As co-CEO, I jointly lead the skills charity Tech She Can - working to increase the number of women in tech roles, making technology work for all. As a woman in tech, a returner, a physicist and a mum, I’m super passionate about innovation, parity and equality in the workplace, and STEM education and research.



I also support the creation of deep-tech science companies as Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures where I’m developing a new flavour of PhD: the Venture Science Doctorate - diversity-first and venture-led.



In 2022 I was short-listed for Computer Weekly’s ‘Top 50 Most Influential Women in Tech’ and am a member of the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.



My background is in innovation and commercialisation in research-intensive environments, spanning universities, government and business. I’ve led multi-£million acquisitions, such as iKinema by Apple; developed the vision and strategy for Imperial College London’s White City £3bn 23-acre innovation district; and operated the #1 global university business incubator. With in-depth knowledge of innovation ecosystems - universities, industrial and government research labs, incubators, accelerators, spin-outs, start-ups and scale-ups - I’ve worked across digital, smart infrastructure, space, security and defence.



My previous Board positions include the Surrey Research Park Board, the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership Innovation Board, the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership Space Board, the Surrey Nano Systems Board, the SETSquared Management Board, and the Imperial-Hammersmith and Fulham Council Partnership for Growth, Enterprise and Innovation Board.



I completed my Masters in Physics at the University of Warwick. I hold a PhD in Astroparticle Physics from Imperial on the direct detection of dark matter, conducted in a working mine 1km underground.

Education

Doctoral

2004-2009

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Experimental High Energy Physics (Astroparticle)

Imperial College London

Postgraduate

2000-2004

University of Warwick Master's degree, Physics (MPhys)

University of Warwick

Experience

Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board member

Institute of Coding

2022-Present

Venture Partner

Deep Science Ventures

2021-Present

Co-CEO

Tech She Can

2021-Present

Director of Innovation Strategy

University of Surrey

2018-2021

Executive Officer to the Vice-President (Innovation)

Imperial College London

2013-2018

Courses taught

Scoping 1: Customer Development

Scoping 1: Customer Development