Meet the team

Contact us so we can discuss how we can work together.

Innovation, business and partnership team

Dr Sue Baxter

Director of Innovation and Business Partnerships

Dr Sue Baxter leads on supporting research-based innovation across the University, implementing the new Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and all activities across the University attributed to the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). 

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 872887
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Paul Roberts

Head of Business Engagement

Paul Roberts creates, develops and maximises strategic relationships with businesses, public sector, charities and cultural organisations that demonstrate impact, generate income and increase the influence of the University of Sussex. Contact Paul for business, research funding, PhD studentship or Knowledge Partnership enquiries.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 877223
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Kate Thorpe

Deputy Head of Business Engagement 

Kate helps build links that support collaborative research and knowledge exchange. Contact Kate for business, research funding, PhD studentship or Knowledge Partnership enquiries.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873664
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Nora Davies

Co-manager of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

Nora Davies co-manages the ESRC Impact Accerleration Account (IAA) at Sussex with Megan McMichael. The IAA connects social science researchers with organisations to address 'real-world' issues. Contact Nora to discuss the IAA.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 678178
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Suzanne Fisher-Murray

Research Communications Manager 

Suzanne profiles the University’s Research, Innovation and Business engagement strengths and services. Contact Suzanne if you have a communications or media-related enquiry related to innovation, business and partnerships.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873252 or +44 (0)1273 873967
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Eduardo Hernández

Economic Development Officer 

Eduardo focuses on influencing public sector strategies, securing national funding and delivering projects that generate regional impact by bringing together public-private partnerships, alongside the University. Contact him to discuss developing innovative programmes that align with the University’s research strengths, economic opportunities and industrial strategy priorities.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 872581

Keith O'Brien

Intellectual Property Business Partner 

Keith O’Brien manages and develops the University's innovation and intellectual property portfolio and supports the creation of opportunities leading to use and exploitation of research by external organisations, such as by licensing and spin-out company formation. Contact Keith if you have an intellectual property, technology transfer or licensing enquiry.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873579
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Anna Saunders

Intellectual Property Coordinator 

Anna Saunders administers patent applications to protect the University’s intellectual property and non-disclosure agreements (NDA) to open up opportunities for partnerships in research and commercialisation. Contact Anna if you have an intellectual property or NDA enquiry.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 873862

Alessandro Silvestri

Consultancy Manager 

Alex Silvestri manages the development of consultancy contracts at the University between our reseachers and external organisations ranging from the private to public sector. Contact Alex if you have a consultancy enquiry.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 877133
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Simone Robinson

Innovation, Business and Partnership Coordinator

Simone is team coordinator. Contact Simone if you have a general query about which member of the team to contact.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 872887

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