Dr Nick Lancaster, Director Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

Nick’s role is to develop Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange at the University and is responsible for the strategic management of the central Research and Innovation Service. He works with colleagues across the University to ensure that we are achieving our maximum potential for external measures such as the REF and KEF as well as more income driven measures such as those within our HEBCIS submission to HESA.

Nick holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Sponsored by ICI Ltd and the ESRC, the thesis examined how large organisations best stimulate rates of innovation. He is also a Fellow of the RSA.

Before joining Huddersfield as the Director of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, he has held a number of similar senior positions at several Higher Education Institutions and has also worked extensively in industry and consultancy.

Deborah Wills, Directorate Support

Deb joined the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and has seen the formation and growth of what is now RIKE.  As Office Manager for RIKE, she is responsible for providing a wide range of office management and operational support for Service staff and also acting as the conduit for all matters relating to Health and Safety, Data Protection and Freedom of Information.  Providing PA support to the Director of RIKE, Deb also works closely with the senior management team and manages departmental budgets.  She is responsible for the collection and submission of the Higher Education, Business and Community Interaction Survey to HESA on behalf of the University. 

Sue Cooke, CEO of 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and Head of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

Sue is CEO of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre which supports growing businesses with workspace, innovation and technology adoption. As Head of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange she is also responsible for the University’s enterprise service, innovation and business support programmes, and leads on public engagement.

Bringing with her over 30 years’ experience in business support, skills and economic development, Sue was previously a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and LEP.  She has also taught business strategy on MBA programmes for several University business schools including Huddersfield, Sheffield and Bradford.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Team

Our team leads the development and management of the University’s KTPs. This includes supporting our exciting portfolio of live projects, driving new opportunities, facilitating new applications, and managing stakeholder relationships to enhance KTP activity.

Enterprise Team

The Enterprise team at the University of Huddersfield nurtures entrepreneurial talent in a diverse range of individuals, from ideation, to start-up, and beyond.

Based in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, the team provides a substantial range of opportunities for students and recent graduates to develop their entrepreneurial skills and businesses. The team is passionate about building regional and national connectivity to open up further possibilities for all their clients.

The team also facilitates the Enterprise Placement Year, and supports staff to embed high-quality enterprise education throughout the curriculum.

Reach out to us at Enterprise. Follow us @Hudenterprise.

Business Development Team

The Business Development Team is here to make it easy for businesses and organisations to collaborate with the University.  We are the one stop shop to ensure businesses and organisations get the right support from the right people.

Industrial Collaboration

James manages a proactive business intelligence and eco-system development function designed to support and strengthen the University’s areas of strategic research interest. James works with academics to develop strategic research partnerships and industrial collaborations (on regional, national, and international levels). James contributes to accelerating the University’s reputation and research income through engagement in UK and global policy shaping and influencing agendas.

Supply Chain and Manufacturing Champions

The team develops relationships between local businesses and the University with support from the LEP, local authorities and membership bodies.  They help business in understanding and improving their supply chain performance, sustainability and zero carbon strategy, and reshoring. The team also has responsibility for the LEP Manufacturing High Growth Programme, which supports growth in manufacturing businesses with technology adoption and productivity improvements.

Dave Smith, Public Engagement Manager

Responsible for managing the University's approach to public engagement.