Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Lee Best

Project Manager


Roles and Responsibilities

I am currently Project Manager of the project CANDO, which aims to develop an optogenetic implant for focal epilepsy. I am responsible for co-ordinating the internal and external components of the project, ensuring though good project management and communications across its many stakeholders, that it is delivered on time and on budget.
I have managed technical, scientific and market development projects in the private sector (National Energy Services Ltd, Calder Ltd, Ryder), academia (Newcastle University) and for Government delivery bodies and departments (WRAP, ZWS, Defra and the devolved administrations). My background comprises: Project management; Managing corporate reputation/industry relations; Developing behaviour change strategies and projects aligning industry with Government policy e.g. leading industry wide consultations, managing relationships and scientific/investigatory projects with Government departments and trade organisations; Implementation of QMS and operational systems e.g. co-author of BSI PAS 100 (2002, 2005) and selling buy in and implementation to over 60% of industry; Advising on the marketing planning process (including product development and brand identity) and technical advice to over 100 organisations; Delivery of over 100 training courses, seminars and conferences; co authorship of industry specifications and guides e.g. GMI good practice guide (2014) and production specifications (2014), and trade press articles.
I have a MSc in Clean Technology (Newcastle University, 1997) and a BSc (hons) in Medical Microbiology (Newcastle University, 1996). I am a qualified marketer and former associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.