Dr Ceri Williams is Director of Research and Innovation Development at the University of Leeds. She leads a team of Research and Innovation Development professionals that work with academics and external partners to develop research and innovation proposals that align with external funding opportunities, address market demand and build upon research capability. This includes working with researchers in fundamental and applied research, supporting interdisciplinary collaborations to address complex challenges and securing investment to translate proven science into technologies that will deliver societal and economic benefits. This requires the delivery of a transformation in current ways of working and continuous development of the research and innovation culture within the University.
Dr Williams has a strong track record in economic development, research and innovation policy and strategic leadership of economic and social value creation from universities and their partners. She is a member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network and is Chair of the Non-Executive Board of the National Biofilms Innovation Centre.