Dr Cathy Garner has a life-long commitment to understanding and driving social and economic improvement through innovation. With a first class honours degree and a PhD in urban geography from the University of Edinburgh, Cathy has focused her academic and public policy career on issues in urban centres. Most recently, she led the successful partnership of Manchester Knowledge Capital as its Chief Executive for six years.
She is an Associate of the Council for Industry and Higher Education and served on the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property for the UK between 2008 and 2010. She was a member of the Cabinet Office Innovators’ Council in 2010 and is a member of the Standing Selection Committee for the Networks of Centres of Excellence in Canada.
Cathy led an international NGO which addressed the health needs of the global poor, through creative intellectual property solutions which was established by the Rockefeller Foundation. Previously Cathy established and ran the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She led the establishment of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and was a founder director of the Scottish North American Business Council. She has served as a Board member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) in the USA and was their inaugural Vice President for International Relations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.