I am at present Chief Executive of Staffordshire & Black Country Business Innovation Centre (BIC) based at the Sutherland Institute, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
I have a background in electrical and electronic engineering and have held senior positions in both SMEs and large public and private sector organisations.
After a number of years managing and delivering engineering training at the Michelin Tyre Company,I moved to the public sector and worked for a time as a lecturer in FE. From here I become Head of a successful Commercial Development Department at Newcastle under Lyme College before moving to the Consortium of Staffordshire Colleges as External Funding Projects Director. After two years with the Staffordshire Consortium, I moved to the Staffordshire and Black Country BIC as Chief Executive and have successfully developed the ‘Local BIC’ concept enabling incubators to be established at the point of need and a portfolio of support packages to help new technology based businesses.
I have been extensively involved in European and National funding initiatives for over 20 years and serve on a number of key Staffordshire and West Midlands regeneration groups plus acting as innovation and incubation advisor. I also act as a quality auditor for the European Business Network throughout the EU.