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Professor Simon Harvey

Professor Simon Harvey

Simon’s extensive expertise in evolutionary biology is influencing many areas of scientific interest from ageing and dementia, to agricultural animal embryology and the analysis of placebo effects.

His industry-relevant expertise is leading to breakthroughs in life science research, including his work with Genea Biomedx in developing a new approach to product quality control and to future media optimisation.

Simon pioneered the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park, Sandwich, which has made a significant impact within the regional life sciences sector. Since its launch in 2016, it has delivered 50 industry-focused projects that have responded directly to challenges set by life science businesses.

Dr Joe Burman

Dr Joe Burman

Joe is a prominent and experienced consultant in sustainable glasshouse food production, and co-ordinated Thanet Earth’s £1.2million InnovateUK project.

As a former leading research consultant for Thanet Earth, the UK’s largest and most high-tech greenhouse complex, Joe led their InnovateUK project to produce pioneering digital imaging tools for quality control throughout their fresh produce supply chain.

His responsibilities included co-ordinating research into production and post-harvest techniques to improve the quality and shelf life of products and, as part of their wider environmentally-friendly practices, Joe provided guidance on biodiversity management of Thanet Earth's native chalk grassland habitats.

Dan Stretch

Dan Stretch

National organisations and sports governing bodies are accessing expert advice and evaluation of their projects and programmes through a Christ sports science consultancy unit led by Dan Stretch.

Dan and his team of sport and exercise science experts oversee the University’s SportLab, a consultancy unit with a strong reputation for providing professional services and consultancy to athletes, coaches and sports teams performing at national and international level.

SportsLab also opens its doors to local schools and colleges, so young people can experience innovative sport science activities in our high-tech laboratories.

Dr Carol Trim

Dr Carol Trim

Working with Venomtech® Ltd at Discovery Park, Carol and her team have discovered venom components that hope to pave the way to new cancer therapies and antimicrobials. Presenting this data at scientific conferences has raised the profile of Venomtech and its products, leading to new customers and business relationships. The collaborative research has also increased PhD students’ industry skills resulting in subsequent employment at Venomtech.

Christ Church students have also helped to optimise the company’s commercial processes leading to improved products and services.

Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou

Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou

Eleni is an experienced clinical and community psychologist with numerous appointments in mental health practice and academia both in UK and Greece.

She has a strong track record of national and international projects in mental health care, diabetes care, assistive technologies for wheelchair users and robotic rehabilitation for children with neurological conditions.

She has provided high impact evaluation services to healthcare, local authorities and other public and private organisations such as NHS, Kent County Council, MIND Bexley, Countryside Agency, Age UK. Recent examples of her work include evaluations of Ebbsfleet Healthy New Town Community Activation Projects and the BEAT project for Type 2 Diabetes prevention run by London Borough of Bexley and funded by Sport England.

Her expert work is informing regional, national and international policy and delivery of public health and primary care services.

Dr Andrew Jackson

Dr Andrew Jackson

Andrew works as an arts consultant with leading organisations, including Turner Contemporary, Creative Folkestone, Marlowe Theatre, and Watermans Arts. Funded by Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, he has undertaken research and evaluations for the significant national arts projects Creative People and Places, and the Great Place Scheme.

His work focusses on the role and value of the creative and cultural sectors, particularly to people and communities, and the ways in which cultural interventions contribute to place making, and patterns of economic and social change. His expertise offers clients sophisticated analyses of their arts activities, contributing to their strategic planning and enabling them to report more effectively to stakeholders about their social and economic impact.

Dr Chris Pallant

Dr Chris Pallant

Chris is President of the International Society for Animation Studies and has held a number of consultative roles for organisations, including Bloomsbury Publishing, The Fulbright Commission, Sheridan College (Toronto). He has also undertaken and managed research for the The British Academy, US Embassy, and The Leverhulme Trust.

His research is helping key organisations save, preserve, share and promote media heritage, while providing greater insights into how audiences respond to different media, such as animation, film, television, video games. Chris’s expertise is also helping clients across the media and heritage sectors report effectively to stakeholders about their social and economic impact.

Dr Karen Thomas

Dr Karen Thomas

Karen’s expertise in the regional and national visitor economy is helping to facilitate regional growth and influence wider national policy debates.

Karen is working alongside Visit Kent to support the development of new audiences to Kent. As Culture Kent research programme lead and Director of our Tourism and Events Hub, she is researching and promoting work between culture/ the arts and the visitor economy. As Director of the Tourism and Events Hub, Karen has worked with Visit Kent on a number of projects to support the strategic development of the sector and the development of new audiences to Kent. Her role as lead in the Culture Kent Research Programme focused on researching and promoting work between culture/the arts and the visitor economy.

UKinbound-commissioned research is also being used to lobby Government on the language skills gaps in the tourism sector and on the industry response to the Immigration White Paper and the implications of the end of Free Movement on the UK tourism workforce. This research is being used to respond to the call for evidence by the Migration Advisory Committee for their Salary Threshold and Points Based System Commission.

Dr Ping Zheng

Dr Ping Zheng

Ping is an international expert in entrepreneurship and innovation management. She has been a business/policy adviser for The EU European Policy Centre, Chinese regional governments, and The Research Centre for China Public Sector Economy at Jilin University. She is also an entrepreneur, a business specialist and author. She has extensive industry experience and worked as a partner and executive manager for a US-China joint venture which successfully developed a multi-million dollar business in China.

She is currently a Business Development Director and partner for Creative Science Foundation (CSF) in the UK and a specialist consultant for a number of public and private companies in China.

Dr Emma Williams

Dr Emma Williams, Director of the CCPR

Emma is a leading expert in research-informed policing practice and policy. As a former researcher at the Metropolitan Police Service and Ministry of Justice, her research on rape investigation has informed police training and is being considered as part of the response to the recent Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime rape review.

Her work on professionalising the police service while on secondment to the College of Policing contributed to the development of the Police Education Qualification Framework and, as programme director for the MSc Policing programmes, all students are encouraged to develop recommendations from their research to take back to the workplace for organisational learning.

Professor Berry Billingsley

Professor Berry Billingsley

With a wealth of experience in Science Education, Berry and her team are producing extensive resources, guidelines and workshops which are helping to shape STEM education in the UK.

Berry’s extensive interests in young people’s engagement in science, artificial intelligence and Big Questions bridging sciences and humanities, is inspiring a wide range of tools and guidelines for schools, further and higher education providers, education publishers, national curriculum writers, charities, teacher associations and STEM organisations.

Berry’s career began in the BBC where she produced and presented television and radio programmes including BBC World Service's 'Science in Action', BBC TV's 'Tomorrow’s World' and BBC Education's 'Search out Science'.

Dr Abby Foad

Dr Abby Foad

National policy and investment in sport, health and education is being informed by specialist research led by Abby Foad, lead for the University’s Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (spear).

spear is at the forefront of evaluating the effectiveness of interventions for less active young people (e.g. Change4Life), people with disabilities (e.g. Round the World Challenge), health professionals (e.g.This Mum Moves) and teachers (e.g.Skills2Play ).

The research is funded by a range of organisations including Sport England, ukactive, Mencap, the DfE and Youth Sport Trust.

Evaluation has influenced national policy and investment alongside clear recommendations that shape provision and practice to better support people’s health and wellbeing, their development and connectedness with their schools and communities.

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