The Executive Team

The Executive Team

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Dr David Docherty
Chief Executive
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David Docherty is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, the industry body for digital television in the UK. He was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television.

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Sam Laidlaw

Sam Laidlaw brings extensive experience of working in business both in the UK, and internationally, having held responsibility for businesses across four continents. Read More

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Operating Officer & Director of Strategy

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Working closely with the Chief Executive, Dr Marshall has day-to-day responsibility for the management and accountability of the National Centre. He works closely with our public funders, partners and members to develop strategic work plans for the National Centre to promote and foster world-leading business-university collaboration.

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Adriaan Commandeur
Director of Development and Membership
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Adriaan leads on the National Centre’s membership recruitment and engagement strategies. He also plays a prominent role in identifying and securing commercial opportunities for the organisation. Prior to joining NCUB he worked at a couple of prestigious membership organisations. His first role in membership was at the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for the mobile industry, where he delivered impressive member recruitment and retention results.

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Shivaun Meehan
Head of Communications
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Professor Graeme Reid
Strategic Adviser
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Alongside his role at NCUB, Graeme is Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London, Chairman of the the Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE) and a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities. He has spent much of his career at the interface between science and Government, most recently as Head of Research Funding in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.



Professor John Perkins
Strategic Adviser

Until January 2015, Professor Perkins was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.  Prior to this he was Provost at the MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, leading the development of this new institution.  Until January 2015, Professor Perkins was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Read full bio.

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