Head of Business Development
Knowledge Transfer Partnership and Business Development Manager
Kevin Boles, Head of Business Development at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has worked and researched in higher education for almost 20 years. Kevin has helped shape and develop innovative and sustainable approaches to engaging with employers across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He firmly believes that universities are excellent centres of innovation and enterprise, contributing significantly to the local and regional economy.
Ruth Slater, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and Business Development Manager at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), was awarded a Master of Science Degree from Salford University in 1996. She then held a variety of Employer Engagement positions with several North West Universities. She joined UCLan in October 2006 in her current position, this role requires her to support the Business Development Officers who aim to enable businesses to access the wealth of knowledge and expertise within UCLan.
Emily Hawkins is a Business Development Officer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She graduated from Edge Hill University in 2014 with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Business and Management. She spent several years working within the recruitment industry before joining UCLan. Her current role requires her to support organisations within the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area to improve and gain a competitive edge within their market through the business support services that UCLan has to offer. She also enables organisations to access training and staff development programmes, Degree Apprenticeships and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships within UCLan.
Gina McDonald, Business Development Officer, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2008. Gina worked across various departments before moving to Innovation and Enterprise as Business Development Officer. Gina promotes UCLan’s business services in Burnley/East Lancashire, with a view to those companies developing and growing. Gina is currently studying the BA (Hons) Business Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship).
PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Partnership Development Manager – Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
Phone: +44 (0)1772 896383
Mobile: +44 (0)7970 212777
Partnership Development Manager – Faculty for Culture and Creative Industries
Martin Sadler, Partnership Development Manager at the University of Central Lancashire, supports the development of partnerships and collaborative opportunities across Lancashire and the North West. This includes knowledge and skills development, student projects, business and community development as well as funded projects. Martin has extensive experience of business and community development work in both the public and third sectors. He has led on service development and implementation projects, as well as managing successful business development teams.
Ruth Raban, Partnership Development Manager at the University of Central Lancashire, builds mutually beneficial relationships with public sector organisations and private enterprises to improve the quality of research and innovation within the university. Previously Director of Creative Lancashire, Ruth was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce in recognition of her work supporting creative industries. Ruth worked in the media industry as a freelance Producer and Director and has experience of running two small independent companies.
Partnership Development Manager – Health and Wellbeing
Phone: +44 (0)1772 895951
Caroline Hart, Partnership Development Manager at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) supports the development of partnerships and collaborative opportunities across Lancashire and the North West. Prior to joining UCLan, Caroline worked as Director of Operations for a North West Charity and, as a qualified Social Worker, spent most of her career in the voluntary sector. She is passionate about health and wellbeing in the North West.
Prof. Sue Smith
Director of the Centre for SME Development
Centre Manager- Centre for SME Development
Prof. Sue Smith, Director of the Centre for SME Development, has an extensive track record of university business engagement. Sue began her career in the private sector in the area of marketing and research consultancy. Passionate about leadership in businesses, Sue ran many leadership development programmes and trained other institutions across the United Kingdom on how to develop leadership capabilities in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Sue is a contributing author to LEADing Small Business - Business Growth through Leadership Development, a published study into business growth through development.
Alison Hitchen, Centre Manager, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2003 after a 10-year career within Local TV at Virgin Media. Since joining UCLan Alison has remained focused on business engagement, developing strong links with the private sector and supporting the regions customer management agenda as manager of Call North West (the leading support network for customer management in the North West) until 2015 when she joined the Centre for SME Development.
Centre Support Officer – Centre for SME Development
Sue Martin, Centre Support Officer, has worked at the University of Central Lancashire for 20+ years, including working with small business enterprises. Sue joined the Centre for SME Development in May 2018 in her current role. Sue is enthusiastic about deploying her extensive knowledge and skills to activities to develop and nurture the Centre’s rapidly growing Business Membership network and its associated activities.
Project Manager- Innovation Clinic
Lead Industrial/Product Designer – Innovation Clinic
Iain Martin, Project Manager of the Innovation Clinic, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) five years ago and has managed a number of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects from development through to completion. Prior to joining UCLan, Iain spent 18 years working in industry, in procurement and the recruitment sectors. As well as having day-to-day responsibility for the Innovation Clinic, Iain works closely with external partners and businesses, helping to understand their challenges and how the Innovation Clinic team can help them to be overcome.
Carl Davies, Lead Industrial/Product Designer at the Innovation Clinic, has 17 years wide ranging design experience, utilising all major production processes. He specialises in all aspects of concept to manufacture, materials and process specification, BOMs, release documentation and PCNs. Carl is a CAD best practices tutor and mentors junior staff to become fully-fledged designers up to senior level.
Professor of Biomechanics – Innovation Clinic
Product Designer - Innovation Clinic
Prof. Jim Richards, Professor of Biomechanics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), works on the application of biomechanics to the development of new products and services within the Innovation Clinic. This includes the assessment tools for chronic disease, conservative and surgical management of orthopaedic and neurological conditions, and development of evidence based approaches for improving clinical management and rehabilitation.
Rory Southworth, Product Designer within the Innovation Clinic at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), graduated from Brunel University with a First Class Honours degree in Product Design. Prior to joining UCLan, Rory gained industry experience in Automotive design and design for assistive living. Working within the Innovation Clinic for the last four years, he has worked on projects with over 150 businesses providing design support and expertise.
Graphic Designer - Innovation Clinic
Graphic Designer - Innovation Clinic
Charlotte Caswell, Graphic Designer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), joined the Innovation Clinic in October 2017 after spending several years as an in-house designer in the retail sector. She graduated from UCLan with a bachelor’s degree in Drawing and Image Making in 2013 and with a master’s degree in Children’s Book Illustration in 2014. As a designer in the Innovation Clinic, Charlotte works closely with businesses to elevate their brand using her expertise in visual communication; logos, branding, packaging and print.
Amelia Watts, Graphic Designer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), joined the Innovation Clinic in May 2018 after spending several years as a freelance Graphic Designer. She graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Art and Design in 2015. As a designer in the Innovation Clinic, Amelia works closely with businesses to elevate their brand using her expertise in visual communication; logos, branding, packaging and print.
Industrial Designer - Innovation Clinic
Abtin Zafar-Doagou, Industrial Designer within the Innovation Clinic at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), graduated with a BA in Product Design from the University of Huddersfield. Prior to joining the Innovation Clinic, Abtin gained experience in product, graphic, theatre and interior design. His strengths lie in prototyping, design development and design for manufacture. Since joining the Innovation Clinic, Abtin has focused on helping businesses to apply human-centred design to their products and processes.
Project Manager- Digital First
Marketing and PR Officer- Digital First
Daniel Livingstone, Project Manager of Digital First, has extensive experience of working in both the public and commercial sectors, having been employed in a variety of marketing and management roles. Before joining the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) he spent 15 years as a Senior Account Director with a respected advertising agency. He currently manages the Innovation Lab (iLab) team which delivers the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project Digital First.
Madeleine Melling, Marketing and PR Officer, is an award winning marketer with more than 25 years’ experience in information management and marketing roles, working with both public and private sector companies. Madeleine helps to manage and deliver the ERDF project Digital First.
Investment Director- Investment Readiness
Investment Manager- Investment Readiness
Robert Sheffrin, Investment Director, has 30 years of venture capital, business angel and corporate advisory experience. Robert has invested in and managed businesses, he has also been a shareholder/manager in two company flotations, one of which grew from start-up to FTSE 250 in four years. A chartered accountant, he is a former director of the British Business Angels Association.
Chris Wynne is the Investment Manager for Investment Readiness. Previously Chris has been a Management Consultant advising on, and developing business strategy and implementation of turnaround plans for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The majority of his career has been in the banking sector as an experienced Relationship Director, with 30+ years’ experience in corporate finance, including equity finance, and the SME market. Chris utilises his skills and business connections to help and advise businesses on raising equity finance.
Project Administrator- Investment Readiness
Sue Falls, Project Administrator, has worked at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) since May 2017 on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Investment Readiness project. This project aims to support the growth and development aspirations of new, early, value-added and growth stage businesses by providing tailored, expert access to equity investment planning to Lancashire SMEs. Prior to working at UCLan, Sue spent 14 years providing senior management support at Lancashire Adult Learning, which was part of Lancashire County Council.
Project Manager- Lancashire Forum Creative
Project Co-ordinator - Lancashire Forum Creative
Elena Vasilieva, Project Manager of Lancashire Forum Creative, has extensive experience in managing European projects. Over the last 10 years, while working at the University of Salford, Elena has overseen various projects including the ‘Enterprise Academy project’ which was selected as a best practice case study for successful Higher Education Institution (HEI) projects. Elena has successfully project managed various European funded projects such as Employability: Learning through International Entrepreneurship (ELIE), Passport to Trade, Joint European Masters in Digital and Social Media Marketing (JEMSS) as well as the INNOPOLIS projects funded through Interreg IVC programme. Elena has also successfully completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Lancaster University Management School and a project management course gaining a PRINCE2 certification. In February 2017 Elena moved to the University of Central Lancashire to manage the Lancashire Forum Creative project.
Juliane Lowe, Project Co-ordinator of Lancashire Forum Creative, graduated from Potsdam University with an MA Hons in Literature and Languages. Juliane has been involved in the regional and local business support environment throughout most of her career as well as having experienced the education environment at a local college in a career service setting. Her main expertise lies in the online provision of information and content relevant to small and medium sized businesses. Juliane has recently joined UCLan to work in the Lancashire Forum Creative team, co-ordinating the events and project activities.
Project Manager - MaCaW
Business Engagement Officer - MaCaW
Josh Balmer, Project Manager of MaCaW at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is a highly experienced Waste Minimisation Manager/Project Manager with a history of working in the private and public sector. Josh is skilled in most aspects of waste and recycling management and overall environmental good practice. The MaCaW project is an academic/industry collaboration designed to assist Lancashire SMEs to overcome the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model.
Mark Nelson, Business Engagement Officer, started work at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in May 2018 on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project. This project is an academic/industry collaboration designed to assist Lancashire SMEs to overcome the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model. Prior to working at UCLan, Mark was responsible for business engagement at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as well as managing the private sector led business network, Hive.
Design Coordinator - SPOT
Project Manager- UNITEplus
Amy Newton, Design Coordinator of SPOT, graduated from UCLan herself and is a freelance photographer in addition to her role at the University. Amy assists UCLan students and graduates in obtaining industry experience through working with real clients with real needs. SPOT is a portfolio website that gives businesses and organisations the chance to connect with UCLan’s most talented students and recent graduates. Amy is responsible for ensuring the quality of work on the SPOT platform as well as directing viewers to the site.
Amine Melaine is the Project Manager for UNITEplus, which supports European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible Lancashire Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to connect with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students and graduates. UNITEplus are a free business support programme that will add value and skills to a business through high impact student/graduate placements. These can include: marketing, social media, market research, search engine optimisation (SEO), graphic design, computer-aided design (CAD), video production and strategy development.
Phone: +44 (0)1772 892248
Mobile: +44 (0)7974 188789
Mobile: +44 (0)7816 351 609
Charlotte Duffell, UpSkilling Lancashire Project Manager at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), joined UCLan in 2016 as a Business Development Officer after several years working in further education. Charlotte then progressed to her current role of Project Manager on the UpSkilling Lancashire Project in 2018. She is committed to working with businesses across Lancashire, offering advice and guidance to help develop their workforce to reach their maximum potential.
Amir Shafiq, Project Officer on the UpSkilling Lancashire project, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in September 2018. Amir is a qualified Business Advisor and Coach with over 15 year’s professional business experience working with a range of SME’s and Growth businesses in the Northwest. He is a dedicated and motivated individual, with experience and knowledge in assisting businesses to help them develop and grow. He possesses communication, coaching, and leadership skills, where he can supervise businesses to develop their workforce. Amir will promote UCLan’s UpSkilling Lancashire project throughout East Lancashire.
Mobile: +44 (0)7816 530836
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Tony Openshaw, Project Officer on the UpSkilling Lancashire project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), was previously a Business Advisor with Chorley Council supporting growth businesses. He is a qualified business coach and mentor, with his professional career in marketing spanning over 30 years, working across both the public and private sectors. Tony was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2012 and has held Chartered Marketer status for the past 20 years.
Emily Dixon, Project Officer on the UpSkilling Lancashire project, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in August 2018. Over the last 7 years she has delivered on various European funded training projects across the North West, predominantly in the rural sector. Emily is interested in all aspects of workforce development and can help businesses understand the importance of upskilling as a key driver for employee engagement. Emily is excited to meet small to medium sized business across Lancashire who currently have a skills gap and help them develop an action plan.
Mobile: +44 (0)1772 892384
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Helen Laycock, Project Administrator at the University of Central Lancashire, graduated in 2002 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree from Northumbria University Newcastle. Over the past 10 years she has worked in project, marketing, student recruitment and event management roles at the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Arts University, before joining the team on the UpSkilling Lancashire project in August 2018. Helen supports the delivery and promotion of the ESF funded multi partner project and co-ordinates project activities and events.
Matt Skidmore, Project Officer on the UpSkilling Lancashire project, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in December 2018 having previously worked in the Business Development team at a nearby College. He graduated from the University of Salford in 2013 with a Popular Music & Recording BA (Hons) degree. Matt is passionate about developing quality, long lasting relationships with businesses who are interested in upskilling their current staff or filling skills gaps and is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to Apprenticeships. Matt mainly works with businesses in East Lancashire and spends much of his time based at UCLan’s Burnley campus.
Mobile: +44 (0)1772 895661
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Johanne Agnola, Project Officer on the UpSkilling Lancashire project at the University of Central Lancashire, joined UCLan in December 2018. Johanne is a qualified Learning and Development professional and prior to joining UCLan spent 11 years at Lancashire County Council managing a training team. Also a qualified coach and mentor, she has supported many individuals to overcome barriers to personal development and progression. Johanne is keen to support businesses and help them to identify priorities for skills development, succession planning and business growth.
Alison Holden, Project Officer on the UpSkilling Lancashire project, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2019. She has 15 years business experience in telecoms working in Procurement. Alison is passionate about developing quality, long lasting relationships with businesses who are interested in upskilling their current staff or filling skills gaps. Alison will be working on creating Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with businesses across Lancashire.
Project Manager – Student & Graduate Enterprise
Student/Graduate Enterprise and Hub Manager
Hugh Roberts, Project Manager of Student & Graduate Enterprise within the Propeller project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has led business start-up and growth programmes across Lancashire and Greater Manchester for over 20 years in the private, public and HEI sectors. With particular responsibility for the U Start project, Hugh helps to manage the delivery of Propeller’s services supporting Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, equipping UCLan students and graduates to succeed in the fast moving modern economy.
Joseph Buglass, Student/Graduate Enterprise and Hub Manager within the Propeller project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has worked in both enterprise and entrepreneurship for 14 years. He has a depth of experience working with students, academics, SMEs, local government and corporate entities. Joseph has also written a book on creative thinking and how it can be applied to enterprise learning environments. He would be very interested to hear from anyone with an interest in enterprise who feel they could add value to Propeller’s activities.