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Aldo De Leonibus

MEnt MEng

CEO AND COFOUNDER

Aldo is highly experienced in innovation, business growth and internationalisation, with degrees in Engineering and Enterprise. He is an expert in business growth, business modelling and strategies to accelerate market uptake for innovative products and services.  Aldo is passionate about the positive impact innovation can have on the environment, society and humanity. He believes that he works with the best clients in the world, and loves supporting them in their journeys from innovation to market, especially when they achieve BIG positive impacts.  

Aldo is fluent in English, Italian, and French

Valerie De Leonibus

MEng MSc

Director and Cofounder

With a background in environmental and mechanical engineering, Valerie is an expert in feasibility studies, market research, commercialisation strategies and R&D Finance.

Valerie leads our R&D Tax Credit team and is expert at helping clients submit accurate claims. 

Valerie is an advocate for female entrepreneurship and speaks three languages.

 

Viney Chauhan

MBA

Operations Director And EEN SCaleUP Programme Director

A highly experienced innovation consultant who ensures that our own processes work smoothly. 

Viney has expertise in advising SMEs on growth strategies. 

Viney works with clients through the Enterprise Europe Network to help them build international networks.

Paul Jenkinson
Innovate UK Scaleup Programme Director
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Gary Collins
Business Development Manager
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Brian More
Scaleup Director
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Leyla Mammadova
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Charlotte Hasler
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Unwana Ekanem
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Andrew North
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Angela Hodgson
Scaleup Director
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Vasileios Nousias
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Asif Hassan
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Hayley Bell
Account Manager
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David Brennan
Account Manager
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Ivelina Ivanova
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Martina Bobeva
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Felipe Escandon
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Chris Speakman
Director of Business Development / Head of Strategic Partnerships and EEN Scaleup Director
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Neil Donald
Scaleup Director
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Hannah Williams
Research Executive
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Ashley McConnell
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Ian Sterritt
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Stephanie Hakesley
Marketing Manager
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Grace Kendrick
Office Manager
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Utsav Tandon
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Sahana Nancherla
R&D tax credit consultant
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David Richmond
Head of Innovation and Consultancy
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Giulia Sirigu
Senior Internationalisation & Innovation Advisor
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Ian Fletcher
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Scott Storey
Senior Innovation Advisor
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Ryan Makin
Innovation Consultant
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Sheena Carroll
HR Manager
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Samantha Dobson
Group Financial Controller
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Rachael Rowlands-Jones
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Steve Smith
EEN SCALEUP PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
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Matt Ball
Innovation Consultant
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Giorgia Turus
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
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Simona Cocuz
Group Finance and Compliance Manager
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Jim Tunstall
EEN Scaleup programme director
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Andrew Kent
Senior Client Advisor
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James Doherty
EEN Scaleup Programme Director
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Carmel Meredew
Head of Bid-writing
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Viney Chauhan
Operations Director And EEN SCaleUP Programme Director
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Valerie De Leonibus
Director and Cofounder
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Aldo De Leonibus
CEO AND COFOUNDER
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Andrew Kent

BA(Hons)

Senior Client Advisor

Andrew has over 16 years' experience of leading publicly funded business support projects to high growth, high-tech SMEs.

He coordinates Inventya’s participation in the Enterprise Europe Network and the Innovate2succeed Programme.

Andrew provides innovation and internationalisation advice to clients based in North West England. 

He has particular specialisms in recyclable market development, renewable energy and sustainability.

Andrew excels at supporting companies to develop value propositions and business models.


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Andrew North

MSc

Senior Innovation Advisor

With a background in product design, Andrew has spent the last 19years working professionally in design research and innovation. His experience spans managing a portfolio of clients and projects across all disciplines within industry and academia. Encouraging multi-disciplinary collaboration wherever appropriate and applying a strategic user-centred design approach to tackle business challenges.

Taking a design thinking approach, Andrew prides himself on supporting the development of new products and service offerings that address real-world needs. He thrives on pushing the boundaries and challenging assumptions of how things should be done, using design as a key tool for success.

Andrew provides support through the full design process from concept to commercialisation. With a goal to help develop the culture of innovation in organisations and creatively maximise business growth potential.

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Angela Hodgson

BSc (Hons) PG Dip

Scaleup Director

Angela has 15 years practical experience of transformation and innovation, she specialises in Organisational Development, Strategy formulation and strategic change management. Her experience is complemented by her first-class honours degree in Business Information Systems and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Improvement.

Angela has worked across both the private and public sectors supporting larger organisations and SMEs. She is sector-agnostic having previously worked within automotive, software development, maintenance, housing, local government and charity organisations.

For the last 9 years, Angela was part of the Senior Leadership Team at Bentley Motors driving forward transformational change globally. Throughout her career, Angela has won multiple external awards including Global PMO of the year, Best HR Impact, Best Change Management Initiative and Contribution to the Community.

Angela has a personable style and likes to build relationships with businesses to really understand them. She is passionate about people and helping businesses to maximise talent within their own organisation to drive exponential growth. She collaboratively uses a range of tools to identify areas for improvement and develop innovative future strategies. She acts as a Coach to businesses to embed improved capability and consistent usage of innovation tools to drive repeatable business success.

Angela is also passionate about helping charities in terms of fundraising, helping them to shape future strategies and volunteering her time. She also volunteers to provide coaching and mentoring to nurture future talent.

Angela is a Scaleup Director on the Innovate UK Scaleup Programme. She actively supports a range of business to implement impactful and sustainable change.

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Ashley McConnell

Senior Innovation Advisor

Ashley has 10 years’ experience in client services, consulting and innovation. Having spent these 10 years in a global technology corporation, he has experienced and deployed European wide digital commercialisation projects, with a particular focus on emerging technology sectors.

In addition to commercialisation projects, Ashley has a strong focus on innovation process management, agile methodologies and intrapreneurship programmes.

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Asif Hassan

MSc

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Asif studied Medical Science at the University of Birmingham and after pursued an MSc in Management from Imperial College.

He is looking forward to working with Inventya's innovative clients and seeing how innovation works first hand from not only a scientific and operational aspect but also from a financial, business and strategic perspective.

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Brian More

Scaleup Director

Brian is an experienced Intellectual Property Director, technology transfer and business growth consultant with a demonstrated history of delivering value to businesses through intangible asset management. An enthusiastic professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Innovation Management, Analytical Skills, and Coaching.


Brian was awarded the 2009 Lord Strafford Technology Transfer Champion Award for work in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan.


Brian has overseen the scale-up of manufacturing businesses through research, development and full-scale commercial production and worked extensively with the venture capital sector on early-stage funds.

Areas of specialism include the valuation of intellectual property for transactional licence/sale and the construction and negotiation of licences. Brian has worked on multi-million pound IP valuations for Guernsey-based wealth management companies and helped businesses in the UK and North America looking to raise capital on their IP assets, resulting in investments of over £150 million.


He is passionate about the use of IP as a business asset and was the founder of the UKIPO Master Class on IP, designed to up-skill business advisors on the commercial aspects of IP. He has taught over 600 business advisors and company executives and works closely with the banking sector on recognising the true value of intangible assets as security backing for loan or investment deals.


He is currently advising the European Commission on equity fund management and investment into healthcare-related technology and is a consultant to the Malaysian Government in technology transfer best practice, including the strategic management of intangible assets within the HEI sector.


In 2005, Brian acted as a consultant for the integration of nanotechnologies into Australian businesses from science to products, automotive and medical sectors. Non-executive Director on 4 companies and former Chairman of the Institute of Nanotechnology, bringing into the commercial world offering market advice and production consultation.


Brian holds a DPhil in nuclear spectroscopy physics from Sussex University (1986), a BSc in physics from the University of Stirling (1981)and an MBA from Coventry University (2008).


Brian has been responsible for starting 25 companies, including Europe’s largest AIM-listed consumer product business for safety products.

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Carmel Meredew

PhD

Head of Bid-writing

A highly experienced and successful bid-writer with a background in the sciences, including a doctorate in Chemistry. 

Carmel is passionate about what she does and is continually striving to perfect the team’s funding applications. 

We have to say it shows, our bid writing team have an excellent success rate and our clients come back to us time after time!

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Charlotte Hasler

MSc

Senior Innovation Advisor

Charlotte has a background in the healthcare innovation landscape in which she has been working for the past seven years. She has experience of partnering with individuals, SMEs and Public Sector organisations to develop their ideas into sustainable businesses.

Her knowledge and key areas of interest are business planning, value proposition and developing enterprising individuals.

Her previous role saw her lead the start-up programme for health social enterprise, providing tailored 1:1 coaching and mentoring support.

Charlotte is also a co-founder of a tech start-up and has a MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship graduate from Alliance Manchester Business School.

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Chris Speakman

Director of Business Development / Head of Strategic Partnerships and EEN Scaleup Director

With over 15 years’ experience in Corporate Finance leading Sales, Operations and Risk teams, in addition to building the Enterprise Division for BT and growing a number of Tech SME’s, Chris brings a wealth of experience to the Inventya leadership team.

Passionate about supporting innovative businesses in their successful growth journey, Chris ensures our clients are the heartbeat of everything we deliver.

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David Brennan

BA (Hons)

Account Manager

David graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2017 after completing his degree in Business and Public Relations.

David has over 4 years’ experience in Business Development and Account Management which has included working for two global leading manufacturing companies.

David is a recent member of Inventya’s growing Business Development team and is passionate about engaging with innovative SME’s who are looking to accelerate their growth.

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David Richmond

BA(Hons) HND

Head of Innovation and Consultancy

David is an innovation professional with many years’ experience, including innovation roles in blue-chip organisations including Astra Zeneca.


He has extensive knowledge and experience of innovation project delivery, training, culture development, innovation process design and idea management.


David has also run his own management consultancy, helping SMEs develop their innovation capability and deliver new products with agility.
He is also the author of ‘The Innovators Manual’ and a number of other innovation-related publications.


As well as a BA in Business Administration, David holds a postgraduate certificate in Project Management, is a trained PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner, and is a certified Blockchain Expert.

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Felipe Escandon

Senior Innovation Advisor

After working within the field of engineering, Felipe specialised in International Business, Management and Technology Entrepreneurship with a focus on Innovation. Felipe developed and implemented innovation projects in both the private and public sectors. In his current position Felipe helps many local SMEs in living up to their innovative potential, through answering their internationalisation needs and therefore allowing them to grow. 

Felipe provides technology companies with international partnership support, innovation advice and funding opportunities. He has the in-depth knowledge to advise Swedish companies whether it is in the field of innovation, business development, digitalisation, financing or internationalisation. Felipe has delivered workshops and he currently delivers the Innovate to Success H2020 programme to SMEs.

Felipe has always been very entrepreneurial. For example, during his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, he co-founded a start-up. Felipe has led an innovative project in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and successfully raised funding in different countries. Besides his work, he likes to constantly educate himself and keep himself updated with the latest trends in the field of innovation, technology and marketing.

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Gary Collins

Business Development Manager

Gary is a business development professional with robust expertise in finance, fintech and digital technology sectors.

Gary has helped clients access funding and support programmes through his established networks while maintaining trusted relationships with internal and external partners, businesses, and advocates.


His innovative and strategic approach focuses on applying resources to achieve outcomes that have a positive impact on supporting clients from innovation to market.

As Inventya’s Business Development Manager, Gary is a friendly face who enjoys meeting new and old clients, networking, discussing future collaborations with clients and working on building relationships with partners and stakeholders.

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Giorgia Turus

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Giorgia has a degree in Economics and Management of Innovation at the University of Trieste in Italy.


She has previously worked on international tax refunds and now works in our successful R&D Tax Credit claims team, analysing expenses and full accounts, and calculating & preparing the claims. She also writes innovation reports summarising our clients’ R&D projects and the qualifying expenditures.


Giorgia is passionate about helping our clients’ claim back all the R&D Tax Credits they are entitled to.


She is fluent in Italian and English, and is working on improving her German!

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Giulia Sirigu

PhD MA BA(Hons)

Senior Internationalisation & Innovation Advisor

With a PhD in Foreign Policy and a background in globalisation and global political economy, Giulia is a specialist in internationalisation and business development across several sectors.

She has 12 years' experience of developing strategic relations with Latin America and Europe and enjoys helping clients access innovative international advice.

Giulia also works as North West manager of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK.

Giulia is passionate about gender equality and global gender relations and regularly hosts Women in Innovation Events.

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Grace Kendrick

Office Manager

Grace is an experienced Office Manager with over 5 years of experience in various administrative roles, making her a well-rounded and dynamic individual for the Inventya team. She is used to working in a fast-paced office environment and here at Inventya, Grace oversees all facilities management, reception duties, financial assistance and recruitment.

Grace is a valuable member of the team and as well as being the Office Manager, she is also adaptable and often helps out with providing additional support to the teams as and when necessary and she is very excited to be part of the company as it continues to grow.

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Hannah Williams

Research Executive

Hannah has a background of working in the mergers and acquisitions market, assisting SME business owners in the sale of their business.

Hannah's key specialisms are competitor analysis', market research and identifying appropriate investment. Hannah is extremely pleased to be joining the team at such an exciting time and she looks forward to supporting our clients with their research needs as part of their growth plans

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Hayley Bell

Account Manager

Hayley has extensive experience in Business Management and Ownership. Having founded and established a record breaking global C.I.C spanning more than 100 countries around the world, Hayley has a true insight of business visions and global expansion.

Hayley is looking forward to helping her clients reach their aspirations and watching them flourish.

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Ian Fletcher

BA(Hons)

Senior Innovation Advisor

Ian is an experienced management consultant, and he specialises in the delivery of publicly funded business support programmes to North West businesses.

Ian enjoys working with ambitious people with fast-growing businesses. He provides high level direct strategic interventions, often utilising his extensive network of professional service providers and strategic partners. With an extensive knowledge of the local and national business support landscapes, Ian helps clients access funding and commercial advice aimed at scaling up their operations.

Ian joined Inventya to deliver client support via the Enterprise Europe Network and the Innovate2Succeed Programme.

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Ian Sterritt

Senior Innovation Advisor

Ian has over 30 years’ experience successfully commercialising disruptive innovation within both established and fast-growing companies.  His innovation commercialisation expertise began through launching Sat Nav with Philips Electronics in the 1990s.  This was followed with the world’s first taxi-hailing app (pre-dating Uber by some 8 years) before founding the i-Qube innovation consultancy and serving as the Intellectual Property Office’s regional policy lead.  

He has broad knowledge across several technologies and industries − from electronics and software to manufacturing in the automotive and food and drink sectors.    

A track history of creating winning business strategies, innovation practice, securing funding, building collaborations, and managing a diverse Intellectual Property portfolio.

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Ivelina Ivanova

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Ivelina is the newest team member of the R&D tax credit department. Her background is within the aviation industry having graduated from the University of Birmingham with BA (Hons) Aviation and Airport Management.


She recently completed her MSc Safety and Human Factors in Aviation at Cranfield University.  Ivelina has always had a passion for aircraft, especially the interaction between the human and the machine. At Cranfield University she had the chance to work on the research and development side of various innovation projects.


Moreover, in the last year, I have developed an interest for team functioning and I based my MSc individual final project on team training. On the same line, I believe, science and innovation both go hand in hand to help us improve our lives and keep the development growing.


I am eager to continuously improve my skills and knowledge but also help others to do so. Therefore, I like the R&D Tax Credit Consultant position as it involves areas of my interest and it allows me to make an impact towards a bigger change. At the same time, I get to learn about new projects with different client and no day is the same.

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James Doherty

MBA PgDipFM

EEN Scaleup Programme Director

Jim has over 30 years’ experience working in finance with organisations of all sizes. Jim is a Scaleup Director on the Innovate UK / EEN Scaleup Programme, supporting a range of business that have the potential for exponential growth.

He’s a specialist in Business Modelling, Front-line Funds Negotiating, Cash Management, Strategic Financial Planning and Financial Management. 

Jim also heads up our Finance for Growth department and excels at ensuring our clients are investor-ready, through supporting them with financial models, pitch decks and bringing them together with appropriate investors.

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Jim Tunstall

MBA

EEN Scaleup programme director

Jim has an MBA from the University of Salford, and is a highly experienced business executive, entrepreneur and business advisor. He has over 35 years of main board experience in large corporate environments.

Jim is an entrepreneur who built his own group of SME companies from a zero base to over £10 million turnover.

More recently, he has supported clients in fulfilling their potential through start-up, innovation and growth initiatives. His current role is delivering the EEN Scaleup Programme to ambitious SMEs in the UK.

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Leyla Mammadova

PhD Msc

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Leyla is an R&D Tax Consultant at Inventya Ltd and holds a Ph.D. degree from Loughborough University.

She studied MSc in Finance and Investment at Bristol University and worked for the Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic as a Financial Researcher. 

Leyla’s main interest is in financial technology, particularly digital lending and digital capital raising firms, and assessment of its different risk indicators."

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Martina Bobeva

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Martina graduated from Bangor University in 2018 with BSC Marine Biology and Zoology degree and with MSC Environmental and Business Management the following year.


Her interests include a wide range of scientific topics from DNA sampling, vet services and genetics to environmental sustainability, technology in animal/environment welfare and sustainable fisheries/aquaculture.


Martina is passionate about new technologies and their application in various fields and how they improve the workflow and the quality of products/services. In detail, she is passionate about wind and water energy generators, alternative recycling and Aquaponic systems.

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Matt Ball

BSc(Hons) MSc

Innovation Consultant

As an Innovation Consultant, Matt is passionate about his work and the impact it can have to help clients innovate and grow.

Matt enjoys market research, in particular competitor analysis and identifying opportunities for clients to differentiate.

Matt has an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation management, and a BSc in Business and Management. He loves to apply his knowledge to provide successful outcomes for cllents.

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Neil Donald

Scaleup Director

Neil is an engineer by training and qualification, starting his career with GEC and obtaining a first-class degree in Microelectronics & Microprocessor Design Engineering from The University of Salford. Moving on to work within the Automotive electronics manufacturing sector, Neil added process engineering to his skills set (Kaizen, Kanban, JIT, Lean 6-Sigma and Cell Manufacturing) while working with Ford, Honda, Toyota, BMW and others.

A shift in focus to manufacturing automation within consumer electronics saw Neil make the move to Sales & Marketing, becoming the youngest divisional manager in the history of TDK, heading up their Factory Automation Division across Northern Europe. There he developed solutions for household names such as Sony, Toshiba, Nokia, Motorola, JVC, Ericsson, Sharp and Pace Microelectronics.

Neil progressed from there to apply his consultative sales skills, his keen process analysis expertise and his inciteful problem-solving mindset to the printing & packaging industry (conventional & digital), gradually progressing up the value-chain into the creative brand marketing industry. This move coincided with the proliferation of digital marketing technologies, facilitated by developments in internet, mobile & Wi-Fi networks, then massively accelerated by placing the Apple iPhone into the hands of consumers.

Now working as an independent consultant, Neil was able to combine his understanding of technology, his expertise with complex process mapping, his familiarity with marketing content creation & sales activation strategies and his developing knowledge of behavioural economics, to deliver comprehensive, holistic and transformational solutions for his clients.

Over the last 12 years, Neil has supported some of the largest B2B and B2C brands to implement impactful and sustainable change within their business. Organisations such as Xerox, Royal Mail, ASDA, Lloyd’s Banking Group, NHS, Pets At Home and Communisis have all benefited from working with Neil on strategic digital transformation (DX) projects.

At the same time, however, Neil also recognised the need to support and nurture the next generation of businesses in the UK and has been a long-time advocate in this area. He has worked in a voluntary capacity for a range of incubator and accelerator programs, giving up professional time and personal time, free of charge, to act as a mentor for multiple innovation start-ups in the UK. This passion burns stronger than ever and Neil is now providing the benefit of his wide-ranging experience as a Director of the Innovate UK Scaleup Program.


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Paul Jenkinson

Innovate UK Scaleup Programme Director

Paul is an experienced Non-Executive Director, investor and business advisor. He has a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Manchester Business School. Paul has twenty years’ corporate experience with Blue Circle Cement, BPB Industries, British Gypsum (Plaster & Plasterboard) and Anglian Water in group strategic planning and line management roles. At British Gypsum he led the start up of a gypsum based flowing floor screed business.

For the last fifteen years he has worked with many SMEs, helping them with their growth via strategic and business planning, investment readiness and fund raising, with extensive contacts into the Business Angel, Venture Capital and Crowdfunding markets. Paul has worked for Beer & Partners (Business Angel network) and Connect Midlands, part of Warwick University, which ran investment readiness programmes. He has invested in Shadow Foundr, a crowdfunding business and was, for a period, on their Advisory Board.

More recently Paul has worked as a consultant and a Non-Executive Director and has to date personally invested in twelve high growth companies. Paul has an interest in SME Board performance and improvement and holds a distinction in the IOD Diploma in Company Direction. Paul is also an experienced Business Mentor and a Member of the Association of Business Mentors. He has a passion for helping companies grow and helping entrepreneurs/Directors develop themselves.

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Rachael Rowlands-Jones

MChem PhD

SENIOR Bid Writer

Rachael has over 15 years’ experience in industry-led applied research within materials chemistry. She is skilled at connecting people to speed-up innovation, solving problems and finding markets for new ideas across many industries and technologies.


She is especially experienced in Chemical industry challenges and opportunities in Formulated Products, Composites, Graphene and Novel Materials for Energy Production and Storage.


Rachael has co-authored strategies for the UK Photovoltaic (2010, 2013) and Formulated Products (2018) sectors, and has a demonstrable track record of securing funding from Innovate UK.


With Rachael on our bid-writing team, we have access to her expertise on projects, markets, research, and UK & EU public funding calls and programmes.


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Ryan Makin

Innovation Consultant

An experienced innovation consultant, Ryan originially worked with us for over 6 years before taking a year-long sabbatical to learn new skills.

He missed us and our clients so much, that he came straight back!

Ryan is highly experienced in conducting research and commercialisation work for clients, across every sector you can think of.

Passionate about his work, he always goes the extra mile to provide clients with the knowledge they need to grow and develop their business and technology.

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Sahana Nancherla

R&D tax credit consultant

Sahana is one of our newest members, and we're thrilled that she's decided to join our expanding and dynamic team!

With a recent Masters degree in Business with Accounting, she is looking forward to supporting our great clients with their R&D tax claims to ensure they maximise their claims.

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Samantha Dobson

HNC, ACCA Chartered Certified Accountant

Group Financial Controller

Samantha is a qualified Certified Chartered Accountant, with over 10 years of experience in accountancy and auditing.


Fluent in both English and Italian, her experience includes 5 years in the banking sector; external auditing in the motor industry; and a role as a senior auditor at a top accountancy firm.


During her career, she has worked in many sectors including PSC, Research and Development, Food, and Software Development.


Samantha takes great pride in helping businesses grow and succeed and specialises in providing our clients with accountancy services.

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Scott Storey

BSc(Hons)

Senior Innovation Advisor

Scott is a successful commercial leader with over 20 years experience in management, sales, marketing and business development across several industries.

Previously he has operated in start-up environments, scaling business units and teams for dynamic and inventive companies.

Scott is a business owner, serial entrepreneur and has a BSc in Chemical Engineering.

His diverse business background and experience in strategic development helps him deliver high growth and value creation.

Scott has particular specialisms in P&L Management, Business Operations, Strategic Planning, Customer Relationship Management and Contract Negotiation.

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Sheena Carroll

MCIPD

HR Manager

Sheena has over 25 years’ experience delivering HR solutions at a senior level in a number of blue-chip organisations.


She now works in partnership with several organisations across several sectors, helping them achieve their long-term goals by developing an effective and appropriate HR Strategy.


As a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel & Development, Sheena is committed to a best practice approach to recruitment, development and retention of staff.

 

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Simona Cocuz

BSc(Hons), ACCA Diploma

Group Finance and Compliance Manager

Simona holds a BSc and an ACCA Diploma in Accounting and has extensive experience in the running of publicly funded services.  

She is the financial lead of Inventya Group, overseeing the auditing and compliance aspects of European Projects.

Having previously worked at The Women’s Organisation, Simona is very passionate about women's roles in business and community.

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Stephanie Hakesley

Marketing Manager

Stephanie has over 7 years of experience in all things marketing, having graduated in 2013 from Edge Hill University with a BA Honours in Advertising. Stephanie went on to complete her Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Stephanie has a wealth of experience in marketing across a variety of industries having worked in a range of sectors including; Tourism & Leisure, Creative Agencies, Cyber Security, Courier Software, Plumbing, Floristry and Business Consultancy.

Whilst Stephanie is adept in all aspects of marketing, her specialisms and expertise span across; Content Creation, Website Design, Copywriting, Analytics, Graphic Design, Social Media and Digital Marketing.

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Steve Smith

EEN SCALEUP PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Steve has over 30 years' experience as a technology and business consultant. Steve has worked across Europe and the USA leading technology businesses of all sizes.

Steve has led fundraising of over £20m into a range of diverse technology businesses - from large fibre management through to to computer gaming.

He has acted as Interim CEO and Chair for several technology firms.

Steve conceived, developed and delivered the international pitching event format “Software City” and ran it in Silicon Valley, Boston, London, Helsinki and Liverpool bringing a wide range of technology businesses to the UK investor community.

As well as a broad knowledge set and vast network, Steve has considerable experience in managing relationships at board level.

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Unwana Ekanem

Msc

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Unwana recently completed her Master's degree in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management. She is looking forward to combining the skills I gained from Biotechnology and Business Management to support clients with their R&D tax claims.

She is interested in technological innovation, more specifically, sustainable technology and biotechnology in the cosmetics industry.

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Utsav Tandon

MEng MSc

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Utsav is a member of our rapidly expanding R&D Tax Credit team. He holds an MEng in Engineering and an MSc in Business.


Utsav enjoys combining knowledge of our clients' technologies with his business acumen when preparing their R&D Tax Credit claims.

Always striving to solve complex problems and face new challenges, Utsav is currently in training for his first half marathon and hopes to raise a lot of money for good causes!

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Vasileios Nousias

BA MSc

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Vasileios is a member of the R&D Tax Credit Team. He holds an MSc in Global Strategy and Innovation Management from the University of Leeds and a BA in Management. He enjoys getting his hands on different projects with innovative technologies that aim to make the world a better place.

His business acumen is utilized throughout his work and he is more than happy to be as helpful as he can. He strives for success and new challenges as through a complex problem, new knowledge emerges.

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