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Our People - Suffolk Centre of Female Entrepreneurship

Introducing the people who make up the Suffolk Centre of Female Entrepreneurship.


Andreea Tocca

Andreea is the Research Development Manager responsible for supporting staff to apply for research funding, the Research and Enterprise Development Programme/Suffolk Doctoral Training Pathway and supporting research ethics and governance. Andreea has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and practical practice in the healthcare sector.

She has been responsible for the delivery of a large number of commissioned research projects for the public sector.

Current research interests: international comparison of healthcare equality; social enterprise as a public health and well-being intervention and perspectives on women entrepreneurship in Europe. Andreea supports the Centre through horizon scanning for appropriate research and funding opportunities, supporting bids, and contributing to its direction.








Ruth Paton

Ruth Paton is the Innovation Centre Manager within Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate, supporting enterprise and business development, engaging with members and clients, promoting the University’s business outreach capacity and enterprise programmes. Ruth has been responsible for the delivery of ERDF projects Innovation Bridge and assisted the KEEP+ programme to support the growth of SME's in the region.

Key to Ruth's role is identifying opportunities for collaborative relationships with University expertise, particularly around knowledge exchange opportunities, engaging with a range of partners in the local enterprise area and creating an innovation centre that acts as a catalyst and generates an environment for innovative collaborations.

Ruth is passionate about reducing gender inequality and increasing diversity within organisations, following a her families history of working to advance women's education through research funds and grants, and women's rights advocacy.