Stakeholder Strategic Advisory Board

We have set up a Stakeholder Strategic Advisory Board to extend the pathways for cohort engagement during and after graduation; and provide horizon scanning input in terms of regional, economic and societal changes and how the Centre might respond to these.

Mark Casey

Mark Casey

Mark Casey heads up the UK Hydrographic Office's Research and Innovation function. Mark has 30 years' experience of utilising geospatial data to produce navigation products and services in both the Air and Maritime domains. Initially 22 years spent in the Royal Air Force making aeronautical maps, charts and publications for the RAF and wider joint forces and has spent the last 8 years at the UK Hydrographic Office leading the Research and Innovation team in exploring new technologies and tools to create new marine data and navigation Proof of Concepts for UK Defence and the commercial maritime markets.

Prof Helen Griffiths

Professor Helen Griffiths was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Research & Innovation at Swansea University in August 2020.

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Prof Helen Griffiths
Jon Burnes

Dr Jonathan Burnes

Joining from Swansea University, Dr Jonathan Burnes is tasked with overseeing delivery of the £1.3 billion investment porfolio throughout South West Wales. Dr Burnes has held a number of senior positions at the university in the last 12 years. These include Director of Information, Services and Systems; Digital Strategy Development Manager; and Associate Director of Planning and Strategic Projects. As the City Deal’s Programme Director, Dr Burnes will establish and lead a new City Deal Programme Management Office that will co-ordinate a portfolio of major projects across the Swansea Bay City Region, which is made up of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea. The City Deal programme is aimed at creating conditions that attract business and simulate economic growth for the City Region, making it an even more attrative place to live, work, do business and invest.

Laura Clark

Laura Clark is the UKI NHS Value & Partnership Manager at Amicus therapeutics. As NHS Value & Partnership Manager Laura is responsible for leading strategic collaborations across the NHS, life science industry and academia. Laura began her career at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and has over 15 years’ experience of working within the pharmaceutical industry in a number of senior commercial and operational roles, developing and delivering strategic programs across the UK to support life science collaborations with health systems to improve health and wellbeing and achieve outcomes that matter to patients. Laura is currently leading the Amicus collaboration with Swansea University, focusing on improving patient outcomes in the area of rare disease.

Laura Clark
Peter Waggett

Dr Peter Waggett

Dr Peter Waggett has had an extensive research and development career. He started work as a Senior Research Scientist at the Marconi Research Centre and is now IBM's Director of Emerging Technology. He has advised a number of public and private sector clients on how to harness innovative and disruptive technologies and acted as a subject matter expert on a number of major projects.

He now leads teams of specialists who are charged with developing first of a kind and prototype systems using research and development assets for IBM's clients and partners. The team is based at IBM's Hursley laboratory near Winchester and at the Hartree Centre near Daresbury. The teams include developers of IBM's Watson cognitive computing offerings and 'big data' analytic solutions. 

Joanne Humphries

Joanne Humphries is a project officer at EPSRC and is a portfolio manager for the ICT theme. Joanne looks after research areas including Human Computer Interaction, Human Communication in ICT and Natural Language Processing.

Jo Humphries