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Mentors

Our mentors offer access to knowledge and networking. Mentors share their experience and expertise, and make introductions to investors, companies and other organisations.

Examples of expertise within the mentor network include:

  • how to get your products into the NHS and social care
  • cyber security standards
  • medical device regulation
  • investors
  • deploying artificial intelligence
  • writing successful grant applications

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Aejaz Zahid Agnes Crutchard
Aejaz Zahid
Programme Director, Innovation Hub,
South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw
Integrated Care System
(NHS)
Agnes Crutchard
Senior Market Intelligence Manager
Medipex
Prof Alessandro Di Nuovo Alex Wilkinson
Prof Alessandro Di Nuovo
Professor in Computational Intelligence
and Robotics & Theme Lead, Technological and 
Digital Innovations to Promote Independent Lives,
Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Alex Wilkinson
Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service
Yorkshire and Humber
Prof Alfonso Jimenez Dr Alice Bullas
Prof Alfonso Jimenez
Chief Research & Innovation Officer,
Ingesport-GOfit LAB & Professor Exercise
Science & Health at Advanced Wellbeing
Research Centre
, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Alice Bullas
Research Fellow, Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University
& Technology Innovation
Manager, Grow MedTech
Dr Anna Lowe Dr Arielle Le Brenne
Dr Anna Lowe
Programme Manager, National Centre for
Sports and Exercise Management
,
Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Arielle Le Brenne
Specialising in commercial service
development, market access, and
Lean Six Sigma deployment in
Medical Devices
Dr Ben Heller Bernard McMahon
Dr Ben Heller
Reader, Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University
Bernard McMahon
Executive Chairman, Being Well Group and
Wellbeing Commercialisation Centre
Dr Caroline Dalton Catalina Cernica
Dr Caroline Dalton Reader in Neuroscience
and Genetics & Theme Lead for ‘Living Well
with Chronic Disease’, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Catalina Cernica
Head of Innovation Labs and Global Project
Director, and CEO of the Health and Happiness
Research Foundation, LEO Innovation Lab
Dr Ceri Batchelder Chris Dayson
Dr Ceri Batchelder
CEO, Connect & Create,
and Royal Society EIR,
University of Sheffield
Chris Dayson
Reader, CRESR & Theme Lead, Healthy &
Active 100, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Chris Dymond Dr Chris Griffiths
Chris Dymond
Founder, Unfolding Ltd and Co-founder &
Director, Sheffield Digital
Dr Chris Griffiths
NHS Senior Research Fellow
Northamptonshire Healthcare
NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Chris Smith Chris Winter
Dr Chris Smith
Head of Department,
Allied Health Professions,
Sheffield Hallam University
Chris Winter
Chairman, Intermedi Group Ltd
Dr Clare Lankester Dr Danielle Miles
Dr Clare Lankester
Senior Project Manager,
Medipex
Dr Danielle Miles
Programme Lead,
Grow MedTech
Darren Chouings David Curtis
Darren Chouings
Business Incubation Manager,
The Hallam i-Lab,
Sheffield Hallam University
David Curtis
Principal Research Fellow,
Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University
David Hobson  David Oates
David Hobson
Project Director, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
David Oates
UK Group Managing Director,
B Braun Group
 Elizabeth Shassere  
Elizabeth Shassere
Founder and CEO/Consultant
Textocracy
 
Gus Desbarats Helen Crampin
Gus Desbarats
Innovation Strategy Consultant, 
Non Exec-Director, 
Alloy Industrial Design & Innovation
Helen Crampin
Innovation and Technology Lead,
Healthy Ageing, Innovate UK
Helen Oldham  Helen Williams
Helen Oldham
Founding Board Director NorthInvest,
Founder, NED, Chair of
Trustees SmartWorks Leeds. Investor.
Helen Williams 
Business Owner, Coach and Investor, 
Helping Entrepreneurs Win
Dr Idalia Dawidowska

Ivan Phelan

Dr Idalia Dawidowska
CEO at Renephra and 
Venture Development Manager, 
Alderley Park Accelerator

Ivan Phelan 
Research Fellow, 
Culture and Creativity Research Institute
Sheffield Hallam University

James Ridgeway

Dr John Hart

James Ridgeway
CTO and Founder at The Curve

Dr John Hart
Senior Research Fellow, 
Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University


 Karen Wilkinson


 Kris Mackay

Karen Wilkinson
Knowledge Transfer Manager – Health, 
Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)


Kris Mackay
Business Growth Manager, 
South Yorkshire Housing Association

Kristin Kaiser


Lee Viney


Kristin Kaiser 
Senior Bid Writer, 
Bid Thinking

Lee Viney 
Regional Manager,
Innovate UK (Yorkshire & Humber 
and the North East)


Leigh Greenwood

Dr Lindsay Georgopoulos


Leigh Greenwood
Owner, Evergreen PR

Dr Lindsay Georgopoulos 
Head of Innovation, Medipex

Lindsey Cook Marc Rocca
Lindsey Cook
Director, Non-Executive Director, Trustee
Wicked Minds Healthcare Consultancy
Marc Rocca 
CEO, Rocca Creative Thinking

Dr Marcus Dunn


Mark Hitchman

Dr Marcus Dunn 
Research Fellow, 
Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University

Mark Hitchman 
Managing Director and Canon Group Executive, 
Canon Medical Systems Europe


Mark Holmshaw


Mel Kanarek


Mark Holmshaw 
Global Executive Adviser, 
Canon Medical Systems


Mel Kanarek 
Director at TigerNash and Sheffield Digital



Melise Jones

Dr Michael Kipping


Melise Jones
Business Development, The Curve



Dr Michael Kipping
Innovation Lead,
Biomedical Catalyst & 
seconded to the MHRA for 
Covid-19 related medical devices


Michelle Kelly


Mike Faulks

Michelle Kelly
Managing Director, 
Bid Thinking


Mike Faulks
CTO and co-founder, 
Ioetec


Morgan Killick


Dr Neville Young


Morgan Killick
Founder & MD, LEVEL UP SOLUTIONS and 
Tech Scale-Up Adviser, Business Sheffield


Dr Neville Young
Director of Enterprise & Innovation, 
Yorkshire & Humber Academic 
Health Science Network (AHSN)



Nick Hamilton


Dr Patrick Trotter



Nick Hamilton
Principal Research Fellow, 
Centre for Sports Engineering  Research
Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Patrick Trotter
Head of Innovation and Commercialisation, 
Medilink North of England


Paul Chaplin

Prof Paul Dimitri


Paul Chaplin
Early Stage Incubation Specialist


Prof Paul Dimitri
Director, NIHR CYP MedTech
National Children’s Specialty Lead, NIHR CRN
Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and 
Director of Research & Innovation, 
Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust


Paul Inness


Paul Ridgeway


Paul Inness
Coach, Mentor, Trainer, 
Intensive Marketing


Paul Ridgeway
Founder and Director, The Curve

Phil Hornby

Philippa Hedley-Takhar

Phil Hornby
Director | Consultant | Trainer, 
SOT Consulting Ltd


Philippa Hedley-Takhar
Business Development Manager,
Devices for Dignity

Richard Basgallop

Prof Rob Copeland

Richard Basgallop
Innovation & Internationalisation 
Specialist, RTC North

Prof Rob Copeland
Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University

Sam Deakin-Hill

Shirley Harrison

Sam Deakin-Hill
Founder and Director, Campus Capital

Shirley Harrison
Company Engagement Manager, 
Advanced Manufacturing Research 
Centre (AMRC)


Dr Simon Choppin

Dr Simon Goodwill

Dr Simon Choppin
Senior Research Fellow, 
Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Simon Goodwill
Director of the Centre for Sports Engineering  Research,
Sheffield Hallam University

Prof Simon Shibli

Stephen Taylor-Parker

Prof Simon Shibli
Head of the Sport Industry Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University

Stephen Taylor-Parker
Head of Business Development, 
Medipex


Tanya Turgoose

Terry Senior

Tanya Turgoose
Industry Operations Manager,
Clinical Research Network

Terry Senior
Principal Research Fellow, 
Centre for Sports Engineering  Research
Sheffield Hallam University

Tim Latham

Dr Toby Stone

Tim Latham
Founder & MD
Datatrainer

Dr Toby Stone
Angel, NED, and tech entrepreneur

Tom Lindley

Dr Victoria Betton

Tom Lindley
Founder & Director, 
TRL Healthcare Innovation

Dr Victoria Betton
Chief innovation officer, 
Mindwave Ventures






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