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Caroline Sykes, Senior Proposal Writer

As a senior proposal writer at Cresco, Caroline supports our clients by mapping out their development pathway, identifying potential funding opportunities and developing their grant applications.

Following on from her PhD in chemistry, Caroline was fortunate to gain a place as a Medici Fellow – a Midlands-based programme designed to support scientists into the work of business and technology transfer. After the one-year fellowship, Caroline moved to Nottingham University to work within the technology transfer team with a focus on healthcare.

After 15 years at the university, Caroline moved to Cresco to focus on supporting innovative companies to secure funding and progress their ideas along the development pathway towards commercial and clinical adoption.

That was in 2018 and, now, Caroline is an integral part of Cresco’s Health Team. She has enjoyed many successes since then, most notably having just secured £1million for a start-up company developing a point-of-care technology to detect brain injuries – if adopted, it has the potential to save many lives or avoid severe long-term brain injuries.

Caroline is renowned for her enthusiastic approach towards her work and leads by example.  She says: “As a team, we are passionate in supporting our clients and always go that extra mile. That’s what makes Cresco stand out from other companies.”

But her biggest strength – what makes Caroline the best at what she does – is her ability to “take complex, technical concepts and explain them to my young daughters – a skill that is also needed in grant writing”.

The opportunity to work with different companies and help develop a range of innovations is the highlight of Caroline’s working day at Cresco. However, her family is never far away from her thoughts and, indeed, is very much a driving force. If Caroline could swap places with anyone for just one day, it would be her 10-year-old daughter “to remind me why having enthusiasm and optimism is so important”.

What you may not know about Caroline

  • Caroline’s first-ever job was as a street-sales person trying to sell a family studio session – “One of those annoying people with a clipboard asking if you had two minutes to spare”
  • If she could learn a new skill, it would be “to be able to paint landscapes”
  • Asked to describe her job to a classroom of children, Caroline would say: “I write stories about new exciting inventions that could help people live better lives. We then use these stories to try to get people to give us money in order to make the inventions and test them on people”

Call Caroline to find out more how she can help your business