Portrait of  Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes

Funding & Partnership Development Manager


I joined the University of Kent in Canterbury in 2017, first to support the UK Industrial Strategy, now as Funding and Partnerships Development Manager. Mine and the teams’ role is to create and build links between academics and industry to solve a wide range of complex economic, social and environmental challenges

We do this through a combination of new technology, business systems and leadership, finding UK and International funding partnerships and mentoring academics to ensure we create high quality programmes.

I began my career in 1982 at the Port of Dover and since then has worked in supply chains and industry for international companies such as Whitbread and SCA, as well as in the marine, automotive and grocery sectors. Supply chains and business systems have been a common thread of my work, so too is facility multi-partnership groups.

My role is often to catalyse and facilitate collaborations between industry partners and the University. These partnerships include UK catapult organisations and wider academic communities, to include innovation and new skills, adding value to world-class research.

I have a post-graduate diploma with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership and I am a Business Fellow of the Connected Places Catapult.


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Last updated 6th May 2021