Prof Allen Alexander
Professor Allen Alexander is a senior researcher in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter Business School in Cornwall, within their Centre for the Circular Economy. His research focuses on strategic knowledge management and the role that knowledge can play in developing enhanced commercial capability and as a source of innovation.His recent studies have explored open innovation, innovation Eco-systems and regional systems of innovation and currently he is working on exploring circular innovations, and the role that they can play in transitioning toward Circular Economy. He has also extensively explored the role that universities and academics play in shaping corporate innovation and entrepreneurship practices.
In any transition that has an economic dimension, business will play a huge role and it is the understanding of the practical tools and activities that businesses can use to move toward more circular products and service, that Allen willcontribute into Circular Revolution,particularly inthe business outreachactivitiesprovidingCircularEconomystrategic support & operational guidance.
Prof Fiona Charnley
Professor Fiona Charnley is Associate Professor of Circular Economy and Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy with in the University of Exeter Business School.Fiona works and has published extensively within the field of design, innovation and manufacture for a Circular Economy. She is Co-Director of the recently funded UKRINational Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub harnessing the UK’s leading research capabilities; creating new knowledge, tools, behaviours and relationships to capture economic, social and environmental value from a Circular Economy. Fiona leads a number of government and industry funded research projects covering topics such as the use of digital technology to inform decisions surrounding the implementation of Circular Economy strategies and the development and application of self-healing materials to enable product life extension.
Fiona has extensive experience of working with organisations from across sectors to identify new approaches to design,innovation, manufacture and business modelling to transform resource use and value creation. She has also led multiple education and executive training programmes to support future leaders in developing the skills and capabilities necessary to transform our industrial system.
Fiona is the academic lead for the business outreach activities providing specialist Circular Economy strategic support & operational guidance.
Dr Merryn Haines-Gadd
Dr Merryn Haines-Gadd is Research Fellow at the University of Exeter within the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy (ECCE)and responsible for business engagement activities for Circular Revolution. Adesigner by background, she is experienced in managing and delivering research related to circular design,environmental assessments, circular business modelling and self-healing materials. She has primarily has engaged in industry-led academic projects and enjoys the process helping companies understand how to make their products and services more sustainable and circular.
Prof. Gavin Bunting
Professor Gavin Bunting is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director for Innovation and Engagement in the College of Engineering, Swansea University. Gavin teaches Circular Economy, life cycle analysis, environmental legislation and sustainability at masters and doctoral level, drawing on his experiences working with government on sustainability and climate change issues. Gavin chairs the pan Wales Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group (CERIG) which has membership from all universities in Wales, Welsh Government and WRAP. The group connects complementary expertise and experiences to facilitate Circular Economy innovation and research in Wales and provides evidence to help inform Government policy and programmes. Gavin is the academic lead for the business outreach activities providing specialist Circular Economy strategic support & operational guidance. He highlights that with businesses increasingly aware of the need to embed sustainability at the heart of organisations, Circular Revolution provides an excellent opportunity to connect Welsh industry to the expertise in our universities, creating new opportunities and enabling Wales to be at the forefront of Circular Economy.
Max Green is a Circular Economy Research and Innovation Fellow at Swansea University. Part of the Circular Revolution business outreach team, he works to engage with businesses in West Wales and the Valleys and assist them in practically embedding circularity within their own products/services, processes and business models. Originally a Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering graduate from Swansea University, Max read for a MSc in Process Business Management at Warwick University where he was subsequently awarded the Chancellor’s International Scholarship for doctoral research. During this time, he investigated the use of performance-contracting mechanisms to increase market uptake of stationary hydrogen fuel cells, published internationally on the topic of servitization, and worked with Innovate UK to develop a tool which allows companies to explore their potential for business model innovation.
Divine Mathew is a second-year Chemical Engineering Student at Swansea University, presently undertaking a year in industry as the Circular Economy Placement Student. Divine specialises in analytical thinking, complex problem solving and project management. Divine works with the Research and Engagement Team with businesses in West Wales and the Valleys to help raise awareness in Circular Economy and support Circular applications in their organisations.