Leeds Uni’s innovation centre strengthens team

Leeds Uni’s innovation centre strengthens team
Harrison Evans with Chelsea Hardy

Nexus, the University of Leeds’ new £40 million innovation centre, has strengthened its team with the appointment of two experienced figures from the worlds of research and innovation.

Adding to a dedicated team responsible for facilitating productive working partnerships and collaborations, Chelsea Hardy joins as Engagement Manager.

She will be responsible for initial liaison with organisations, matching business needs to the University’s research, facilities and talent.

She joins from J.P. Morgan’s FinTech team within the Corporate and Investment Bank and is a keen Fintech advocate having worked with numerous start-ups on their journey from idea to product delivery.

As Collaboration Manager, Dr Harrison Evans will provide Nexus members with seamless access to the academic expertise, facilities and talent across the University and will oversee its existing commercial relationships across Research and Innovation, and the wider University.

He will also be intrinsically involved in building relationships with businesses in the Nexus community by gaining an understanding of their business needs, connecting them to the right partners both within the University and externally and providing oversight to the partnership.

His most recent post at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), saw him work across innovation programmes promoting partnerships and facilitating collaborations between industry and NIHR-funded infrastructure.

Nexus Director Martin Stow said: “Nexus is all about helping organisations to harness ideas and translate them into real business opportunities.

“Chelsea will be a tremendous asset for facilitating productive working partnerships and collaborations between academic experts and business and Harrison’s experience will prove invaluable as he builds strong relationships with businesses, connecting them to the University’s world-class research and innovation.”