I am an expert in innovation and creativity, with over 35 years practical experience in technological innovation, organisational change and sustainability. My main focus at present is assisting with the transition to a low carbon economy.
I started my career as a research and development engineer, developing energy efficient heating appliances, solar panels and heat pumps, before moving into technical consultancy, where I developed a wide range of products and processes. These included medical products for diabetes, surgical tools, and various power tools for Bosch. In 1988 I was a co-founder of The Technology Partnership (now TTPGroup, one of Europe’s leading technology innovation organizations) where I founded and ran the Innovative Engineering sector.
As Director of the Creativity Partnership, I help organisations and their leaders realise value from creativity. I founded The Creativity Partnership in 2000, and provide consultancy, training and workshops for private and public sector organisations. Clients include Procter and Gamble, Rolls Royce, the NHS, a major county council and Cambridge University.
I have a longstanding interest and involvement in climate change and sustainability.
I mentor at board level and am/ have been a non-executive board member for a variety of charities, public sector bodies and companies. These include The Climate Coalition, British Antarctic Survey and Z-Tech Ltd. I set up and ran the Green Enterprise Community (2009-14) to support early stage green entrepreneurs. More examples here.
I have broad experience in assessing applicants for grants, awards and competitions. These include SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative), Addenbrookes Charitable Trust, Innovation Awards and a variety of other grant giving organisations.
I have a 1st class degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, am named as inventor on 39 patents and am author of “How to get your ideas adopted and change the world” I am probably one of the world’s most successful female inventors.
My hobbies include mountain biking, sea kayaking, wild camping and watercolour painting.