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Director of Business Engagement

Gurmit Kler

g.kler@bham.ac.uk
+44 (0)121 414 6649

Gurmit leads the Business Engagement Team in the delivery of its strategy, setting KPIs and monitoring progress against targets across all the Colleges. 

 

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Deputy Director of Business Engagement

Vickie Pargetter

V.A.Pargetter@bham.ac.uk

 

Vickie supports the delivery of the Business Engagement strategy, as well as managing marketing and communications for the team. 

 College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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 Richard Fox - Strategic Business Engagement Partner

 r.fox@bham.ac.uk 

+44 (0)121 414 8921

 

Richard is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the business engagement strategy within EPS and ensuring that resulting opportunities are delivered with key internal and external stakeholders. Richard is also responsible for leading the BE team within EPS and for the development of research programme in the defence and security sector.

 

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 Alasdair Maclachlan - Business Engagement Partner 

 a.maclachlan@bham.ac.uk 

+44 (0)7920 878578

 

Alasdair supports the University’s business engagement in the sectors of Advanced Manufacturing (both material science and engineering), Transport, and propulsion focussed Energy research.

 

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 Jack Tasker - Business Engagement Partner

 J.B.Tasker@bham.ac.uk 

+44 (0)7970 987037

 

Jack supports the following sectors: smart infrastructure, fast moving consumer goods, energy systems and healthcare technologies. 

College of Medical and Dental Sciences 

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Business Engagement Partner - MDS

Florence Gannon 

f.gannon@@bham.ac.uk +44 (0)121 414 4056

 

Florence is responsible for the development and implementation of the business engagement strategy within MDS. Florence works closely with the following Institutes:

• Cancer and Genomics 
• Immunology and Immunotherapy
• Microbiology and Infection 

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Business Engagement Partner - MDS

Joanna Smith

j.l.j.smith@bham.ac.uk
+44 (0)121 414 4056
+44 (0)7967 771 347 

Joanna is responsible for the development and implementation of the business engagement strategy within MDS.  She identifies opportunities to collaborate with industry and has a keen focus on promoting the translational aspects of research. Joanna is currently working closely with the following Institutes:

  • Applied Health Research
  • Cancer and Genomics - specifically supporting the Birmingham Rare Diseases Initiative
  • Microbiology and Infection 
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Business Engagement Partner - MDS

Jessica Stede

j.stede@bham.ac.uk
+44 (0) 121 371 8455

Jessica works across the Birmingham Health Partners medical campus, helping to bring investigator-led research collaborations to fruition. Jessica's focus is on cardiovascular sciences, metabolism, hormones, diabetes, obesity, nutrition, fertility, maternal health, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing.  

College of Social Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences and College of Arts and Law

Andy Newnham_008Strategic Business Engagement Partner - CoSS / CAL / LES                                         

Andy Newnham                                                             

a.newnham@bham.ac.uk
+44 (0)7964 911458

Andy is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the business engagement strategy within CoSS, CAL and LES. He identifies opportunities to collaborate with industry and has a keen focus on the University’s response to the government’s Industrial Strategy. 

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James Sharp                                                             

j.s.sharp@bham.ac.uk

James is responsible for the development and implementation of the business engagement strategy within CoSS with a specialism in AI and emerging technologies.

AndrewMiles_digitalCorporate Relations Manager - Birmingham Business School 

Andrew Miles 

a.t.miles@bham.ac.uk 0121 414 6254

 

Andrew leads on the delivery of Birmingham Business School's corporate strategy, as well as managing key accounts that contribute to the University of Birmingham's business engagement mandate. Andrew works closely with the different research centres at the Business School to identify the best means of creating external partnerships and matching graduate talent, research expertise, and academic consultancy to a range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He also manages the Business School’s Advisory Board activity. 

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  Business Engagement Partner - LES                                           

  Holly Searson                                                                   

h.l.searson@bham.ac.uk
  + 44 (0)7970 397 568 

Holly is responsible for the development and implementation of the business engagement strategy within LES focusing on areas such as healthy ageing, air pollution and mental health.

International - Asia

Bing_Liu_009Business Engagement Partner

Bing Liu

b.liu.2@bham.ac.uk
+44 (0)121 414 8647

Degree Apprenticeships 

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Degree Apprenticeships Manager

 Sam Hickman

+44 (0)7976 230 204

Sam is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the Degree Apprenticeship strategy at the University. Working with teams across the University and its constituent Colleges, Sam develops and supports relationship and contract management with employers involved in the provision of Degree Apprenticeships. Sam also leads on Continuous Improvement activity within the Business Engagement team.  

Marketing and Communications Team  

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Lauren Davies - Events Manager

l.j.walsh@bham.ac.uk +44 (0)121 414 4002

 Lauren focuses on partnership events and external exhibitions.

 

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Laura Myatt - Events Manager  

L.Myatt@bham.ac.uk +44 (0)121 414 4002

 Laura focuses business engagement and College-led events. 

 

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Helen Toft - Communications Manager 

H.M.Toft@bham.ac.uk +44 (0)121 414 8635

 Helen focuses on the business engagements team's communications srategy, including digital. 

 

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Jazz Jemahl - PA to Gurmit Kler

j.jemahl@bham.ac.uk +44 (0)121 414 8160

 

 

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Tracy Shepherd Business Engagement Administrator for CoSS EPS and LES 

t.shepherd@bham.ac.uk +44 (0) 121 414 8647