Industry and Business Partnership Board

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) operates large science infrastructures on behalf of the UK at its National Science and Innovation Campuses at Harwell, SciTech Daresbury, Boulby Underground Science Facility, Chilbolton Observatory and the UKATC in Edinburgh.

These national laboratories serve a wide community of academic and industrial researchers from different sectors including space, pharmaceutical, advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and electronics.

The Industry and Business Partnership Board aims to bring together leaders of major partners in industry to build and further strengthen the connections of STFC to businesses. Industry led, it will provide advice on growing and enhancing the industrial use of the facilities, skills and capabilities found across STFC.


Core members

  • Dick Elsy – STFC Council member (Chair)
  • Professor David Rugg – STFC Council (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr Christine Adams – Mayflower Innovation Ltd
  • Dr Daren Budd – BASF
  • Dr Gillian Burgess – Gruenenthal GmbH
  • Hannah Randles – LyvaLabs
  • Dr Jessica Middlemiss – Dyson Institute
  • Dr John Burgoyne – Oxford Instruments plc
  • Justin Byrne – Airbus
  • Professor Michael Fitzpatrick – Coventry University
  • Dr Nicolas Tonello – Constelcom Ltd, Renuda

Non-core members

  • Professor Andrew Harrison – Diamond Light Source LTD
  • Dr Alan Partridge – STFC Laboratories for Large Scale Facilities
  • Dr Neil Geddes – STFC National Laboratories Science and Technologies
  • Paul Vernon – STFC Business and Innovation
  • Dr Massimo Noro – STFC Business Development Daresbury
  • Professor Ric Allott – STFC Business Development Space, Technology and Facilities
  • Amy Plath – STFC Impact & Engagement BID

Terms of reference

This body aims to bring together leaders of major partners in industry to build and further strengthen the connections of STFC to businesses. It is industry led, with the aim of providing advice to STFC on how to strengthen links to and partnerships with industry and business.

The industrial and business partnership committee will:

  • provide advice and recommendations on the industry and business strategy for STFC
  • define and recommend an industrial engagement plan that is effective and efficient for all parties involved
  • define and recommend an appropriate means of articulating the benefits of engagement for both sides, including direct commercial facility use and the manufacturing supply chain feeding into STFC;
  • provide advice and guidance on future enhancement of skills and expertise development required by industry
  • review and capture global best practice with respect to industrial engagement by national facilities to inform strategy and engagement plans;
  • maximise alignment to and leverage of funding mechanisms and other government funding initiatives and policy.

Meetings and reporting

The Industry and Business Partnership Board meets three times a year. The minutes of the meetings are reported to STFC Council.

The secretariat for the Industry and Business Partnership Board is provided by the STFC Business and Innovation Directorate.

The above terms of reference will be reviewed annually.


For more information about the Industry and Business Partnership Board contact:

Dymphie Webb

Last updated: 13 April 2022

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