Advisory Board

Andrea Cropley

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Andrea has over 20 years’ corporate and commercial experience; most of which was gained in major City law firms in London. In recent years she has worked in both the Sheffield City Region and London. Andrea has extensive experience of Merger & Acquisitions; venture capital and private equity transactions; complex restructurings and capital reorganisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances for both public and private UK and international companies. She also has experience of commercial contracts including cross border supply chain arrangements, collaboration contracts, procurement, distribution, agency and licensing arrangements. Clients range from banks, large international corporate organisations to private companies and entrepreneurs.

Charlotte Watkins

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Charlotte has practiced in the field of Intellectual Property since 2001 working primarily in the Life Sciences sector. She has extensive professional experience in a variety of technical areas including the fields of bio-therapeutics, in vitro diagnostic products, gene sequencing, medical devices and wound therapy products. Charlotte has previously worked for clients including universities, both in the UK and US, spin-out companies, SMEs, direct US biotechnology companies, blue-chip pharmaceutical companies and global leaders in the medical devices field. Prior to starting her career as a patent attorney, Charlotte studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in Pathology (Immunology and Microbial and Parasitic Diseases). Other subjects she studied during her time at Cambridge include virology, neuroscience, animal physiology and cell biology. Charlotte was a partner in a large firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in the UK before establishing Secerna LLP in May 2011.

Colin Glass OBE

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Colin is a Chartered Accountant with his own practice, Winburn Glass Norfolk (WGN).  He is or has been a Non-Executive Director of several companies, some of which are quoted on AIM.  Colin has always been passionately interested in assisting small businesses develop to their full potential and due to his involvement with SMEs in 2014 he was appointed a Non-Executive Director at the British Business Bank.  In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Leeds Beckett University for his contribution to Commence and Industry and more recently he had the great honour of being awarded an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s New Year Honour’s list for services to business start-ups and entrepreneurship.