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Meet the team


Our team is made up of experienced professionals in the intellectual property field including patent & trade mark attorneys, IP lawyers, IP managers and accountants.

Dr Derek Palmer: Managing Director 

Derek, the founder of ProspectIP, is a proven IP and innovation practitioner with a strong entrepreneurial background and a passion for technology commercialisation. He has over 18 years experience in technology commercialisation and has had first hand experience in starting, securing equity finance, developing and commercialising IP rich businesses. He has co-founded two IP rich technology businesses, a number of other non technology based businesses and has a clear understanding of how IP should be managed and how it adds value to a company.

  • Extensive experience in the commercial exploitation of all types of intellectual property assets and rights
  • Co-founder of two venture capital backed start-up companies based on his research
  • Involved in the commercialisation of a number of innovations in the UK and North America
  • Significant experience in commercial and technical project management and in raising funds from both Private and Public sectors
  • Non-executive Director of a number of technology companies


Peter McLeod: Services Director

Peter, a founding member of ProspectIP, is an experienced innovation and IP practitioner with a broad range of technology development and engineering expertise. He is an expert in the delivery of IP and innovation services to clients from a wide range of industry sectors and has extensive experience in the management of projects on behalf of commercial and public sector clients.

  • Development of IP and innovation products used in the delivery of consultancy services to clients to maximise new product and new service opportunities
  • Delivered innovation support to businesses, universities and public sector organisations
  • Extensive project and contract management expertise, and has managed multi million pound contracts
  • Experienced in the evaluation and development of emerging technologies


Dr Martin French: Director of Innovation

Martin is an entrepreneurial leader with broad experience of developing and managing programmes and teams addressing technology innovation, product development and commercialisation. He has wide ranging experience of building relationships at Board or equivalent level in private and public sector organisations and is familiar with public sector and equity financing of technology and businesses.

  • Significant experience of building partnerships and developing business with senior decision makers in business, government, the public sector and universities
  • Developed and implemented science and innovation based strategies and delivery plans in private and public sector organisations
  • Experienced people manager and programme leader, involving both in house and third party teams, with budget responsibility in excess of £20m per annum
  • Co-founder of an IP based company and is familiar with VC funding processes and grant schemes at regional, national and EU levels


Donal O'Connell: IP Director

Donal is an experienced senior R&D, innovation and intellectual property manager with extensive experience in the delivery of services to clients across a broad range of industries and technologies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London teaching 'IP management', 'open innovation' and 'services innovation and IP'. Donal was a member of the Executive Board of the Eco Patent Commons initiative and author of "Inside the Patent Factory" (2008) and "Harvesting External Innovation" (2011)

  • Founder and Managing Director of Chawton Innovation Services, offering consultancy in the areas of innovation and intellectual property management
  • Former Director of Intellectual Property Rights at Nokia
  • Extensive consultancy and coaching experience at all levels
  • Expertise in the provision of IP process development, including corporate IP department auditing, IP benchmarking, IP strategy development and implementation
  • Delivered MBA lectures and provides basic and advanced IP management training


Dr Roger Brooks: Director of Employability and Enterprise

Roger has extensive experience in Research & Development and in particular in improvement and strategy programmes for global blue chip organisations, as well as directing a £60m strategic business unit for Virgin Media and a £432m worldwide optical product portfolio at Marconi before moving into the University sector.  Roger has held Research & Enterprise Director/Senior Management posts at Birmingham, Nottingham, Aston, Derby and Leeds Beckett Universities.

  • Led a £40m funding for regional business supply chain growth programme for Nottingham and Derby Shires
  • Supports Universities on high impact research driven enterprise and employability
  • Assisted in Science and Technology Park bids and setting up
  • Supported Universities on successful THES awards in Entrepreneurship and Business Engagement
  • A qualified business coach


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