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Our Business Engagement Team


Fio​na Mason - Head of Business Engagement and IP Commercialisation

Fiona has a dual role leading on both the business engagement and IP commercialisation functions at Edinburgh Napier University. She manages the Business Engagement team and is responsible for the development of the policy and strategies related to business and stakeholder engagement. Our relationships are at our heart and Fiona is keen to help build long-lasting partnerships.

Responsible for the management and commercialisation of the University’s intellectual property, Fiona leads on the Edinburgh Napier’s commercialisation strategy and process, supports the development and exploitation of all IP projects leading to license or spin-out and also helps with general IP enquiries. She is really interested in the commercial potential of innovations and their real-world application and is enthusiastic about transforming research into something impactful.

Get in touch with Fiona if you have any questions or ideas about engaging with businesses, are interested in finding out more about commercialising your research or have any queries related to IP.

Email: f.mason@napier.ac.uk | ext 3357 | Mobile: 07747758703

Matthew Burdge – ​Head of CPD & Consultancy / Business Development & Relationship Manager - TBS

Matt has a dual role leading CPD and Consultancy at the University and undertaking the role of Business Development and Relationship Manager for The Business School (TBS). 

Matt is responsible for the development of a University wide strategy for the growth of CPD and Consultancy projects and income - looking to identify areas of strength and opportunity linked to market and sectoral demand to support the University’s ambitions. Matt assists The Business School colleagues to grow commercial networks, both nationally and internationally, for collaboration and provision of various Knowledge Exchange activities including CPD, consultancy, IP development, KTPs and many more. Overall, he is inspired by helping the University to engage with external organisations, grow our networks and share our knowledge. 

Get in touch with Matt for any ideas on CPD and Consultancy or any TBS related industry engagement opportunities – he is always happy to help!

Email: m.burdge@napier.ac.uk | Ext: 4430 | Mobile: 07834808440​

​Cathy Higginson – Business Development​ & Relationship Manager - CCITS, SACI 

Cathy is Business Development and Relationship Manager for the Centre for Cyber and Internet of Things Systems (CCITS) within the School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE). She also supports projects within the School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACI). 

Get in touch with Cathy if you work within CCITS or SACI and are looking to engage with businesses, develop CPD or do external consultancy work. The Business Engagement and Innovation Team are always keen to hear from you about project ideas or to assist you with finding external project partners.

Email: C.Higginson@napier.ac.uk​ ​​​

Maggie Reid – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SAS & SHSC

Maggie is responsible for supporting the growth of the business engagement pipeline, stakeholder management and knowledge exchange income for the School of Applied Sciences (SAS) and the School of Health and Social Care (SHSC). This includes developing external partnerships for research collaborations, CPD courses, consultancy projects and commercialisation opportunities. She is keen to support impactful partnerships that deliver outstanding results for the university and society more widely. 

Get in touch with Maggie if you have a knowledge exchange idea or project you would like to develop.  

Email: m.dowe@napier.ac.uk | Ext: 2778 | Mobile: 07708509805


Jane Ning – Business Development & Relationship Manager - SCEBE

Get in touch with Jane for business development enquries linked with the School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE).

Email: J.Ning@napier.ac.uk

Georgina Jamieson – Head of CPD and Consultancy (currently on mat leave)

Georgina is responsible for the institutional strategic development and growth of continuous professional development (CPD) and consultancy. Through supporting and inspiring academics to transfer their excellent research into tangible outputs, she ensures that they benefit business and the wider society. Georgina also manages the generation of new business relationships and the ongoing fostering and cultivation of existing stakeholders for the University’s world leading Business School. Building on a career in management consultancy, Georgina has worked extensively in higher education across research, knowledge exchange, innovation and business engagement.


Georgina is currently on maternity leave. 

For enquiries about CPD and Consultancy in the interim, please contact Matt Burdge:

 m.burdge@napier.ac.uk | Ext: 4430 | Mobile: 07834808440