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Delivery Team

Gary has thirty years’ experience in business and education, with twenty years in knowledge transfer roles in Higher Education Institutions. Gary is a Leadership and Management practical academic with an outstanding record of leading new programmes and large projects. He is passionate about organisational development through the development of leadership and innovation skills.  He has a proven track record of designing, developing and delivering leadership and management programmes and initiatives. He currently directs the Circular Economy Innovation Community project (£3.9m, ESF). He previously developed the conceptual framework and directed the highly successful ‘Leading Growth’ programme (£7.9m ESF, ION Leadership) that facilitated productivity gains and business growth in more than 900 SMEs across Wales.  He recently delivered innovation programmes to businesses across Wales including; the Open Innovation Programme ; DIPFSCC programme (Welsh Government part funded) and the Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing programme (UKCES funded).  He was formerly Director of the Centre for Excellence in Leadership & Management Skills in Wales (£2.9m) at Cardiff University.


Dr Rudd is slowly transitioning from being a technical scientist to a social scientist. After a decade researching technological solutions to climate change on two continents, she had an epiphany in 2018 and realised that the communication of climate change and its solutions were far more important than any lab-based advance she could hope to make. Jennifer is familiar with the circular economy from a chemical perspective, working on solar panels, the hydrogen economy and carbon dioxide to fuels. Endeavouring to effect real change on a regional level she joined the CEIC project as programme manager in September 2020.

Jennifer has communicated the climate emergency through national talks, radio and printed media and gave a TEDx talk in 2019. She is regularly invited to give talks on climate change mitigation and climate change education and was nominated for two Swansea University awards in 2020.


Tony is an executive educator, an effective coach and project manager for the CEIC team. Tony can facilitate individual, team and organisational learning to contribute to successful development and growth. He is enthusiastic about modernizing leadership behaviours and people engagement within future-focused organisations. Tony has UK and international experience of start-up, operations and change management in commercial, public and non-profit organisations.  Tony has more recently gained significant experience as a an experiential and social educator by teaching on leadership change programmes such as ION Leadership, Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing and LEAD Wales.


Emily’s research interests lie in innovation, knowledge transfer, and inter-organisational collaboration. Her PhD research focused on the conditions for knowledge transfer success across innovation ecosystems. She has published on knowledge transfer success within ecosystem partnerships, coopetitive relationships, and university-industry partnerships in internationally renowned academic journals. Emily has collaborated with multinational organisations to inform their ecosystem practices and explore how inter-organisational collaboration can be leveraged to achieve success. With a teaching background, she has experience teaching in subject areas including innovation management, information systems, and e-business. She has a particular interest in innovation networks and knowledge transfer at both individual and organisational levels.



Andrew has been actively involved in university led executive education for over 25 years contributing to a broad range of consultancy based provision and organisational development initiatives. Some major clients have included the Ford Motor Company, Hewlett Packard, Admiral Insurance, The Royal Mint, HM Land Registry. He has developed a particular interest in developing leadership capacity within public service organisations and has led major initiatives within NHS Wales, supporting over 300 Senior Registrars develop clinical leadership skills in readiness for consultant roles. He has worked extensively with local authorities across the region and has led six major programmes on behalf of authorities across South Wales. Andrew has a passion for teaching and has supported undergraduate and postgraduate programmes over the past 25 years combined with various management responsibilities including MBA programme director and head of innovation. He currently provides specialist input to the MSc Strategic Accounting programme. He contributes to the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) programme with teaching responsibility for final year professional learners studying strategic business leadership. The programme is recognised as a centre of excellence having achieved ‘Platinum’ status from ACCA.

Katie is based at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is part of CEIC’s delivery team in the Cardiff Capital Region. Originally trained as a chemist, Katie’s scientific interest in materials led her to start asking questions about how we use then in the ‘stuff’ of everyday life and, particularly, what the environmental and social consequences might be of overusing materials.  A career shift ensued, and Katie now helps businesses to improve their environmental performance through design – which in recent years has meant getting very familiar with the idea of a circular economy.  In CEIC, Katie hopes to find out more about how public sector organisations view the circular economy and provide support in turning circular economy-related ideas into action.


Jill is project manager for the Cardiff CEIC team. Following a successful career in retail and distribution management at Marks and Spencer plc, Jill has over 25 years’ experience running her own Training and Development business including 15 years working on Welsh Government Business Development projects. She is an experienced and adaptable professional, able to provide practical help and advice to support business and leadership development.

Being an Investors in People Specialist and an Assessor for the Princess Royal Training Awards has given her the opportunity to see and share best practice across a wide variety of sectors.  Jill has worked as part of the LEAD Wales/ION Leadership Team at Swansea University, writing and delivering leadership change and development activities, coaching and supporting over 800 delegates.




Project Support Team


Rachel works as the Administrative Assistant for the CEIC team, a broad and diverse role which covers several areas of administrative duties.  Rachel previously worked in MRI (marketing, recruiting & international) as a clerical assistant, where she dealt with agent commissions for student recruitment, as well array of other administrative tasks and small projects. Prior to working at Swansea University Rachel worked at a local primary school for 15 years where she was a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant. This role included classroom-based work as well as covering teacher’s non-contact time.  She also had a Health and Welfare role which included acting as a healthcare coordinator, attendance Officer, welfare and social Inclusion officer and clerk to Governors. Rachel is a Registered General Nurse (RGN- non-practising) and has worked for the NHS in both Swansea and London for 12 years. She was a Junior ward sister prior to leaving.



Gemma is the finance officer for the CEIC team in Swansea and for the project overall. Prior to this role she worked as European Project Support Officer for the REIS (Research Engagement & Innovation Services) team within Swansea University supporting five WEFO funded projects. Gemma has a wealth of experience working in accountancy. Starting off in in accountancy practice, auditing and preparing financial statements for a range of businesses. She has also worked in industry including the finance function for the Academy for Chief Executives which runs leadership growth programmes for the private sector. Gemma also spent many years freelancing for accountancy practices and individual clients. She is happiest when outdoors!

CEIC Academic research team members

Dr Lucy Barros, Lecturer in Economics at Swansea University. Lucy’s research interests lie in applied macroeconomics, economic growth and political economy.

Professor David Brooksbank, Senior Dean of Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University. David’s research involves entrepreneurship, innovation and small firm development in Wales and comparisons with international benchmarks on enterprise development.

Professor Nick Clifton, Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Development at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Nick’s Major research projects have focused on the international knowledge-sourcing of SMEs, asymmetric devolution in UK and the design and delivery of economic development policies in the UK.

Professor Steve Cook, Head of the Department of Economics at Swansea University. Steve’s research spans a range of topics in econometrics.

Will Fleming, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Business at Swansea University. Will’s research interests are concentrated on the practicalities of implementing marketing within organisations, including the role of marketing in meeting the sustainability agenda.

Professor Paul Jones, Professor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Business at Swansea University. Paul has undertaken research into a number of areas predominantly within the Entrepreneurship and small business management field.

Dr Sandy Kyaw, Reader in Applied International Economics and Development at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Sandy’s current research interests focus on financial economics, development economics, international finance and applied econometrics.

Dr Zheng Lui, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Zheng’s current research investigates the supply chain reconfiguration in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Other projects in progress relate to the circular economy and platform innovation.

Dr Tegwen Malik, Lecturer in Business at Swansea University. Tegwen has a particular interest in innovation and research, especially when informed by nature hence her enthusiasm for the field of biomimetics.

Dt Vera Ndrecaj, Senior Lecturer and Project Manager Gulf College MBA at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Vera’s ongoing research interest are inherently inter-disciplinary including Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Operational Systems, and Dynamic Capabilities.

Professor Nicholas Rich, Professor in Operations Management, Business at Swansea University. Nick has two areas of specialism that focus on manufacturing and services research (high performance) and research with health and care providers, nuclear facilities and transportation systems.

Our Steering Group

Phillip Allen, Head of Knowledge Transfer and Commercialisation at Welsh Government

Sally Attwood, Transition Director at Public Health Wales

Peter Austin, Business Engagement Manager at Swansea Bay City Deal

Chris Bolton, Good Practice Team Head at Audit Wales

Gareth Browning , Head of Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Challenges

Jonathan Burnes, Programme Director at Swansea Bay City Deal

Paul Jones, Head of Department and  Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swansea University

Emma Lydiard Jenkins, Head of Professional Services (Accounting and Finance) at Swansea University

Peter Mannion, Associate Head of School of Management at Swansea University

Andy Middleton, Founder and Chief Exploration Officer at the TYF Group, member of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales

Claudia Rabello Strugnell, Project Support and Assurance Manager, Planning and Strategic Projects Unit at Swansea University

Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy at the Welsh Government

Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre