Meet the Team

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Rooqia Malik

Head of Strategic Projects and Partnerships (Regional)


As Head of Strategic Projects and Partnerships, Rooqia works with academics, researchers, industry and professional services to develop regionally led strategic opportunities leading to research innovation, business support and product development and processes. Over the last 20 years Rooqia has worked within further education and various government agencies on policy, project management and change transformation. 


Sureena Small

Sureena Sohal

Project Manager


Sureena previously worked for the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium as a Team Leader of the Project Management Office, which delivered the Manufacturing Advisory Service programme. Prior to this she worked on delivering the Business Link contract at Advantage West Midlands, again supporting West Midlands based SMEs. Sureena is responsible for providing strategic direction and management to ensure that the business support projects deliver in line with guidelines.

Thomas Porter

Project Manager


LoreleiDr Lorelei Gherman

Business Engagement Manager

Tel: 07748 328818

Lorelei has 13 years of research and engineering experience, having worked in technology transfer projects involving both academia and industry. She has taken a special interest in bringing innovation to SMEs and is keen on using her research and engineering expertise in supporting knowledge exchange and industrial collaborations. She is experienced in accelerating impact and research opportunities, helping develop projects from pitch to market.   

A head-shot of KateKate Jermey

Business Engagement Manager (KTP)

Tel: 07818 580260Email:

Kate works with businesses, specifically SMEs, to help them innovate and grow by accessing the facilities and expertise available at the University of Birmingham, as well as engaging with the regional and national funding programmes which can support R&D activity. Working specifically with Innovate UK funding schemes, Kate can work with you to understand the challenge facing the business, and help identify the right academics for the job, and to apply for the right grant. Kate also runs the University of Birmingham Business Club, a regular networking event for businesses and academics to get together to discuss topics of interest. 

Klaudia Boguta

Research Development Administrator (KTP)