About us


University of Birmingham Enterprise provides an end-to-end service for academic innovators, including practical and financial support for proof of concept studies and market research, training for academics, incubation services and facilities for hi tech and biomedical startups.

University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd is the new name of Alta Innovations Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Birmingham.

Our people

CEO, University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd


David Coleman

David Coleman

David has been with the organisation since 2010, initially as Head of Spinout Portfolio, then Head of Enterprise Acceleration before taking over as CEO in February 2021.  David has over 20 years' experience in university technology transfer and commercialisation, from licensing, start-up development and growth, to business incubation, and investment. He's also an experienced non-executive director (currently on the board of Irresistible Materials Ltd and Linear Diagnostics Ltd).  

Head of Intellectual Property Services

Dr Jonathan WatkinsDr Jonathan Watkins

Formerly a research chemist and new product development manager, Jonathan has worked for the University of Birmingham since 2002. In addition to identifying, developing and commercialising IP, Jonathan is also highly experienced in licensing out technology, setting up spin-out and start-up companies and arranging other types of commercial contracts.

Head of Enterprise Acceleration 

Jerel WhittinghamJerel Whittingham

Jerel has over 25 years’ experience with early stage, technology-based businesses in both investor and operational roles , building on prior innovation, strategy and business development functions. He is experienced with the University/business interface plus raising investment and in managing relationships with key stakeholders and professional advisers. He has served on the Boards of several companies including 2 PLCs.

Head of Academic Consultancy

Jerel WhittinghamVincent Coole

Vincent is responsible for organising and managing the Academic Consultancy Service and its staff at UoBE. Vincent is responsible for the successful completion and management of all consultancy agreements with industry on behalf of the University’s academic members of staff. Vincent is also responsible for the launch and management of UoBE’s Operating Divisions. Vincent joined UoBE in 2021.

Head of Birmingham Research Park

Angie ReynoldsAngie Reynolds

Angie has over 20 years of property experience, and has managed a number of landmark buildings in the Birmingham area. She joined the Birmingham Research Park in 2015.

Reputation & Communications Development Manager

Ruth AshtonRuth Ashton

Ruth is a communications, media relations and content specialist with over 20 years’ experience in science, technology, environmental, and pharmaceutical communications. She joined the University of Birmingham in 2016.


Mr John Powell (Chair)

Prof David Adams

Dr David Brown

Prof Stephen Jarvis

Mrs Brenda Reynolds

Mr Andrew Sleigh