The Team

  • Ceri Jones

    Director

    Ceri holds the position of Director of the Research, Engagement and Innovation Services at Swansea University. He directs the Business Development, IP Commercialisation, Research Support and European Funding operations of the University and has extensive experience in research and innovation and a strong understanding of the link between business and academia.

    Ceri was Assistant Director of the University’s Knowledge Exploitation Centre, Acting Head of the Research and Innovation Office and Deputy Director of Research and Innovation before taking up his current role. He has been the driving force behind a number of the University’s strategic business projects including; LEAD Wales, Dragon Innovation Partnership, Enterprise Europe Network, Knowledge Exchange Wales, A4B and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. With significant experience in the area of entrepreneurship and SME engagement, Ceri is passionate about the role that Universities can play in the development of the knowledge economy.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Dr Kelvin Donne

    AgorIP Scientific Research Lead

    Dr Kelvin Donne has extensive experience undertaking research with high technology companies, particularly in the medical device area. He has supervised over 23 PhD students – the majority on collaborative projects with industry - and has won and led a number of EU structural fund projects in the Knowledge Transfer area, with particular emphasis on the SME community.

    His research interests are in computational modelling of medical devices and automotive glass fracture.

    Kelvin’s role as Scientific Research Lead is to advise the team on specialist scientific queries and to assist with the generation of peer-reviewed research papers that highlight the novel open IP approach that this project is pursuing to stimulate a sustainable model for regional economic growth.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Lorna Evans

    Assistant Technology Transfer Officer

    Lorna began her working life as an analyst programmer in British Steel, Port Talbot after gaining a BSc in Computer Science at Swansea University. This was followed by a brief foray over the border where she worked for Greater Manchester Police as part of a team developing a new finance and personnel system for the force. On returning to Wales, Lorna taught IT for six years at Afan College. With the call of industry proving too great, Lorna returned to software development and worked for EDS and Hewlett Packard for over 16 years. On the closure of the Swansea site, Lorna decided to retrain and was awarded a Law degree in 2017; she then completed her Masters in Law the following year.

    A key member of the team, Lorna has responsible for the management of Agor IP and Swansea University’s IP portfolio and database thereto. Her knowledge on aspects of drafting and amending commercial agreements, consultancy agreements, contracts and liaising with third party legal consultants make her the ‘go to’ person within Agor IP for legal matters.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Emma Williams

    Technology Transfer Manager

    Email: [email protected]

  • Kasia Williams

    Compliance & Data Co-ordinator

    Kasia joined the AgorIP team in October 2018 as a Data and Compliance Administrator. She is a qualified teacher with a BA in Applied Linguistics and holds a MA in International Liaison and Communication from the University of Westminster. Having moved from London to Wales in 2011, she pursued a career in teaching and worked as Quality Assurance Auditor for an American background screening company. Most recently, she worked as a Quality Officer on ESF funded project in Gower College Swansea. In AgorIP, Kasia manages the day-to-day aspects of the project in relation to output indicators. Kasia ensures that the project is delivered in accordance with the agreed profile and that its activity is evidenced in a disciplined fashion, satisfying WEFO eligibility requirements and university procedures.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Chloe Gordon

    Financial Administrator

    Email: [email protected]

  • Berna Jones

    Technology Transfer Manager

    With 16 years of experience in business and administration. Berna attained a bachelor’s degree in Econometrics and completed a Masters in Business Administration at Swansea Metropolitan University. Before joining AgorIP, Berna managed the Swansea University Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Impact Acceleration Account Project, helping researchers to engage with industry and to bring their ideas to the market. For this work, Berna won Swansea award for ‘Best Partnership Building with External Stakeholders’. Previously, Berna was a Knowledge Exchange Officer in the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research, administering a number of externally funded projects designed to engage with local businesses and the public to provide knowledge exchange support and advice.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Laurel Jones

    Senior Project Manager

    Laurel enjoyed an extensive career in Business/Commercial banking for over 20 years, latterly as a Business Development Manager for Bank of Scotland based in Swansea.

    She joined the University in 2009, originally as the Finance & Compliance Manager for the ESF funded LEAD Wales Programme, where she was responsible for managing an £8m budget in line with stringent EU Procurement guidelines.

    Laurel originally joined AgorIP as a Technology Transfer Manager in 2017 from the University’s Research, Engagement & Innovation Services Department, where she was an External Contracts Officer, managing a Portfolio of European-funded Major Projects totalling in excess of £50m; facilitating claims, providing eligibility guidance, managing risk and overseeing both internal and external audits.

    Laurel, who is an Associate Member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and has an APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ), was successful in becoming a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) last year and towards the end of 2019 took up the role of Senior Project Manager of the AgorIP Project.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Steven Powell

    Technology Transfer Officer

    Steven has worked in Engineering Product Design and Project Management for more than 12 years with Rank Xerox, CMW(Med) Labs, VW/Audi and SMEs. Moving from industry to Higher Education, Steven has worked in both Academic and Project Management roles for 20 years, establishing design under and postgraduate courses including MPhil and PhD supervision as Head of Product Design. Steven’s technology transfer experience covers extensive academic to business engagement and collaboration, and has managed a number of University knowledge exchange innovation projects and programs in the UK and Europe. An active member of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) professional body, Steve is a panel member for accreditation of University design courses throughout the UK.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Yvonne Jones

    Technology Transfer Manager

    Yvonne is a sustainable development specialist; she has a background in science education, waste and environmental management, and is a Lead Auditor for ISO14001. In 2004, having gained an MSc in Education for Sustainable Development she undertook a career change, and began working on local environmental quality, for a prominent Welsh charity. She joined Swansea University in 2007 as a Business Development Officer for an EU funded project, and since then has worked on many others. Over this time her sustainability background naturally led her into the field of EU funding cross cutting themes (CCTs) and she currently she works on CCTs for AgorIP, Seacams2 and The Computational Foundry. She also advises other projects in this area across the University as the need arises. Yvonne is also part of the Secretariat for RCE Wales, a UN supported network of centres of expertise in sustainability education. In this capacity she liaises with universities across Wales.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Ceri Jones

    Director

  • Dr Kelvin Donne

    AgorIP Scientific Research Lead

  • Lorna Evans

    Assistant Technology Transfer Officer

  • Emma Williams

    Technology Transfer Manager

  • Kasia Williams

    Compliance & Data Co-ordinator

  • Chloe Gordon

    Financial Administrator

  • Berna Jones

    Technology Transfer Manager

  • Laurel Jones

    Senior Project Manager

  • Steven Powell

    Technology Transfer Officer

  • Yvonne Jones

    Technology Transfer Manager