Jon Whittle - Chair
Jon is a Professor in the School of Computing and Communications. He is interested in using digital technologies to break down barriers and currently works on a number of projects, for example, crowdsourcing local opinions on public safety (voiceyourview.com) and serendipity in the digital world (serena.ac.uk).
Pam Beswick - Community representative
Pamela has extensive experience in the Voluntary and Community Sector having worked as Chief Executive of Signposts MARC Limited for 18 years and is also a Director of Young Lancashire and a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP YOI Lancaster Farms. She is interested in all aspects of ICT development and how this can enhance the work of the sector and particularly communication with those who are most disadvantaged or who find it difficult to access services designed to meet their needs.
Position: Community Rep
Mandy Naylor - Community Representative
Working on the Lattice Works programme in the Lancaster district, Mandy helps third sector organisations become more financially sustainable and develop new services to fill gaps. She runs her own consultancy providing business support and training across all sectors, is passionate about developing potential with social enterprises and socially responsible businesses, and is a professionally qualified Social Enterprise/Business Advisor.
Position: Community Rep
James Sommerville - Community Representative
James is Lancaster City Council's Partnerships Manager. He is responsible for bringing together people and organsiations in the Lancaster District to achieve shared priorities and projects. He is very excited at the prospect of the innovation and scientific rigour the Catalyst Project will bring to this ambition.
Stewart Parsons - Community Representative
Stewart Parsons works as Lancashire Arts Development Cultural Youth Officer for Lancashire County Council. Aged 45, he is responsible for designing and delivering the award winning Get It Loud It Loud In Libraries that aims to engage young people with public libraries through live music.
My role is to look at fostering relationships with businesses across the country; this includes SMEs and Multinationals. I am keen to utilise InfoLab21 as a platform for Knowledge and Technology Transfer between the University and the wider business community drawing on the expertise that is based within the School of Computing and Communications.
Leon Cruickshank (Senior Lecturer in Design at ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster Universities Creative Research Centre. His work explores open design and user-led innovation. Currently this research is focused on the design of activities and processes to facilitate creativity in everyone
Tim has published books on rehousing homeless people, community care for older people, the sociology of knowledge, critical theory and material culture. In recent years his main research focus has been a phenomenological approach to the material interaction that occurs between people and things.
Rebecca has a background in social anthropology and ethnography. She is interested in the encounter between local and techno-scientific ways of knowing and experiencing the environment. Her research has moved from the Bolivian Amazon to working with UK Amateur Naturalists and more recently with big-science genomic approaches to mapping biodiversity (DNA barcoding).
Robert Fildes is a distinguished professor in the Department of Management Science and director of the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting. A statistician by training, in the Catalyst project he is interested in the circumstances citizens adopt and use new technologies and their motivations.
Drew Hemment is Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster. He explores the connections between people, emerging technologies and possible futures. In his research, art offers a set of resources for envisioning social and technological change in a way that is inherently participatory, and for opening up disruptive spaces of play.
Ruths field of research is social studies of science, technology and innovation, with a focus on genomic biosciences. Ruth’s current research interests are data, projects and research methods. In Catalyst, Ruth leads a research package using PROTEE, a management tool for radical innovation projects.