Meet the Team


Agri-Food Team


Jayne Brookman
Head of Agri-Food

Jayne BrookmanJayne lectured in Biotechnology at the University of Manchester before founding F2G, the anti-fungal drug discovery company. She has interests in supporting and developing small, innovative companies and in the exploitation of natural products.

Jayne also supports the work of the IB Sector.

Tel:  +44 (0)7957 543 753


David Telford (Animal Team)
Knowledge Transfer Manager

David TelfordDavid has a first degree in Agriculture from the University of Newcastle, and a PhD in bio-economic modelling of a new technology applied to the UK cattle industry. His interest in agriculture stems from being brought up on a beef and sheep farm. David previously worked for Genesis Faraday, helping to stimulate knowledge transfer between the science base and the animal breeding and animal health industries. As part of this role, he helped facilitate many different collaborative projects in both the UK and internationally, and has substantial experience of helping source funding for such collaborations.

Tel: +44 ((0)7912 580 613


Callum Harvey (Animal Team)
Knowledge Transfer Manager

Callum's background lies in animal health and production: having completed an MSci in Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Glasgow and Moredun Research Institute, he went on to lead R&D projects across different areas (e.g. nutrition, health & technology) and species at a leading animal nutrition company. From this he has gained a good understanding of disease and production processes; where the future challenges for the industry lie; and how to successfully access funding in the UK. As Knowledge Transfer Manager he is able to assist in identifying areas for industry and academics to collaborate; helping to foster new partnerships; and strategically targeting funding for innovative project ideas.

Tel: +44 (0)7875 225 715



Liliya Serazetdinova (Plant Team)
Knowledge Transfer Manager

Toine RoozenLiliya has a PhD in Plant Genetics and Biology from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and over 14 years scientific expertise in plant breeding, phytopathology, and biochemistry. She is an experienced knowledge transfer and commercialisation professional with a track record in establishing numerous academia-business collaborations and helping consortial to win funding for innovation and R&D.

Prior to KTN, Liliya worked as a Programme Manager at the University of East Anglia where she managed the delivery of several programmes in the Biobased Sector, including the £5.3m InCrops Programme, £14.6m EnAlgae Project, BioInno project, and Commercial Consultancy activities. Liliya has a significant experience in working with SMEs within EU funded projects, and worked with public authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), and Department for Local Communities and Government (DCLG) on developing projects for improving economic development utilising European Structural and Investment Funding.

She is a member of the technical committee on "Biobased products" at the British Standards Institute and acted as consultant for government departments in areas of standardisation for biobased and biodegradable products, and authored standard published by the British Standards Institute, PAS 600:2013 - Bio-based products: Guide to standards and claims.

Liliya has extensive contacts, both nationally and internationally, including within research organisations, commercial companies, investors and funders, and knowledge transfer professionals.

Liliya's specialisms include - Life sciences - especially plant sciences and biotechnology;  Agricultural technologies aimed at improvement of productivity, sustainability, and food security; Biorenewables, especially biobased materials and green chemicals for food manufacturing, chemicals, consumer products, paper, pulp, and packaging; Low carbon technologies, environmental impact, sustainability, and CSR; Biobased materials in fashion, design and art.

She is passionate about innovation and sustainability.

Tel: +44 (0)7974 171845


Chris Danks (Plant Team)
Knowledge Transfer Manager

Chris joins the KTN following almost eight years as CEO of Forsite Diagnostics Ltd, and latterly CTO of Abingdon Health Group, following its acquisition of Forsite in 2014.  Forsite Diagnostics was a spin out company, led by Chris culminating twelve years research as part of the Plant Health team at Food and Environment Research Agency (an executive agency of Defra), pioneering the use of field test kits for the detection of plant pathogens. The ‘Pocket Diagnostics' range, which were launched in 2000 are still commercially available worldwide. Forsite Diagnostics was a contract research and fully accredited manufacturing organisation, and the diagnostic platforms utilised enabled Chris to work in all sectors from Plant and Animal Health, Food Safety and finally focused in Healthcare.

This broad experience is an excellent foundation to demonstrate the value of cross cutting technologies, so it is great to be part of the Living Domain. His main focus has always been Agriculture, building on his Crop Protection degree from Nottingham Trent University, which also consisted of several industrial placements, including periods at Rothamsted and Syngenta (formerly Zenecca). Chris is passionate about innovation and translational science and has been an active member of consortia in over thirty EU, Innovate UK and other funded projects. Over the last seven years he has also had a role as Director and is currently Chair of the Board at Science City York, which has enabled him to be at the heart of bioscience innovation and business support in the York region, through active networking and organisation of stimulating events.

He is delighted to be part of the KTN, to broaden this role of scientific and business innovation at a nationwide level, and work together with industry to achieve a sustainable bioeconomy.

Tel: +44 (0)7583 022666



Serena Broadway (Food Team)

Knowledge Transfer Manager 

Serena BroadwaySerena gained a degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Surrey. Her PHD was a BBSRC CASE was sponsored by the National Association of Cider Makers. The project analysed and quantified the antioxidants in English cider apples and cider. This work was then followed by a human intervention trial to determine the bioavailability of the cider antioxidants. This project gave Serena first-hand experience of academia working with industry. After this she has worked at a contract testing laboratory and at Northumbria University as postdoctoral researcher within the Food and Nutrition group. 

Tel : +44(0)7826 505 756


Bryan Hanley (Food Team)
Food Specialist

Bryan HanleyBryan Hanley is a graduate of the University of St Andrews (BSc Chemistry) and the University of Edinburgh (PhD Biological Chemistry).  He was previously Director, Scientific Discovery with Mars Inc. based in Chicago and, before that, Research Director at Leatherhead Food Research in the UK. He has worked both in the commercial and public sectors and his interests include natural products, biomarkers, the relationship between health and homeostasis and the commercial and strategic application of science.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist. He is President of the Industry and Technology Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a member of the Committee for Accreditation and Validation (CAV) and of the Science, Education and Industry Board (SEIB), a national representative in IUPAC (Committee of Chemical Industry) and is Chair of the Food Group of the RSC. He is also a member of the Food Group Committee of the Society of Chemical Industry and a member of the Nutrition Society. He is Visiting Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences, the University of Ulster. He has published over 70 peer reviewed articles, patents and reviews.

Tel: +44 (0)7826 515 861    


Simon Baty (Food Team)
Knowledge Transfer Manager 

Simon BatySimon started out as a bench technician in the pharmaceutical industry, whilst studying part time, before leaving for full time further education. Following completion of a honours degree in Applied Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University he had a short time as a cargo surveyor in Immingham, before progressing from laboratory manager through to production manager then sales and production manager before becoming general manager in an Animal Feed company in Hull. From here Simon became the business development manager for the Food and Environment Research Agency (an executive agency of Defra) in York where he was responsible for increasing income from Non-UK Government organisations through creation of new offers and applications of scientific skills and approaches in the food industry. Now at the KTN he hopes to be able to continue this work on a larger scale.

Tel: +44 (0)7931 511641


Industrial Biotechnology Team

Yvonne Armitage - Bioeconomy Specialist

Yvonne ArmitageFollowing a degree in chemistry and PhD in microbiology and biochemistry Yvonne has spent most of her career in industrial research, developing bioprocesses and investigating the potential for the use of renewable raw materials and bio-based products.

She was a New Business Development Manager prior to joining the KTN.

Tel: +44 (0)7850 602 680


Rajesh Mistry - Knowledge Transfer Manager Industrial Biotechnology

Raj has 16 years industry expertise specialising in industrial biotechnology with a particular focus on whole cell biocatalysis, fermentation, assay development and analysis. Raj has a BSc in Chemistry with Chemical Engineering, MSc in Analytical Chemistry, MBA and is a Sainsbury Management Fellow.



Amy Tayler - Knowledge Transfer Manager Synthetic Biology

Amy TaylerAmy has a BSc in Pathology and Microbiology with Study in Industry (Pfizer) and PhD in Molecular Bacteriology, both from the University of Bristol. In 2009 Amy joined the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to manage the peer review of responsive mode grant applications. Amy was also responsible for BBSRC's industrial partnership research programmes. In 2011 Amy moved to the role of business interaction manager at BBSRC to facilitate the Integrated Biorefining Research and Industry Club (IBTI Club). In 2012 Amy undertook a part-time secondment to the industrial biotechnology special interest group before joining the industrial biosciences and synthetic biology teams at the KTN in March 2013. 

Tel: +44 (0) 7962 162 084    


Alexander Henzing - Knowledge Transfer Manager Bioinformatics

Alexander has a degree in Organic Chemistry, MSc in Biological Chemistry and PhD in Cell Biology. Following post-doctoral research in proteomics of chromosomal passenger proteins, Alexander became director of a mass spectrometry facility. From here Alexander moved to the Experimental Cancer Medicine centre, where as research manager he facilitated translational cancer research and later stratified medicine, whilst studying part-time for an MBA. Alexander then joined a health informatics company first as clinical programme manager and later as product manager of research analytics before joining the KTN in July 2014. 

Tel: +44 (0)7772 546320


Administration and Communications Team

Caroline Channing - Marketing 

Caroline ChanningCaroline coordinates communications and marketing activities across the Agri-Food and Biosciences & Biotechnology communities. She holds a BSc in Mathematics and Biology, an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, and has 14 years of experience in Bioscience and Agri-Food research. 

Tel: +44 (0) 07808 760365


Karen Souza
Office & Events Admin Assistant

Karen helps to look after the Edinburgh Office and co-ordinates events for Biosciences and MedBio. She worked in hospitality for 10 years prior to joining KTN working in Groups, Conference & Events Sales. Over the years she was involved in sales, revenue and team management working mainly in Edinburgh but latterly moved to open two new hotels at the FA headquarters in Burton-on-Trent.

Tel: 07870 898809