Team

Campus Partnership Directors

Angus Horner

Managing Director, Prorsus Ltd

Director, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Limited Partnership (Private Sector Shareholding)

Managing Director, Prorsus Ltd

Angus is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Founder of Prorsus Ltd.

In 2011 Prorsus established a consortium with Gordon Duncan that secured a contract to acquire Pfizer’s 3 million square feet R&D Campus in Kent.

Angus, Gordon and William Cooper (see below) are the joint shareholders of Harwell Oxford Partners Ltd that is invested in Harwell.

Angus and his businesses are focused on providing real estate, marketing, networking and other support to organizations, people and places inside the UK Knowledge Economy. 

Angus is a firm believer in the power of research and innovation to deliver improved health, economic and social wellbeing for current and future generations.

He lives locally with his wife and children.

Other interests: Governor of St Birinus Boys School, Director of Didcot First, various Oxfordshire steering boards and groups.  Homeless volunteering with Salvation Army in London for 3 years.

Sport: Surfing in 9 countries, previously Sevenoaks Mens Hockey 1st XI & Qualifed Elite Men for UK Triathlons.

Catherine Pridham

Chief Finance Officer, Director of Support Division, and Secretary of the UK Atomic Energy Authority

Director, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Limited Partnership (Public Sector Shareholding)

Catherine qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andresen and has worked in the pharmaceutical sector for SmithKline Beecham, Amersham plc and GE Healthcare, where she supported a number of different business areas including a commercial clinical trials business, a large R&D portfolio and a Joint Venture looking to exploit research capabilities commercially with large pharmaceutical companies.

Prior to joining CCFE she completed several finance restructuring and process improvement projects for the Ministry of Justice and Department of Transport.

She was appointed as CCFE's Head of Finance, Contracts and Integrated Planning in 2012 and became Chief Financial Officer, Director of Support Division and Secretary of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in January 2014.

Dr Tim Bestwick

Director of Business & Innovation for STFC

Director, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Limited Partnership (Public Sector Shareholding)

Tim is Executive Director of Business and Innovation at STFC. After a BA and PhD in Engineering from University of Cambridge he worked for IBM before moving to Sharp Corporation, following a technical career mainly in optoelectronics and including time at London Business School.

Tim joined Bookham Technology Ltd (now part of Oclaro Inc.) when it was a fledgling company based at RAL, and held various management positions through to its flotation in 2000. He was then was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of the semiconductor optical amplifier company Kamelian Ltd, before joining STFC in 2003.

Tim is currently a director of the STFC spin-out companies Scitech Precision Ltd, Cobalt Light Systems Ltd. and Quantum Detectors Ltd. He is on the Boards of the Scitech Daresbury campus joint venture and the Harwell campus joint venture. Tim is current Chair of ‘Venturefest Oxford’, the annual innovation event and sits on the Spectrum Board of the Rainbow Seed Fund.

Tom Edgerley

Development Director for U+I

Development Director, U+I, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Limited Partnership (Private Sector Shareholding)

Tom Edgerley became a Development Director of U+I in September 2016.

He previously worked with Exemplar, a private developer focusing on large scale Central London mixed use developments, and with JLL Corporate Finance, with responsibility for structuring transactions for company disposals, acquisitions, joint ventures and equity raising within the property industry.

He has a degree in Architecture from Nottingham University, a Masters in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He lives in London and is married with a young daughter.

Development Partners

Gordon Duncan

Partner, Harwell Oxford Partners

Gordon qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC having graduated from Bristol University; BSc. Economics & Accounting. He started his career in investment banking with Deutsche Bank (Morgan Grenfell). In 1990, he joined the Board of Kleinwort Benson and increasingly specialised in advising major multi-nationals in the life sciences sector (SB merger $13bn; Aventis merger $28bn) as well as advising & investing in emerging pharmaceutical companies (Actelion now CHF10bn).

Gordon was closely involved with the London Stock Exchange in creating the rules to enable substantial scientific research based companies without an adequate trading record to raise finance by listing their securities. In 2000, he was invited by the former chairman of SmithKline Beecham to join DLJ as head of healthcare investment banking in Europe with a private equity focus.

From 2011, Angus Horner & Gordon Duncan were partners in a consortium that secured exclusivity to acquire Pfizer’s 3 million sq. ft. R&D campus at Sandwich in Kent. Gordon also works closely with STJ Advisors the leading independent equity capital markets advisor where he holds his FCA registration and still advises healthcare companies on capital markets, M&A and licensing transactions.

William Cooper

Partner, Harwell Oxford Partners

William Cooper qualified as a chartered tax adviser with KPMG and subsequently as a corporate treasurer before spending many years at Land Securities, the UKs largest listed REIT/Developer.

William, as part of the companies accelerated leadership programme, held several financing and investment roles and, prior to leaving, was the group's Corporate Finance Director. William transacted over $19bn of acquisitions, disposals and financings. Notable transactions include the $6bn acquisition and disposal of the Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund; the $800m acquisition of the X Leisure Retail Fund; and creating a $500m Infrastructure Debt Fund.

By securing the agreement for the UK’s first Tax Incremental Finance scheme, William unlocked, in the midst of the credit crunch, an $800m development. William has also advised several high-profile, family offices/high net-worth individuals on real estate and debt restructuring.

Steve Moss

Head of Property, UKAEA

Steven qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to work at Harwell. He spent the early years of his career as a Project Engineer and Project Manager.

Steven has been involved in strategic property-related planning and projects since 1990, focused on the development of UKAEA’s sites at Harwell, Culham and Winfrith.  He was manager of a major project to unlock the potential of the world-renowned Harwell campus. This project was successfully completed in 2008 with the formation of a new partnership between the UKAEA, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and a private sector investor/developer. 

Steven worked as an independent consultant from 2009 to 2012 and during this time was also Project Director for Science Vale Oxford, a partnership to promote southern central Oxfordshire for enterprise and innovation in science.

Steven was elected a Companion of the UK Science Parks Association in 2012.

Key Technology Partners

Dr Barbara Ghinelli

Campus Business Development Director, STFC

Barbara substantially raised the profile for the Space Cluster at Harwell and is now assisting in other sectors too. 

From 2011 she chaired the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC), which paved the way for the Satellite Applications Catapult launch in 2013.

Barbara joined STFC in 2010 as Director of Business Development.  Successes included the creation of ISIC at Harwell and of STFC’s High Performance Computing Centre. 

Barbara joined STFC from EADS Astrium (now Airbus), 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 and secured a number of large multi-million pound contracts.

She graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of York, and completed her PhD in Radar Imaging and Neural Networks at the University of Sheffield.

Chris Bee

Head of Business Development, STFC

Chris leads the development of STFC’s portfolio of projects for industry and international partners, where customers from global industry, academia and government can benefit from unique scientific insight, technical experience and technology. STFC’s innovative technology, systems and infrastructure development stems from the exciting, edges of the universe science it is engaged in as a UK research council.

Chris is an Astrophysics graduate from the University of Bristol who started his career as an Applied Physicist with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) working on respiratory and aircrew protection programmes. As a senior scientist in this domain he developed new business for the Health and Safety Executive’s research arm, HSL, prior to moving into technical business development across a full range of human factors and high-hazard testing.

Chris was the Business Development Manager for RAL Space (STFC’s space department) from 2007 to 2012, acquiring broad knowledge of spacecraft engineering and science programme drivers, developing business in a wide range of instrumentation, development, testing and study projects.

Campus Management Office Team

Duncan Rogers

Asset & Estate Management Director

Phone:+44 (0) 1235 250093

Monika Zemla

Property & Development

Phone:+44 (0) 1235 250019

Julia Searight

Estate & Accounts Manager

Phone:+44 (0) 1235 250156

Jason Stafford

Construction & Development

Phone:+44 (0) 1235 250095

Fiona Smart

PR & Communications Manager

Mobile phone:07923 360235