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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.