Our People

We are governed by a strategic advisory board, a project steering group and a strategic delivery board. We also have panels to review applications for pre-incorporation funds and executives into business. Northern Accelerator is delivered by a core project team based at Durham University, supported by an operational delivery group with representatives from each partner institution.

Strategic Advisory Board

Roy Sandbach OBE (Chair)

Andrew Hodgson OBE

Heidi Mottram CBE

Linda Edworthy

Strategic Delivery Board

Professor Colin Bain (Chair)

Professor George Marston

Dr Tony Ikwue

David Huntley

Operational Delivery Group

Edwin Milligan
Northern Accelerator Project Manager
Jordan Christie
Northern Accelerator Marketing Officer
Su Stinchcombe
Northern Accelerator Project Administrator
Tim Hammond
Director of Commercialisation and Economic Development
Durham University (Programme Lead)
David Huntley
Head of Company Creation
Newcastle University
Lizzie Withington
Company Creation Manager
Newcastle University
Hugh Rhodes
IP and Commercialisation Manager, Research and Innovation Services
Northumbria University
Chelsea Brain
IP and Commercialisation Manager, Research and Innovation Services
Northumbria University
Nickola Gray
Business Development Manager, Enterprise and Innovation
University of Sunderland
Sarah Pederson
Projects Support Officer
Newcastle University
Jenny Taylor
Head of Economic Development
Durham University (Programme Compliance Lead)