PLMCS was established in 2004 by Dr Paddie Murphy initially to support universities in the commercialisation and exploitation of their research portfolios through provision of technology and market appraisal and business planning services and to develop and deliver initiatives to optimise the interface between universities and industry and derive economic benefits from the knowledge base.
The focus of the business has, in recent years, shifted more towards securing funding, project management and evaluation. PLMCS continues to work hard to give clients what they need - be it “go/no go” advice, insight, options, guidance, best practice or interim project management - in a timely and cost effective manner. PLMCS prides itself on having long term relationships with clients which has led to high levels of repeat business.
Paddie Murphy is the founder and director of PLMCS. She graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours degree and PhD in zoology and moved to the UK in 1992. Following two years with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) she joined University of Warwick developing research funding proposals and managing multidisciplinary projects. She went on to hold five further posts at Warwick University all in the area of research management and technology transfer. In January 2003, she moved to the post of Research Manager at Birmingham Medical School and worked for the Dean of Medicine and the senior management team on large scale strategic research initiatives, developing outreach programmes and improving links with industry.
Paddie has been the driving force behind PLMCS since day one and has personally delivered more than seventy projects over periods ranging from a half day to 13 months with characteristic enthusiasm and energy. She combines an ability to understand technical detail with excellent communication skills which underpins her track record of developing strong proposals, clear business plans and effective project management.
David Cessford is the Company Secretary and a Director at PLMCS. With a background in environmental science and years of experience working with local authorities and the public on countryside management projects, David provides research, organisation and administrative support for all PLMCS projects.
Providing comprehensive, insightful expertise across a wide range of subjects is not possible for a small organisation so PLMCS has a network of people with diverse, complementary expertise who collaborate when appropriate. These Associates are long standing colleagues with proven expertise in their respective fields and who work together, managed by PLMCS to deliver large programmes of work. These are people we know well and trust with our reputation.