Ben received his Ph.D. in supramolecular chemistry at Nottingham in 2012 followed by PDRA positions working variously with porous materials, brewing science, and chemistry automation. He managed the University of Liverpool Impact Acceleration Account from 2017, supporting 42 collaborative projects. Through this, he developed a wide industry network before moving to the Materials Innovation Factory in 2019 as Business Development Manager, where he managed interactions with corporates, SMEs and start-ups. He has specific interests in entrepreneurship and commercialisation of digital, automation, and advanced materials projects. He has been the client manager for Gearu’s partnership with Johnson Matthey.