Midlands Innovation Board



Professor Alec Cameron

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
Aston University

Professor Sir David Eastwood

University of Birmingham

Professor Sir Peter Gregson

Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor
Cranfield University

Professor Trevor McMillan

Keele University


Edmund BurkeProfessor Edmund Burke
Acting President & Vice-Chancellor
University of Leicester

Professor Robert Allison

Vice-Chancellor and President
Loughborough University
Professor Shearer WestProfessor Shearer West
University of Nottingham

Professor Stuart Croft

Vice-Chancellor and President
University of Warwick


Directorate team


Dr Helen Turner

MI Director

Helen's role is to oversee the Midlands Innovation partnership and its portfolio of collaborative projects. She has responsibility for growing that portfolio and strengthening the relationships Midlands Innovation has with key stakeholders.


Sue Clayton

MI Project Manager

Sue's role is to manage projects that Midlands Innovation is building from inception through to their initiation at one of our partner universities.


Ellen Mcghee

Ellen McGhee

MI Executive Assistant

Ellen is the Executive Assistant to the Midlands Innovation Director and also provides support to the Midlands Innovation team.


Alex Archibald

Alex Archibald

MI Health Project Manager

Alex's role is to manage our Midlands Health Innovation partnership and coordinate large collaborative projects from inception through to funding award in the areas related to health and life sciences


Contact us 

Phone: +44 (0) 0115 74 84735


Partner Universities

Aston University


Aston University has a history of leading the way. We have evolved over the last 120 years to become a research-led university known for world-class teaching quality. Aston focuses on high quality, exploitable research that has an impact on society through medical breakthroughs, advancements in engineering, policy and practice in government, and the strategies and performance of business.


The University of Birmingham


The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Our research has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made a lasting impact. Capitalising on our multi- and inter-disciplinary strengths, our research is creating innovative and enduring solutions to complex global challenges. From advanced manufacturing, transport and energy, to life sciences, security, and global ethics, we are at the forefront of research and innovation.


Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a world-leading postgraduate university, focused on technology and management. We are home to many world-class, large-scale facilities and the distinctive nature of our work has been recognised through numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize on four separate occasions. Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and executive education and professional development programmes, we work with around 1,500 companies and organisations.

Keele University


Keele University was founded to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, 97% of the University’s research was recognised as of an international standard. In 2017 the University became the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Student Experience and ranked 1st in the National Student Survey in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Keele is home to one of the largest science parks of its kind and set to be the first at scale UK site for smart energy network technology.

Economic impact - £215m per year and 4,460 jobs across the West Midlands.


The University of Leicester


The University of Leicester is an international centre for excellence renowned for research. Ranked in the top one per cent of global universities and a top 25 university in the TES Research Power rankings, 75 per cent of our research is judged internationally excellent. Our research cuts across multiple disciplines in engineering, medicine, biological sciences, psychology and social sciences, arts and humanities, with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture and the environment.


Loughborough University


Loughborough University has an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry and unrivalled achievement in sport and its academic disciplines. Ranked in the top ten in England for research intensity, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of its contribution to the sector. Awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, it is among the best universities in the world.


The University of Nottingham


The University of Nottingham has a long history of delivering world-class research. Ranked 8th in the UK on research power, more than 97 per cent of our research is recognised as international standard, with wide-ranging impact on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment. By grouping our research around five global themes, we can use creative interdisciplinary approaches to deliver research excellence on a global scale.


The University of Warwick


The University of Warwick is a world-leading university with a dynamic, enterprising approach to solving global challenges. It has earned a reputation for independent thinking and academic excellence. Warwick is ranked 7th in the UK Research Excellence Framework and was The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year in 2014. It has an excellent track record of working alongside business regionally and internationally to connect research, innovation and economic growth and seeks to provide a tireless yet supportive environment to enable all in its community to make an impact.