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Knowledge Transfer Advisers

The Role of Knowledge Transfer Advisers

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a partner of Innovate UK, supporting businesses to innovate and grow. KTN provides specialist support via Knowledge Transfer Advisers to access, apply for and succeed in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

Central to the success of these dynamic partnerships are Knowledge Transfer Advisers. With extensive experience of research and industry they are a source of independent expert advice, passionate about delivering success for businesses and attracting high-quality graduates to industry via Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Knowledge Transfer Advisers are there every step of the way to help set up and manage this unique three-way collaboration – between a business, a research organisation and a suitably qualified graduate (known as the Associate).

In the first instance, you should talk to a Knowledge Transfer Adviser who can answer all your questions about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, checking the feasibility of your idea and its suitability for funding. Advisers can then help find an academic partner and draw up a grant application with you.

Locate and contact your local Knowledge Transfer Adviser on our map of KTA locations or from the list below.

Knowledge Transfer Advisers


Knowledge Transfer advisers – London and South East
Terry Corner – East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Central and South London, West Sussex: 07860 863645
Stephen Woodhouse – Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: 07860 863652
Gerry O’Hagan – Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London North / Central: 07860 863638
Mark Lynch – Hertfordshire and London North / Central: 07849 093514
Matthew Hogan – London: 07912 875552

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – East of England
Jody Chatterjee – Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and North London: 07860 863646
Jan Stringer – Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and London East / Central: 07860 863 634
Mohan Ahad – Essex, Suffolk and East London: 07870 898804

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – West Midlands
Russ Bromley – North-West and West Midlands including South East Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire: 07889 829 322
Jose Freedman – Birmingham, Coventry and surrounding areas including Warwickshire parts of Worcestershire and South Midlands: 01926 490100
Mark Matchett – Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Shropshire and the Black Country: 07583 075 148

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – East Midlands
Philippa Ryan – North and West Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire: 07860 863649
Kamran Hussein – Leicestershire and Rutland, North and West Northamptonshire: 07834 150492
Jody Chatterjee – East and South Northamptonshire: 07860 863646

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – North West
Mick Card – Merseyside and West Cheshire: 07770 418790
Russ Bromley – South East Cheshire: 07889 829 322
Andrew Kenney – Lancashire and Cumbria: 07860 863636
Fiona Nightingale – Manchester, North Cheshire and Warrington: 07823 324342
Susan Suttle – Liverpool East Lancashire and Salford: 07890 543632

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – North East
John Clayton – Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, Durham and North West Yorkshire: 07860 863635
Ian Blakemore – Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear,Durham and Northwest and North Yorkshire: 07753 138299
Trevor Gregory – West Yorkshire and the Humber: 07860 863644
Andy Barnett – South Yorkshire and surrounding areas: 07849 093516

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – South West
Stephen Woodhouse – Dorset and Wiltshire: 07860 863 652
Andy Treen – Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Exeter: 07584 705411
Howard Nicholls – Gloucestershire: 07711 915 353

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – Wales
Howard Nicholls – South East and Mid Wales: 07711 915 353
Mick Card – North Wales: 07770 418790

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – Scotland
Gerry Black – West Scotland: 07841 051534
Jim Berryman – East Scotland: 07860 863651
Ian Heywood – North Scotland: 07974 234914
Lorna Howarth  – Fife and Tayside: 07540 319097

Knowledge Transfer Advisers – Northern Ireland
Ken Frame – Northern Ireland: 07860 863639
Joel Ferguson  – Northern Ireland: 07739 338681
Stephen McComb  – Northern Ireland: 07548 128426

KTP Project Manager
Narpal Sihra: 07766 051340

You can also use Google Maps to find your local KTA.

Funding a Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are funded by a grant from the innovation agency Innovate UK, and other government co-funders, that you apply for in a competitive call for submissions. Knowledge Transfer Advisers will help you with your application and talk you through project costs which are variable, but can typically be of the order of £75,000 –  £90,000 per project year. For Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises the grant rate is 67% of the project cost and for large companies 50%. The remainder of the project cost is met by a cash payment by your company.

See the latest funding opportunities here.