Annual Business Event

Further information


7.45am – 8.15am:      Networking breakfast

8.15am – 8.30am:      Welcome Address

                                   Professor Richard B. Davies Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University


8.30am – 9.00am:      Keynote Address

                                   "Universities as Regional Economic Engines"

                                    to be delivered David Rosser, Director of Innovation,

                                    Welsh Government


9.00am – 10.30am:    Breakout sessions:


     Training Opportunities: to be delivered by Ceri Jones,

     Acting Director Research and Innovation, Swansea University and

     Shamala Govindasamy, Software Alliance Wales, Swansea University

     9.00am- 9.20am / 9.30am- 9.50am / 10.00am-10.20am


     Placements: to be introduced by Hilary Lappin-Scott,

     Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University and delivered

     by Lucy Williams and Chris Baillieux, Careers and Employability,

     Swansea University and Hannah Johns, GO Wales, Swansea University

     9.00am- 9.20am / 9.30am- 9.50am / 10.00am-10.20am


     Solutions for Industry: to be delivered by Dr Davide Deganello,

     Welsh Centre for Coating and Printing, Swansea University and

     Professor Hans Sienz, ASTUTE Swansea University

     9.00am- 9.20am / 9.30am- 9.50am / 10.00am-10.20am


10.30am –11.00am:   Coffee


11.00am –11.30am:   “Investing For a Brighter Future” 

                                   Professor Iwan Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University


11.30am –11.50am:   Benefits of Working with the University

                                   Dr Fiona Withey, Operations Director, Biotec Services International


                                   Professor Marc Clement, Executive Chairman of

                                   Institute of Life Science (ILS), Swansea University


11.50am –12noon:     Closing Remarks

                                   Ceri Jones, Acting Director Research and Innovation, Swansea University


12noon:                      Event close



Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies - ASTUTE

Access to Masters - ATM

Biorefining Centre of Excellence - BEACON

Careers and Employability

Centre for NanoHealth - CNH

Centre for the Improvement of Population Health through e-Records Research - CIPHER

Dragon Innovation Partnership - DIP

eHealth Industries Innovation Centre - ehi2


Enterprise Europe Network - EEN

Farr Institute

Foundation Degree in Computer Science - FdSc

GO Wales

Higher Performance Computing Wales - HPC Wales

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership - IfEL

Institute of Life Science - ILS

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship - KESS

Leading through Enterprise and Development - LEAD Wales

Materials Education Training and Learning - METaL

Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network - OPAN

Software Alliance Wales - SAW

Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership - STRIP

Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovation in Functional Coatings - SPECIFIC

Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors - SEACAMS

Swansea Materials Research & Testing Ltd - SMaRT

Swansea Paid Internship Network - SPIN

Swansea University's Bay Campus


Training in Languages and Translation - TILT

Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating -WCPC

Week of Work - WOW

Welsh Institute for Sustainable Environments - WISE

Work Based Learning in Engineering

Speaker Profiles

David Rosser, Director of Innovation Welsh Government: David is responsible for taking forward the Department for the Economy, Science and Transport’s support for innovation and for operational delivery of the Government’s science strategy. Prior to joining the Welsh Government he spent twelve years as CBI Director for Wales and the South West of England.

Professor Richard B. Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University: Professor Davies has been the Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University since October 2003. Under his leadership, the University has adopted a radical and ambitious agenda for change, building on strengths and attracting substantial external investment to accelerate the pace of development.

As an applied statistician, he has worked extensively with industry and has also undertaken contract research for government ministries. He was previously head of an RAE 5* department and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University.

Professor Iwan Davies, Prov-Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University: Professor Davies holds the Hodge Chair in Law at the University and is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor. He is a leading authority on international commercial law with particular reference to asset finance, IP and personal property law. He was Research Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and was called to the Bar as a distinguished academic scholar.

Prior to his current role he was Head of the School of Law which during his tenure expanded to include professional legal education including a pro bono law clinic and which achieved in RAE 2008, the largest improvement of research attainment of any law school in the UK.


Professor Davies is the Pro-Vice Chancellor leading on the University's Internationalisation Strategy and also on the development and delivery of Swansea University's new £400M Science and Innovation Campus which includes academic strategy and planning considerations involving external partnerships within the UK and also overseas.


He is Adjunct Professor of International Commercial Law at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden and also the Beijing University of Science and Technology. He is Chair of the UK Finance and Leasing Association Business Code of Practice Monitoring Group and is a Governor of the UK Leasing Foundation. He has held a number of external roles with particular reference to standards setting and was a Commissioner of the UK Debt Commission. He was special advisor to the Welsh Affairs Committee of the House of Commons during the Wales and Whitehall enquiry. He is Director of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.


Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor,Strategic Development and External Relations, Swansea University: Professor Lappin-Scott  graduated from the University of Warwick (BSc and PhD) and then held Post-doctoral Fellowships in the UK and Canada before her appointment as Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Exeter in 1990. She was awarded a Personal Chair in Microbiology in 1999.

Prof. Lappin-Scott joined Swansea University in 2010 and has a cross cutting role on Strategic Development. Responsibilities within Strategic Development include devising the University Fee Plans, the University Strategic Plans (2012-2017); the Swansea University Employability Academy, undertaking reviews of strategy and activities of various Schools/Colleges. External Relations roles include interactions with HEFCW, Welsh Government, UUK as well as other key external stakeholders.

Ceri Jones, Acting Director, Department of Research and Innovation, Swansea University: Ceri holds the position of Acting Director of the Department of Research and Innovation and is the Operations Director for LEAD Wales.

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.

Professor Marc Clement, Executive Chairman of Institute of Life Science (ILS), Swansea University: Marc was born in Llanelli, Wales. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Physics from Swansea University and a PhD in Laser Physics from Swansea University with the research undertaken at the Rutherford Laboratory. Marc then gained a fellowship from the Royal Society to study at the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, in Paris. He has held several senior academic positions and is currently Executive Chairman in the Institute of Life Science at the College of Medicine, Swansea University.

Marc is an attempted entrepreneur having founded several businesses and is the named inventor of many patents in the field of medical devices.

Professor Hans Sienz, ASTUTE, Swansea University: Professor Johann Sienz received his Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Aerospace Engineering from the FH Augsburg, Germany, in 1989, the BEng (Hons) from the University of Central Lancashire, UK, in 1989, the MSc degree in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree in 1994, both from Swansea University, UK.

He holds a Personal Chair in the College of Engineering, Swansea University, where he is the Research Theme Leader “Aerospace and Manufacturing” and the Teaching Portfolio Director “Aerospace Engineering”. He is the Director of the Welsh European Funding Office funded, pan-Wales “Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies” (ASTUTE) project and the Director of the EPSRC funded MATTER (Manufacturing Advances Through Engineering Training) project. His current research interests include structural and multidisciplinary shape and topology optimization, computational mechanics and composites applied to simulation driven product design and process improvement, more recently concentrating on additive manufacturing.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), a Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (MIMA) and of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Mathematician (CMath). He is the Editor in Chief of the international journal “Applied Mathematical Modelling” as well as being on the editorial board of several other international journals.

Dr. Davide Deganello, Deputy Director at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating: Dr. Deganello is Deputy Director at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) a leading international research centre on printing technologies based in the College of Engineering, Swansea University, his research interests relate to the fabrication, by printing, of thin and flexible electronic devices; technology that puts Europe and Swansea at the cutting edge of future high-value manufacturing.

Davide’s technical expertise in the field includes the study of complex fluids rheology and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and his research has led to a number of publications in high impact factor international journals and major conferences.

Davide’s work has put him in the role of researcher in a number of major EU funded projects, such as Fast2light; a major European funded project focussed on the development of the processes needed for mass-production of thin-film flexible large-area lighting. Since his recent appointment as lecturer, Davide has played senior roles as Investigator or Principle Investigator in key projects relating to printing electronics and biomedical monitoring devices.

Davide is a chartered engineer for the Italian Engineering Association and committee member for the IOP Printing and Graphics Science Group.

Dr Fiona Withey, Operations Director, Biotec Services International, Bridgend: Fiona gained a BSc in Biology and Chemistry followed by a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea. Prior to joining Biotec Services International in 2007, Fiona began her career as a Senior Scientist in research and development before gaining 15 years experience in both Business Development and Operational roles within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

At Biotec she was instrumental in taking the Company from a turnover of < £1M to £9.3M in less than 4 years and was part of a successful Management buyout from the Company founder in November 2010. Fiona is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Teams and has daily responsibility for Operations, Project Management and Human Resources.

Shamala Govindasamy, Software Alliance, Swansea University: Shamala is the Project Manager of Software Alliance Wales (SAW), a 5 university project led by Swansea University. SAW aims to develop ICT in Wales, through CPD training, company certification and student development projects – plus ICT workshops for the wider business community.

Shamala began her career out as a Market Analyst at Thomson Reuters. Since then, she has been promoting collaboration between business and academia - through demand-led training, knowledge transfer, work placements and research consultancy working with companies such as Flybe, Airbus, Met Office, Mines Rescue, the National Air Traffic Service and Riverford Organics.

Lucy J. Williams, Careers and Employability, Swansea University: Lucy joined the Careers and Employability team at Swansea University in April 2013. In her role as Work Placement and Employment Co-ordinator, she mentors students in order that they gain valuable work experience placements and liaises with industry to develop relationships; ensuring continuous work placement opportunities. She coordinates the ‘Swansea Paid Internship Network’ (SPIN) and the Week of Work (WOW) schemes under the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA).

Lucy has spent most of her career as a marketing co-ordinator/manager within the public (Finance Wales) and private sectors (BMW/MINI, Wall Colmonoy). More recently, Lucy career-changed into recruitment; recruiting HR professionals for Hays before joining Swansea University. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2004 with a BA Honours degree in Welsh and French.

Chris Baillieux, Careers and Employability, Swansea University: Chris utilises his considerable knowledge and experience in the business world to assist students in finding and making the most of work placement opportunities. Since November 2012, he has interviewed and organised placements for hundreds of Swansea students.

He has worked in a marketing/consultancy roles, run his own business and is an executive director of a renowned land and property SME company in West Wales. This experience allows him a unique insight into the recruitment needs of local employers. Additionally, Chris holds both a generalist Business BA (Hons) degree and a Msc in Management specialising in (Marketing and Economics).

Hannah Leigh Johns, GO Wales, Swansea University: Hannah joined the Go Wales team as Jobs Growth Wales Coordinator in May this year and is responsible for the latest strand of Go Wales, Jobs Growth Wales. Her role involves marketing, business development and liaising with industry to ensure top quality placements for graduates. Hannah has worked in Swansea University for a number of years within various departments as well as other externally funded projects utilising her marketing and digital marketing skills. Hannah has also spent time working in London for a recruitment company after graduating in 2011 with a degree in Advertising and Brand Management from Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

Fast Facts

Did you know that..

Swansea University has been extremely active in securing European funding (in excess of £120 million), across a wide range of diverse strategic and innovative projects, working directly with the European Commission ( FP7 & Interreg funding) and the Welsh Government (ERDF & ESF funding), including:-

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 17 strategic projects aimed at tackling regional disparities across Europe, and supporting regional development through business innovation, support and regeneration, to help build capacity. Over £40m has recently been secured for Phase 1 of the University’s latest development the ‘Science & Innovation campus'.

European Social Fund (ESF), 13 strategic projects, which are primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities and creating quality of life improvements for people in Wales. Through projects focused on upskilling, Swansea University has helped local people, who are now able to fulfil their potential, by enhancing their jobs prospects, leading to business and economic benefits.

Interreg - cross-border and inter-regional EU co-operation, through promoting sustainable development of Wales with other EU regions via integrated economic development. These 6 collaborations have also led to the dissemination of good practice, and result in increased networking opportunities.

7th Framework Programme(FP7) approximately £9m of project funding, aimed at encouraging research and technological development within the European research area. The range of research projects and activity is extremely diverse, ranging from the ‘Development of an automatic Lobsterplant’, to ‘Prototype Development of Aircraft wings through software modelling’ and the ‘Prevention of Diabetes’.

Other European supported initiatives, including the Erasmus programme which links Swansea University to 31 European regions, Health Programme and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), assisting local small businesses to make the most of the European marketplace.