The MATRIX panel is made up of leaders in business and academia, supported by a small secretariat team based in DfE. The panel is chaired by Brian Keating and the deputy chairs are Norman Apsley and Rob Hardeman.

Chair & Deputy Chairs

Dr. Bryan Keating
Dr. Bryan KeatingCEO of CIP Partnership
Dr. Keating is Managing Partner of CIP Partnership. Bryan co-founded CEM Computers Ltd, and CEM Systems Ltd., and over the last 30 + years, he has been a board member and an investor in a dozen private high-tech companies based in Northern IreIand. He has chaired the Boards of Amacis, Andor Technology plc, Omiino, Amphion, Axis Three, SOPHIA Search Limited, Mail Distiller and James Leckey Design.
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Norman Apsley
Norman ApsleyChief Executive NISP
Norman Apsley joined the Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation in 2000 as its first Chief Executive on return from England where he was involved for some thirty years in applied research and the commercialisation of research. Norman is also Vice President (Business and Innovation) of the Institute of Physics and a visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.
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Rob Hardeman
Rob HardemanSenior Director, Seagate
Dr. Rob Hardeman holds the post of Technologist (Senior Director) at Seagate’s manufacturing facility in Springtown, working on technology transfer with external suppliers and partners, together with management of major capital projects.
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The Panel

Gavin Campbell
Gavin CampbellDirector of Engineering, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast
Gavin Campbell has worked at Short Brothers PLC and Bombardier Aerospace since graduating with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ulster in 1985.He is a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at the University of Ulster and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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Colette Donaghy
Colette DonaghyGeneral Manager NI, Venn Life Sciences
Colette Donaghy joined Medevol Limited (now part of Venn Life Sciences), as their Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. Her previous role was as UK Clinical Programme Manager for Anti-Infectives, HIV and Ophthalmology within the Clinical Operations Group at Pfizer UK Limited.
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Tim Brundle
Tim BrundleDirector of Research & Innovation, Ulster University
Tim Brundle has over twelve years experience in the successful commercialisation of technology and business economic development. He has significant experience raising project new venture funds, scenario planning, developing intellectual property commercialisation, innovation strategies and authoring public sector reports.
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Tom Gray
Tom GrayCTO, Kainos
Tom is a 25-year tech veteran and, in addition to being Head of Digital Catapult Northern Ireland, is CTO and Director of Innovation at Kainos Group plc. Tom has been the driving force behind many of Kainos’ most innovative and successful customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AppCamp, CodeCamp and Code4Derry. Tom founded and curates the content for the annual BelTech conference, which has a strong focus on emerging Digital technology.
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Cathy Gormley-Heenan
Cathy Gormley-Heenan Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact),Ulster University
Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at Ulster University. Previously, she was the Director of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRISS) and a Professor of Politics in the School of Criminology, Politics & Social Policy at Ulster.
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Robert Grundy
Robert GrundyDirector, Anglezarke Life Sciences Ltd.
Robert Grundy is the founder of Anglezarke Life Sciences Ltd, a consultancy specialising in strategy, innovation, business development and commercialisation in the life sciences sector. He was previously Director of Commercial Development and Licensing at Almac Discovery.
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Brian Baird
Brian BairdNon Executive Director, Invest NI
Brian Baird is a Director with international management experience. He is currently Executive Chairman of Replify Ltd, a global Application Acceleration product company, Non-Exec Chairman of Repstor Ltd, a high-growth ECM product company, Non-Exec Chairman of Leckey Design Ltd, a global pioneer in the research, design and development of clinically focused postural support products and a Non Executive Director at Invest northern Ireland, the regional business development agency for Northern Ireland.
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Jim McLaughlin
Jim McLaughlinDirector, NIBEC
Jim McLaughlin, OBE, a physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, has developed significant initiatives within research, technology transfer, outreach and teaching since 1985. Presently, as a Professor in the University of Ulster School of Engineering he is also the Director of the Engineering Research Institute and Director of NIBEC.
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Scott Rutherford
Scott RutherfordDirector of Research and Enterprise, Queens University Belfast
Scott joined Queen’s University as Director of Research and Enterprise in November 2010. He provides strategic oversight for the development of the research base and the delivery of knowledge exchange activities within Queen’s, the region and beyond.
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Professor James McElnay
Professor James McElnayPro-Vice Chancellor, QUB
Professor James McElnay gained his BSc and PhD from Queen’s and, after registration as a qualified pharmacist, he spent a year at the University of Iowa on a postdoctoral fellowship. He was Head of the School of Pharmacy from 1994 to 2001 and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture from 2001 to 2005.
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Jill Cush
Jill CushHead of Innovation, South West College
Jill has worked in innovation and technology development for 20 years within the high-tech start-up business sector and more recently within the Further Education sector. As manager of the InnoTech Centre, South West College, Jill is responsible for the design and management of a range of technology and innovation support services to SMEs involved in new product development.
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Leo Murphy
Leo MurphyPrincipal & Chief Executive, North West Regional College
Leo Murphy is Principal and Chief Executive at North West Regional College, a leading College in Northern Ireland which provides further and higher education and training to around 20,000 learners each year at its main campus locations in Derry-Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane.
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