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Associates

Our associates offer expertise in a wide-range of professional and academic disciplines. As leaders in their field, they provide specialised knowledge and support for our startups in the form of workshops, lectures, seminars and one-to-ones. 

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Ashley Blackmore

Bio

Complex twenty first century challenges require agile, dynamic solutions. Leveraging over 25 years of business development experience, Ashley Blackmore helps companies develop and implement strategies that facilitate growth today - and positions them to capitalise on opportunity tomorrow.  

Throughout his career, Ashley earned a reputation as a forward-thinking leader. He joined the Sales Plus Profit team of Associate Sales Directors in 2015. His deep knowledge of cleantech, circular economy and the triple bottom line made him a natural choice to build a division for sustainability-focused businesses. He believes that enabling nine billion people to live on the planet fully-resourced will be the fourth economic revolution – and his clients will be ready to lead.

Ashley works hands-on with companies to: develop growth strategies, improve sales processes, challenge product propositions, uncover new market entry opportunities, leverage networks.

Adrian Calder

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Adrian Calder has been working in the UK’s startup ecosystem for 10 years, the last five of which have been as the Founder & MD of his own startup company that provides integrated Company Secretarial, Portfolio Monitoring, Investor Reporting and Cap Table Management software for UK startup companies and their investors. Having worked for both a group of Angel Investors and a large advisory firm before becoming an entrepreneur, Adrian has developed a thorough understanding of all three stakeholder groups' perspectives on these issues.

Kaye Coleman-Rooney

Kaye Coleman-Rooney

Bio

One of the original coaching team, Kaye has worked with Accelerate Cambridge ventures since 2013. 

Kaye focuses on helping entrepreneurs define and articulate their value propositions, working with ventures to develop imaginative communications alongside successful marketing strategies. She’s also a Pitch@Palace elevator, and has played a leading role in coaching Accelerate Cambridge ventures from Bootcamp to St James’s Palace.  

Parachuted into the business world after a successful career as a programme maker with the BBC, Kaye offers strategic communications, marketing, PR and media expertise. She's worked in UK, Saudi Arabia and Thailand for utilities, housing and healthcare providers, engineers and professional services, and as Vice Chair on the Board of Jeddah Prep and Grammar School, was responsible for overseeing senior team recruitment and business development.

She has delivered award-winning branding strategy; led on transformative engagement and tone of voice initiatives and is generally first to put her head above the parapet in the interests of effective human-to-human communication. 

Kaye’s day job is consultancy Doing Words Communications. She’s also is a co-founder of arts curators and commissioners Acuity Arts and an advisor to Smartbells and SigmaForge. Kaye holds an Honours degree in English, a postgraduate diploma in public relations, and is an accredited practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. She’s also very proud of her Certificate in Buddhist Studies (Advanced).  

kaye@doingwords.co.uk

Visit the Doing Words website

Clare Dewhurst

Bio

Clare Dewhurst is Brand Protection Manager for the University of Cambridge.

Her early career was with the Seagram Spirits and Wine Group working in global marketing to protect premium spirits brands from trade mark infringement, counterfeit and grey market trading.  

Prior to coming to the University she worked for a local start up, a strategic communications consultancy specialising in small business policy.  In their first year they won the contract to manage the SME Assembly and European Enterprise Promotion Awards for the European Commission.

Anne Doberee

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Anne has worked in University technology commercialisation since 1999. Anne first joined the technology transfer team at the University of Cambridge in 2001, and has held a number of roles with Cambridge Enterprise and its predecessors including Head of Technology Transfer and Interim Director.

Anne joined the Seed Funds team in 2008 and was appointed Head of Seed Funds in 2011. During her time at CE, Anne has supported many early stage companies and served on the boards of Pneumacare, Cambridge CMOS Sensors, Aqdot and Cambridge Touch Technologies to name a few. Anne was a founding member of Praxis, the UK Technology Transfer Training Programme.

Away from Cambridge Enterprise, Anne has worked in technology transfer at Imperial College Innovations Limited, in pharmaceutical development at Evans Medical, and in pharmaceutical product training at Information Transfer. Anne holds a BSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in Immunology.

Claire Johnsen

Claire Johnsen

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Claire Johnsen is an innovation specialist helping teams with ideation, being alert to trends, futures thinking, developing a value proposition which not only meets the existing, but also the future needs of their clients. Claire works as a member of the consultancy team at  St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge.

Lucy Malby

Lucy Malby

Bio

Lucy is the Business Development Manager at eg technology. As part of the Senior Management Team, Lucy is responsible for identifying opportunities in the market where eg technology can add significant value in the development process, to secure new business and to manage the initial engagement process. Lucy is also responsible for managing and promoting the profile of the company.

Lucy has a BSc in Biochemistry and is an Associate of King's College London. Having started her career in clinical research immunoassay design and automation she has significant experience in product design and development in the medtec, biotech and precision electro-mechanical market. 

Lucy has a strong track record in the whole development process having worked in systems engineering, customer acceptance management, production line management, R&D project management and business development.

Mark O'Connell

Bio

Mark O’Connell has over 20 years experience, focused on managing, developing and leading teams that can deliver an organisation’s vision. Mark’s expertise is in leading change and business transformations, helping people succeed on the journey, or look positively and constructively for alternative options. Acting as a trusted advisor to clients who are transforming their organisations, Mark provides extensive business, HR expertise, coaching and practical advice in dealing with the real issues affecting people and how they perform in organisations.

Mark has worked  with small and large clients and operates across Transport, Financial Services, Media and Retail. Companies Mark has worked for include: Eurotunnel, Old Mutual, BBC Television, John Lewis, Imtech Traffic and Infra.  Mark’s natural style is open, practical and objective and clients always appreciate that Mark delivers exceptional results. Mark has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by owners and leaders and has a challenging approach to enabling and sustaining high levels of performance in organisations, teams and individuals.

Recent project deliverables include:

  • Coaching support to senior team in managing employee relations’ engagement within a union environment to deliver a de-layered organisation with a revised career pathway for its staff.
  • Established new performance & reward management systems to refocus teams to meet new revenue and profit objectives.
  • Delivered a “brilliant basics” cultural change programme that improved staff attitude to routine tasks that enabled first class service delivery that enabled business challenge and partnering activities

He is a fellow of the CIPD and has studied at the CIPD psychology of change, leadership and organisational effectiveness. Mark enjoys cycling and watching football in his spare time; but his passion is cooking and eating out!

 

 

Pawel Piotrowicz

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Pawel is a UK and European patent attorney and has nearly 20 years' experience advising on intellectual property.  He represents a wide variety of clients in the high technology sector including a significant number of start-up companies and firms based in and around Cambridge.

Pawel specialises in the fields of physics, electronics and computer software, and also in inventions which are multi-disciplinary in nature. His areas of expertise include semiconductor devices, embedded systems, power electronics, automotive electronics, nanotechnology, spintronics, printed electronics, RFID devices, telecommunications, computer networks, computer simulation, optical systems, sensors and medical devices.

In 2006, he took the lead in opening Venner Shipley’s office in Cambridge.

Pawel has been specifically singled out for recommendation in the past in the Legal 500 Directory which described him as "knowledgeable" and "hardworking". He was also commended in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Directory.

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Bio

Tom trained in the corporate tax department of KPMG Cambridge, working on a broad range of clients from VC-backed technology companies up to multinationals. He moved over to KPMG Enterprise in 2015 to focus exclusively on startups and fast-growing technology companies, helping them with a range of tax work (including EIS and R&D tax relief) and helping them with other business concerns.  He works closely with KPMG’s High Growth Technology Group, a team based in Shoreditch working exclusively with tech startups, to help bridge the gap between Cambridge and London. 

Hitesh Sanganee

Hitesh Sanganee

AstraZeneca mentor - Director of Emerging Innovations

Bio

Dr Hitesh Sanganee is currently a Director in the Emerging Innovations group. His main role is to participate and execute the open innovation strategy within the innovative medicines function in AZ. This involves collaborating with academic institutions such as MRC (UK) NIH (US) to identify novel uses for our medicines and hence build a portfolio of projects. He has also been involved in internal ideation events (open innovation within a large company setting) in AZ.

Previously his role was in the science function within AstraZeneca. His main role was as a chemistry cluster lead inputting into external and internal drug repositioning projects and potential in-licensing projects. Other roles also have included CDL (candidate drug leader) working on regenerative medicine, and a Team Leader in the respiratory & inflammation therapeutic area. He originally received his degree and DPhil from Oxford University in chemistry and subsequently held a postdoctoral research position at Florida State University. He joined AstraZeneca as a Medicinal Chemist in 1999 conducting research within respiratory & inflammation related disease areas and has led teams to successful milestone transitions in all phases of drug discovery. He has over 40 patents and publications.

Alex Smeets

Alex Smeets

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Dr Alex Smeets runs his own innovation and R&D grant funding consultancy business, providing services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and universities under the brand names of Cambridge Innovation Solutions and Cambridge Funding Solutions. His perspective on grant funding is informed by his role as an evaluator of grant applications for Innovate UK (formerly the UK Technology Strategy Board), the European Commission and the EUREKA Eurostars Secretariat.

Alex is an Associate of Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation company of the University of Cambridge, for whom he helps to deliver its International Outreach Programme; consultancy, training, mentoring and visit programmes for universities and public sector organisations from all over the world that want to learn lessons from the Cambridge Phenomenon. He is also an Associate of St John's Innovation Centre, a world-renowned centre that provides flexible accommodation and a supportive environment to early-stage, knowledge-based businesses, and is a registered and approved Growth Coach for the UK-wide GrowthAccelerator service.

In previous lives, Alex was a Regional Director of Oxford Innovation and an Executive Director of St John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge. He has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge and worked in materials research and development for five years before branching out into the support of innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of new knowledge.

Jeremy Sosabowski

Bio

Jeremy has over a decade of business and technology commercialisation experience. His previous roles include CTO at an instrumentation company (technology acquired) and data analyst within the online transaction space. His ‘IP portfolio’ includes several granted patents and more than ten peer reviewed publications. Education: University of Cambridge Engineering PhD and Signal Processing MSc from University of Bristol.

Simon Thorpe

Simon Thorpe

Specialties: angel investing, coaching, mentoring, consulting, non-executive directorships, research focused on the technology and finance sectors, chartered accountancy.

Bio

Simon is an angel investor, coach, mentor, and acts as non-executive director to and growth consulting with, technology companies. He runs his own business, Delta2020, is a senior advisor to Eleven Canterbury, a member of Cambridge Capital Group and Angel Academe. 

He is a participating mentor at the University of Manchester, Accelerate Cambridge and Angel Academe’s female entrepreneur program, and actively supports female entrepreneurs.

‘The digital revolution is the new industrial revolution’.

Sports/outdoor enthusiast, cyclist, skier, petrol/electric head, volunteer litter picker, traveller.

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