MEET THE TEAM

Meet the Enterprise and Innovation team stationed with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth.

Joan Farrer - Team
Professor Joan Farrer

Associate Dean (EI)
    

Biography

Joan is a designer whose principal and co-investigator roles have included EU and UK applied research funded projects where R+D innovations include wellbeing for the body and the environment. In 2000 her PhD was one of the first in Sustainable fashion textile global supply chain analysis, using cradle-to-cradle modelling of wool fibre production. Farrer has been College member, advisor, co-author and co-investigator for AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK and INTERREG funded projects. She reviews and writes for various trade and academic publications and holds 5 international journal advisory board posts.

Farrer is a designer who has worked with global brands, Government and NGO’s for decades, this has informed her trans-disciplinary research, which stems from deep practical commercial knowledge of the industrial retail sector, in Fashion, Textiles, Fibre, Materials, Product Design R+D and brand development. Her Sustainable, ‘Smart’ materials innovative research includes Art and Design collaborations with Physical and Biomedical Science, Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. She and collaborators are developing new interdisciplinary funded proposals and publishing opportunities for pedagogic team research to inform the curriculum.

Research Interests

  • DERMA (Design of Enabling-Regenerative Materials for Ageing) CO-I – The project will be engaged with the development of new healthcare technologies to improve the quality of life of the ageing.
  • PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) PI – The project’s focus is jobs, social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
  • Barrier Solutions Melanoma prevention toolkit PI – The research aims to create ‘smart’ textiles combining computer intelligence and digital communication to provide ‘early warning systems’ of over-exposure to the sun.
  • SHAKES (Structural Health Autonomic Kinetics for Earth Shifts) PI – Textiles, architecture, computing and nanotechnology collaborators have developed an intelligent textile to be embedded into structural systems to sense movement and warn of potential structural failure.
Cressida Bowyer - Team
Dr Cressida Bowyer

Research Fellow
    

Biography

Cressida joined Professor Joan Farrer’s Enterprise and Innovation team in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth at the beginning of 2016 and is currently working on EU-funded international research projects and in the development of new bids focused on the University research theme health and well-being. Before that Cressida worked as a Research Fellow at UoB on a number of research projects, including the development of tissue regeneration scaffolds and investigating alternative treatments for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Her first career was in music, as a member of the KLF Communications team. After a few years of child-raising, she completed a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton, followed by a PhD investigating hypoxia as a target for drug combination therapy of liver cancer.

Research Interests

  • Cressida is involved in developing multidisciplinary initiatives to drive research and innovation for health and well-being and for social good. She strongly believes that transdisciplinary research and an open mind are essential for radical innovation and enterprise. I am committed to public engagement and dissemination activities and the democratisation of research.
  • Cressida is currently working on project DERMA – Wound Care by Design, a €2.7M three year project supported by the European Regional Development Fund Interreg2Seas programme. DERMA involves the design and development of innovative technologies for the prevention and management of chronic non-healing dermal wounds.
Bernie C. Byrnes - Team
Dr Bernie C. Byrnes

Research Fellow
    

Biography

Dr Bernie C. Byrnes is a multi-award winning writer and director and holds a PhD in Literary Criticism. Bernie was Dramaturg on award winning shows Muse of Fire at Shakespeare’s Globe and Little Soldiers, Theatre Re. International projects have included projects in Poland, the USA, Mumbai and Singapore. Previous directing commissions include the RSC, Soho Theatre, OffCuts, Ugly Sister, South Hill Park, Ivy Paige, Stone Crabs and Network Theatre.

Bernie is an established theatrical practitioner, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Guild of Directors. She has worked alongside Stephen Pimlott, Ed Hall, Michael Attenborough, Gareth Armstrong and Wayne Sleep. Bernie is currently Community Projects Manager & Creative Lab Producer at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth where her specialist interests are Mental Health, ‘Art & Vulnerable Communities’ and New Writing.

Research Interests

  • Urban Playscapes – This ongoing research, which began life as ‘Changing Our Toon: Youth, Nightlife and Urban Change in Newcastle, Newcastle University Press  (2001)’, looks at ways to encourage edge of care young people to access Theatre to combat social exclusion and prevent re-offending.
  • PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) PI – The project’s focus is jobs, social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
  • Who’s Telling This Story? Gaming and Theatre: LARPing versus Interactive and Immersive Drama – this research looks at audience agency and the performative crossovers of gaming and theatre.
Toby Meredith - Team
Toby Meredith

Media Production Centre Manager
  

Biography

During his 5 years in the film industry, he has produced over 20 feature films and one TV series.  He was fortunate enough to work with an extremely talented crew and many prolific actors including Mark Hamill, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Danny Dyer and Alan Ford. His films secured international distribution with Lionsgate, Metrodome and Optimum Releasing.

Toby manages the CCI Media Production Centre which is a multimedia content creation service.  A professional service available for commercial projects both internally and externally the MPC covers a multitude of creative practices available within the faculty.  These include film and video production, animation, script writing & storyboarding, VFX production, music production, performing arts and graphic design.  If your requirements sit outside of these disciplines the MPC has the full resources across the faculty and the entire university to draw upon. Projects are managed by the MPC but work creatively with academics, students and graduates to produce high-quality products.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable practices within the film and television industries.  I am working on a collaboration with BAFTA to analyse how scalable their current albert+ certification process is for smaller, independent production companies and how the processes can be embedded in Higher Education.
  • The application of animation for patient information dissemination.
  • Successful narratives and engagement of audiences with 360′ video products.
Joni Rhodes - Team
Joni Rhodes

Business Support Officer
    

Biography

Joni studied Media Communication and Production and spent her early career working in broadcast before progressing to communications and business development. She has worked in a range of sectors including sustainability, property and agriculture operating across social enterprise models, community interest companies and competitive commercial environments.

Her creative background and the opportunity to apply a strong business acumen attracted her to the stimulating and forward-thinking environment of the CCi. In her role as Business Support Officer Joni facilitates the growth of the faculty’s research, enterprise and innovation through supporting colleague activities and collaborations with businesses and external stakeholders.

Emma Jones - Team
Emma Jones

Operational Assistant
  

Biography

Emma came to Portsmouth in 2002 to study Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies and never left. Following graduation, she has worked for various companies in administrative and management roles, including in the computer games and construction industries. In October 2015 Emma became a Support Officer with Research and Innovation Services. which covered a range of responsibilities from planning conferences to being committee secretary, and is where her desire to learn more about Research, Innovation & Enterprise came from. After 18 months in the role, Emma had the fantastic opportunity to join the Enterprise and Innovation team based with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Emma’s job title is Enterprise and Innovation Operational Assistant, which essentially means it is Emma’s role to make the trains run on time by providing operational support to various members of the team and provide PA assistance to Professor Joan Farrer. Though her background is far from conventional, Emma is passionate about the work being done in CCi and excited to be a part of the team.

Carolyn Watt - Team
Carolyn Watt

PhD Student / Research Assistant
      

Biography

Carolyn is a PhD candidate in her first year in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth (UoP). He research focuses on social circus enhanced by digital technologies to foster social inclusion of young women and is partly funded by UoP and part funded by an EU Interreg 5a project awaiting application outcome. She also works as a research assistant to the CCi Enterprise and Innovation team; this role includes development and support of external bid submissions and faculty initiatives aimed at developing research culture.

Previously at The University of Brighton (UoB), Carolyn worked closely with colleagues on the INTERREG funded project Building Research and Innovation Deals for the Green Economy (BRIDGE) and undertook a multifaceted project management role. Whilst working on INTERREG funded projects FLAX: Increasing its Value for Society and Biocare Marine, she took a leading role in embedding live research into the curriculum, developing a community of learners and facilitated transdisciplinary engagement across the institution. With experience in the digital research arena working on a British Academy funded project Discovering Digital Me, she assisted in qualitative/quantitative research and data analysis in digital identity and literacy studies.

Carolyn achieved a Masters of Design in Textiles at UoB and have a passion for digital technologies, materials and performance arts, particularly circus and cabaret. Other experience includes founding a successful events company, costume design work, and professional performance in various circus/cabaret events with skills including contortion, acrobatics, pole dance and aerial dance. With a diverse blend of academic and performance expertise, she has developed a wide-ranging skill set that has enabled the creation of exciting opportunities within my career portfolio.

Research Interests

  • Social circus
  • Performance
  • Digital technologies
  • Immersive performance
  • Social inclusion
  • Female empowerment
  • Community engagement
Charlie Iceton - Team
Charlie Iceton

Digital Media Undergraduate
        

Biography

Charlie is a third-year Digital Media undergraduate, currently on a 10-month placement with the Enterprise & Innovation team. His focus is digital graphic design, creating content to be viewed on digital platforms for marketing purposes. Charlie is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator whilst also able to code in HTML/ CSS/ JavaScript. He has also successfully created www.innovationcci.port.ac.uk in the time he has been here with us. He hopes to get a graduate role as a Junior Digital Designer once he has completed his degree.