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Meet the Team

Jo Derbyshire Cresco CEO

Jo Derbyshire


Jo has a background in IP commercialisation, having spent more than 25 years in the innovation and enterprise sector. Jo is recognised in the industry for establishing the Loughborough Innovation Centre, where she was the managing director for 15 years.

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Paul Farmery procurement specialist

Paul Farmery

Chief Operations Officer

Paul is a specialist in procurement and leads the Cresco tendering team. Paul has previously been supply chain manager for blue chip companies, including National Grid and Balfour Beatty.

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Phil Crosland proposal bid writer

Phil Crosland

Director of Proposal Writing

Phil holds an honours degree in mechanical engineering and has worked as a technologist, project manager, research funding bid author, key knowledge holder, bid manager and funding acquisition quality manager. He has delivered more than £19million to clients.

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Paula Smith

Proposal Writer

Paula specialises in Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and is an expert in MedTech, utilising these skills by working on projects as innovative as ‘using artificial intelligence to drive the realisation of the artifical pancreas for people with diabetes’

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