Job title
Elected Staff Member


  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

External appointments

  • Member of the Scottish Funding Council's Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee


  • PhD in Molecular Genetics

Career History

  • Director of Research and Enterprise, Heriot-Watt University, December 2015-present
  • Led the Newton Fund delivery team, the UK Government's Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Director, Research Council UK (RCUK) China at the British Embassy in Beijing
  • Founder and Director, RCUK India at the British High Commission in Delhi for four years
  • Acting Director of Research, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Head of Engineering, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for five years

Interests and Hobbies

  • Qualified fitness and salsa dancing instructor
  • Travel
  • Nature and the outdoors
  • Piano


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