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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.


Carla is a lecturer in the School of Management contributing to the design and delivery of CEIC to enhance productivity and deliver Circular Economy (CE) benefits in the Cardiff City-region. She contributes to the Sustainable and Ethical Business Practices module of the BA (Hons) Business and Management and to the MSc International Business Management. Prior to joining Cardiff Metropolitan University, she held an ESRC Postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Geography of Planning in Cardiff University disseminating the key success factors that need to be in place for the delivery of renewable energy deployment. She contributed to the delivery of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership and the CMI Level 7. Carla is an experienced researcher, with a background in economics, innovation and economic development, and expertise in the geography of innovation and the role of policy. She has researched the mechanisms that lead to an effective diffusion of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and urban-scale retrofit. Carla has significant experience of contributing to interdisciplinary scholarship, and has worked on projects for the EPSRC, ESRC, the European Commission, NESTA and Welsh Government. She has contributed to a number of publications, journal articles and books. She holds a PhD from Cardiff University.


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


Kay’s background is in information management, and in the provision of consultancy and evaluation across the public, private and third sectors. Her consultancy assignments incorporate knowledge and skills transfer to enable organisations to build in-house capability to implement recommended changes. At Swansea University she has worked as Project Coordinator for the Developing Innovation Performance for Supply Chain Clusters and Open Innovation Communities of Practice projects. She is an Associate Consultant for Advance HE which is focused on supporting strategic change and continuous improvement in higher education.



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.



Richard is a project finance and administration officer for the CEIC Team, with many years’ experience of project work across both the public and private sectors in Wales.  His experience includes education, information technology, information management, financial management and change management.  Richard worked for several years in local government across several departments including Education and Housing before joining Higher Education professional services.







Susan is an administrator for the CEIC Team at Cardiff Met.  She is a fluent Welsh Speaker and is also establishing her own business as a complementary health practitioner specialising in Reflexology, and working towards an MRes in Research.