The UK Team

Our services are delivered by an experienced team of people, comprising over 30 years in the grant funding arena. The UK team have a proven track record and a success rate of over twice the national average. Our main UK office is in Cheshire. We also have a presence in Oxford and work with organisations throughout the UK and EU.
It is always good to know who you are working with, so here is some background to some of the key UK team members:

Paolo Salvatore
Paolo has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University La Sapienza in Rome. After working as a systems engineer in 1997 he started his activities in technology transfer, focussed on planning and developing international innovation projects, especially targeted to SMEs. In 2000 he moved to California assisting US and European enterprises in bilateral technology transfer activities. In November 2001 he started his activity founded CIAOTECH in Italy, and in 2010 Paolo was appointed to the Board of PNO Group. Amongst his areas of expertise are: management and coordination of EU funded research projects, coordinator of the Support Actions ‘SMART’ and OSMOSIS (FP7), Coordinator of Marie Curie projects (KNOW IT), and exploitation coordinator of advanced IT projects funded by the European Commission.

Olaf Swanzy
Graduated in 2001 with a degree in Geography and Environmental Management. Two year’s experience as a project manager in the telecommunications industry working for the Vodafone Group Plc and Hutchison Whampoa Limited. Olaf Joined PNO Group in 2004 to help establish the UK operation with an initial focus on technology development within the Environmental sector. Over the past 9 years, Olaf has worked with an extensive range of SMEs and large companies across all industry sectors to advance research and innovation activities through the procurement of Government funding and technology transfer actions. Olaf is well versed in all principle National and European schemes including GRD, Collaborative R&D, FP7, and CIP.

James Craven
James has a degree in Management and Business Studies from the University of Salford, having graduated in 1994. He has worked in the Venture Capital industry, focussing on early stage high technology business, and has also had financial and operational management roles in software development, IT infrastructure and strategic coaching businesses. James joined PNO in 2009 and specialises in the financial element of grant applications, the R&D Tax Credit scheme, project management and grant compliance. His particular area of interest is in innovative technologies.

Helen Carr
Helen graduated in 2004 from the University of Leeds with BA (Hons) in Economics and joined the PNO Group in 2006 after working for a Research Group at the University of Manchester.

Helen is responsible for managing both national and EU R&D funding schemes. Over the past 9 years, Helen has been involved in the entire grant process, from the initiation and development of projects, writing and submission of both single applicant and collaborative bids, and compliance of projects. Helen has managed large collaborative EU and UK bids, ensuring successful partner collaboration.

She has worked across all principle industry sectors with a strong focus on demonstration and innovation support programmes both on a national and European level. Helen has a wealth of experience working with business and academia specifically in the fields of Healthcare and ICT, and has experience in all principle funding schemes including FP7, CIP, SME I EUREKA Eurostars, NIHR, Innovate UK Smart and Collaborative R&D. Helen is also experienced in the delivery of a range of dissemination activities on behalf of National and EU projects including press releases, social media and events.

Lyndsey Starr
Lyndsey graduated in 2006 from the University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry, and is the UK Biochemistry sector specialist. Prior to joining the PNO Group she worked within the analytical science industry, focusing specifically in the area of separation sciences for a range of businesses including research organisations, academia and public sector bodies. Lyndsey works across all sectors but specialises in Health and Biotech.

Mica Komarnyckyj
Graduated in 2010 with a MEng Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Manchester. Whilst working as a Policy & Relationship officer at NQC Ltd., Mica gained experience designing supply chain sustainability assessments (CAESER) and pan-Government information databases (sid4gov). Further to this Mica’s previous role involved advising Government departments on how to manage supply chain risk and improve the environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of their supplier’s business operations. Since joining PNO Mica has worked with small and large businesses enabling them to access both national and EU funding. Mica has experience in the energy and environmental sectors and has a specific interest in sustainable development.

Alice Wharton
Alice graduated in 2006 from the University of Sheffield with a BA (Hons) in Human Geography. As part of the ERDF programme, she co-ordinated 11 organisations in 7 countries with the ICMA Interreg IVB project that focussed on improving mobility and connectivity access through innovative and sustainable practices. Alice has also administrated ESF Community Learning Grants on behalf of the Skills Learning Council and the European Union across the UK North West region. Within PNO she has used her transport background to focus on Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) bids and she also has an interest in sustainable development and innovative technologies. Alice has worked across Europe and has a professional working proficiency in French and is also experienced in the delivery of a range of dissemination activities on behalf of National and EU projects including press releases, social media and events.