Linda is the NHS Sector Specialist for the Healthcare, Life Sciences and Bioeconomy sector in the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). Her role is focused on supporting UK investment leveraging the NHS marketplace, its expertise and associated infrastructure alongside the wider life sciences and healthcare ecosystem. Previously she was Business Director across the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GMAHSN), now combined within Health Innovation Manchester, having been a founding Director of both organisations. Earlier Linda established Bionow®, the biomedical cluster organisation and was co-founder of Manchester Biotech Ltd, the UK’s first dedicated biotechnology incubator company. She also established the National Biomanufacturing Centre at Speke to support the development of research into viable commercial biopharmaceutical products. Following a PhD in Medical Biochemistry, Linda worked for a US healthcare company in technical and marketing positions. She was awarded an OBE in the 2009 for services to biotechnology.