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The Adapt Team

Based in The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, the Adapt Group is business facing and entrepreneurial. Building on the university’s research and leadership in sustainability and environmental issues, the group was formed in 2011 and a diverse range of projects and consultancy assignments have been successfully delivered during this period. Our current activity focuses on providing businesses with commercial services from The Enterprise Centre and investment funding. Get in touch to find out more about how we could work with your business via

Sam Burton

  • Sam BurtonInvestment Analyst, Creative Industries
  • Sam is an Innovation Funding Investment Analyst at the Adapt Low Carbon Group working across all sectors, but with a specialism in the creative industries.
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Linn Clabburn

  • Linn ClabburnAssociate, Adapt Cocoon
  • Linn is currently seconded to Adapt Cocoon Equity in the role of Associate and is part of the team developing this UK-China Investment Fund, building an investment pipeline and analysing investment proposals.
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Sue Coleman

  • Sue ColemanProject Administrator and Coordinator
  • Sue is the Adapt Innovation Funding administrator and co-ordinator, responsible for supporting all the activities of the Innovation Funding team.
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Joanna Elks

  • Joanna ElksPA to the CEO and COO (job-share)
  • Joanna provides executive PA support to Professor John French (CEO) and Penny Wright (COO) in a job-share role with Lucie Waterman.
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John French

  • John FrenchChief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • John is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Adapt Group, and holds the UEA Chair in Enterprise and Sustainability.
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James Griffiths

  • James GriffithsChief Investment Officer, Adapt Cocoon
  • James is currently seconded to Adapt Cocoon Equity and is responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of this new joint venture.
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Angela Macdonald

  • Angela MacdonaldTenancy and Business Development Manager
  • Angela is the Tenancy & Business Development Manager in The Enterprise Centre Commercial Services Team, responsible for the management of tenancy, marketing and business development.
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Alice Manson

  • Alice MansonFront of House Manager - currently on maternity leave
  • Alice is the Front of House Manager for The Enterprise Centre, responsible for the day to day running of the building including access, building security and facilities management.
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Saffron Myhill-Hunt

  • Saffron Myhill-HuntTeam Manager, Innovation Funding
  • Saffron is manager of the Adapt Innovation Funding team. Saffron joined the Low Carbon Innovation Fund in 2012 and has played a major role in delivering the Fund and completion of 24 investments.
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Julia O'Rourke

  • Julia O'RourkeEvents and Marketing Coordinator
  • Julia is the Events Co-ordinator within the Adapt Commercial Services team, responsible for developing and manage marketing and events activity.
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Rebecca Roe

  • Rebecca RoeThe Enterprise Centre Commercial Services Coordinator
  • Becky is the Team Co-ordinator for the Adapt Commercial Services team, supporting all areas of The Enterprise Centre commercial services activity including tenancy, events and financial administration.
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Fergus Rolfe

  • Fergus RolfeTeam Manager, The Enterprise Centre Commercial Services
  • Fergus manages the strategy and commercial activity of The Enterprise Centre, developing relationships, strategy and initiatives within the business-facing low carbon sector.
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Marisse Slack

  • Marisse SlackFinance Officer
  • Marisse is an Adapt Finance Officer, with a focus on Adapt Commercial Services. Her particular areas of responsibility are invoicing and debt collection for tenanted space, events and room hire in The Enterprise Centre.
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Lucie Waterman

  • Lucie WatermanPA to the CEO and COO (job-share) - currently on maternity leave
  • Lucie provides executive PA support to Professor John French (CEO) and Penny Wright (COO) in a job-share role with Joanna Elks.
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Penny Wright

  • Penny WrightChief Operational Officer (COO)
  • Penny is the Chief Operating Officer of the Adapt Group, with a remit to direct, administer, and co-ordinate the internal and external operational activities across all services of the Adapt Group.
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