Meet the team

By providing access to great people, proven practices and strong networks we can confidently steer the growth of the businesses we work with.

Management Board

Andrew Finley

Andrew is the Commercial Director at Oxford Innovation Advice which specialises in business growth strategy and investment readiness.

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Steven Weeks

Steve heads the Finance function for the division, joining OIS in 2020 following previous roles within the care, veterinary and luxury brands sectors.

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Dean Barnes

Dean is the Regional Director of the Manufacturing Growth Programme, providing dedicated support to SME manufacturers across England.

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Business support

Adrian Waters

Adrian is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the South East Midlands region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Amanda Freeland

Amanda is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Hertfordshire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Amanda Johnston

Amanda is the head of Marketing for Oxford Innovation Advice, working alongside the other functions and programme marketing leads.

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Andrew Baxter

Andrew manages our unique business tool, GROWTHmapper as well as being a Business Coach with the Oxford Innovation Advice team in Cornwall.

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Andrew Upton

Andrew manages the Transform programme in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, supporting high-growth start-ups and SMEs.

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Bita Najafi

Bita is a Medical Scientist with extensive experience is setting up, running and growing businesses. Now supporting businesses as a Business Growth Advisor.

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Catherine Bray

Catherine is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Marches and Worcestershire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Chris Cotter

Chris is a Business Finance Specialist on the Access to Finance team. He has over 20 years experience of operating at senior management level, with the 10 years in the charity sector.

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Chris Oliver

Chris is a Business Finance Specialist on the Access to Finance team. Over the past decade Chris has worked as an analyst within several financial sub-sectors including; Fund Management, Private Equity, Restructuring and Accountancy.

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Daren Booth

Daren is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the South East region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Elaine Kearney

Elaine is our guru for collaborative R&D and metrology, having worked at the National Physical Laboratory, National Engineering Laboratory and AEA Technology where she led science-business technology transfer programmes.

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Emma Kenny

Emma is a Business Growth Advisor supporting companies to innovate as part of the South East Innovate UK EDGE team.

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Helen Fortune

Helen is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Black Country region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Irving Levy

Irving is a Business Growth Advisor supporting companies to innovate as part of the South East Innovate UK EDGE team.

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Jackie George

Jackie is a Business Finance Specialist in the Access to Finance team and has worked in economic development in Cornwall for 20 years.

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James Bosworth

James is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Leicester and Leicestershire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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James Smith

James is a Strategic Growth Manager in the Leeds City region as part of the delivery for the Strategic Growth Programme.

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Jeremy Boye

Jeremy is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Leeds City region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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John Whittaker

John is a Business Finance Specialist in the Access to Finance team and has worked in financial services sector for 30 years.

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Karen Biggs

Karen is a Business Growth Advisor supporting companies to grow in Cornwall as part of the Food and Drink Cornwall team.

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Lynda Clark

Lynda is a Business Growth Advisor supporting companies to grow in Cornwall as part of the Food and Drink Cornwall team.

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Marcus Pearson

Marcus is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the South Yorkshire (Sheffield) region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Mark Taft

Mark is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Meredydd Jones

Meredydd is a Business Advisor for the Transform programme supporting high-growth start-ups and SMEs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Michelle Connor

Michelle is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Coventry and Warwickshire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Neil Harriman

Neil is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Greater Lincolnshire and Humber region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme and Supply Chain expert.

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Nick Elliott

Nick is a Strategic Growth Manager in the Leeds City region as part of the delivery for the Strategic Growth Programme.

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Nick Palmer

Nick is a Strategic Growth Manager in the Leeds City region as part of the delivery for the Strategic Growth Programme.

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Paul Toben

Paul is the Team Leader for the Enterprise Europe Network Programme supporting SMEs with international trade.

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Phillip Somers

Phil is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Richard Halstead

Richard is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the South Yorkshire (Sheffield) region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Robin Simpson

Robin is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Solent region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Rocky Moore

Rocky is a Business Growth Advisor supporting companies to innovate as part of the South East Innovate UK EDGE team.

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Sara Webb

Sara is a Business Growth Advisor supporting companies to grow in Cornwall as part of the Food and Drink Cornwall team.

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Sarah Goodwin

Sarah is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the South East region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Sharn Haywood-Higgs

Sharn is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Shaughan Farrow

Shaughan is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the York and North Yorkshire region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Simon Hall

Simon manages some of Oxford Innovation Advice’s strategic projects, such as our Peer Networks programmes across the country.

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Stephen Sharp

Steve is a Manufacturing Growth Manager in the Enterprise M3 region as part of the delivery for the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

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Tap into our insights

Oxford Innovation Advice offers Insights into SME needs and policy effectiveness for policy makers, funders and business support commissioners. It draws on our 30 years’ experience of delivering positive economic growth by enabling scale-ups to achieve their full potential. Each edition concludes with an ‘Implications for funders and Policy makers’ section.

Covid-19 Statement

Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.