Our Team

What can we do for you?

The team aims supports a variety of SMEs through engagement to facilitate the application

of more sustainable practices, identify opportunities for waste stream or carbon footprint reduction and

adopt circular economy practices.

We provide support for…

Manufacturing Sector SMEs

Target companies from part manufacturers to technology providers such as software and digitalisation solutions providers, such as end users, service providers (including machining and repair organisations), design and manufacture organisations and consumer good manufacturers.

Design SMEs

Design for Remanufacture & sustainability provides an opportunity to change the way products are manufactured. However, product designers need to understand on how to change approaches, its benefits and limitations, and how to best utilise topology optimisation to create functional designs for sustainable practices.

Remanufacturing Sector SMEs

Scotland has a number of SMEs that already work in traditional repair and refurbishment process industries and there are opportunities to build on this base by:

  • identifying new market opportunities,
  • engaging with new value streams of high value sectors,
  • raising awareness of innovation within remanufacturing processes,
  • identifying demonstrators to add value to own business & reducing carbon emissions or waste streams further.

    Start ups

    Circular economy presents the greatest opportunity for manufacturing since the industrial revolution for organisations such as:


    • iTechnology providers: new software solutions across design and analysis; material providers
    • Service: new supplementary manufacturing processes such as cleaning, finishing and tracking of goods.

    Meet the Team

    David Butler

    David Butler

    Project Lead

    David’s focus at Strathclyde is the areas of Manufacturing Metrology & Processes and is a joint position with the National Physical Laboratory. He is an academic & educator with a track record of establishing global translational research infrastructure. David’s broad expertise covers.

    • Specialities: Metrology
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Technology Innovation
    • Digital Manufacturing
    Paul Cantwell

    Paul Cantwell

    Head of Net Zero Programs

    Paul is a Senior Knowledge Exchange fellow within the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland supports the field of resource efficient manufacturing and remanufacturing within High Value sector (Wind, Rail, Aircraft Decommissioning, Energy sector), identify sector specific programs, building sector roadmaps and identifying program opportunities within the Circular Economy & Remanufacturing, enabling industry on their Net-Zero journey. 

      Olga Uflewska

      Olga Uflewska

      Technology Strategy Planning Officer

      Olga is a Technology Strategy Planning Officer at National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). She is responsible for the development of the technical delivery planning process within a technology research organisation. Her role concentrates on understanding of practices, processes and procedures within a relevant setting, but also technology planning within a dynamic research environment. She graduated with M.Sc. in Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy (Distinction) in 2015 and completed her Engineering Doctorate program in Advanced Manufacturing at University of Strathclyde in 2021.

        Kingsley Oturu

        Kingsley Oturu

        Net Zero Specialist

        Kingsley joined Strathclyde University in February 2020 during which time he has been involved in teaching remanufacturing and sustainable manufacturing postgraduate courses. He is passionate about charity, which led to his winning the extraordinary achievers award in work involving NHS Scotland, Strathclyde University, Scottish Government Global Citizenship program and other wide variety of stakeholders. With a PhD in International Health, he is currently involved in influencing sustainability policies and practices in the Scottish health care sector and supporting SMEs to achieve Net Zero. 

            Pritty Mathew

            Pritty Mathew

            Assistant Design Engineer

            As a member of the EXTEND team since June 2022, Pritty is currently focused on SMEs engagement, organizing workshops, and developing content and tools to support LCCF’s goals and objectives. Pritty joined the Design Engineering team as an Assistant Design Engineer after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Product Design Engineering. She previously interned at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), and also worked as a graduate design engineer at NMIS supporting the Remake testbed and collaborating with the Manufacturing Skills Academy.  

                Aineias Karkasinas

                Aineias Karkasinas

                Sustainability Engineer

                Aineias has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in Operational research and Industrial Management from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Additionally, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, with the focus areas being End of Life (EoL) multicriteria Decision making and Remanufacturing. Aineias supported SMEs in various stages of their journey, such as funding finding, Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) of their product, Carbon Accounting and many more. Additionally, he has delivered workshops regarding LCAs engaging the industry and spreading the word about how sustainability is the right way to move forward.

                    Kate Spalding

                    Kate Spalding

                    Supply Chain Strategist

                    Kate studied for a Masters in Developing Low-Carbon Communities at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where she focused on net zero solutions for small communities and companies and her undergraduate degree was in Business and Management Studies at Glasgow University. Kate previously worked within a small green hydrogen developer company, Protium, where she worked with clients to understand their energy demands and how this can transition to green hydrogen and renewables in line with Net Zero ambitions and to alleviate current and future costs of natural gas prices. Kate’s focus within the EXTEND project will be on working with SMES to look at their supply chain, assets, energy and fuel demand profiles, and providing guidance on how to transition in line with Net Zero. 

                      Lyudmila Kutsarova

                      Lyudmila Kutsarova

                      SME Net Zero Engagement Specialist

                      As a member of EXTEND Project since October 2022, Lyudmila is focused on SME engagement and supporting them on their road to Net Zero. Lyudmila has graduated with a master’s degree in Product Design Engineering in 2022 in the University of Strathclyde, and her dissertation was focused on improving sustainability in fast fashion. Previously, Lyudmila has worked for SMEs in the sector of renewable energy and development of sustainable sports equipment. 

                        Roya Akrami

                        Roya Akrami

                        SME NetZero engagement specialist

                        Roya is due to receive her PhD degree from the University of Strathclyde, with the focus on design and development of sustainable composites using recyclable materials. During her career as a research assistant and intern she has developed expertise on greener materials and structures with extended service life, beside she had the opportunity to interact with different businesses and helping them on developing technologies connected to circular economy. Roya is currently promoting NetZero practices and provides support to different range of SMEs in their NetZero journey.  

                        Caroline Campbell

                        Caroline Campbell

                        Project Facilitator

                        Caroline is an experienced Facilitator with a demonstrated history of achieving targets, course development and implementation, client engagement working with local SMEs identifying employment gaps, new business and funding opportunities. Within the EXTEND project, she has organises and coordinates project events and workshops, administers and provides support to the team, coordinates the development of related training courses for SMEs and individuals, develops and oversees content for on-line platforms  




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