Meet the Team

Professor Lesley Sawers
Vice-Principal and PVC of Business, Innovation & Enterprise
T: 0141 331 8728

Dr Andrew McNair
Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise
T: 0141 331 8609

Dr Andrew McNair is Director of the Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, joining GCU in 2007. Particular responsibilities include IP management, license negotiations, strategic R&D collaborations, commercial partnerships and spin-out company formation. Andy was a Founding Director of Connect Scotland, going on to become Managing Director. Andy studied Chemistry at Strathclyde University, going on to take a PhD in hydrogel polymers and drug delivery. He joined Biocompatibles Ltd in London, working in the Cardiovascular Division and forming their Drug Delivery Group, before returning to Scotland to join AorTech. 

Jane Gotts
Director of International Business Development
T:0141 331 8581

Dr Janette Wark
Knowledge Transfer Manager
T: 0141 331 8877

Dr Janette Wark has been GCU’s Knowledge Transfer Manager for over ten years. In her role, Janette manages the KTP pipeline for GCU and also is the point of contact for Interface, the SFC’s knowledge connection for business. Janette manages the University’s innovation voucher portfolio, encouraging new interactions with SMEs and helps to build longer term collaborations with organisations. Adept at focusing in an external environment, acting as the interface between academia and industry and enhancing the Scottish economy by developing tailored funding packages for local SMEs, larger companies, public sector companies and corporates.

Yasmin Glover
Research and REF Manager
T: 0141 331 8882

Yasmin Glover is the Research and REF Manager within the Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise. She has over 20 years’ experience in the University in a variety of roles, with the last 13 years spent managing pre-award research. This covers a wide range of support to the academic community, not limited to the provision of one-to-one guidance and advice, sourcing suitable funding bodies, assistance with writing research proposals and presenting bespoke seminars throughout the university. Yasmin is also responsible for the management of the University’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), formerly the Research Assessment Exercise.

Mark Anderson
Head of European Programmes
T: 0141 331 8842

Head of European Programmes Mark Anderson manages GCU's European projects portfolio, liaising with GCU academics on relevant European funding opportunities and promoting GCU’s European and International Knowledge Transfer activities both within the University and with external organisations and partners. He has helped to establish Innovation Centres in Latin America and North Africa and is currently involved in a number of social innovation initiatives. Previously he headed international knowledge transfer at the University of Salamanca, Spain.  

Rhona Blincow
Europe Office Coordinator
T: 0141 331 3928

Europe Office Coordinator, Rhona Blincow, is responsible for the administration of the Europe Office, including support for the organisation of events and internal communications on European Commission Calls for Funding.  She works with colleagues to identify opportunities and increase GCU engagement in EU programmes in line with Research/KE/International strategies and acts as the first point of contact in the office for internal and external enquiries.  She works closely with the Finance Office, RIE and liaises regularly with the European Commission and project partners around the world.  Rhona has worked at GCU for 10 years in a research support capacity.

Susan Armstrong
Contracts Processing Officer
T: 0141 331 3069

Contracts Processing Officer Susan Armstrong joined the Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise in December 2013. She was previously employed as an Executive Personal Assistant in the University sector and Charity sector. Susan came to RIE from the Executive Support Team within GCU where she has been for the past six years. She is now responsible for processing contracts for commercial  activities and providing contract support across GCU Schools and Research Institutes. Susan is a GCU alumna, having graduated with a BA Hons in Law with Administrative Studies.

Jacqueline Gray
Finance and Costings Administrator
T: 0141 273 1985

Finance and Costings Administrator Jacqueline Gray joined GCU in May 2013. She was previously employed in Financial Services for nine years and came to us from the University of Glasgow where she was based in the Recruitment & International Office. She is responsible for providing financial costing support to GCU Schools and Institutes across the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange (R&KE) portfolio. Jacqueline also provides a data review, analysis and reporting service in support of senior management strategic decision making across the R&KE portfolio.