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Corporate Relations Team

Kate HughesKate Hughes – Partnerships Director (External Affairs)

Kate currently holds the role of Partnerships Director (External Affairs) and leads the Corporate Relations team, developing integrated management and research-related services for effective collaboration and partnership with business and industry

Kate was Director of Research Support Services at the University of Warwick, managing the University's externally funded research and related knowledge transfer activity, for 7 years to 2008 after joining Warwick in September 2001. Kate's background in research management and administration in Higher Education spans almost 20 years, at the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield Hallam and at Henley Management College. Prior to that, working for the accountants, KMG Thomson McLintock, and as they merged to form KPMG Peat Marwick, as the north-east Management Consultancy Partnership’s Administrator.

Contact Kate on: +44 (0)2476 522742 or email: Kate dot Hughes at warwick dot ac dot uk

Sam HardyDr Sam Hardy - Business Lead Energy & Urban Sciences

Sam leads business collaboration in the fields of Energy and Sustainable Cities, supporting the University’s Global Research Priorities in these areas. Sam has worked at the interface between academia and industry for ten years; during this time he has led high tech start-ups and built strong relationships with industrial partners, including leading on the University’s strategic alliance with National Grid. Sam supported the development of and now project manages Warwick’s contribution to FlexDGrid, a £17m project led by Western Power Distribution and funded through Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund. In addition to these UK-based activities Sam heads up the University’s corporate engagement activities in Brazil relating to energy and urban science, and supports business collaborations in Warwick’s partnership in the Center for Urban Science and Progress in New York. Sam has a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Virology from the University of Warwick.

Contact Sam on: +44 (0)2476 575497 or email: Samuel dot A dot Hardy at warwick dot ac dot uk


Dr Debbie Girdlestone - Business Lead Life Sciences

Debbie is the Life Sciences Business Lead, responsible for the University’s collaborative relationships with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nutraceutical companies. Debbie has worked in the biomedical sector for twenty years, both in multinational company R&D and in business development. She has a long experience of managing strategic alliances between industry, academia and not-for-profit organisations. Debbie has served as the Editor of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences and as Executive Director of a successful start-up, as well as holding a number of appointments on international advisory boards. She has a BSc in biochemistry from Manchester and a PhD in physiology from Leeds. She is also accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Contact Debbie on: +44 (0)2476 151664 or email: D dot Girdlestone at warwick dot ac dot uk

caroline_oakman.jpgCaroline Oakman - Personal Assistant to the Partnerships Director (External Affairs)

Caroline has worked at the University of Warwick for 21 years in various roles including MA/PhD Admissions Secretary in the School of Health, Development Assistant in DARO, PA to the Director of Fundraising. Caroline now works as PA to Kate Hughes – Partnerships Director and provides administrative support to the Corporate Relations team.

Contact Caroline on: +44 (0)2476 575829 or email: c dot e dot oakman at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Whether your business is big or small, local or international, we can help. From workshops and seminars for CPD, through to scientific research and testing we have a range of services to help your business. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.


corporaterelations at warwick dot ac dot uk


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