| about me |

I have been managing a portfolio of large EU- and RCUK-funded projects, leading the administration of contractual and operational requirements, developing and managing network relationships, leaving the lead science coordinator in each project to get on with doing the science. 

To 2011 at University of Sheffield I managed in parallel esTOOLS, an integrated project in hESCs and iPSCs, and the medium scale IPODD; and 2010-12 the development of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network TRUST at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. I was briefly Governance task leader in the FP7 Coordinating Action RoboCom. From 2012 at University of Glasgow I was the Project Coordinator for the EU INTERREG IVA IBIS project, developing tools for aquatic resources management, based at SCENE on Loch Lomond; and in parallel was evaluator of Aqua-tnet, the EU-funded European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management. From 2014 I was Business Project Manager with ADRC-S, the Administrative Data Research Centre - Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh’s Bioquarter-based data science hub, one of the BEIS/ESRC Big Data Network Phase I investments (which has been closely collaborating with Glasgow's Urban Big Data Centre, a phase II investment).

From November 2018 I am Research Programme Manager at CDBB, the Centre for Digital Built Britain at Cambridge University.


I am particularly interested in developing the potential of collaborations to make a broad and diverse international impact beyond the funded participants, as increasingly expected by sponsors. esTOOLS created innovative programmes in training of scientists beyond as well as inside science, and in outreach for the wide public but especially targeting high school science students, including commissioning a performance of a theatrical drama on personal conflict in ethics and science for a mixed audience of stem cell scientists and the general public.


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At St Catharine’s College, I graduated in the Economics Tripos at the University of Cambridge in 1980, upper Second Class Honours. Specialised in economic theory (first class exam result in this option), economic history, labour economics. I did my gap year working at HM Treasury when Douglas Wass was Permanent Secretary and Denis Healey the Chancellor. I was partly paid in Luncheon Vouchers

I worked for international businesses in the UK until 1995 when our family moved to New Zealand. There I was a senior economist at a science, engineering, environmental and infrastructure consultancy; and Corporate Planner at Dunedin, New Zealand's 4th largest city.

Then as Strategy Advisor/Manager - Economics & Funding/Investments for the government-owned New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research. I managed proposal development for the science consortium Better Border Biosecurity that was awarded the largest and longest research contract by the NZ government's science funding agency.

Returning to England in 2006 I took up the post of project manager for esTOOLS in Sheffield, becoming Executive Manager - Major Projects for the University’s Biomedical Science Department. Other UK and international research management roles in the UK followed.


My photo of Sylvia Plimack Mangold’s “In Memory of My Father
in the Art Institute of Chicago 

site ©  Andrew Smith 2011-2018.            Photo credits: my colleague-participants in the EU projects I have managed; Davide d’Ortona; myself