AURIL2017 Annual Conference
5th and 6th October 2017


Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 

  01223 659950

Keynote speakers


Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK

Nicola Dandridge has been Chief Executive of Universities UK since September 2009. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK’s Universities. Founded in 1918, UUK now has 133 members and offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, promoting the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally.

Nicola was previously Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, the higher education agency which promotes equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Prior to this, Nicola was a lawyer qualified in both England and Scotland working in private practice.


Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology

Andrew Miller was educated in Malta, Hampshire and at the London School of Economics, and holds a Diploma in Industrial Relations.He began his career as a technician in geology at the Portsmouth Polytechnic, where he developed an XRF and XRD laboratory. He then moved into industrial relations and was an official for the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union where he represented many scientists and engineers working in leading companies from 1977 until he was elected to Parliament in 1992. As Labour Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Mr Miller represents just under 70,000 electors. As well as dealing with numerous widely diverse issues at constituency level, Mr Miller is also Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee; Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee; Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and a Member of the Liaison Committee. Between 1992 and 2001 he was also a member of the House of Commons Information Committee and has served on many other parliamentary committees. Mr Miller was a Member of the First Steps Team working with the Foreign Office to promote relations with EU and prospective EU member states with specific responsibility for Hungary and Malta and his liaison work with the two countries continues today. His particular political interests include Communications and Information Technology; Regional Economy; Science and Technology; the Environment and Industry. Mr Miller is the author of: 'Information and Communication Technology Tools for Better Government' a paper commissioned by the Cabinet Office Minister in preparation for the Modernising Government White Paper in 1998. Mr Miller also presents widely on Information Technology, E-working and E-Government. 

Plenary Speakers


David Baynes, CEO Fusion IP 

Appointed to the Board of Fusion IP plc on 2 November 2004, having been a director of Fusion IP Trading since 2 January 2003. David has previously worked at Celsis International plc ("Celsis") from its incorporation to its flotation on the full list of the London Stock Exchange in July 1993;  Toad plc (now 21st Century Technology PLC), which he co-founded, and was responsible for taking the company from start-up to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange; Whereonearth Limited; Codemasters Limited.


David Docherty, CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business

David Docherty is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, the industry body for digital television in the UK.
He was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television. After leaving the BBC he led cable company Telewest’s (now Virgin’s) drive into broadband content and services as MD Broadband, and has been Chief Executive of two television and interactive media companies.
In the public sector, he was Chair of Governors of the University of Bedfordshire, and a member of various government advisory panels on new media, technology, and higher education. He serves on the Research Excellence Framework Panel and the Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects Committees for the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) as well as HEFCE’s Enterprise and Skills Committee. He is on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC’s) Digital Economy Panel, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC’s) Creative Economy Board and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB’s) Interim Advisory Board for the Digital Economy Catapult.
David’s other activities include serving on the Steering Groups of DESCRIBE, The Future of Innovation in Television Technology Taskforce (FITT), and Going Global 2013, and serving on the Panels of REF 2014 and the Space Advisory Panel. He is also a member of the National HE Stem Programme Advisory Forum, the UK~IRC Advisory Board, the Universities UK Employability Business and Industry Policy Network, and the Gateway to Research project board.
He has served on the management board of The Society of Authors, written extensively on media and technology convergence for the Guardian, the Financial Times and other national newspapers and is in regular demand as a speaker at the world’s leading media and education conferences. David has senior level experience as a member of the BBC’s Board of Management, Telewest’s Executive Board, YooMedia and CSC Media Board, and as Chairman and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire. 


Christophe Haunold, SATT Toulouse Tech Transfer and Président du réseau C.U.R.I.E

Dr Christophe HAUNOLD is the deputy General Manager of Toulouse Tech Transfer, one of the new Tech Transfer Acceleration companies dedicated to French public research.
The design of this company has been his responsability when he was Director of the Toulouse University Tech Transfer Office. He is also the current President of the C.U.R.I.E network (French national association for public research valorisation and transfer). He has been educated as a Chemical Engineer (1987), and holds a PhD (INP Toulouse). Christophe has been working for industrial liaison and public research transfer and commercialisation for more than 20 years.


Alastair MacColl, Chief Executive, BE Group

Alastair currently leads a national business services group which he helped to establish in 2007. The BE Group operates across the UK and increasingly in a wide range of international markets. The group specialises in business to business events, publishing, supply chain development and business improvement. In 2012 it was named as one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Employers. Prior to establishing the BE Group, Alastair worked at a senior level in UK regional media, leading businesses for both Trinity Mirror plc and Northcliffe Newspapers (part of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc). Alastair is also Deputy Chair of Governors at Teesside University, a private sector board member of the LEP for the Tees Valley (Tees Valley Unlimited) and Chair of the Teesside University Business School Advisory Council.


Mike Oldham, Head of Catapult Centres, Technology Strategy Board

Mike leads the Technology Strategy Board programme to establish the new network of seven Catapult technology and innovation centres in the UK.  Mike Oldham has been working on the initiative from the initial contribution to the Hauser Review right through to the current implementation of the Catapult centres.  Mike Joined the Technology Strategy Board in 2008 after nearly 20 years working in engineering consultancy and major projects. 

Sheila Quairney, Vice Chair, Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK)

Sheila Quairney has worked at Sheffield Hallam University for the past 15 years. During this time she has been involved in both business engagement and in student enterprise support. She started one of the earliest annual business planning competitions, Enterprise Challenge, back in 2001 and opened the University's Hatchery business incubator for students and graduates in 2005. She has been on the Board of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) for the past 3 years and is the current Vice Chair. Prior to moving to HE she worked in the Department of Employment and in the Manpower Services Commission, where she ran JobCentres and was involved in a number of employability and enterprise initiatives.


Clare Reddington, Director, iShed and The Pervasive Media Studio, REACT Executive Producer

Clare is director of The Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed’s multi-disciplinary research lab and Executive Producer of REACT, one of four UK creative economy hubs, funded by AHRC. Clare's team work with industry, academic and creative partners to develop talent, share knowledge and produce collaborative research projects in the creative technology space. Clare joined Watershed in Bristol in 2004 to work with HP Labs on utility computing animation project SE3D. Previously, she organised the Cheltenham Festival of Science, an annual five day festival exploring, promoting and encouraging debate around contemporary scientific development.  Clare is a member of the advisory boards of Theatre Bristol and Hide&Seek. She was a finalist in the British Council's UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur 2009 and has featured in Wired magazine's 100 people who shape the Wired world in for the last three years.


David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE)

David Sweeney has been Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) at HEFCE since 2008. In this role he is responsible for Research Policy and Funding (including the Research Assessment Exercise and Research Excellence Framework), Knowledge Exchange and Skills. He is also responsible for the Catalyst Fund, the Research Partnership Investment Fund and HEFCE’s international work.  In 2011/12 he was an adviser to the Australian Research Impact Pilot Exercise and he has also visited many European countries and Hong Kong to advise on research assessment and funding.  In 2012 he was a member of the Finch Group on Open Access to Research Outputs and has been working with the Research Councils, Charities, Learned Societies, other academic groups and publishers to take forward the Finch Group recommendations, particularly in the light of a post-2014 REF.  
A statistician, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, developing mathematical models of plant growth then moving into senior management in the IT area, becoming Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London and serving in a national role as Chair of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. He became Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004, responsible for research strategy, the 2008 RAE submission and for developing Royal Holloway's research-led commercial and consultancy activities, knowledge transfer and development programme.  
David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.


Robin Webb, Head of Review Team, Review of Universities and Growth, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Robin Webb has been in the Civil Service for over twenty years.  From 2007-11 he was Director of Innovation at the Intellectual Property Office, where his responsibilities included the IPO's interest in supporting universities in realising the benefits of their IP.  In 2011 he led the team supporting Professor Ian Hargreaves' independent Review of Intellectual Property.  As well as leading Sir Andrew Witty's Review he is also Secretary to the Low Pay Commission.