Sam was appointed as Manager of CASE in November 2012, becoming Director in May 2013, following an 18-year career in consultancy.
She can call upon broad-ranging experience of managing energy, sustainability and resource efficiency projects across a number of industry sectors, from local to pan-European projects, and with a strong focus on programme management. Sam was Northern Ireland Manager of the ERDF funded Envirowise programme for over a decade. As a member of the MATRIX government science advisory panel for sustainable energy, she was intrinsically involved in the development of a Road Map for sustainable energy to 2035 in Northern Ireland.
She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Workspace Group, one of the largest social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland.
Since 2011, CASE has been working with Northern Ireland business and academia to identify industry research needs in three priority areas; energy from biomass, turbines and energy systems. To date the centre has funded 25 collaborative research projects ranging from the biomass, to micro-grid, to tidal energy and has access to over £5m funding for the research projects from Invest NI’s Competence Centre programme.
CASE also supports industry to leverage additional R&D funding through other International, European and National funding mechanisms. Sam has had a leading role on a number of European funded projects included project coordinator on the €3.6m Marie-Curie ITN ‘ATBEST’ project. She is also currently a Board Advisor to the Bryden Centre, a €9.7m INTERREG VA funded industrial doctorate research centre which is focused on marine and bio-energy research.