Nicola Mitchell is the ESRC Strategic Lead for the Innovation and Business Engagement Team overseeing ESRC’s business engagement and innovation funding, including Impact Acceleration Accounts, the Innovation Caucus and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Immediately before joining ESRC Nicola worked in UKRI Strategy Unit where she was the Strategy Lead for Infrastructure. Nicola worked closely with the Infrastructure Roadmap team and has led on thinking about the future decision making process for cross-UKRI infrastructure investment. She also had responsibility for feeding into spending review bids and 2.4% briefing on capital budgets.  Prior to joining UKRI in 2019 Nicola worked in and around science and research in various roles for around 15 years.