Biographies

Dr. Alex Conner, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences

I am a senior lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Birmingham Medical School. I am also a consultant in transferable skills courses within higher education; this involves the creation and adaptation of courses as well as delivery and "training-the-trainers". Coaching conversations are the most useful platform for effective teamwork. I find that these coaching skills can be used far more often than in discrete sessions as part of a continuing management and education process. Link to full biography.

Dr. Claudia Natanson, CEO, Security Practioners Ltd

Claudia graduated from the University of Birmingham with a M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Education/Computers and Education in 1994. Since graduating she has held senior positions at British Telecommunications, and Diageo. Both roles have been global, with responsibility for over 80 countries and 180 markets.

In 2011 she set up her own company and continues to work with the board and executive levels of FTSE 100 companies in implementing strategic plans across their global organisations. She is also the Chair of the Corporate Executive Programme www.globalcep.com. The CEP is an organisation bringing together senior leaders and executives from academia, government and the private sector to look at the risks that impact their brand revenue and reputation.

Professor Jennifer Tann

Jennifer Tann is Professor Emerita of Innovation at the University of Birmingham, being at first Dean of Education, then transferring to the Business School to be Director of the Doctoral Programme followed by Director of Research; previous academic positions being held at the Universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Aston. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Queensland, Australia and at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has travelled widely to universities in Australia, the USA and Canada giving seminars and public lectures. Her Boulton & Watt research led to invitations to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the Power House Museum in Sydney. She has consulted widely to the manufacturing, public and not for profit sectors.

Jennifer has conducted two strands of research and publishing simultaneously through most of her academic career – contemporary innovation/change management  and history of technology, the theme common to both being innovation. She has published widely on innovation in pharmaceutical service delivery,  innovation in small manufacturing businesses, textile history and the diffusion of the steam engine in academic journals. A high point for her was being awarded, simultaneously, an ESRC grant to study contemporary innovation and a Leverhulme Trust grant to study innovation in the firm of Boulton & Watt, the research being conducted over the period 1999-2002.  Each project fed the other with ideas and theories. She now writes on both contemporary and historical innovation and consults to business and charities. She has published 8 books and around 100 academic papers. (Wool and Water, The Gloucestershire Woollen Industry and its Mills was published in 2012) She is trustee of several charities.