Midlands Innovation Team

f you would like to get in touch with Midlands Innovation, please call us on +44 (0) 115 74 84735 or email us at info@midlandsinnovation.org.uk

Dr Helen Turner

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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. Helen is the CO-Vice Chair of the Midlands Engine Operating Board. Midlands Engine is the pan-regional growth body that leverages the region as a place to grow and invest on a national and international stage. Helen also acts a key conduit on behalf of Government and the research councils to facilitate group meetings / discussions with MI partners. 

Sue Clayton


MI Deputy Director

Sue’s role is to develop and conduct activity that enhances the Midlands Innovation partnership across its multiple research themes.  She has responsibility for influencing the available resources to meet current and future strategic objectives.

Alex Archibald


MI Health Project Manager

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

Sarah Alton

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MI Public Affairs Manager

Sarah’s role is to undertake public affairs activities to develop and maintain relations between Midlands Innovation and its key stakeholders.

Sarah Howells

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Marketing and Communications Manager

Sarah’s role is to market, communicate and manage the PR for Midlands Innovation, as well as acting as the marketing manager specifically for MI’s TALENT Programme.

Ellen McGhee

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MI Executive Assistant

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