Meet the Partnerships and Business Engagement team

Kingston University's Partnerships and Business Engagement team work with a wide variety of organisations to help achieve business growth through creativity and innovation.

If you would like to discuss how we can support your business or find out more information, please contact us.

Head of Business Engagement

Head of Business Engagement

Head of Business Engagement

Adele Roberts-Hunt

Adele leads the Business Engagement team working with business, government, charities and community groups to grow innovation and knowledge exchange with Kingston University. With over 25 years experience in higher education, Adele specialises in economic development and regeneration with a particular focus on social innovation and inclusive growth.

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Neeta Barot

Neeta works with the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education on business engagement activities with a range of business, public and third sector clients including contract research, consultancy, commercial CPD, summer schools, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, growth in Intellectual Property income and other business engagement activities. Neeta is also responsible for business development for Degree Apprenticeships for the university as a whole.

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Sahar Mansoori Zangir

Sahar focuses on the development of strategic partnerships between external organisations and academics with research and enterprise interests from Kingston School of Art and the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. She supports businesses looking for bespoke training provisions, project evaluations, development of creative solutions, collaborative funding opportunities and much more. Sahar has experience of working for both private and higher education sectors. With qualifications in science, business and training and a personal interest in the arts, she has helped create collaborations, education programmes and applied R&D projects in multiple sectors.

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Lesley Stigling

As Business Development Manager, Lesley's role involves: management consultancy, commercialising and licensing Kingston University's IP, funding and investment assessments, contract management, academic spin-outs and strategic partnership engagement strategies; defining and managing a range of strategy related complex projects primarily in the fields of science, technology, construction and engineering; and optimising and implementing forward-thinking, data-informed knowledge transfer partnerships and consultancy projects. All of which aims to place the University as a partner of choice for businesses looking to gain a competitive edge through the latest research and innovation. By influencing cross-functional internal partners to create and execute effective research, analysis and strategy, whilst effectively managing project workloads and balancing resources with workload requirements. Additionally, Lesley is responsible for delivering seed investment for academic spin-outs with a hands-on approach to developing early-stage technologies into investable businesses.

Business Project Manager

Business Project Manager

Business Project Manager

Cassie Talfourd-Rich

Working closely with the Business Development Managers across all faculties, Cassie manages the development, planning, operation and evaluation of a portfolio of business projects, specialising in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). She is responsible for monitoring and ensuring all aspects of project delivery and is the central point of contact for staff, external stakeholders and clients in terms of business development and KTPs. Cassie also works to promote Knowledge Transfer Partnerships through internal and external events. Cassie has experience of working in both the private and higher education sectors.

Contracts Manager

Contracts Manager

Contracts Manager

Anna Brown

Anna manages the contracts process for the large and diverse range of Knowledge Exchange, commercial and collaborative activities across the University to ensure that activities are properly contracted for, maximising opportunities and reducing risk. She works closely with the Business Development Managers, the University's legal team, and internal and external clients offering professional yet pragmatic advice on a wide range of agreements.

Contracts Co-ordinator

Contracts Co-ordinator

Contracts Co-ordinator

Helen Wells

As Contracts Coordinator for the Degree Apprenticeships unit, Helen works with companies to provide a professional interface between the Apprenticeships unit, faculties and external business partners. Helen provides support with the effective development, management and monitoring of all apprenticeship contracts and agreements with employers, learners and other parties that are compliant with ESFA regulation and funding rules. Helen has worked in higher education for the last ten years in a range of roles including admissions, marketing and student services.

Business Engagement Assistant

Business Engagement Assistant

Business Engagement Assistant

Shoba George

Shoba support the Business Engagement team with administrative tasks to make sure the workflow of projects is maintained efficiently and effectively. As part of this process she helps with market research reports, the CRM database, support in lead generation activities, bid writing and contributes to the marketing work within Business Engagement. Shoba also supports in administrative tasks involved in the Degree Apprenticeship team whenever needed. Prior to this, Shoba has public sector experience where she has successfully delivered project management support and has experience in finance, accounting and office administration.

Business Enquiries Assistant

Business Enquiries Assistant

Business Enquiries Assistant

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca is the first point of contact for businesses and organisations that would like to partner with or contract the services of the University. Rebecca provides administrative and project support to the Business Engagement team, she also plays a key role in the marketing and communication of the team's services and successes, and has been instrumental in the development of the newly launched Kingston Innovation Network. Rebecca has worked in higher education for over 15 years and has a background in project management, marketing and events.

Contact the Partnerships and Business Engagement team

If you would like to find out more about how we could work with your business or need further information or advice, please get in touch with us via our contact form.