My Business Development Role is aimed at managing collaborative and commercial relationships, strengthening Harper Adams University’s links and opportunities with regional, national and international businesses and other activities to support the growth and increase the diversity of students and apprentices.
I have worked in Higher Education for the past 16 years, although I left for a short while to set up and manage Apprenticeships for Large Retailers and to develop a sales team in the Digital Ceramics Industry. I have also worked across Food and Drink Manufacturing developing skills and training programmes.
My last three years in HE has been focused on the development of new degree apprenticeships and Employer links, including the operational aspects of contracting, funding and delivery for large and small employers. Harper Adams University is now a fully approved apprenticeship provider developing new programmes each year.
I have previously developed projects in knowledge exchange and enterprise, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), Growth Fund and Innovate UK.
I network with Partners across the West Midlands and national business/skills committees, LEPs, Chambers of Commerce and subject specific organisations. I represent Food and Drink and Agri -Tech on the Telford Business Board. I am supporting Telford and Wrekin Council to attract business to the Newport Innovation Park (Ni-Park 2021).
I contribute to bids for additional funds related to business and enterprise development such as the Catalyst Fund, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), European Social Investment Fund (ESIF) and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Regional Growth fund. I have written many enterprise and innovation award nominations for Business including the Queens Awards.
I am working on a new Benchmarking Project to benchmark productivity for companies who employ apprentices.
I am a member of the West Midlands Apprentice Ambassadors Network and assist orgainsations who want to know more about Apprenticeships.
My role At Harper is to: