Barbara is responsible for the development of the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus at UKRI-STFC. She has worked alongside the Joint Venture partners to establish Harwell as an exemplar public-private partnership model that has driven economic growth, fostered national and international collaborations, attracted inward investment, and advanced the frontiers of science.
Barbara has established the cluster model deployed at both STFC’s Harwell and Daresbury Science & Innovation Campuses and oversees their development. She has led the creation of thriving innovation clusters in Space, HealthTec, EnergyTec, Digital, and now Quantum, across the two sites. These now include over 300 organisations collocated on the campuses, with average staff growth of more than 20% per annum and supporting more than 400 organisations across the U.K.
Barbara joined STFC in 2010 as Executive Director of Business Development. Successes included the creation of the International Space Innovation Centre (now Satellite Applications Catapult) at Harwell and securing the first multi-million investment into the High Performance Computing Centre (Hartree) at Daresbury.
Barbara joined STFC from EADS Astrium (now Airbus DS), where she managed Business Development across Europe for the €3.2 billion joint ESA / EU Earth Observation Programme for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (now Copernicus). She secured a number of large contracts during her time at Astrium. Barbara graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of York, completed her PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Space Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging at the University of Sheffield and holds a Certificate in Management from the Open University.