Christian has extensive knowledge transfer experience at the interface of academia and industry, delivering the commercial imperative to opportunities. He is an accomplished promoter and broker of near market technologies both in the UK and overseas, possessing a strong network of senior level contacts in the private, public and HE sectors.
He has a proven record of strategic programme development and project management at the Welsh Development Agency and at Welsh Government. He has an academic background in the physical sciences obtained at Bristol (BSc Chemical Physics) and at Cambridge Universities (PhD and Post-Doctoral studies) and held industry and commercial positions in engineering (British Steel and Philips Electronics) and telecommunications.
As the Commercial Engagement Director, he is responsible for team management; (Project Management, Business Development and Technology Transfer staff); leadership and coordination of industrial engagement with multiple business partners; and joint leadership of the strategic direction of the IKC.
At SPECIFIC, Christian has led the delivery of KPIs and Targets against business plan; secured short-term collaborative R&D funding from the technology pipeline; developed a portfolio of projects with partners; and successfully promoted and brokered technology opportunities from the research base. He had a leading role in the business planning that secured long term funding for SPECIFIC itself and his role in stakeholder management has enabled SPECIFIC to be positioned as an integral node in the UK’s Innovation Ecosystem and in Welsh innovation strategies and programmes.
A former pupil of Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School, Swansea; he is a Chartered Physicist (CPhys, MInstP) and Scientist (CSci). Most importantly, he is an avid Swansea City supporter!