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Meet the Team

Our team is made up of operational, events and marketing professionals, as well as our design and technology experts that specialise in product development. From ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Centre, tenant, member, and business liaison, raising brand awareness and supporting businesses with their product development needs - our team is always on hand to help.

Find out more about the team below or feel free to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

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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

Technology 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.

Emily Raleigh

Marketing and Comms Manager

Emily has been a part of the 3M BIC team since 2012, initially providing PR and copywriting services before more recently taking on the role of Marketing and Communications Manager. Emily is the go-to press contact at the Centre, she is also responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy and content creation. She is a CIPR member.

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

Maisie Mountcastle

Marketing Officer

Maisie joined the team in 2016 as Events Assistant as part of her placement year at the University of Huddersfield. She has since moved to the Marketing department as Events and Marketing Officer and is now the Centre’s 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. 

Maisie is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in 2022.

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

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Olivia Fitton

Marketing Assistant

Olivia joined the 3M BIC in 2022 as Marketing Assistant for her third year placement she is doing as part of her BA(Hons) in Advertising and Marketing at the University of Huddersfield.  Olivia supports Emily and Maisie in the overall marketing of the 3M BIC, in particular updating the 3M BIC website, content creation, and managing our social media platforms. 

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

Jordan Furness

Events and Programme Coordinator

Jordan joined the team during his placement year at the University of Huddersfield in 2013. He now manages the Centre’s event room hire and events calendar, as well as working with the Sir George Buckley Leadership Centre. He has recently completed an MA by Research focusing on technology adoption in SMEs and event management. 

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

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Elena Dellimpaltidou

Events Assistant

Elena joined the team in 2022 as part of her placement year whilst studying for her Business Management degree at the University of Huddersfield. She assists Jordan in both internal and external events held at the 3M BIC.

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

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Jane Turner

Events Assistant

Jane joined the team in 2021 as part of her placement year whilst studying for her Events Management degree at the University of Huddersfield. She assists Jordan in both internal and external events held at the 3M BIC.

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

Sophie Hanley

Receptionist

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 comprehensive reception service to tenants, visitors and staff.

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

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.

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Anastasis Constanti

Product Designer

Anastasis is our in-house product designer and has been at 3M BIC since 2021. With a BEng, MEng in Mechanical Engineering, he is responsible for the management, consultancy and subsequent production of client work. That involves our wide range of in-house technology and software, from 3D modelling and product prototyping, non-destructive study with XCT and using photogrammetry scanning for enhanced engineering projects.

Get in touch with Anastasis 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.

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

Business Liaison Officer

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.

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.

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.

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James Devitt

Industrial Collaboration Manager

James’ role at the University of Huddersfield 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 ot research academic expertise within the University.  

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.