Dr Martin Stow
Chairman and Nexus Director – Nexus
Dr. Martin Stow leads on the delivery and implementation of Nexus, and plays a significant role in leading the strategy, business development and operations for external research partnership activities. He is responsible for implementing a culture of innovation and enterprise within the University and beyond.
Martin is dedicated to ensuring Nexus becomes an innovation powerhouse, fostering a vibrant, efficient working environment for world-leading academics, entrepreneurs and innovative companies to deliver commercial impact and generate economic growth. Martin is a biochemist by training with a first class honours degree and DPhil (PhD) from the University of York. He has over 25 years’ experience working in senior worldwide research and development and strategic leadership roles within the healthcare and life science industries both in multinational businesses – as Vice President for Research and Development with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) – and in ‘start up’ organisations, most recently as the CEO of a disruptive and innovative DNA personalised skincare business. Martin has brought more than 25 new products to market in the Medical Device, Diagnostics and Consumer sectors, most of which have been launched globally.
Engagement Manager – Nexus
As Engagement Manager for Nexus, Chelsea is responsible for liaison with businesses, matching their needs to the University’s capabilities and facilitating productive working partnerships and collaborations between academic experts and business. A first-class graduate from the University of Cambridge, Chelsea Hardy has extensive experience of creating successful collaboration opportunities with small businesses and large organisations, having spent the past five years working in one of the world’s largest financial institutions, driving strategic change.
As part of the J.P. Morgan’s FinTech team, Chelsea focused on how to harness emerging technologies to transform the future of finance. Passionate about translating complex ideas into actionable strategy, she has mentored numerous start-ups on their journey from initial idea to product delivery.
Dr Harrison Evans
Collaboration Manager – Nexus
As Collaboration Manager at Nexus, Harrison is responsible for providing seamless access to the academic expertise, facilities and talent across the University of Leeds and oversees relationships between Nexus members, research and innovation and the wider University. He is key to fostering new relationships with businesses in the Nexus community, gaining an understanding of their business needs, providing solutions to overcome their challenges, and connecting them to the University’s world-class research and innovation partners, as well as external stakeholders.
A specialist in health sciences, he has extensive research experience within the higher education environment, including with teams at the University of Exeter and the University of South Australia, where he gained a PhD from the School of Health Sciences. In his most recent role, as business development and senior programme manager at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Harrison worked across a number of technology focused innovation programmes promoting partnerships and facilitating collaborations between industry and NIHR-funded infrastructure.
Engagement Manager: Talent & Skills – Nexus
As Engagement Manager: Talent & Skills Jo is responsible for connecting businesses to skills, education opportunities and talent within the University of Leeds. She brings a wealth of experience to the Nexus team having worked in a number of Corporate and Professional Development roles at the University over the past 14 years.
Dedicated to finding innovative ways to help business and develop talent, Jo has delivered a number of key initiatives across the University. This includes a leadership network of chief executives, partners, managing directors and entrepreneurs which supports and challenges students in their professional development and advises on educational programme design to meet business needs. Throughout her career Jo has supported hundreds of SMEs in sourcing talent for exclusive projects and looks forward to working with many more as she brings her experience to the Nexus community.
Operations Managing Director – Nexus
As Nexus Operations Managing Director, Tracy, alongside her team, is responsible for managing the Nexus building and ensuring that our community has an inspiring and productive environment in which to work, connect and collaborate. With over 18 years’ experience in managing business centres and facilities, Tracy is passionate about providing quality workspace, added benefits to our members and the latest innovations in space management. She has a strong desire to ensure the Nexus community shapes the future of the space and enables businesses to perform at their best.
Enterprise Manager – KPMG
As part of the KPMG collaboration with Nexus, Lizzie will be working with our community to identify where businesses need support and guidance. As part of a longer term strategy to engage and support growth of regional start-ups and SMEs, she’ll provide assistance on topics such as access to finance and international expansion, helping businesses achieve their goals and utilise KPMG’s network and connections.
Drawing on eight years’ experience with KPMG, Lizzie, a Biochemistry graduate from the University of Bristol, has worked with clients from a number of sectors. She also works with NorthInvest, a not-for-profit early stage investor network, looking to make connections between entrepreneurs in the Tech sector and early stage investors, so is keen to hear from businesses preparing for investment and looking for seed funding. Lizzie has worked with businesses through significant growth periods and looks forward to bringing this experience to help companies embarking on their growth journey at Nexus.