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Meet the team

The University of York has over 1000 academic staff. To enable easy access to this knowledge, Business Development Managers (BDMs) are available to assess your needs and to find the appropriate expertise. 

Business Development Managers represent the first port of call for an organisation seeking engagement with the University on a commercial basis. BDMs can enable access to licensing opportunities for IP, fee for service provision and transfer of technology out of the University. 

We work with businesses, licensing and commercial developments, technical services and consultancy.

Types of funding: Innovate UK, Research Council UK follow-on funds (for translational research), Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), ERDF programmes, private or corporate investment


Amanda Selvaratnam
01904 325142

 Head of Enterprise Services Amanda Selvaratnam 
Dr Rachel Curwen
07919 293193
Associate Director (Research and Innovation Development) Rachel Curwen
Dr Rukmal Abeysekera
01904 321124
Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTP programme Rukmal Abeysekera

Anna Hastie
01904 32 5143

 Head of Corporate Training  Anna Hastie

Andrew Ferguson
07740 819562 

Strategic Project Manager
Careers and Placements

Olivia Chatten
01904 435110

Business Development Manager
York Science Park

James Kitson
07385 035282 

Commercialisation Manager James Kitson