Rothamsted Research

where knowledge grows

KEC Team

Dr Andrew Spencer - Head of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation

Andrew is responsible for the management and leadership of KEC at Rothamsted. As well as leading the KEC team, he also leads on the development of KEC strategy and policy, and on liaison with senior management and key strategic partners to ensure that Rothamsted meets its KEC objectives. He also supports major initiatives and developments along with the development of Rothamsted IPR.

Bianca Forte - Alliance Manager

Bianca's key responsibilities within the team are to: work with scientists to diversify and extend our portfolio of strategic collaborations with industry, with the view to accelerate the impact from our research; coordinate our strategic relationships with businesses; and support our Director of Enterprise Services with the development of opportunities with tenants of the Daniel Hall Innovation Centre, an incubation space for start-ups and SMEs, and users for the Lawes Open Innovation Hub, a state-of-the-art facility for collaboration.

Dr Khalid Mahmood - Business Development Manager (Major Facilities)

Khalid’s key responsibilities within KEC team are to work with the scientists to exploit the research facilities for strategic collaboration with the industry, with a view to longer term cooperation in sustainable food production. He is working initially with scientists at North Wyke to promote collaboration with stakeholders around the Farm Platform, a National Capability BBSRC funded resource. He will also be working with researchers and agri-food companies focusing on sustainable livestock production systems and food security.

Kim Freeman  KEC and IP Administrator

Kim's key responsibilities are to support the business development and intellectual property functions of the team and to provide administrative support for KEC activities. 

Melanie Wright  KEC and Grants Officer

Mel’s key responsibilities within the team are to work with scientists at North Wyke to develop opportunities for Knowledge Exchange and to provide support in the writing and submission of grant applications.  Mel manages the strategic links with LEAF and Duchy College, and is responsible for managing the North Wyke Research Advisory Group.