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Nikola 250pxNikola Chmel

Nikola is currenlty responsible for running the transferable skills programme and he doesn't like talking about himself.

tim_powell_250px.jpgTim Powell

Tim has a wide level of experience working with SME’s over the last 25 years as a Banker, Company Director, Manager of an Investment Readiness Programme & Proof of Concept fund, Investor Director of a regional venture capital fund making over 50 investments into early stage concerns and as Non-Executive Director with 15 young companies; personally as an Angel investor before moving to his current role at the University of Warwick in 2009.

Until retiring last year Tim's role as Senior Business Executive at the University of Warwick Science Park, involved managing the Science Parks access to finance business support service that includes the Minerva Business Angel Investor Network.

Specialising in raising funding for early stage & mostly technology led SME’s, the Minerva investors have made equity investment in excess of £9m into 65 early stage businesses in Tim's time. Tim is now a consultant and Chairman of Kobus Services ( with whom he has recently raised £160k to lead a turnaround.


Adair 250pxAdair Richards

Dr Adair Richards is an international speaker, trainer, academic, consultant and broadcaster. He has a background both as a scientific researcher and in the mass media. His PhD was in mathematical biology and biophysical chemistry. He has been featured on many national television, radio and print networks, winning a number of awards. Adair previously worked as Science Communication Fellow at Warwick and also as Resident Scientist at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. He now spends much of his time designing and delivering University courses and in the last year has spoken at Universities including Birmingham, Harvard, Leicester, NCH, NCREE, Nankai, Northampton, Taipei, Tianjin, UCL and Yale.


rosie_250px.jpgRosie Eaton

Rosie Eaton is a broadcast journalist with 10 years’ experience in BBC Local Radio. In her ‘day’ job she works as a producer, presenter, reporter and researcher. She co-wrote Warwick’s Science Communication course, and her media experience, teaching skills and friendly attitude are an invaluable part of it. Rosie leads the ‘radio exercise’ section of the course, helping the students plan a science radio programme, before taking them to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s studios to record it. Outside work she enjoys walking, cycling and time with family and friends.

gerard sharpling 250pxGerard Sharpling

Gerard is a language specialist with over twenty years of teaching French and English in Higher Education settings in the UK and abroad. Gerard has a significant amount of experience in providing textual advice to researchers in all faculties, and has worked extensively with scientists and journal editors in an advisory capacity. Gerard is particularly interested in studying the political and power-based implications of writing in academia. His own PhD thesis, carried out at the University of Birmingham, was a study of rhetoric in sixteenth-century French prose texts, many of which sought to consider the scientific issues of the day.


Piero_250pxPiero Vitelli

Under the broad and vague remit of ‘Relationship’, Piero helps people to work effectively in the personal, interpersonal and group settings. Recent work has included developing & delivering ‘Focus Six’; a teambuilding event, ‘Authentity’; a THE award nominated residential transferable skills course, coaching speakers for TED conferences, communication skills workshops for a Regional Development Agency, and his continued work for numerous multinational companies and over thirty UK, European and North American universities and business schools, where he provides expert facilitation, workshops and training.

He has NCDT certificates in theatrical stage management and acting, is a certified practitioner for MBTI®, SDI®, Belbin® and NLP, and has completed an internationally recognised course in Transactional Analysis. He lives on a smallholding near the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire with his wife, son and daughter where they are trying to become as self-sufficient as realistically possible.


Ann_250pxAnn Canham

Ann is a Coach and Consultant in Leadership and Organisation Development who works as a Coach to senior executives, facilitates Leadership Programmes and Dialogues and advises Universities on transferable skills training for doctoral students. Her particular interest is coaching women executives and young women embarking on their careers. Much of Ann’s work draws on her extensive experience working at senior levels in the corporate world where she held a variety of global executive roles in both Marketing and HR, her last role being VP HR for Russia, Africa, Caspian, Middle East and South Asia for a major multinational energy company.

In the not for profit sector Ann is Chair of a charity that supports the families of drug and alcohol abusers; trustee/governor of a senior school; mentor to young female Science and international students; lay member of a Lord Chancellor’s sub committee assessing suitability of candidates for the magistracy in the UK. In all her work Ann has a passion for making a positive impact for both the individual and the organisation for which they work. Ann is British with a wide experience working in a number of countries. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, Richard and has two grown up daughters.


James Lapworth PhotoJames Lapworth

James joined Warwick Ventures in July 2016 following three years as a Senior Licensing & Commercialisation Manager at the University of Leicester, where he focused on pharmaceutical and medical technologies projects. During this time, he was responsible for the completion of six new licenses with a value of ~£9m and for securing >£4m to support translational projects. Previously, James spent four years as a Business Manager at the University of Sheffield’s Healthcare Gateway, where he managed commercialisation projects across the med-tech theme.

After graduating with a First in Biology & Chemistry, James completed a PhD in Polymer Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at the University of Sheffield and, during a subsequent year as an associate Yorkshire Enterprise Fellow, he established a new commercial service, supplying 3D cell culture scaffolds for research applications. James has also held internship positions at ICI Paints plc (now Akzo Nobel), SRM Ltd., Lancaster Communications Ltd. and HGF Ltd. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and a Registered PRINCE-2 practitioner.


Shum Prakash

Shum Prakash photoAfter her BSc in Chemistry (Wales), Shum read for her PhD in Biochemistry (Kent) and undertook R&D with Nihon Medi-Physics Co. Ltd and Johnson Matthey Plc to develop radiopharmaceutical drugs for cancer therapy and brain diagnosis. After her MSc in Science and Technology Policy (Sussex) and research fellowship in Innovation Policy at Canterbury Business School, Shum influenced UK and European policy through consultancy projects at SQW Ltd, Technopolis Ltd, and at the European Parliament.

She joined Warwick Ventures in December 2001 as a Business Development Manager where she also managed the inaugural year of the HEIF funded Midlands Medici Programme at Warwick and led the DTI funded Mercia Biotech BEP (Biotechnology Exploitation Platform) Programme. Whilst at Warwick, Shum has successfully completed her MBA (Warwick) for which she was awarded a Sainsbury Management Fellowship. Shum has taken a broad range of technologies from concept to royalty generating commercial licenses and to trading spin off companies.


Mary Johnson Mary Johnson

In her 10 years at the Royal Shakespeare Company Mary had responsibility for the teachers and professional development programmes and most recently served as Acting Director of Learning. She has taught for twenty years in secondary schools in the UK, Europe and the United States. Her university experience has included teaching at Cornell University and the University of Virginia. At the University of Warwick she has delivered the Learning and Development Centre’s courses on large and small group teaching for new faculty as well as a workshop on leadership skills for MOAC. Mary trained as an actress in New York, working Off-Broadway, in regional repertory, in films and in television. For the last 10 years she has been involved in the professional development of teachers in the UK and is a consultant and trainer for a variety of secondary and tertiary education organizations. She has a long-standing interest in creative practice in learning, and in collaboration with the National College for School Leadership developed a year-long creative leadership project for headteachers. Specialising in experiential learning, Mary leads training workshops in the UK and abroad in the areas of leadership skills, teaching skills, teaching Shakespeare and creative practice in education contexts. Her publications include co-authorship of The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.