Finance and Operations
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Mark Parsons - Head of Finance and Accounting
As Head of Finance and Accounting, Mark is responsible for the accounting function of Cambridge Enterprise, including effective recording, accounting and reporting, as well as meeting annual audit and other compliance obligations.
In addition to traditional finance and accounting duties, the Finance Team is responsible for the accurate and timely distribution of income received from commercialisation activities to parties including academics, departments, research funders and third parties.
Mark has been instrumental in automating the quarterly close process and implementing new accounting systems to better serve the business units and support functions of the organisation. Mark is the Assistant Company Secretary for the organisation, carrying out company secretarial duties on behalf of the Registrary of the University of Cambridge, and is also the Cambridge representative LLP Committee Member for Apollo Therapeutics LLP.
Mark has held a variety of accounting, reporting and financial compliance roles for UK, US and European companies of varying sizes, in head office as well as subsidiary environments. Mark has over 20 years’ accounting experience, working in public practice and industry for a variety of companies including capital equipment manufacturing, healthcare, agrochemical and dot com.
Mark is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and graduated with a BSc Hons in Business Information Systems.
Mark joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2009.
Ruth Queen - Head of Human Resources
As Head of Human Resources (HR), Ruth guides, manages and provides strategy on the people function of Cambridge Enterprise.
In this role, Ruth has been developing and implementing HR best practice in areas such as employee engagement and communication, attracting and managing talent, employee reward, and employee wellbeing. This progress is reflected in our Gold accreditation as one of the Best Employers in the Eastern Region for 2018.
Ruth values the flexible and agile working environment at Cambridge Enterprise, as well as the inclusive and engaged culture.
Ruth has over 20 years’ HR experience, working across various sectors including not-for-profit (Cambridge-based housing associations CHS Group and Granta Housing Society), new business (high tech start-up Geneva Technology) and global corporation (Convergys).
Ruth holds Chartered Member status of the CIPD and graduated with a BA Hons in Philosophy and European Literature.
Ruth joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2014.
Dr Ananay Aguilar - Research Commercialisation Policy Advisor
Ananay supports TenU in articulating and disseminating best practice in research commercialisation. TenU is an association of 10 world-leading universities created to share best practice with the HE community and to advise UK and US governments on increasing the societal impact of research.
Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Ananay worked as an independent consultant connecting policy and research in the areas of copyright, cultural policy and diversity. Her clients included the International Federation of Musicians, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Ivors Academy.
She previously held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and a Mellon Disciplinary Innovation Teaching Fellowship with a focus on music, copyright and policy.
Ananay continues to be affiliated with the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) and to mentor early career researchers as part of the University’s Office for Postdoctoral Affairs Mentorship Scheme.
Ananay joined Cambridge Enterprise in June 2020.
Elizabeth Bone - Financial Accountant
As Financial Accountant, Elizabeth provides support to the Head of Finance and the Financial Controller as well as being responsible for VAT, fixed assets and monthly reporting for the Technology Transfer teams.
Elizabeth joined Cambridge Enterprise as an Accounts Assistant and was recently promoted to Financial Accountant. She has more than 20 years’ experience of ledger accounts.
Elizabeth joined Cambridge Enterprise in August 2007.
Catalina Brumann - Purchase Ledger Administrator
Catalina's role involves preparing the monthly payment runs; reconciling the bank accounts, the Barclays credit card and the petty cash; and dealing with purchase orders.
Catalina has worked most recently in the finance departments of Cambridge University colleges. Earlier roles have been with the European Finance Service centre of an American company near Cambridge, ‘Banco International’, now part of HSBC, and in the accounts department of a family business.
Catalina completed her finance studies at a private University in Mexico (ITESM). She has since moved with her family to Germany, Denmark and the UK.
Catalina joined Cambridge Enterprise in May 2018.
Vinu Gopakumar - Business Analyst
Vinu is responsible for managing the functional business needs of Cambridge Enterprise's systems. He works with the different business units to translate requirements into design specifications, manages the user experience and improves the systems.
Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Vinu was on a project team at NHS Property Services focused on business analysis and customising Dynamics 365 to meet business requirements. During his time there, he took the lead on deploying a new CRM system. Previous employers include Xerox, Arcus Global and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Vinu has an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University and a BTech in Technology-Industrial Biotechnology from the Anna University in India.
Vinu joined Cambridge Enterprise in June 2019.
Georgina Hall - International Outreach Programme and TenU Coordinator
Georgina assists with the planning and coordination of external visits as part of the International Outreach Programme (IOP) and also supports UK-US University Research Commercialisation via the ‘TenU’ collaboration.
Georgina is currently splitting her time between this new role and her previous role within Cambridge Enterprise as Office Assistant.
Georgina has previously held roles as acting manager and supervisor in a retail/customer service environment. She has also volunteered with young autistic children.
She recently completed her Sixth Form at Impington Village College, where she achieved an International Baccalaureate certificate in English literature and language and a A* in performing arts. She is now studying for an apprenticeship in Business Administration.
Georgina joined Cambridge Enterprise in October 2018.
Carol Harrison - Executive Assistant
Carol has 20 years' experience as an Executive Assistant and currently supports the Chief Executive, Deputy Director and Head of International Affairs, as well as the Chair and Cambridge Enterprise Board members. Carol is also an active member of the Professional Assistants Team, providing high level personal, efficient and confidential support to Cambridge Enterprise as a whole.
Before joining Cambridge Enterprise, Carol worked for MedImmune, the global biopharmaceutical research and development arm of AstraZeneca, as an Executive Assistant supporting three Senior Clinical Directors across therapeutic areas. Prior to this she worked for the Vice-President of UK and Europe and the Medical Director at Gilead Ltd.
Carol has a degree in Institutional Management from Birmingham University and an HND in Public Relations.
Carol joined Cambridge Enterprise in September 2016.
Steven Humm - Sales Ledger Administrator
Steven is responsible for invoicing for both Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge University Technical Sales Ltd.
He came to the company after five years’ experience working for a spin-out from Cambridge Consultants. Prior to this, Steven had more than 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, retail and wholesale accounts.
Steven joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2011.
Rosemary Javahery - Credit Control
Rosemary is responsible for credit control. Her role includes preparing invoices and collecting payments for medical specialists in private practice, and administrating customer payments.
Previous roles include: PA to the District Head Postmaster of Royal Mail Cambridge; Receptionist/Administrator at Arthur D Little; and Secretary to the Directors at Win-Born Products Ltd, carrying out all accounts and payroll.
Rosemary joined Cambridge Enterprise in April 2017.
Rafal Juszczak - Facilities Assistant
Rafal oversees the general running of the Hauser Forum and provides support to Seminar Centre users.
Previously, Rafal worked for almost nine years in Trinity Hall providing support for its conference and housekeeping teams. During this time he became an AV Technologist. Rafal also holds a Building Technician Diploma.
Rafal joined Cambridge Enterprise in October 2016.
Helen Page-Croft - Financial Controller
As Financial Controller, Helen is responsible for producing quarterly management accounts for both Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge University Technical Services. Additional duties include distribution of licence and royalty income to academics and departments.
Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Helen worked for Cambridge Manufacturing Industry Links, now IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited, another wholly owned company of the University of Cambridge.
Helen completed the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification in 1998 and has over 30 years’ experience in various financial roles.
Helen joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2008.
Sinead Varley - Office Manager
Sinead is responsible for all areas of office administration including procurement, admin procedures, H&S, facilities management and new starter inductions.
Sinead oversees H&S and facilities for the Hauser Forum as a whole, as well as for the Cambridge Enterprise office space. Sinead also provides a wide range of support to the Head of HR and is often the first point of contact throughout the recruitment process.
Recent achievements include the redesign and modernisation of the staff kitchen and creating a welcome pack for new members of staff to receive when their contracts are sent out.
Sinead has extensive administrative experience from a range of roles for different companies including Specsavers and Johnson Matthey.
Sinead holds a BA hons in Politics from Nottingham Trent University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Sinead joined Cambridge Enterprise as Office Administrator in November 2013 and was promoted to Office Manager in October 2014.
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