Joel graduated with a BSC Joint Honours in Chemistry and Computer Science from Queens University Belfast, before completing an MSc in Environmental Sciences. He began his career in speciality chemical formulation for a small UK Chemical company, before spending 12-years developing water and wastewater treatment systems. Joel spent around 8-years working in technology commercialisation with Ulster University and the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute. In the later role, he established and led a business development team that worked with businesses and researchers in the UK, Ireland, North America, Middle East and Asia. Joel is an inventor on a number of patents and have been an active SME Innovation Coach for the EU under Horizon 2020. More recently, he has been a KTP Adviser for Innovate UK. He is currently a Senior Knowledge Transfer Adviser with the KTN.