Nadine Payne 

Nadine leads Cardiff University’s Strategic Partnerships Team, developing mutually beneficial, long-term collaborations, offering external partners a holistic service that supports their research, talent, and civic mission agendas. Her role supports connecting business, government and society with the academics and students to deliver economic and social value.

Nadine has over 15 years’ experience working across the innovation agenda, having held strategic level roles in both teaching and research-led higher education institutions in Wales, and in industry. She has been a central figure in driving projects, implementing strategy, and delivering large scale innovation activities across a variety of sectors including cyber security, data and AI, life science and manufacturing.

She holds a BSc in Psychology, alongside qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management and Chartered Institute of Marketing. Nadine is passionate about creating a more prosperous and innovation led Wales.