowledge transfer, enabling academic research to be applied to deliver impact to real world solutions".

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Paul Graham
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"The KTP has been a revolutionary programme, enabling the business to completely standardise the design process with the added luxury of achieving high accuracy at a high speed.”

IG Masonry Support Systems General Manager
Georgiana Nica-Avram
Knowledge Transfer Advisers – expert support for your KTP

"Working with OLIO and the University of Nottingham has helped me develop personally and professionally. It has helped me contribute the skills and knowledge I have gained so far, as well as develop new skills in the fast-paced domain of data science. OLIO is dedicated to addressing one of today’s greatest challenges- food waste, and I am grateful to be part of this solution."

University of Nottingham / OLIO


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