Consultancy Services

Dr Amanda Zeffman - Consultancy Associate

Amanda is Head of Consultancy Services, a fast-growing service dedicated to generating both societal and economic impact from academic research by facilitating consultancy between University academics from across all disciplines within the University and external organisations.

The Consultancy Services team has supported almost 400 consultancy projects this past year of which many arose from Arts, Humanities or Social Science disciplines. In 2017-18, Amanda’s team saw a 63% increase in the number of new consultants with deals signed for 165 academics and 234 clients in that period.

Amanda periodically delivers training to technology transfer professionals for PraxisAuril, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the European Association for Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP), and is on the Board of Directors for ASTP as VP for Professional Development.

Amanda previously worked for the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy, where she ran a newly created interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Centre. As Project Manager, she co-ordinated the PhD programme and brought together academics and industry to generate collaborative research projects in targeted therapeutics as well as running a government-funded project to develop researchers’ transferable skills. She has also worked for the Food Standards Agency in scientific policy and for Isis Research (now known as Synovate Healthcare) where she was responsible for planning, implementing and analysing large international studies on HIV therapy for the pharmaceutical industry.

Amanda has a PhD in HIV research from the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge.

Amanda joined Cambridge Enterprise as Consultancy Associate in January 2008 and became Head of Consultancy in February 2015.

Helen Atkinson - Deputy Head of Consultancy Services

Helen joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2014 as a Consultancy Manager.

Before joining Cambridge Enterprise, Helen worked at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as the Executive Assistant to the Director. Helen has extensive experience of the workings of the University of Cambridge and the interface between academics and industry as she spent ten years in the University’s Research Office in various roles, culminating in the post of Assistant Director, School of Clinical Medicine.

Peri Cihan - Consultancy Manager

Peri joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2012 as Consultancy Administrator.

Before joining Cambridge Enterprise, Peri worked for CRAC, the Career Development Organisation, for four years, where she developed strong project and event management skills. In her role at CRAC as a programme manager for Vitae, Peri was responsible for developing and delivering an annual programme of training activities for researchers.

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Marie Georghiou - Senior Consultancy Associate

As a Senior Consultancy Associate, Marie supports academics and researchers with the legal and financial aspects of their consultancy work.

She also handles contractual parts of Cambridge Enterprise’s International Outreach Programme, which helps organisations around the world to grow their research commercialisation activity, and is a Consultancy 101 workshop trainer, giving tips to University staff on how to best conduct their consultancy work

Before moving on to the Consultancy Services team in 2014, Marie worked with the Business Support team at Cambridge Enterprise, monitoring commercial agreements and ensuring compliance with contractual terms including reporting and payment requirements.

Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Marie’s career spanned the UK, France and Cyprus. She has held various roles in administration and finance, and has also been a volunteer teaching assistant to help children growing up in the UK to learn their family’s native language.

Marie is a graduate in Law from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Westminster and a degree in Applied Foreign Languages from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier.

Marie joined Cambridge Enterprise in October 2012.

Lily Chan - Senior Associate, Research Tools

Lily joined Cambridge Enterprise in October 2015.

Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Lily obtained her MChem in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD at the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge. She specialised in the development of novel organic chemistry methodologies and their applications in chemical biology. Lily also has industrial experience in the pharma/biotech sector from placements in drug discovery at Pfizer and library synthesis at BioFocus.


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Emma Renehan - Senior Consultancy Associate

Emma is one of our Senior Consultancy Associates. She joined Cambridge Enterprise as a Consultancy Associate in May 2017.

Emma holds a BSc in Industrial Biochemistry from the University of Limerick. Before joining Cambridge Enterprise she worked as a Research Contracts Specialist for the School of Physical Sciences at the University’s Research Operations Office. In this role, she focused on negotiating and agreeing best terms for the University with regard to confidentiality, material transfer, studentship and collaboration agreements. Emma also has experience in industry, having spent time working as a Technician for a major biotechnology company where she focused on the purification and conjugation of antibodies for their use as research tools.

Helena Did-Dell - PA and Administrator to Consultancy Services

Before joining Cambridge Enterprise, Helena worked for Volac International Ltd for three years and progressed to an Office Administrator.

While at Volac, Helena offered admin support to a wide variety of staff within Head Office, including direct assistance to the Human Nutrition Director, and to staff in other locations in the UK and Europe.

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