Dr Cait Murray
Cait is the CEO of SSC in the UK and is the founder of Strategic Scientific Consulting.
Her passion for sustainable companies and appropriate use of Natural Capital has allowed her to be recoginised as a champion of Circular Economy through her founding of CuanTec (www.cuantec.com) a start-up which SSC supported from the earliest stages.
Her early career took her from research scientist through product management, technical product and services sales to the Pharma industry and innovation in the public sector. She has worked as a Commercialisation Manager working with public sector scientists as they engaged with innovation within Environmental and Earth Sciences and within Scottish Enterprise providing grant funding to local SMEs. Within SSC she specialises in helping companies find their business opportunities and expanding their networks through providing market research assessments, coaching scientists to develop their business skills, creating business plans, writing funding applications and assisting with direct sales.
Dr Anna-Marja Hoffrén
Ann-Marja is the Managing Director and owner of Strategic Scientific Consulting Finland Oy.
She is a widely experienced PhD scientist with lecturer qualification and business development education and has worked at Life Sciences companies and in the Environmental Science sector through academic research institutes.
Her experience has been gained over 25 years’ of working in business development, innovation management, consulting, pharmaceutical research and in marketing and sales.
She is especially interested in business development, coaching/training and commercialisation of innovative technologies.
Bill is a widely experienced Chartered Manager, Qualified Paralegal, Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and LEAN/6 Sigma Green Belt.
This experience has been gained over 20 years' of providing support to Researchers across a range of activities including: project management; IP management; negotiation and drafting of contracts and agreements; company set-up, structure and compliance; and process improvement/change management.
He has a particular interest in the commercialisation of IP, having successfully delivered two spin-outs, four start-ups and a number of licence deals.
Bill is a Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, and an Associate of the European Knowledge & Technology Transfer Society.
Andrew brings global level experience from the joint world of IT and software where he has successfully arranged collaborations and deals with multinational companies.
Andrew has over 35 years' experience in the IT and imaging industries, where he has had extensive experience in sales roles and business development creating successful business with rapid growth and expansion.
Alongside this he has vast experiences in teaching and coaching. He has been a teacher of IT and provided coaching and adult training for many years.
Emily is SSC's training co-ordinator working with organisations and companies to perfect the design and execution of their training courses.
She has many years of experience from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and from working with the Environmental Sciences section for the Young Enterpreneur Scheme.
Tony Medland is a programme manager with over 20 years experience working at a senior level within the government research sector in the UK. He has a broad skills set covering project management, business planning, research funding and evaluation, and financial management giving him a unique perspective balancing strategy and operational effectiveness.
He has managed high profile programmes in an international research environment and has a successful track record in developing and implementing strategies for delivery. He is also a professionally qualified internal auditor with wide audit experience of business processes, and has worked in corporate governance and risk management roles at a senior level.