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The Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan recognised the importance of innovation as a driver of economic growth in the City Region, and proposed the establishment of a Science and Innovation Board to take responsibility for and coordinate relevant activities.

In 2014, the Local Enterprise Partnership asked Professor Sir Keith Burnett to form and Chair this Board.

The SIB has a clear mission to:

Influence the strategic direction of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) to support growth and economic impact in areas that depend on science led innovation.

Set a medium/long term vision for the SCR in respect to its impact and position at national and international levels and will influence, lobby and bring investment and action to achieve this.

Provide direct communication and advice to the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board in order to support strategic decision making and opportunities relating to science led innovation impact areas.

I brought together this board at a time of enormous opportunities for the UK, based on the existing capabilities and innovation assets across the North and in Sheffield in particular. Over recent months we have heard a lot about the Northern Powerhouse, and have seen significant additional government investment in growing these innovation assets. I am keen that, as a board, we play a role in maximising the impact of these investments and deliver real change.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, PRESIDENT & VIce-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield (2007-October 2018)

Board Members

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Professor Dave Petley (Interim Chair)

Vice-President for Research & Innovation, the University of Sheffield

David PetleyProfessor Dave Petley is Vice-President for Research & Innovation at the University of Sheffield, having previously been Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise at the University of East Anglia.

Dave is a Geographer and Earth Scientist, with his research focusing on landslides. He works in particular on the understanding of landslide mechanics through both state of the art monitoring of their movement using field instrumentation and the development of novel lab testing approaches.

Dave has held a number of external roles, and sat on the Council of the Royal Geographical Society for six years. He has worked extensively with governments, the military, mining companies, the oil industry and the insurance sector.

Martin Burnham

Managing Director, IIDEA Ltd
Chairman, Independent Forgings & Alloys Ltd, Nuclear AMRC Board Member

Martin BurnhamMartin is a passionate supporter of UK Manufacturing, its capability, promise and future, particularly in the Sheffield City Region.

He is a Chartered Engineer with career experience of Metallurgy, hot metals processing, and redeveloping businesses. He is now developing businesses in CNC and Additive Manufacturing.

Professor Paul Dimitri BSc, MBChB, FRCPCH, PhD

Consultant in Paediatric endocrinology & Director of Research and Innovation, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Professor of Child Health, Sheffield Hallam University

NIHR National Children’s Specialty Lead

Clinical Director, NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative

Paul DimitriProfessor Paul Dimitri works at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as a Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research & Innovation. Paul is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Children’s Specialty Lead providing strategic direction and leadership for 15 regional clinical research networks for children, the Divisional Lead for the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Research Network, the Director of the NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative, and the Clinical Director for the National Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network. Paul has led on the development and implementation of national technology networks that specifically focus on the development and adoption of technology for paediatrics and child health through private and public sector collaboration, to ensure children and young people receive the best and most advanced healthcare and to drive long-term sustainable change in the health sector.

Paul was previously the Deputy Director for the Medicines for Children’s Research Network (East) and has previously held national positions on committees at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges. Paul was awarded a PhD in Medicine by the University of Sheffield for his work in paediatric endocrinology, has received awards for his work from the RCPCH and the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes and is internationally recognised in his field of research.

Professor Roger Eccleston

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement

Dean of the Faculty of Arts Computing, Engineering and Science, Sheffield Hallam University

Roger EcclestonRoger is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts Computing, Engineering and Science at Sheffield Hallam University. He was formerly Dean of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University and, before that, Director of Technology at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The STFC Technology Unit provides engineering and technology development and support to major science projects including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, large scale neutron and photon research facilities and ground and space-based astronomy projects. Roger was Director of the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) at Sheffield Hallam University from 2004 to 2007. He is a Professor of Materials Physics.

He has published over 100 papers in subjects ranging from quantum mechanical aspects of model magnetic systems, characterisation of aerospace alloys and techniques for using hyper-polarised gas for imaging applications in medical and materials science. He has undertaken a number of advisory roles in the US and Europe. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2007.

Paul Firth

National Head of Real Estate,
Irwin Mitchell

Paul FirthPaul is a Property Development Lawyer, the Regional Managing Partner of Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield Office and the National Head of Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell; one of the top twenty legal practices in the country. He has extensive development and commercial experience and has advised many major property companies on a wide range of commercial issues.

He has also advised many major organisations in relation to their property portfolios including Lafarge, Ibstock Brick, Arnold Laver & Company, Sibelco, National Express and the University of Sheffield. Paul is Chairman of Creative Sheffield the Economic Development Agency for the City of Sheffield and he is also the Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Charity. Paul has received a number of awards including the inaugural Insider South Yorkshire Dealmakers Lifetime Achievement Awards; the Institute of Directors (Yorkshire & Humber) Business Advisor of the Year in 2008 and has won the International IVCA Clarion Awards for a conference he conceived and organised with Vice President Al Gore to raise business leaders awareness of the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. He has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Sheffield to acknowledge services to the University, the City of Sheffield and to the legal profession.

Edward Highfield

Director of City Growth,
Sheffield City Council

Edward HighfieldEdward Highfield is Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council. Edward graduated the University of Liverpool in 2001 after reading Politics. He began his career at the North West Regional Development Agency, moving to Sheffield in 2004 to work for Sheffield City Council. Edward has held a number of positions at Sheffield City Council and was most recently appointed Director of City Growth in 2017. Edward is responsible for; Sheffield’s economic strategy, business growth, inward investment, regeneration, city marketing, external funding, planning, transport and property.

Paul Houghton

Grant Thornton

Paul HoughtonPaul heads up Grant Thornton’s Sheffield office, leading a local team of 140 people in the Sheffield City Region as they seek to be a catalyst in shaping a vibrant economy. He is a board member of the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership and chairs the LEP’s Business Growth Board, which is overseeing the development of the business Growth Hub and all other aspects of business support delivered by the SCR.

Paul also takes an active role in business within Sheffield itself, chairing the City Council’s Business Adviser Panel and sitting on the Sheffield City Partnership Board. He is enthusiastic to see the public sector, private sector, third sector and academia collaborating more effectively – which, combined with ambitious leadership, he sees as the key to driving regional growth.

Paul is also a director of Yorkshire Artspace, providing studio space and support for 180 artists in Sheffield, and chair of governors at Birkdale School. Paul is a chartered accountant and a physics graduate from Durham University.

Professor Keith Jackson

CEO, Brandon Medical

Visiting Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the University of Sheffield

Keith JacksonKeith Jackson is Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Medical, a multi-award winning medical technology company on the edge of Leeds. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Keith spent the first five years of his career as a design engineer for British motoring company Jaguar. After a year of voluntary work in Africa, he returned to the UK to study for a MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

Keith has more than twenty years of experience of the orthopaedic medical device market in a wide range of technical & commercial roles, including marketing, sales, product development, regulatory and production. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Chartered Director and a Fellow of both the IMechE and the IoD.

In addition to his role at Brandon Medical, Keith is founder of 8-Q Ltd, providing trusted advice for Boards and Entrepreneur directors driving strategic change in the UK, EU and China. Keith is also a Non-Executive Director of Medilink, working alongside the executive team to deliver business support for members of academic, business and clinical organisations across the region that work in the medical device sector. Keith is a Non-Executive Director of D4D Limited, the not for profit Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative, currently funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to bring innovative products into clinical use through collaboration with the NHS, academia and industry.

Professor Mike Maddock

Managing Director,
Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) Ltd

Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Sheffield

Mike MaddockMike is the Managing Director and co-owner of PES Performance Ltd, which is a high performance engineering solution business working in R&D, collaborating closely with academia, across multiple sectors delivering innovative solutions for clients nationally and internationally.

Mike has expertise in multiple business environments. His previous experience includes, eleven years in multi-site retailing, where in his role as Regional Operations Director, he was responsible for ten business development managers; and operated 175 businesses in the North of England and Scotland area. These businesses had an annual turnover of £153 million+ and a team of more than 3500 within his region.

Mike understands people, pressure environments and detailed operational planning, both from his thirteen years as a clearance diver and bomb disposal operative, in the Royal Navy, and having competed for seven years with the Great Britain Skeleton Bobsleigh team.

Mike is a Visiting Professor with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, and is a member of the regional advisory board for Made UK (formerly the Engineering Employers’ Federation). Mike is also a trustee on the Board of the Steel Man charity and has played an integral part in the Heart of Steel project, in association with the British Heart Foundation. He has also recently been invited to become a 2019 Export Champion for the Department of International Trade (DIT).

Jo Miller

Chief Executive,
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Jo MillerJo is Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, and has been in her post since January 2012, having been appointed by both the Council and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Jo studied Law at the University of Southampton and began her career as a lawyer, working predominantly in the public sector, although she spent some time as a partner in private practice.

After starting her career as a trainee solicitor in Nottingham, and progressing to different roles there, Jo moved on to a number of legal posts in Merseyside majoring in housing, regeneration and capital investment schemes. After Heads of Legal Service roles, Jo took a wider brief at Knowsley Council as Executive Director to lead on corporate resources and service transformation. This was followed by a stint as Deputy Chief Executive at Bradford with a strong focus on partnerships and cohesion. Jo has undertaken a number of roles in the voluntary sector and was chair of a large Registered Social Landlord in the North West.

Prior to joining Doncaster, Jo was Deputy Chief Executive at The Local Government Association, responsible for policy, communications and sector led improvement, which included a four month secondment to Doncaster at the Government’s request.

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE

Executive Dean,
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing

Keith RidgwayKeith Ridgway is the Professor of Design and Manufacture and Executive Dean of the AMRC at the University of Sheffield. The AMRC comprises the AMRC with Boeing, the Nuclear AMRC and the AMRC Apprentice Training Centre.

The AMRC with Boeing was established in 2001 to carry out research in manufacturing technologies directly related to the aerospace industry. In addition to Boeing, the AMRC has more than 80 sponsors, including Airbus, BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce, Messier Bugatti Dowty, Goodrich and Spirit Aviation. Application of the research developed has led to a step change in the manufacturing capability of many of the industrial sponsors and encouraged their on-going commitment and support. The Nuclear AMRC was established in February 2010 and aims to increase the competitiveness of companies in the Nuclear New Build supply chain. Founding partners include EDF, Areva, Westinghouse, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters International and Tata Steel. In 2010 the AMRC was awarded £20m from the Regional Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund to build a futuristic reconfigurable factory, “Factory 2050”. This will open in November 2015.

Professor Ridgway is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Royal Institute of Naval Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was awarded the OBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in June 2005 and a CBE for services to Manufacturing Research In January 2012.

Dr Dave Smith

Managing Director,
Sheffield City Region Executive Team

Dave SmithDave Smith has been heading the Sheffield City Region team since early 2016. In this pivotal role Dave takes responsibility for the Executive functions of the SCR Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Andrew Storer

Chief Executive Officer,
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC)

Andrew StorerAndrew joined the Nuclear AMRC as Managing Director in October 2015, and in August 2017 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for leadership and strategy. Andrew previously spent six years as Programme Director for Rolls-Royce’s Civil Nuclear business, leading customer engagement and bids with new build developers. Prior to Civil Nuclear he ran the Submarine Support Business ensuring fleet support and repairs were delivered, and before this he held various submarine reactor component design roles. Andrew joined Rolls-Royce from NEI where he worked on large coal and gas fired power stations as well as components for Sizewell 'B'. He also leads a number of supply chain development initiatives for the Nuclear Industry Council.

Professor Jesus Talamantes-Silva

Managing Director,
Sheffield Forgemasters RD26 Ltd

Jesus Talamantes SilvaJesus worked at the University of Sheffield and was seconded to Corus Swinden Technology Centre (STC) before joining Sheffield Forgemasters International in 2005 as Research and Development Manager. He was promoted to Group Research and Development Director in 2009 and he is currently Managing Director of the Sheffield Forgemasters Research and Development subsidiary: Sheffield Forgemasters RD26 Ltd.

His work involves research and technology development and the use of finite element and related techniques for engineering simulations and process optimization. In particular, those linking the microstructure to the properties of the material. His major research interests include: computer simulation of thermo-mechanical processes, development and manufacturing of large castings and forgings and management and development of chemical and mechanical testing. His current research activities include a variety of sectors such as Nuclear, Defence, offshore oil and gas and steel processing. He is visiting professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield and sits on the research board at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).

Professor Wendy Tindale OBE

Scientific Director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield

Clinical Director, NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC

Wendy TindaleProfessor Wendy Tindale is Scientific Director of Medical Imaging & Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also Head of Nuclear Medicine for the Trust’s three sites.

As a Consultant Clinical Scientist, she provides scientific leadership for one of the largest NHS centres of medical technology in the UK, overseeing the delivery of a wide spectrum of clinical scientific developments and services. She holds a Chair at the University of Sheffield and has a national role as Clinical Director of the ‘Devices for Dignity’ Healthcare Technology Co-operative – a national research and technology transfer programme. She has an interest in combining clinical academic excellence with business opportunities through commercial translation of innovative medical technologies and has worked with both public and private sectors to facilitate successful collaborations.

Wendy has contributed to numerous national and international committees, including Royal College Working Parties and Government advisory bodies. She is currently Chair of the NIHR/HEE Healthcare Science Fellowship Programme and a member of the NICE Medical Technologies Advisory Committee. In 2011 she was given a Beacon Award for outstanding contribution to healthcare and in 2013 was honoured in the Health Service Journal’s inaugural Inspirational Women awards for outstanding leadership in her field. Wendy was honoured with an OBE for Services to Healthcare in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list.

Richard Wright

Executive Director,
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Richard WrightRichard is an experienced, versatile and strategic executive and non-executive director with a proven experience in leadership, team building and commercial and technical development in the advanced manufacturing sector.

He is currently executive director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry with over 2000 members covering all types of business of every size. He currently chairs the committee comprising of Presidents and Chief Executives from the UK core city chambers and he is also active in recent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) submissions for Sheffield City Region.