James is passionate about the important role that science and the scientific community have to play in growing our economy into new high-tech and knowledge-based sectors, informing public policy and in changing our world for the better.
James has experience in supporting research & innovation in the UK and internationally with a particular focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges. He led a team of highly-knowledgeable programme specialists to develop and implement a programme of science policy, advocacy, networking, conferences, workshops and other initiatives, working in close partnership with the international chemical science community. He is an experienced project leader who has a strong track record of working with government, industry and academia at senior levels.
James is a Junior Policy Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, UK, having authored over 20 pieces of science policy covering strategic reports, government consultation responses and position statements. He led a successful campaign to the UK Government in 2013, on behalf of the broader chemical science community, to protect public investment in science, and has participated in several advisory groups and expert panels to government bodies and NGOs.
Natalie is the Marketing and Events Manager for the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) responsible for PR, brand, digital marketing and events management. Natalie’s background includes creating and project managing events for a commercial conference company. She has international experience in a range of marketing roles and a passion for bringing brand to life. Natalie most recently worked at Gallagher Group Ltd as Brand and Online Manager for Gallagher’s Security business.
Glen Beattie provides KiwiNet with commercialisation management services. Glen has a background in a number of sectors, which including consulting, M&A and investment services. Glen was also the founding director of a company that helps start up and early stage companies develop growth strategies, become investment ready, and raise capital. Glen holds a MSc in Earth Science from the University of Waikato.
Seumas joined KiwiNet after working in Wellington as a senior advisor at the Environmental Protection Authority. Seumas has a PhD in Molecular Pathology, and has worked in both small biotechnology and large research organisations here in New Zealand and in the US. He is excited to bring his experience to help advance further connections between researchers and Industry to increase New Zealand ‘s knowledge economy.
May helps manage the Investment Committee and Board meetings as well as assisting New Zealand publicly funded research organisations to assess the commercial potential of their technologies and expertise. May also helps maintain KiwiNet’s financial obligations.
May has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Logic and Computation. Prior to starting at KiwiNet, May worked for BDO and PwC with experience in auditing, financial reporting, management accounting and tax compliance.