Meet the Team

Elaine Kearney

Business Advisor


Elaine is a coach and networker, supporting owners of early stage businesses to form their organisation around a realistic vision and hunt down opportunities to win income. Elaine supports businesses through Innovate UK EDGE and is also the in-house Innovation Director at our BASE Bordon Centre in Hampshire.

Elaine has a degree in Applied Chemistry which she credits for her fascination in learning how and why things work. She is renowned for her connections and is never short of ideas to help businesses grow their networks and customers.  Her sector experience includes renewable energy, high value manufacturing, oil & gas, aerospace, automotive and process industries. She is also our guru for collaborative R&D and metrology, having worked at the National Physical Laboratory, National Engineering Laboratory and AEA Technology where she led science-business technology transfer programmes.

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Oxford Innovation Advice offers Insights into SME needs and policy effectiveness for policy makers, funders and business support commissioners. It draws on our 30 years’ experience of delivering positive economic growth by enabling scale-ups to achieve their full potential. Each edition concludes with an ‘Implications for funders and Policy makers’ section.

Covid-19 Statement

Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.