My role as Research and Innovation Associate on the MCIL project is to be responsible for developing research and training relating to the entrepreneurship growth and innovation programme at Keele University.  The role involves translating academic theory into practical training programmes for the MCIL entrepreneurs and developing research relating to the project. My post is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and I am also responsible for delivering the reporting requirements of the project.

I have over 20 years experience of leading teams, project management, and fundraising in the private, public, and voluntary sector. My research interests are family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, SMEs, and manufacturing. My first degree is in English and Russian (Joint Hons) from the University of Oxford, my Masters is in Computation from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and my MBA is from the Open University.  I have recently completed a PhD in family firm innovation using Bourdieusian theory from the University of Salford.