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 Greenhalgh, 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).
Business Support Assistant
Robert Critchlow is a Business Support Assistant at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He joined the University in 2017 in a different role and joined the Business Development Team in mid-2019. Robert’s role is to assist companies who have initial queries regarding Degree Apprenticeships or enquiries from businesses that wish to utilise UCLan’s knowledge and expertise.
PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Partnership Development Manager – Faculty for Culture and Creative Industries
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.
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
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.
Rebecca Bottomley, Centre Support Officer within the Centre for SME Development at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is keen to support Lancashire based SME’s and help connect them with each other, and the support available from the University. Rebecca’s previous experience is within Events Management, specialising in business events, she also worked for many years within the leading support organisation for customer management in the North West. Rebecca works closely with Sue Martin to promote, develop and nurture the Centre’s rapidly growing business membership network, along with managing the Centre’s events. Find out more and join the network at here.
Lead Industrial/Product Designer – Innovation Clinic
Industrial Designer - Innovation Clinic
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.
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.
Professor of Biomechanics – Innovation Clinic
Graphic 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.
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.
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.
Project Administrator – DigitME2 (Digital Manufacturing Execution)
Joanne Smith, Project Administrator for the DigitME2 project, takes care of all administration, ensuring all procedures and processes are compliant with the funders’ regulations. With over 20 years’ experience in similar roles in mainly manufacturing based companies, Joanne provides support to the team and is a further point of contact to SME’s involved with DigitME2. Lancashire based manufacturers should contact DigitME2 if they are interested in Industry 4.0, and would like to explore the possibility of improving their manufacturing process and productivity through digitalisation.
Investment Director- Investment Readiness
Investment Manager- Investment Readiness
Robert Sheffrin, Investment Director, has 30 years of venture capital, business angel and corporate advisory experience. Since the 1980’s Robert has specialised in venture capital and business angel investment as a fund manager, investor and advisor. After establishing an international venture capital consultancy, he was an investor and management team member with Imperial Energy plc which grew from start-up to FTSE 250 in 4 years, ultimately becoming group finance director for the oil field services subsidiaries. A chartered accountant, he is deputy president of the ICAEW Lancashire & South Lakeland and a former director of the UK 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Ian Fazackerley, Project Officer on the Upskilling Lancashire project, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in September 2019. After originally qualifying as a Careers Advisor, he has over 20 years’ experience of working in education and training, including over 10 years involvement in instigating and developing effective employer/education partnerships. Ian has a passion for supporting individuals to achieve their full potential through the delivery of high quality information, advice and guidance. Originating from East Lancashire, Ian is predominantly based at UCLan’s Burnley campus, and is committed to supporting business and economic growth in the region.
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.
Delivery Manager – Leading Lancashire
Delivery Support Officer – Leading Lancashire
Caroline Hart, Leading Lancashire Delivery Manager at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is a coach, facilitator and leads the delivery of UCLan’s Leading Lancashire Project. Previously Director of Operations for a North West Charity, Caroline is a qualified social worker who spent over 10 years in the voluntary sector. She has worked at UCLan for 6 years, coaching individuals and teams and facilitating development programmes. Caroline’s passion is people, and loves working with individuals to explore their own skills, qualities and resources. She also likes coffee!
Helen Cass, Delivery Support Officer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has worked for UCLan for over nine years, during which time she has supported staff to identify their training needs. Helen is a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner and trained mentor. Please contact Helen if you would like to learn more about the Leading Lancashire project and its benefits.
Customer Support Officer – Leading Lancashire
Ellen Dobson, Customer Support Officer, joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2014. Ellen has worked across various departments before moving to the Leading Lancashire Project. Ellen promotes the Leading Lancashire Programmes across the region with a view to enhancing employee development. Please contact Ellen if you would like to learn more about the Leading Lancashire project and its benefits.