Meet the Team

Professor Andrew ChurchProfessor Andrew Church

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation Service

Professor Andrew Church has taken on the new role of PVC for Research & Innovation

Professor Church is an active researcher himself, publishing papers, supervising PhD students and securing research funding, and is currently part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund, conducting research on sanitation in off grid communities in Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana and India.


Dr Victoria CarpenterDr Victoria Carpenter

Head of Research Development

Dr Victoria Carpenter, BSc (UCF), PhD (Hull), joined the University in November 2018. Victoria started her academic career in 2001 as a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Derby, later expanding into the area of research and knowledge transfer development. As the Head of Research Development in the Research & Innovation Service, Victoria oversees the work of the Research Graduate School, provides them with academic direction and guidance, coordinates the support for graduate research students, and supports research development.

Victoria is an active researcher specialising in representations of violence in the state and public discourse, relationship between knowledge and emotions, and hegemonic and posthegemonic power distribution mechanisms.


Rachel PerryRachel Perry

Business Partnerships Officer

During her twenty five year career in the Education sector Rachel worked in a variety of settings including workplace nurseries, providing day care and education for Virgin, BP and The British Library amongst others. Rachel has a particular interest in promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Community management. Later in her career she became an Assistant Head teacher leading Lower Key Stage Two Provision and Pastoral Care.

Rachel joined the University of Bedfordshire Research & Innovation Service in February 2018 as a Business Partnerships Officer.


Christopher FoxChristopher Fox

Business Partnerships Officer

Chris has a broad experience of starting and running small businesses, both for himself and through being part of government programmes. He has supported start-ups and has also set up a social enterprise, running a community café and gardening business. He has additional experience supporting others to set up Social Enterprises.


Yvonne CollisYvonne Collis

Business Partnerships Officer

Yvonne joined the University of Bedfordshire Research & Innovation Service in February 2022 as a Business Partnerships Officer, her previous roles have included 10 years with Vodafone as a Corporate Acquisitions Manager, winning accounts of 500+ employees and owning the relationship with the largest UK centric Corporate customers.


Louise WildeLouise Wilde

Engagement Coordinator

Louise Wilde started working at the University of Bedfordshire in May 2004, supporting ESF funded training and consultancy projects. Louise's experience spans client engagement, sales and marketing and project administration support across multiple ESF/ERDF funded programmes, networking events and commercial short course programmes. She currently supports Business Partnership Managers and academics with business engagement activities.


Khudael AshrafKhudael Ashraf

Engagement Coordinator

Khudael joined the University of Bedfordshire in January 2022 to support the Research & Innovation team with business engagement activities. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the airline industry specialising in Operations.

Khudael graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a Journalism degree and has been published in the Guardian, the Independent and the News of the World as well as self-publishing a book in 2016 charting the highs and lows of the England men’s football team, from their World Cup triumph in 1966 and the 50 years of hurt since then – all in the mode of poetry.


Oxana BoulatOxana Boulat Photo

Marketing and Communications Officer

Oxana joined the University of Bedfordshire to support the Research & Innovation Service with all things marketing.

In addition to the ESIF funded research and innovation projects, she supports the University's collaborations and external engagements with the local and regional partner organisations, businesses and charities. Oxana also represents the University on the Arc Universities Group' (AUG's) Editorial & Communications Board. 

Oxana graduated from Solent University with a degree in Photography and since worked predominantly within the private sector. Oxana has more than 8 years' experience within the marketing field.


Gordon BradyGordon Brady

Head of CPD and Short Courses

An experienced Business Analyst and Software Developer, Gordon started his career in the British Army as an Electrical Engineer. He later managed a regional catering supply chain before starting his own automotive manufacturing business, building robotic dispensing equipment for the likes of BMW and Jaguar Land Rover amongst others.

Gordon designs professional learning & development programmes to improve efficiency and productivity for organisations across Europe as well as building capacity on the already outstanding University’s Apprenticeships - making a real difference to local organisations and residents.


Anna CarluccioAnna Carluccio

External Short Courses Programme Manager

Anna joined the University in May 2017. Anna is currently supporting university-wide apprenticeship development. She works closely with employers to understand their skills gaps and advises on the apprenticeship levy and opportunities.


Tatjana BosasTatjana Bosas

Business Project Manager - CPD, Short Courses & Apprenticeships

Tatjana joined Research & Innovation Service in February 2020. She is supporting the development of CPD, other short courses and apprenticeship training programmes.

Tatjana holds Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from the University of Bedfordshire and has previously worked in an Automotive industry, organising and coordinating online and instructor based training for retailers’ employees in UK and Ireland.


Frances BurtonFrances Burton

Apprenticeships & CPD Co-ordinator

Frances joined the University of Bedfordshire in September 2020 to support the Registrations team on a temporary contract, before joining the Research & Innovation Service in November 2021.

She has over 40 years of administrative experience across many sectors, working for large and small companies including Whitbread, Costa, Selex (now Leonardo), NHS and Luton Borough Council, as well as 12 years’ experience in the legal sector as a conveyancer. Frances has excellent working knowledge of  various departments, such as, but not limited to HR, accounts, L&D, purchasing and estate agency.


Jason DixonJason Dixon

Training & Facilities Co-ordinator

Jason joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2010, fist supporting the Facilities department, then moving to the ICT unit as a Service Desk Analyst in 2013. Jason joined the Research & Innovation Service in 2021 as a short course and facilities co-ordinator, supporting the team in liaising with external clients as well as organising Prince2 and other CPD courses.

Jason graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in 2009 with a degree in Television Production.


Karen ForresterKaren Forrester

Training Facilities Coordinator

Karen joined the University over 20 years ago, with a background in sales, customer service and marketing. Karen co-ordinates and supports both internal and external events, large or small, within Venue Bedfordshire for the Research & Innovation Service.


Lesley GoodshipLesley Goodship

Business Growth Manager

Lesley joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2012 following a career change from teaching in FE. Her previous experience includes working for another HE institution and professional services firms, specialising in legal and accounting.

Lesley is an accredited Prince 2 Practitioner and has worked on a variety of innovative projects since the establishment of the Research & Innovation Service in 2014. She now oversees all ERDF funded programmes run by the University.

For further details on our funded business support options, please visit We Mean Business.


Sibel HilmiSibel Hilmi

Business Project Manager

Sibel joined the Commercial Projects Team within Research & Innovation Service as Business Project Manager in January 2022 and manages a variety of funded projects.

Sibel is a qualified, non-practising solicitor having completed her legal training and worked as a solicitor in an investment bank, Sibel assists on compliancy issues in addition to her Business Project Manager duties.  Prior to that, Sibel worked in Forensic Services at a large professional services firm.


Janeet Rondón-SulbaránJaneet Rondón-Sulbarán

Project Manager - Innovation Bridges

Prior to joining the University of Bedfordshire in January 2022, Janeet worked for 13 years as a social researcher undertaking community-based research within the third sector and academia. She held her last position as Research Associate at the Ulster University in Northern Ireland, where she has lived for the past 29 years.

Janeet has a degree in English Language and Literature and a Master’s in Social Research Methods. 


Maureen CookMaureen Cook

Business Partnerships Manager - Innovation Bridges

Maureen joined the Research & Innovation Service in June 2020 as Business Partnership Manager. She supports knowledge exchange between the University of Bedfordshire and SMEs to help in the development of new products and processes.

Maureen’s early career was in buying, product development and supply chain management, working for major multiples before setting up a consultancy business supporting SME businesses in sales and marketing.


Simone BannerSimone Banner

Communications & Marketing Management Officer - Innovation Bridges

Simone joined the University of Bedfordshire from a London Law firm in 2019 to support the Research & Innovation Service with all things marketing and communications.   

Working specifically for the ERDF funded Innovation Bridges project, Simone supports University wide research and innovation projects as well as internal and external University collaborations and engagements with partner organisations, government agencies and businesses.

Simone studied Journalism, News media & Human Rights at Roehampton University and has since gained an invaluable mix of public and private sector experience over several years working within the Marketing and Business Development fields.

In addition, Simone supports the University’s Race Equality Network as a Communications Officer.


Chiara Di PaoloChiara Di Paolo

Project Manager - Productivity Escalator

Chiara graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 and had worked as a copy writer and then in Customer Services before joining the University in February 2017.

Chiara assists with the project management of the department’s ESIF projects and is now using her experience to assist in delivering the Innovation Bridges Project. She liaises with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the project runs smoothly.


Julian LucasJulian Lucas

Business Partnerships Manager - Productivity Escalator

Julian joined Research & Innovation in January 2022. He has extensive experience in delivering business support programmes across the Midlands, East of England and the South East. The programmes largely focused on workforce development, high-growth, leadership and management development.

Julian has a passion for helping both businesses and individuals achieve their objectives and supporting them throughout their journey to success.


Daniel StephensonDaniel Stephenson

Finance & Compliance Officer - Productivity Escalator

Daniel joined the University of Bedfordshire in February 2022, supporting the finance and compliance aspects of the Productivity Escalator project.

Since graduating from the University of Bedfordshire in Media Practices, Daniel spent time working in the film and television industry in a variety of roles, focusing mainly on post-production, before returning to the University as a member of staff.


Karen LewisKaren Lewis

Head of Research Services

Karen has a degree in Sociology from the University of Durham. She joined the University of Bedfordshire in January 2020, bringing with her over twenty years of experience working within the Higher Education sector. She has extensive experience supporting research in HE. As Head of Research Services Karen oversees the Bid Support Unit, ensuring that the team provide comprehensive support for staff across the University, from opportunity spotting and bid construction, producing costings, advising on funder requirements, through to the contract process to post award management.


Emma BowmanEmma Bowman

Research Support Officer

Emma joined in March 2020 to promote and support research and innovation activity at the University.

She brings experience of both HE and the social care sector, having worked as an Executive Assistant and a Research Institute Administrator.


Charmaine BradyCharmaine Brady

Research Support Officer

Charmaine has over twenty years’ experience within Higher Education working across diverse functions including Human Resources, ICT and Finance, Research and Alumni Relations. Charmaine has managed many projects over the years, including implementing a new research system.


Michelle FlinnMichelle Flinn

Research Support Officer

Michelle joined the Research & Innovation Service in May 2021, from LSE where she worked as an Examinations Support. She has several years’ experience working as a Research and Business Development Officer at the University of Roehampton.

Michelle’s background includes managing a variety of European projects, such as an ERDF project at the Royal Opera House. She also has experience working for Arts Council, Big Lottery Fund and within the NHS.


Charalampia BoulaChara Boula

Research Project Officer

Chara joined the university in October 2014 after completing postgraduate studies in Digital Library Management at the University of Sheffield. In January 2015 she joined the International Office as a member of the UKVI Compliance team. There she provided student support to international students, monitored student attendance and processed student records. Prior to moving to the UK from Greece, she mainly worked in organising professional training seminars and in media editing. In Greece, she had completed postgraduate studies in Marketing and Communications.

Chara is a member of the Bid Support team and she is the University's REF Officer, providing support for institution's submission to REF 2021.


Andrew KeenAndrew Keen

General Manager, Putteridge Bury Conference Centre

Andrew has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years within a number of 4 and 5-star hotels and venues and in a variety of roles, including sales & marketing, conference and events, weddings, revenue management, food & beverage and catering management. His most recent role saw him developing and managing the commercial business at Bedford College services Ltd for the past 6 years.

Andrew and his team like to ensure that all events hosted at Putteridge Bury create memories for years to come by providing great customer service in a stunning location.