Posted on: 10/03/2023

Connect with FLFDN’s specialist Managers

On top of Leadership development programmes and events, The Future Leaders Fellows Development Network has a team of Managers in specialist areas on hand to support FLFs navigating their fellowship. The team has grown to include support on Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Policy Engagement and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Sharon Morgan Young, Innovation Manager

Sharon Morgan-Young is the new Innovation Manager in the Network. She is based at Queen’s University in Belfast, which has been recognised as the UK’s most entrepreneurial university. Sharon can help Fellows by discussing whether research projects might have commercial potential as well as considering pathways to translate research innovations into commercial success. Sharon can provide advice and guidance around identifying Value Propositions, beginning the process of Customer Discovery, and giving insight into creating effective business networks.

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Paul Grimshaw, Knowledge Exchange Manager

Paul Grimshaw is the new Knowledge Exchange Manager for the Network. Paul has a background in innovation research and management, with experience working in and between industry, university, and charity sectors. His main role is working to help build links, support and resources for Fellows.

He is on-hand to help develop useful on-line and in-person resources and to connect fellows to timely help and support relating to all aspects of Knowledge Exchange including; Business Engagement, Research Collaboration, Working with the third sector and Public Engagement.

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Katie Nicoll Baines, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Katie is an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) specialist and experienced facilitator/trainer with expertise in researching barriers to career progression experienced by women and LGBT+ people related to grant funding.

Katie works alongside Udeni Salmon to create and implement our EDI strategy. She is responsible for our embedding principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across all network programmes and activities.  She supports our training and development team to embed EDI in the leadership training for fellows and develops bespoke training to respond to specific EDI needs within the Network. Katie also works with UKRI on strategies to support Inclusive Research Design.

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Helen Freeman, Policy Engagement Manager

Helen is the Policy Engagement Manager for The Network. Helen’s role supports Future Leaders Fellows and UKRI-nominated Early Career Researchers through the delivery of policy-related training, community networking and expanding their understanding of the policy landscape.

Throughout 2023, Helen will be developing an online Toolkit to bring together a wide range of policy-engagement strategies and opportunities, such as tips on how to write evidence for public inquiries and how to keep up to date with the latest policy developments in your field. The Network is working closely with the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) to deliver online Policy Masterclasses and provide opportunities for Fellows to meet policy makers.

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As always, if you ever want to contact our broader team email with your queries.

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