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.
Charlotte Duffell, Business Development Officer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), started her career as an apprentice in childcare and worked her way up the ladder to management. From there she moved to Runshaw College and spent 10 years working in sixth form and adult recruitment. Charlotte has joined UCLan as a Business Development Officer working as part of the Innovation and Enterprise team and is in her final year of BA (Hons) Business and Management degree.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Project Manager- Innovation Clinic
Client Technology Manager- DigitME2
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.
Michael Mead, Client Technology Manager, is an expert in manufacturing consultancy, 3d printing, robotics, automation, big data and data processing. Michael manages the DigitME2 project which provides specialist European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded consultancy to manufacturing companies to aid in the adoption of new technologies.
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.
Project Manager- Transmission
Business Development Officer- Transmission
David Gardner, Project Manager of Transmission, has worked in a number of project management roles at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) since 2015. David brings to the project over 25 years’ experience in financial, business and general management in the public, private and not for profit sectors, both in the UK and New Zealand.
Linda Palentine is the Business Development Officer for the Transmission Project, helping engage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) onto the programme. After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Linda spent seven years working in the Lancashire Business School, in external relations and international roles. Linda then spent 15 years working in international consultancy before returning to UCLan in her current role.
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 Manager- UNITEplus
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.
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.