I am an expert in innovation and creativity, with over 35 years practical experience in technological innovation, organisational change and sustainability. The main focus of my work is now assisting with the transition to a low carbon economy.
I mentor and advise at board level and am/ have been a non-executive board member for a variety of charities, public sector bodies and companies. These include The Carbon Trust, The Climate Coalition and British Antarctic Survey Full list here.
I founded The Creativity Partnership in 2000 to help organisations and their leaders realise value from creativity. Clients included Sainsbury’s, British Sugar, Procter and Gamble, Rolls Royce, the NHS and Cambridge University, for whom I provided consultancy, training and workshops. I “retired” The Creativity Partnership in 2022, but still do a little teaching for Cambridge University and others.
I started my career as a research and development engineer, developing energy efficient heating appliances, heat pumps and solar panels, before moving into technical consultancy. I developed a wide range of products and processes, with a particular focus on medical products and power tools. In 1988 I was a co-founder of The Technology Partnership TTP (one of Europe’s leading technology innovation organizations) where I founded and ran the Innovative Engineering sector.
I have been involved in climate change and sustainability issues since I was a teenager. This includes R&D on solar panels, heat pumps and condensing gas boilers; co-founding The Climate Coalition (the UK’s coalition of NGOs on climate change); mentoring a variety of entrepreneurs, charities and campaigns on climate related issues; and helping major businesses and local government develop the ideas, policies and strategies to decarbonise their operations.
I have a 1st class degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, am named as inventor on 39 patents and am author of “How to get your ideas adopted and change the world” I am probably one of the world’s most successful female inventors.
My hobbies include mountain biking, sea kayaking, wild camping and watercolour painting.