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Strategic Partnerships Office


The Strategic Partnerships Office forms the core of the team helping to facilitate international engagement at the University of Cambridge. Brief role descriptions and biographies of the team are provided below.

Professor Eilís FerranProfessor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations

Professor Eilís Ferran is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, responsible for the University’s human resources policy and strategy as well as oversight and development of the University’s international engagement. She is also Professor of Company and Securities Law in the Faculty of Law, a University JM Keynes Fellow in Financial Economics and a Professorial Fellow at St Catharine's College. She served as Chair of the Faculty of Law from 2012 to 2015. Her main research interests are corporate finance law, financial regulation and general company law.




Professor Andy NeelyProfessor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations

Professor Andy Neely is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), and Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance. He is widely recognized for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management. Previously he has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Churchill College, Nottingham University, where he completed his PhD, and British Aerospace. He was Deputy Director of AIM Research – the UK’s management research initiative – from 2003 until 2012 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2007, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2008, and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.



Emily Lyons

Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations


Jessica Charles

Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations


Stephen DavisonStephen Davison

Head of Public International Partnerships

Steve is Head of the Public International Partnerships section within the Strategic Partnership Office at the University of Cambridge. He is responsible for developing institutional relationships with higher education and research institutions, governments, funders and NGOs internationally.

Steve has been a member of the University since 2008 when he joined as a Political Research Analyst. He went on to become Political Affairs Adviser before building and leading a new Public Affairs Team. He took up the role of Head of Public International Partnership following the formation of the Strategic Partnership Office in 2017. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Steve worked in Westminster as Head of Environment for Policy Connect: a UK think-tank.

He is a Senior Officer of the League of European Research Universities, a Senior Officer of the International Alliance of Research Universities, and a founding member and former chair of the Russel Group Political Affairs Network. He has degrees from the University of Hull and the University of Exeter, and is a Professional By-Fellow of Churchill College.


Dr Phil CattonDr Phil Catton

Business Relations Coordinator

Phil has 15 years’ experience working at the intersection of academic and industrial research. His role is to act as a touch point between the University’s corporate collaborators and academic colleagues. Phil also facilitates initial introductions for new external industry partners.



Ingrid HobbisIngrid Hobbis, DAAD Cambridge Research Hub Administrator

DAAD Cambridge Research Hub Coordinator

Ingrid Hobbis is the Administrator for the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub at the University of Cambridge.  She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Hub’s activities, focusing on the organisation of workshops, discussions and debates, the annual conference, lectures and meetings of the Advisory Board. She works closely with the Hub’s Co-Directors and liaises with the DAAD’s London office in addition to communicating with members of the Advisory Board and their institutions.

Prior to joining the Strategic Partnerships Office Ingrid worked in Social Housing. Ingrid studied European Studies and German at the University of Salford.



Dr Jingchen HouDr Jingchen Hou

Research Analyst (Corporate)

Jingchen joined the Strategic Partnerships Office in 2017. She develops analysis for the team, focusing on industry and business relations. She is also involved in industry-academia collaboration projects. Prior to joining the team, Jingchen worked as a research associate in the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge, specializing in the servitization of manufacturing.



Nina MartinNina Martin, PA to the Director of Strategic Partnerships

PA to the Director

Nina Martin is Personal Assistant to the Director and provides support to the SPO team. In addition, she is the Office Manager dealing with all incoming enquiries, office finances and the organisation of travel and events.






Dr Jon SudholtDr Jon Sudholt, Research Analyst

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator (International)

Jon joined the Strategic Partnerships Office in December 2016. He is responsible for engagement with strategic partners, and for developing new analysis on international questions. Before joining the team, he worked on a digital publishing project at Cambridge University Press, and as an intelligence analyst in the Republic of Korea. Jon holds a PhD in English and American Literature, specialising in the role of sentimentalism in US nationalist rhetoric.