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Head of SELA
Dr Gary C Wood NTF SFHEA
Staff & Operations.
Operations Board Member
With a background and qualifications in science and management, Karen has many years’ experience working in
both the public and private sectors.
Initially employed in research laboratories, she took on a commercial role before moving to a UK cancer charity
where she was responsible for the rapid and sustained growth of one of the technology transfer business areas.
Later, Karen moved into HE where she took responsibility for various areas including Intellectual Property,
Commercialisation and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. She successfully expanded early entrepreneurship
programmes and took on advisory roles, as well as working with regional businesses on growth programmes.
At the University of Bedfordshire Karen was responsible for ‘Basics of Building a Business’ lecture series which was
recognised by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) as an ‘Exemplar in enterprise education’. She
also built up a successful track record of funding applications.
Since moving to Sheffield 9 years ago, Karen has been an award winning Business Incubation Manager at Sheffield
Technology Parks before becoming a self–employed business advisor and school enterprise champion, developing
and delivering a variety of enterprise and employability programmes aimed at providing young people with
transferable skills for the workplace.
Joining the University of Sheffield five years ago, Karen initially established the Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre,
in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She also introduced an innovative module combining
skills education with industry context for Master’s students, which gained international recognition. Now part of
Materials Science and Engineering, Karen manages a large EPSRC funded hub in Manufacture using Advanced
Powder Processes (MAPP) involving 5 other universities and many industry partners.