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Meet the Team

Championing enterprise and innovation, the 3M BIC is a place where businesses can create a concept from idea to production.

If you have any questions, queries or just want to know more, please get in touch with a member of the team below.

Sue Cooke

Chief Executive Officer

Sue became CEO of the 3M BIC in 2019 and brings with her over thirty years’ experience in business support, skills programmes and economic development. Sue also ran her own consultancy business and taught business strategy for several University business schools including Huddersfield, Sheffield and Bradford. Sue’s remit is to lead and develop the 3M BIC as a key player in the regional innovation eco-system.

Get in touch with Sue if you are interested in finding out more about the 3M BIC.

Sally Connolly

Office Manager

Sally has been at the 3M BIC since it first opened its doors and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the centre and tenant liaison. She has 30 years of customer service experience in the financial and hospitality trade.

Get in touch with Sally for 3M BIC office or operations related enquiries.

Janine Downs

Technical Manager

Janine joined the team in 2017 bringing together the planning, coordination and execution of the Huddersfield Innovation and Incubation Project (HIIP) along with the installation of its associated technologies. She oversees the technical team activities and relevant projects, liaising with stakeholders and being a contact for technical enquiries. She is also a qualified Additive Manufacturing (AM) machinist and X-ray CT trained operator.

Get in touch with Janine for any HIIP-related enquiries or to arrange a tour of the centre to showcase these technologies.

Jill Beckwith

Business Research Officer

Jill knows everything about our tenants, network members and associate businesses. Having joined in 2013, she is responsible for the 3M BIC’s database management, intelligence gathering and 3M BIC Membership.

Get in touch with Jill to find out more about our network membership offering.

Maisie Mountcastle

Marketing Officer

A graduate from the University of Huddersfield, Maisie joined the team in 2016 as events and marketing officer. She is responsible for marketing the overall centre, its office and lab spaces and technology, as well as updating the 3M BIC website and managing 3M BIC and associated partner’s social media platforms. It is also her remit to promote events and event spaces within the centre

Get in touch with Maisie about marketing enquiries at the 3M BIC.

Emily Raleigh

PR Consultant

Emily boasts a PR career that spans over 16 years. Having joined the team in 2012, she provides PR and copywriting services to promote the 3M BIC as a centre for enterprise and innovation for SMEs in the region, as well showcasing the skilled team behind the scenes. She is a CIPR member.

Get in touch with Emily if you have any PR-related enquiries.

Jordan Furness

Events Officer

Jordan joined the team during his placement year at the University of Huddersfield in 2013. He now oversees the centre’s room hire and external and internal events. He is currently undertaking an MA by Research focusing on technology adoption in SMEs and event engagement, due for completion in September 2020.

Get in touch with Jordan if you would like to host an event at the 3M BIC.

Jane Turner

Events and Marketing Assistant

Jane has recently joined the team as part of her placement year whilst studying for her Events Management Degree at the University of Huddersfield. She is currently assisting Jordan and Maisie with all things Events and Marketing.

Get in touch with Jane if you would like to host an event at the 3M BIC or you have an enquiry about marketing.

Sophie Olivia


Sophie is the first person that people meet on arrival at the centre. Having been the 3M BIC’s receptionist since 2016, Sophie provides a a comprehensive reception service to tenants, visitors and staff.

Get in touch with Sophie if you have a query about parking.

Roo Sarwar

Finance Officer

Anything finance related is Roo’s core focus at the 3M BIC. She has over 23 years’ experience and splits her time between the 3M BIC and the University of Huddersfield’s finance team. She is ACCA accredited.

Get in touch with Roo for any 3M BIC invoice or finance-related enquiries.

Paul Tallon

Design and Visualisation Manager

Paul is our in-house product designer and has been at the 3M BIC since 2013. He is responsible for the management, consultancy and subsequent production of client work, through our wide range of in-house technology, from 3D prototyping with polymer, resin and metal additive machines, reverse engineering with XCT and 2D visualisations using high performance rendering software.

Get in touch with Paul about the centre’s 3D technology and design capabilities.

Steve Andrews

IT Specialist Analyst

Steve joined the 3M BIC in 2015, having worked in various roles from programming to systems and network administration. He is responsible for the centre’s day-to-day IT operations and infrastructure, including networks and services, A/V, end-user hardware and software, as well as supporting 3M BIC tenants with their varying and sometimes complex requirements.

Get in touch with Steve about any 3M BIC IT-related queries.

Jason Fuller

Cleaning Services, Estates & Facilities

Jason has been responsible for maintaining and cleaning the centre, customer service and liaising with staff and tenants since it first opened. He also monitors the centre’s waste and recycling processes, since the introduction of our environmental targets.

Stephen Knowles

Technical Support Officer

A former Design Technology and ICT teacher, Steven joined the team in 2019 to support the work of the design team to ensure smooth transition from design to production and assist with the AM/3D printing machines. Prior to his 29-year teaching career, Steven spent six years in the engineering sector.

Get in touch with Stephen about the 3M BIC’s technology offering.

Georgina Kipling

Technical Assessor

Georgina brings with her 25 years’ experience in research and development within industry. Her role is to introduce businesses from a variety of sectors to the wide range of technologies and expertise within the centre. She supports local SMEs by assessing their requirements, exploring the technologies available, as well as potential collaboration with the University of Huddersfield and our supply chain programme, to help develop innovative projects, products and services.

Get in touch with Georgina if you are an SME looking to develop products or processes.

Phil Clegg

University of Huddersfield’s Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Phil relocated the Enterprise Team (a University of Huddersfield student/graduate service) to the 3M BIC in 2013. The Enterprise Hub supports student and graduate business start-ups. Phil has 20 years’ self-employment experience and 10 years’ in business start-up support. He is in the final third of a PhD, (Doctor of Enterprise) investigating effective start-up support for social enterprises.

Get in touch with Phil about the Enterprise Hub.

Stephen Gregory

University of Huddersfield’s Head of Regional Engagement

Stephen has over 27 years’ experience in industry having headed up the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Yorkshire. Responsible for business engagement through the Business Growth and Productivity Service at the University of Huddersfield, Stephen maximises his industry and broad business experience, as well as his academic links and connections with support programmes at the LEP and LAs to encourage business growth, particularly across the manufacturing sector.

Get in touch with Stephen about the Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme.

James Devitt

University-Industry Programme Manager

James joined the University of Huddersfield and the 3M BIC in 2015. His role is to drive university-business collaborative programmes and help facilitate connections with businesses regionally, nationally and internationally. James previously worked for Kirklees Council as business and economic strategy manager.

Get in touch with James about links to research academic expertise within the University.