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Supporting SME Innovation to drive Growth

17 Mar 2022
Gateway Lecture Theatre, Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe
Hosted by Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), in collaboration with the Institute of Directors (IoD) Bucks & MK branch, we are delighted to welcome you to our High Wycombe campus to learn how BNU works with SMEs to enable innovation to drive business growth.

A fast-paced event, you will hear from the Dean of Business & Law about BNU’s role in business innovation in Bucks.  You’ll be treated to a run down of the support KTN provide universities and businesses to access expertise and funding to deliver growth.  You’ll also have the opportunity to hear directly from businesses and academics who have engaged in the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme and how this has helped simultaneously develop new academic knowledge and new business growth.

To round off the evening you will be welcome to stay and enjoy some light refreshments and network with fellow attendees and speakers from the evening’s agenda.

Other information - Parking available on request and please advise of any dietary requirements when placing your booking. 

We look forward to seeing you in March.

Key details

Date & time: 17 Mar 2022 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Gateway Lecture Theatre, Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe
CPD Hours:

Prices from

No Charge.

Event manager:
Tania Toriello
Contact phone:
020 8078 4047
Contact email:
[email protected]


Dr Simon Jones, Dean of Business & Law at Buckinghamshire New University

Senior Higher Education Leader with more than 25 years’ academic experience in the university sector, Simon’s a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, reflecting his academic heritage. 

Currently, the Dean of Business & Law at BNU, Simon has previously worked in one of the UK’s largest Faculties of Business and Law based in the north of England, and one of the most challenged HEIs in the UK in London.  Simon practices what his students learn with direct experience leading complex cultural and academic change agendas based around financial drivers, governance, and TEF-related learner provision.  Simon is also well versed in identifying, establishing and growing partnership opportunities.  A noted public speaker and conference Chair, Simon has worked across the UK and internationally in higher education.

Simon joins us on 17th March to introduce BNU and welcomes you all to learn more about the role BNU plays in supporting business growth.

Gerry O'Hagan, Knowledge Transfer Advisor for Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and London North/Central at KTN

Gerry looks after businesses supporting their Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with Universities in many parts of the country. He also maintains relationships with a number of designated universities in relation to their participation in the programme.

For most of his career Gerry held a variety of global business leadership roles including Business Unit Director, Procurement Director and Technical Director with Diageo plc having joined a predecessor company as a graduate trainee. His last role in the organisation was as Operational Excellence Director where he was responsible for a global team helping business units to define their operational strategies and leading the improvement programmes required to achieve their strategic goals.  Gerry trained as a coach and mentor on the Diageo in-house programme and subsequently completed an MSc in Coaching & Behaviour Change.

Alongside his career in business Gerry has remained actively involved in the university sector. He is a member of Council at Royal Holloway, University of London and has previously been a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, a business adviser at Strathclyde Institute, an adviser to the Board of Management of Birmingham Business School and a tutor on the undergraduate Management programme at the university of Glasgow.

Gerry joins us on 17th March to provide an overview of how KTN support businesses to connect with Universities through the KTP scheme and their extensive network of knowledge experts and innovators.

Dr Archer Heindric, Course Leader in Architectural Technology at Buckinghamshire New University

Dr Heindric joins us on 17th March to share his recent experience as Academic Supervisor of a KTP project in the construction industry that helped the partner company significantly improve productivity. 

More speakers to be announced. 



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  • Gateway Lecture Theatre, Buckinghamshire New University
  • Queen Alexandra Road
  • High Wycombe
  • HP11 2JZ

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