The Team

cath-profile-picCath Whitaker – Director

Cath started the company in 1998 in response to the need for commercial support in the technology transfer sector. Since starting Team services, Cath has worked on more than 300 projects for over 80 different clients. Cath’s main focus is market research and business planning, and she also provides sales and marketing consultancy to a number of public sector clients and SMEs. Cath runs most of the training courses, which provide commercial skill sets for academics and scientists.

Before starting the company, Cath worked for 12 years in industry, initially in pharmaceutical research and then in commercial roles for laboratory product companies. During her time in industry, Cath worked in sales, in marketing, as an export manager (Europe and Far East) and in product development. Cath has a Chemistry and Pharmacology degree from Sheffield and an MBA from Warwick.


mark-profile-picMark Schaefer – Director

Mark has been a director of the company since 2003 and generally focuses on IT and engineering based projects. Mark has a strong commercial background having been the marketing manager of several successful companies, including a global super brand. Through this super brand, Mark has gained familiarity with the concepts, practices and specialist agencies involved in brand licensing. Mark has also been responsible for product development and new product launches, as well as managing sales and marketing teams. Mark has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Salford University.


We play an active role in the technology transfer community. We regularly present on PraxisAuril training courses, we have provided on site training for ASTP and have lectured for Enterprise Ireland, London Business School, a  large number of UK and European universities and on the Medici programme.