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Meet the Team

Jo Derbyshire Cresco CEO

Jo Derbyshire

CEO

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 a wide range of blue-chip companies in both services and manufacturing, including National Grid and Balfour Beatty.

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Phil Crosland proposal bid writer

Phil Crosland

Director of Proposal Writing

Phil 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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Paul Allen

Senior Proposal Writer

Paul is a primary leader in healthcare projects, with a specific focus on pharma and biopharma. He has a rich history to draw on, having worked as a research chemist for the best part of 20 years, mainly in pharmaceutical R&D.

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Danielle Wallis

Proposal Writer

Danielle assists in the bid writing process for companies seeking funding for their innovations, working closely with clients during business case development to successfully portray the innovativeness and marketability of their project.

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Mark Holmes

Commercial Manager

Mark heads up our project administration services and is also involved in business development and operations support. Indeed, the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the business is something he thrives on at Cresco.

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Sam Testro

Proposal Writer

Having been with Cresco since 2018, Sam is responsible for managing clients and researching, writing and preparing all the necessary materials required for submitting applications. He is also part of our sales team.

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Georgia O'Keeffe

Proposal Writer

Georgia works alongside her colleagues to develop funding applications for clients. This involves learning about the client’s innovation, conducting research around the subject area and writing the application questions.

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Caroline Sykes

Senior Proposal Writer

Caroline focuses on supporting innovative companies to secure funding and progress their ideas along the development pathway towards commercial and clinical adoption. She is an integral part of Cresco’s Health Team.

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Harry Duckels

Proposal Writer

Harry is an integral part of Cresco’s Health Team, which is specifically dedicated to helping medically-focused projects receive funding and become implemented in the NHS. He he has worked on several different funding types.

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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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