Ian is the Knowledge Transfer Advisor for North and West Yorkshire and Durham.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme promotes business led, open innovation by connecting companies with academic expertise to enable them to grow their business. Ian looks after businesses supporting their projects with knowledge bases in many parts of the country. Ian also maintains relationships with a number of designated universities in relation to their participation in the programme.
Ian has a degree in Microbiology from the University of Dundee, with over 25 years experience in food manufacturing, technical support and commercial roles in the public and private sectors, for organisations including Unigate, Dairy Crest, Northern Foods, Pera and Fera. He has delivered large technology transfer programmes for devolved government agencies to support the food and drink sector, and is a Fellow and board trustee of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Ian is the KTA for the following institutions:
University of Durham;
Leeds City College;
Leeds College of Art & Design;
Leeds Trinity University College;
University of Leeds;
York St John College;
The University of York.