Dr Claire Skentelbery, Director General

Following a degree in agriculture and PhD in biochemistry, Claire worked within scientific marketing and cluster development, working within the Cambridge (UK) biotechnology cluster.  She was part of the founding team behind the Council of European BioRegions, a network of clusters, and moved to Belgium to manage the network in 2009.  Claire was also the Secretary General of the European Biotechnology Network from 2012-17 and worked across sectors, organisations and countries to build collaborations to drive the delivery of biotech for consumers and market benefit in Europe. Claire joined NIA in January 2017 and is working to deliver services to NIA Members and represent the sector at a global level.


Dr David Carlander, Director of Regulatory Affairs

David has a PhD in clinical chemistry and started his career working within food related issues at the Swedish Ministry of Agriculture and National Food Administration.  This led to a role at the European Food Safety Authority in Italy, including the coordination of EFSA's work with nanomaterials during his 6 year position.  Since 2011, David has worked at NIA, working across REACH, agriculture and risk assessment.  He represents NIA at EU regulatory meetings, including the EC sub-group on Nanomaterials under REACH, and through NIA's stakeholder roles to ECHA and EFSA.​


Dr Sean Kelly, Senior Project Manager

Sean has led NIA's project activities since he joined in 2015.  Prior to joining NIA, Sean worked for 10 years at the University of Leeds where he managed collaborative research between the university and industry.  He has worked across diverse collaboration types within nano applications, including European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), a joint venture with the King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, and at senior project management levels in collaborative Framework Programme projects from FP6 onwards.


Liam Critchely, Senior Scientific Communications Officer

Liam joins NIA as an experienced scientific writer, journalist and editor.  He holds Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry with Nanotechnology and since their award has worked as an independent nanotechnology author.  He works directly with companies, in addition to editing journals world-wide and sitting as a Member of the National Graphene Association Advisory Board. 


Jean-Marc Willems, Chief Accountant

Jean-Marc is a qualified accountant, starting his professional career in 1987 within the insurance sector before becoming fully qualified and joining the European Commission as a Finance Assistant.  He has worked within a number of associations and has significant experience in managing finances and compliance within complex international projects.


Nikolina Latković, Support Administrator

Nikolina recently obtained her Master degree in International Relations. Before joining NIA, she was involved in the organisation and management of different youth-oriented projects. Since September 2018, she is working at NIA as a Support Administrator regarding communication and management activities.