Dr Ceri Williams is Director of Research and Innovation Development at the University of Leeds where she leads a team of Research and Innovation Development professionals across the University. This team supports academic development through the development of research and innovation proposals that align with external funding opportunities, address market demand and build upon research capability. This includes UKRI funding, EU funding, international funding and work to develop collaborations with public, private and voluntary organisations to secure collaborative income from a range of funding sources. This requires the delivery of a transformation in current ways of working and continuous development of the research and innovation culture within the University.
Prior to joining the University she led science and innovation programmes at Yorkshire Forward and developed a strong track record in economic development, research and innovation policy and strategic leadership of economic and social value creation from the universities in Yorkshire and the Humber. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively with external partners including industry, funders, public sector organisations, intermediaries and local and national Government agencies.