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Our Business Development team have a depth of sector specific experience and will consider your individual business needs to ensure you receive the best support and opportunities to meet your needs.

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Professor Simon BoltonProfessor Simon Bolton

Disruptive, Insight Driven Innovation

Professor Simon Bolton is an internationally acclaimed designer and innovation specialist working with the world’s top brands. Simon has many years of experience as a global thought leader for Proctor & Gamble focusing on ‘disruptive insight driven innovation’ helping them to successfully unlock hidden innovation opportunities in European and Asian markets. Prior to this role, he has over twenty years’ experience of helping worldwide organisations and brands including the BBC, BSkyB, Hyundai and Nokia to enhance their customer insight and innovation capabilities.

Dr Oyetola Emmanuel-EbikakeDr Oyetola Emmanuel-Ebikake

Unlocking the potential in your supply chain

Dr. Oyetola Emmanuel-Ebikake (Tola) is a Lecturer in the Business School.  Tola is an expert in supply chain management and a researcher in product-service innovation approaches as organisations seek to achieve competitiveness by integrating product and service offerings to deliver value to the customer. Tola is interested in helping organisations to unlock the hidden potential in their supply base in order to enable the innovation agenda and achieve superior value.

Perelandra BeedlesPerelandra Beedles

Perelandra Beedles specialises in branded content and digital platforms. Her extensive industry expertise has been gained from working as a Producer, Production Manager and Director in various roles at the BBC, BBC3, Granada Television and Sony. She continues to freelance in the broadcast industry, alongside her role as Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Production and Programme Leader for Television Production Management.  Most recently Pere created the branded content for Sony PlayStations’ JK Rowling collaboration Book of Spells. Pere’s brand and digital knowledge is a great addition to the range of business expertise offered to SMEs who engage in the Innovation Sprint Programme.

Dr Marco TrovatiDr Marcello Trovati

Deep learning and insight from data

Dr Marcello Trovati is a Reader in Computer Science, who has spent many years in both academia and industry, including IBM. Marcello’s research specialism is in big data science, unlocking the potential insights data can hold to drive key decision making. Marcello’s expertise extends across mathematical modelling, data and text mining.

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