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Meet the team

Research & Innovation Services (RIS) at Cardiff Metropolitan University supports research and knowledge exchange interactions with business and the wider community. At an operational level, RIS is the gateway through which external organisations can access the support and knowledge base of the University. 

We work with colleagues across each of our three campuses on a broad range of research and knowledge transfer activities maximising the commercial and social value of the University's research.

Who are RIS?

Prof. Sheldon Hanton, Pro Vice​ -Chancellor (Research & Innovation)

​Sheldon Hanton is a Professor of Psychology and became the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2012.  He was formerly the University Director of Research and held School Directorships in Research, Graduate Studies and Enterprise. Originally from Lincolnshire, Sheldon graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University before pursuing an MSc and PhD at Loughborough University.

As PVC (Research) he is responsible for all research strategy at Cardiff Metropolitan University including the highly successful Research Excellence Framework submission (2014). His portfolio includes Research & Enterprise Services and the International Centre for Design and Research (PDR), a recent recipient of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for research excellence in surgical and prosthetic design.  He also has responsibility for European research and enterprise funding and all aspects of the postgraduate research student provision.

Sheldon remains research active and lists his main interests as competition and organisational stress, mental toughness, injury psychology and professional practice. He has held and continues to hold a number of high profile international editorial positions and formerly consulted with the England Swim Team at international training camps and competitions.

An abridged research profile can be found here​​.

Sheldon can be reached on +44 (0)29 2041 6612 or shanton@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Prof. Steve Gill,  Director of Research & Graduate Studies

Steve gill picture.pngSteve Gill began his current RIS role in December 2015. His other roles are as Professor of Interactive Product Design and Associate Dean (Research) in the Cardiff School of Art & Design.
He has particular responsibility for REF, HEFCW liaison, Action Learning Sets, Research & Enterprise-informed Teaching and other projects in support of the Director of Research and Graduate Studies.

Steve remains research active. His core interests lie in human-centred design, life-critical product design, physicality, rapid prototyping of computer embedded products and interaction design. A common theme in them all is a desire to place people at the heart of research aimed at creating ‘real world’ impact. Over the years his research interests have become diverse, leading him to supervise PhDs in areas as diverse as Re-configurable tooling, Thermography, Design, Experiential Vision and Ceramics.

An abridged research profile can be found he​​re.

Steve can be reached on +44 (0)29 2041 6732 or sjgill@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Matthew Taylor, Director of Innovation​

Matthew worked for a number of years in commercial roles in the private sector at BT and Welsh Water, followed by seven years at the University of Reading as Knowledge Transfer Centre Assistant Manager before joining Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2005. In his current role he is responsible for the operational management of Research & Innovation Services (RIS) and the development and delivery of Cardiff Met's Enterprise Strategy, covering activities including consultancy, knowledge transfer and continuing professional development.

Matthew also has line management responsibility for the Centre for Work Based Learning, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Research & Innovation Services European Office. He represents research and innovation interests on the Information Strategy Forum, Management Board, Research & Innovation Board and Academic Board, and Chair's Cardiff Met's Intellectual Property Panel and Research & Innovation Investment Fund Panel.

Matthew is the main contact for Deans of School and Heads of Unit in the University and can be reached on + 44 (0)29 2041 6614 or mtaylor@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Leila Gouran, Global Academies Director

Leila Gouran.fw.pngLeila supports Cardiff Met at a senior level on all European research and innovation funding matters, supporting the development and implementation of strategies to ensure Cardiff Met optimises the benefits of European research and innovation initiatives, in particular the Framework Programmes and Convergence funding opportunities. Leila advises and supports projects from conception to completion and acts as a key liaison point for the Welsh European Funding Office and the European Commission where she gathers information and influences funding opportunities where possible.

Prior to joining Cardiff Met Leila w​orked for Torfaen County Borough Council where she project managed a number of learning and employment projects worth in excess of £10million. Commissioning bodies included Welsh Government, Welsh European Funding Office, Department of Work and Pensions and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Previously Leila worked for a number of years across the private and charity sector managing training and employment contracts and teaching adults and children.

Leila also serves as a committee member for the Wales Charity Advisory Forum and as Vice Chair for Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau.

Leila can be contacted on 029 2020 5972 (ext 5972) or lgouran@cardiffmet.ac.uk​​​

Kate Jefferies, Research Support Manager​

Kate joined Cardiff Met in 1999, initially working in PDR before moving to Research & Enterprise Services in 2000. As a member of RES, Kate has been involved in a broad range of research related activities including the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercise submissions and the administration of various externally funded projects.

In her current role, Kate supports the development and implementation of Cardiff Met's research policies and strategies. She is currently involved in the development of the institution's submission to the Research Excellence Framework and the administration of Cardiff Met's Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) projects. Kate is also secretary to the Research & Enterprise Board and the University Ethics Committee.

Kate can be reached on +44 (0)29 2041 6747 or kajefferies@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Rich Neil, Professional Doctorate Portfolio Manager​ & Deputy Director of Research

Richneil.jpgRich Neil was appointed in October 2016 as our full time Professional Doctorate Portfolio Manager.  Rich manages the Professional Doctorate provision and portfolio across the five schools of the University.

An abridged research profile can be found here.

Rich can be reached on rneil@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Jeff Alder, Graduate Studies Officer​

After twenty years employed in various roles with BT in London, Jeff joined the RIS team at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2003. He is secretary to one of the university's main academic committees, the Research Degrees Committee. Jeff is also the main point of contact in RES for research degree matters, which involves liaising and advising research degree students, academic staff, other central units and Schools.

Jeff can be reached on +44 (0)29 2041 6787 or jalder@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Orla Govers, Research Support Officer

Orla moved to Cardiff Met in 2007 and supports staff from all schools to develop, submit and administer research funding applications to Research Councils, Trusts and Charities both National and International.

Orla can be reached on +44 (0)29 2041 7042 or ogovers@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Anne Barratt, Senior Administrator

Anne joined Cardiff Met in 1997 as an administrator dealing with students and student systems in the Faculty of Art, Design & Engineering. Moving to the newly formed Research & Enterprise Support Unit in 1999, Anne worked in a variety of roles supporting the Industrial Liaison Officer in all matters of Research & Enterprise.


Anne currently manages the administration function of Research & Enterprise Services and is responsible for the financial budgets of the Unit. Having ove​rall responsibility for the administration systems, financial operations and procedures of the Classic and shorter KTP programmes, Anne also provides support and advice on the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) projects at the University.

Anne can be reached on +44 (0)29 2041 6612 or albarratt@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Richard Mahoney, Senior Innovation Officer & Deputy Director of Innovation

Richard started his career as an engineer. He joined the Research and Innovation Services team in 2009. Richard helps external organisations benefit from the knowledge, expertise and facilities that reside within the University. He also assists academic staff to maximise the social, cultural and economic impact of their research. There are a number of ways in which Cardiff Met staff and industry can collaborate for mutual benefit. Some of which include consultancy, licensing, commercial research, project management, CPD and work-based learning. Richard helps identify and promote opportunities for collaboration, and, where appropriate, assists in sourcing external funding to support the partnership.

Organisations or staff that wish to engage in collaborative projects can contact Richard on +44 (0)29 2041 6048 or rmahoney@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Rae DePaul, Senior Research & Innovation Officer

After graduation, Rae completed PhD studies in molecular biology in Cardiff in 2011, and worked in the customer ​​services & training department of a multinational vehicle tracking company whilst writing up her thesis. Rae then joined a Life Science and Technology Marketing organisation where she specialised in the commercialisation of technology driven IP for two years before joining the Cardiff Metropolitan Research and Enterprise Team in 2014.

Rae works closely with the School of Sport & Health Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy to help them to implement their knowledge and expertise in the wider community – increasing the impact of their work outside of academia. She is also involved in assisting external organisations to utilise the facilities and academic community within the university.

Organisations or staff that wish to engage in collaborative projects can contact Rae on +44 (0)29 2041 6254 or rdepaul@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Karl Couch, Business Liaison Officer

Karl Couch.jpgKarl previously worked in the Commercial Services Office of the University of South Wales, then most recently in the Faculty of Business and Society as Marketing and Communications Coordinator for a European Social Funded collaborative programme.  He joined the Research and Enterprise Services team in 2015 and primarily works closely with external organisations to develop collaborative enterprise and supports academic schools in the delivery of enterprise and knowledge transfer activities. 

Karl can assist in identifying opportunities for collaborative working and provide guidance on available funding opportunities.  He regularly attends networks and events providing guidance and support to a wide range of organisations. 

​Organisations that wish to learn more please contact Karl on +44 (0)29 2020 1159 or kcouch@cardiffmet.ac.uk 

Beth Trubshaw, Research & Innovation Support Officer

Following Graduation from her undergraduate degree, Beth went travelling for two and a half years returning t​o the UK in 2007. She worked as an Administrator at Aberystwyth University's Centre for Widening Participation and Social Inclusion for six years before joining Research and Enterprise Services at Cardiff Met in May 2013. Beth Graduated from her postgraduate degree in Advanced Marketing in July 2014.

Beth is the Support Officer for RIS and is the first point of contact for several Projects. She also assists the Senior Administrator keeping financial and administration records and supports the European Projects Director. Beth is also the Project Administrator for the Access to Masters (ATM) programme and is responsible for administrating all activities related to ATM.

Beth can be reached on 02920 205862 or btrubshaw@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Centre for Work Based Learning

Cardiff Metropolitan University's Centre for Work Based Learning is a leading provider of work based learning and bespoke training to businesses. 

Meet the Centre for Work Based Learning team.

Centre for ​Entrepreneurship​​​

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is Cardiff Metropolitan University's dedicated department for all things entrepreneurial. They can help you:

  • Develop entrepreneurial skills​
  • Enhance your employability​​
  • Get your business idea off the ground
They achieve this by running a wide range of activities throughout the academic year from networking evenings and competitions to intensive programmes which help develop a range of skills.​ 

To meet the Centre for ​Entrepreneurship team click here​