Our Chair

Dr. Rob Grundy, CEO of Anglezarke

Dr Robert Grundy is the founder of Anglezarke Life Sciences. He was previously CEO of CIGA Healthcare Ltd and Director of Commercial Development and Licensing at Almac Discovery. Rob’s focus is on the commercial development of differentiating innovation across science and technology. Rob also holds the position of Honorary Lecturer in the School of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast

Industry members

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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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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Ex officio members

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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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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Steve Orr
Steve OrrCEO, Catalyst Inc
Steve Orr is Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Inc and serves on the Board of Directors. Before being named CEO in 2018, Steve was Director and Co-founder of Connect, Catalyst Inc’s not-for-profit network of experienced entrepreneurs, business professionals and top research talent dedicated to the creation and scaling of innovation companies in Northern Ireland.
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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 Brian Falzon
Professor Brian FalzonPro-Vice Chancellor, QUB
Professor Brian G. Falzon is the Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and holds the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites at Queen’s University Belfast.
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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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