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Kate Ronayne

Kate is the Executive Director of Business and Innovation at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), having been appointed in 2018 after serving 14 years in the organisation.

After completing her PhD in physical chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast, Kate joined STFC in 2004 as a Laser Instrument Scientist in the Central Laser Facility. Here she was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Ultrafast Spectroscopy Laboratory and worked closely with the multi-disciplinary user community. Kate rapidly progressed into management positions within STFC’s Technology Transfer Team, where she commercialised Intellectual Property portfolio from across STFC’s National Laboratories through the creation of new ventures and licensing of technology.

Previous to her current role, Kate served as Director of Business Development for Space, Technology and Facilities. She is also the Director of several STFC spin-outs in the fields of detectors and instrumentation; Keit Ltd., The Electrospinning Company Ltd. and Scitech Precision.