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Who we are

The Commercialisation (Wider Markets) Team within Partnerships UK provides a single source of strategic and transactional support in commercialisation / wider markets issues across the public sector.

We have a team with extensive experience of commerce, the public sector and where the two meet. We are also able to draw upon senior expert professionals in specialist fields from the wider PUK across the range of the public sector’s activities.

The Team

Christina McComb - Head of Commercialisation & Equity

Christina McComb joined Partnerships UK in May 2006 as head of the Equity team. Christina is a former director of 3i plc, with 14 years experience in investment and portfolio management. Prior to joining PUK, Christina was a founder director of the Shareholder Executive, a new professional group originally established in the Cabinet Office charged with managing the Government’s interest in public-owned companies (examples being Royal Mail, BNFL, Met Office, Qinetiq).

Michael Gerrard - Deputy Chief Executive

Michael is an Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Partnerships UK and has overall responsibility for PUK’s Commercialisation work. Prior to joining PUK at its foundation he was a director of HM Treasury Taskforce. This followed an earlier career in finance.

Graham Cook - Project Director

Graham joined Partnerships UK’s Commercialisation team in May 2006 following a two-year secondment to the DTI’s Industrial Development Unit (latterly part of the Shareholder Executive) – acting as the corporate finance and investment appraisal team for the DTI, including a leading advisory role on the collapse of MG Rover. Graham also brings extensive experience in corporate finance, consulting and assurance (PKF and CLB Littlejohn Frazer); as well as line financial control experience for growth companies (Benetton’s VC arm and investees, Sedgwick insurance associate).

Graham qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996, holds an MBA (with Distinction, Cass Business School, 2004), and an economics degree (BSc (Hons) Southampton, 1988).

Alan Driver - Project Director

Alan joined PUK in March 2001 bringing extensive experience of the commercialisation of science from both public and private sectors. 8 years with the Medical Research Council he licensed a number of different medical technologies and diagnostic instrumentation. Trained as a molecular biologist with 15yrs lab experience, he secured £1.5M funding for a new MRC lab based technology transfer centre in Edinburgh, and he a was a co-founder of RiboTargets Ltd (an MRC spin-out company) in 1997. As the business development manager he helped raised £7M for the company’s initial round of funding – the largest in Europe at that time.

At PUK, Alan has secured a strong working relationship with OSI/HMT and the PSRE community to bring about cultural change towards greater commercialisation of public sector assets.

Dr. Michele Hill-Perkins - Project Director

Michele joined the Commercialisation Team of Partnerships UK in March 2003. Michele has 14 years commercial experience in industry R&D and business development.

Previously, Michele spent five years at Catalyst Biomedica, the commercial subsidiary of the Wellcome Trust. As Business Development Manager, she was responsible for a business team carrying out technology evaluation, commercialisation and business strategy for projects in a range of therapeutic areas in the biomedical field.

Prior to this, Michele was Senior Business Manager at CR Technology, the commercial subsidiary of the cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, where she licensed cancer therapeutics to both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Michele obtained her Ph.D. at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and University College London and an MSc. also from University College, London and an MA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Sunil Shahaney - Assistant Director

Sunil joined Partnerships UK in June 2006 on secondment from the Department of Trade and Industry.

He started his career working in R&D for Wiggins Teape plc after gaining a First Class Honours degree from UMIST.

He subsequently went on to head technology, project, and sales and marketing teams for ITC Ltd. in India and the UK. ITC Ltd. is an affiliate of BAT plc with interests in tobacco, agri-products, paper, print, IT and hotels.

Sunil joined the Civil Service in 2003 and was charged with implementing the Government’s employer / employee Partnership agenda and led on the Union Modernisation Fund initiative.

For further information contact any of the above at :
Tel : 0207 273 8389
Fax : 0207 273 8368
e-mail : wm@partnershipsuk.org.uk

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