“Navigating the UK Innovation Ecosystem” with Innovate UK KTN and CPI

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.40 to 14.00, Stage 4


Graeme Cruickshank, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, CPI and Debra Jones, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Chemistry – Innovate UK KTN

About this presentation

The UK Innovation Ecosystem can be daunting, and often not easy to navigate. In this short session, Debra and Graeme will outline potential routes to engage with the ecosystem, including Research Councils, Innovate UK KTN and Catapults, they will also share some of the currently available funding opportunities and grants available which are likely to be of relevance to the Chemical Industry.

Speaker Bio

Graeme is CPI’s new Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, responsible for supporting the development of the Technology and Innovation (T&I) culture within CPI and ensuring the integration of CPI’s full innovation capability as part of the High Vale Manufacturing Catapult offer.

He originally joined CPI as the Director of the National Formulation Centre in 2015, where he led the establishment and management of CPI’s Formulation capability which enables the UK’s ecosystem of academics, SMEs and large companies to de-risk the development and scale-up to manufacture of their complex, high-value, formulated products (with applications spanning foods to pharmaceuticals, paints to detergents, inks to composite materials).

Graeme joined CPI from Procter and Gamble where he spent 20 years in a range of product design and technology innovation roles across a range of FMCGs (e.g. Fairy Automatic Dishwashing products) and in Corporate R&D developing new product categories e.g. Sleep-care and Water purification. Most recently he was Global Associate Director for Strategic Alliances where he worked in partnership with appliance manufacturers to ensure domestic appliances and detergents innovated together to ensure consumers got ideal end results, with sustainability built-in by reducing water and energy use. In parallel he also led the Global Methods Team bringing more robust and consumer predictive methods for product evaluation which is key in accelerating innovation, allowing faster decision making.

Graeme’s passion for technical capability development through people saw him lead various community of practice groups to accelerate knowledge transfer and spark idea re-application to add business value. He has a Ph.D. in Preparation, Characterisation and Catalytic Properties of Gallium Loaded Zeolites from the University of Edinburgh.

Joint Speaker

Debra Jones

Debra Jones

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Chemistry - Innovate UK KTN

Debra is the Knowledge Transfer Manager for Chemistry at Innovate UK KTN. Her current interests include Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Cross sector Batteries and Hydrogen Innovation Networks.

Previous to joining KTN, Debra worked in R&D and Innovation in industry for 18 years across a range of topics including Synthetic fuel production, AgTech, Solar Thermal Hydrogen and Emissions Control technologies