Past Speakers

Huw Evans BEng

Huw has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Nottingham Trent University and is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney, a European Trade Mark Attorney and Chartered Engineer.

Huw has substantial industrial engineering expertise gained from working for 4 years a post-graduate electronic design engineer. Huw left the engineering profession in 1991 and re-trained as a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in the Cardiff office of a national firm of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, where he eventually became a Partner.

In 2005, Huw left that firm and set up the Cardiff Office of Chapman Molony, who were a young firm of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys .  Huw is a Director of Chapman Molony and hence has substantial experience of all aspects involved in growing and managing a business and its finances.

In his work as a Patent & Trade Mark Attorney, Huw specialises in prosecuting and commercialising Intellectual Property (Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright), particularly Patents relating to electrical and electronic based technologies, wireless communications; semi-conductor devices; computer software, and optical components. Huw also heads up the firm’s Trade Mark team.

In addition to his professional work, Huw has mentored 3 teams of PhD students involved in the i-solve project at Cardiff University and his team were the winners in June 2011.

Dominic Griffiths PhD

Dominic joined Fusion IP in 2007 and is responsible for new businesses arising from the Life Sciences portfolio of Fusion IP Cardiff Limited. He holds directorships of Fusion IP Cardiff Limited, Abcellute Limited, Asalus Medical Instruments Limited and Progenteq Limited. He is also Managing Director of Asalus. Before joining Fusion IP Dominic was responsible for business development activities of an AIM-listed drug delivery company. Prior to this he was a management consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where he specialised in strategy and business transformation projects working with blue chip clients. Dominic holds a PhD in biochemistry.

Anne Casey MA
Investment Executive, Finance Wales

Ann is an investment executive working in the technology ventures team. She is the Finance Wales representative, at board level, for six of its technology investments.

Finance Wales makes commercial investments into Welsh-based small and medium-sized businesses and specialises in early-stage/technology, development capital and succession deals.

Ann has a long track record of investing in technology SMEs over 12 years having joined Finance Wales in 2000.  She has a background in banking and has enjoyed a long career in business and personal banking.

Ann holds an MA in Professional Development from the University of Glamorgan.

Dan Sargent

Dan is the Creative Director of Blue Stag Studio. He inspires the creative team and oversees all creative output to ensure that it is of the quality set out by the company. Dan also performs website analysis, and provides expert site reviews to define all project strategies. Dan is responsible for the conception and implementation of promotional materials, email campaigns and direct marketing campaigns. He is also a graduate of the University of Glamorgan and a Dynamo Role Model for aspiring Entrepreneurs.

Brian Hughes MA

Innovator, Entrepreneur.

Former Head of Design, University of the West of England. Founder Digital Glass: www.digitalglass.co.uk Founder and Technical Director SolaVeil® a US patented Daylighting Technology:  www.solaveil.co.uk Currently developing renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Paul Seaman PhD

A Cardiff University graduate, Paul gained a first class degree in Biotechnology before completing a PhD in Bacterial Genetics. His PhD research focussed on the horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance in the hospital superbug MRSA, developing and implementing microbiological and molecular techniques to map the flow of genes between organisms. His early professional career was based in big pharma, developing a high-throughput SNP genotyping platform within GlaxoSmithKline’s Discovery Genetics department.

Since 2007 he has been working for the rapidly growing Cardiff-based biotechnology company Q Chip Ltd. Initially he implemented his molecular biology and genetics knowledge within the Q Chip’s PCR diagnostics development team, developing products for point of care diagnosis of infectious diseases. 3 years ago he moved across the company to work within their drug development programme, specialising in long-acting formulations of peptide-based therapeutics.

He leads a multidisciplinary team of scientists, managing a number of large international collaborations with responsibilities from formulation development and IP generation through to pre-clinical testing and implementation at Q Chip’s specialist manufacturing site in The Netherlands.

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy has held several senior international commercial, sales and marketing positions mainly in the medical devices and clinical diagnostics sectors.

He has been involved in both VC financed start up companies and held a number of senior global roles in larger life sciences organisations: Waters Corporation, Shimadzu, Whatman Healthcare, Lab-21.

Jeremy set up Fulcrum Direct in 2005 as a marketing services company that specialise in commercialising IP coming out of academia  and supporting newly established life science spin out organisations.

Jeremy is a graduate biochemist with a Diploma in Marketing, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Abi Carter

Forensic Scientist, Abi Carter, runs her own successful company offering a range of expert witness services to legal teams throughout the UK. Working mainly with defence solicitors and private investigators within the fields of criminal investigation and also with insurance firms on fraud cases.

Abi is a qualified forensic archaeologist who is also sub-contracted by a mass disasters emergency services company and can be deployed worldwide on a 24 hour notice period. Abi is on the board of Young Enterprise and a committee member of Women in Management South Wales and the Cardiff University Innovations Network. Abi was awarded with the prestigious position of Honorary Tutor to Cardiff University in 2008 and was business mentor to the two winning teams for the last two i-Solve challenges, run by Cardiff University’s Research and Commercial Division. Abi also gives entrepreneurial speeches most weeks to schools, colleges and Universities as a Welsh Government Dynamo Role Model.

Abi is frequently called upon to give interviews and opinions by the media. She has  been on BBC Radio Wales Jamie and Louise programme, ‘Good Evening Wales’, ‘Drive Time News’ and the BBC News Channel and has given ministerial speeches. The most famous cases that Abi and her company have worked on to date are the Raoul Moat and Joanna Yeates cases.

Abi was awarded ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ at the South Wales Business Awards has been published in a book called ‘100 Modern Muses’, which showcases inspirational women who help to inspire other women in business.

Abi grew up in the Middle East but her Welsh roots lead her to set up her business in Cardiff.

Dr. Kelly BeruBe

Dr Kelly BéruBé is the Director of the Lung & Particle Research Group at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK. With a background in electron microscopy and lung toxicology, she has built an international reputation in the field air pollution and human health and holds numerous appointments in the USA and UK on funding bodies, advisory councils, professional societies and journal editorial boards that focus on environmental health. Her research focuses on the determination of intelligent biomarkers of exposure and harm in the respiratory system, with a particular interest in understanding how pollutants compromise lung biochemistry and alter gene and protein expression to drive disease mechanisms.

Dr BéruBé’s research has been recognised with a number of awards, including the Institute for Science & Health (USA) ‘Scientific Merit Award 2006’ for toxicogenomics of inhaled xenobiotics and the honour of being the British Toxicology Society ‘Australasia Visitor 2006’ to conduct a lecture tour on nanotoxicology. Current work on ‘human tissue equivalents of respiratory epithelia’, as viable in vitro alternatives for in vivo inhalation toxicology, was awarded the NC3Rs ‘Replacement Prize’ in 2007 and 2012 as well as the ‘Science & Technology Innovation Prize by Cardiff University in her partnerships with Unilever and Q-Chip in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Dr BéruBé’s field of study is of natural interest to the general public, and as such, she is a prolific science writer and popular invited-speaker, working extensively on communicating her research through public engagements of science at schools, laymen groups and professional learned societies.

Andrew Shepherd MiET, MiOD

Peter has extensive C level management & board experience in running & growing high technology companies both organically and inorganically. His experience covers all key business functions from product development through marketing and sales as well as business management.

His core specialities are within I.T. and Telecoms having amongst others worked for HP, IBM and Vodafone.

In addition to being a CDI Global International partner he is also a Non-Executive Director for SME’s primarily operating in the technology sector.

Based in the UK Peter is a true International operator having worked with many different business cultures, particularly within Europe and America. Peter brings an extensive international business network.

Andrew Beale O.B.E.

Andrew works with Capital Law’s Intellectual Property team, an integral part of their complete corporate and commercial service for Capital Law clients.

Previously a Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization (a specialist Agency of the United Nations based in Geneva), Andrew is the Director of IP Wales(R) & the Head of Department of Professional Legal Studies at Swansea University.

Andrew was the recipient under the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2009 of an O.B.E. for “services to intellectual property and business in Wales”.