Fiona leads on Creative Industries at the Knowledge Transfer Network, the UK’s innovation network established to maximise business growth and to drive innovation, supported by Innovate UK.
She has worked at the nexus of innovation and the impact of emerging technologies on the creative sector for over 25 years. As the creative industries lead at the KTN, Fiona identifies innovation challenges and opportunities, informs policy development, shapes funding programmes and supports access to investment and finance for business. She set up, and is leading, Immerse UK, a new, cross-sector network for businesses and research organisations from all parts of the UK economy that are interested and invested in the way that augmented and virtual reality can help drive productivity, social and economic growth.
At Immerse UK, Fiona is building a rolling programme which aims to address the issues that slow down R&D and identify opportunities for growth and international collaboration in the emerging marketplace. Some of the UK’s most recognisable and innovative brands – from Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, BT, McLaren, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Foundry and the BBC – are all founding members.