Meet the team, find out what we do
Aidan Sheridan – Acting Director of Enterprise
Aidan joined the department in 2005, working as part of a team to develop and execute the business strategy, with a specific role of managing and delivering the Exchange business support initiate. His job involves mentoring, supporting and working with academics, students and graduates to develop spin-out businesses and business services, generated out of the intellectual property from academic research and studies, and then selling these services to the business community.
Aidan comes from a very creative background, launching his career as a Design Studio and Print Production Services Manager, then working within publishing, promotional sales, marketing and exhibition organizing. He then started producing film memorabilia and paintings, a career he pursued for a number of years. He then took a position as an Enterprise Advisor to start-up Creative Businesses His role involved delivering business advice to Creative practitioners and researching and connecting up all support agency resources in the West Midlands focused on supporting Creative and Cultural businesses. Aidan combined the services available through Business Link with these agencies to help individuals and businesses develop a business strategy, to support long-term viability and growth. He also helped set up and run an incubator for Creative industry start-up businesses at Wolverhampton University Science Park.
There was an interesting shift in business support industry in which he saw universities taking a far more active and more effective role in supporting businesses. The University of Central England started up the Technical Innovation Centre (TIC) and began to deliver some very exciting services. It was this that prompted him to join Goldsmiths.
You can contact Aidan on 020 7078 5069 or at a.sheridan (@gold.ac.uk)
Marcus Atkinson - Executive Training and Short Courses Manager
Marcus joined the Enterprise Office in November 2018.
You can contact Marcus on 020 7919 7692/07591 948754 or m.atkinson (@gold.ac.uk)
Annie Watkins-Foley - Executive Training and Short Courses Co-ordinator
Annie joined the Enterprise Office in September 2018. She has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies: Culture & Society 1700-1820, and an MPhil from Queen Mary, University of London.
You can contact Annie on 020 7717 2626/07734 603466 or annie.watkins-foley (@gold.ac.uk).
Sanja Vlaisavljevic - Enterprise Officer
Sanja joned the Enterprise Office in December 2018.
You can contact Sanja on 020 7919 7043 or s.vlaisavljevic (@gold.ac.uk)
David Kuper – Legal Advisor
David is a practising solicitor who has been working with Goldsmiths for almost 5 years. He is primarily responsible for legal oversight of all significant research and business collaboration contracts. David was previously a partner in a boutique West End law firm specialising in intellectual property and patent litigation, where he acted for clients both in the UK and internationally. Prior to training as a solicitor, David worked in IT and telecommunications, and in addition to his work at Goldsmiths, David is a legal consultant to several high-tech start-up and spin-out companies.
You can contact David on 020 7078 5068 or at d.kuper (@gold.ac.uk)
Jennie San – Secretary (temporary)
Jennie has joined the Enterprise office at then beginning of 2019, and also works with the Research Office. She now divides her time between both departments.
You can contact Jennie on 020 7919 7770 or at j.san (@gold.ac.uk)
The team are based at Deptford Town Hall - G8 - G10.