Meet the Team

A group picture of the SME Support team.

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Rooqia Malik

Head of Strategic Projects and Partnerships (Regional)

Tel: 0121 414 3893Email:

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. 

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LiPing Byron-Liu

Project Manager (AMCASH)

Tel: 0121 414 3695Email:

LiPing manages AMCASH, a high value ERDF-funded project in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. As a Project Manager, she provides strategic direction and management to ensure the £6M project delivers in line with four Local Enterprise Partnership guidelines. She is also responsible to the Project Director for delivery of all aspects of this project. LiPing studied Telecommunication at ShenZhen Polytechnic University in P.R. China and International Business Communication at Wolverhampton University. Over the last 12 years, LiPing has worked within the private sector, public sector and higher education where she gained significant experience in project and programme management, business development, strategic services review and strategy development.

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Research Development Officer

Tel: 0121 414 5888Email:

As Research Development Officer for Strategic Funds, Lucy oversees the management and delivery of block grant funding allocated to the University such as the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account and Wellcome Trust Institutional Support Fund. Lucy studied English at the University of Leicester and worked in a variety of research support roles at other Universities before joining the University of Birmingham.

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Business Engagement Manager (Science 2 Industry)

Tel: 07759076531Email:

 As Business Engagement Manager for Science 2 Industry, Paul leads the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Midlands Centre industrial engagement function.  STFC is one of the 7 UKRI research councils and also manages the UK’s big science facilities. The STFC Midlands Centre is hosted by the University of Birmingham and it provides a gateway for businesses to access STFC facilities with Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding where appropriate. Paul has an extensive track record of working for, with and through large complex public sector organisations to deliver economic development outcomes for UK plc. 

A head-shot of Al-AminAl-Amin Dabo

Business Engagement Manager (DIGI-RAIL)

Tel: 0121 414 8540Email:    

Al-Amin is responsible for business engagement activities in the Digital Rail Demand-led Demonstrator (DIGI-RAIL) project, which showcases and offers long-term technical and innovation support to businesses looking to develop digital products and services for the rail industry. Prior to his time here, Al-Amin worked in the business engagement arena with the European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University.

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Research Development Administrator 

Tel: 0121 414 9545Email:

As Research Development Administrator, Ben oversees post-award support for the University’s portfolio of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, coordinating project set up processes and ongoing support across a variety of projects. Ben also supports the delivery of block grant funding allocated to the University. Ben joined the University of Birmingham in 2015 and worked in a range of student administration roles before moving into research support. 

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Phil Hamilton

Business Engagement Manager (AMTECAA)

Tel: 0121 414 4238Email:

As Business Engagement Manager for the AMTECAA programme, Phil supports manufacturing SMEs looking to develop new products and processes using advanced manufacturing technologies including: Additive, Subtractive and Hybrid Manufacturing; Surface Engineering; and Robotics & Automation. Prior to this role, Phil worked for Warwick Manufacturing Group and a midlands-based SME in the surface engineering sector.

A head-shot of RebeccaRebecca Jevons

Project Manager (CIAMM)


As a Project Manager in the School of Physics and Astronomy, Rebecca supports a team of academics and business engagement managers to deliver CIAMM, a project seeking to increase the use of quantum technology among SMEs in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area. Rebecca studied at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies before working in various countries across West Africa for several years in international development.

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Business Engagement Manager (KTP)

Tel: 0121 414 5070 Email:

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 ERDF and 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. 

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Julian Moore

Business Engagement Manager (CIAMM)

Tel: 0121 415 9922Email:

As Business Engagement Manager for The Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM) project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund,  Julian provides opportunities for SMEs to explore and develop their measurement, inspection and monitoring capabilities through access to technical support, world-class facilities and specialist technologies, including quantum. Julian studied Business and Marketing at the University of Wolverhampton and following successes within the soft drinks, social housing and community regeneration sectors, has spent the last 17 years developing and promoting successful engagements between academia and industry (SMEs) for West Midlands-based higher education establishments. 

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Business Engagement Manager (ARLI)

Tel: 07970 397 600Email:

As Business Engagement Manager in the ARLI project (Civil Engineering), Jon manages the relationship with organisations, supporting their engagement in the exciting Alternative Raw materials with Low Impact (ARLI) project, driving the delivery of innovations and research collaborations in Waste, Materials, Construction & Infrastructure. Jon studied Biology (BSc Hons) and Environmental Sciences (MSc) at the University of Southampton, before working as a Sustainability Consultant on international projects and then nationally within the Construction and Waste Management sectors.

A head-shot of DerekDerek Sear

Business Engagement Manager (MD-TEC)

Tel: 07763 012 546Email:

As Business Engagement Manager for MD–TEC, Derek fosters relationships between University academics and SMEs to support medical technology and Life Science businesses across the region.  Support ranges from intellectual property, concept development, design of experiments, usability (user) studies and human factors engineering, clinical trials, funding opportunities, certification (CE mark) and quality implementation.  Derek studied Business at Wolverhampton University and has worked at a senior level in the private sector for some of the UK’s fastest growing businesses.

A head-shot of MilaMilla Shah

Project Manager (AMTECAA)

Tel: 0121 415 8301Email:

 As Project Manager for AMTECAA, Milla manages the £7.0m ESIF project focusing on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies to Create, Activate and Automate that applies to many different sectors. Milla has previously held a number of roles including Research, Business, Innovation and Project Manager with extensive experience of working in many industrial sectors, academic and multi-disciplined environments.

A head-shot of DavidDavid Terry

Business Engagement Manager (ATETA)

Tel: 07973 984 485Email:

As Business Engagement Manager for ATETA, David works to engage and support Small and Medium sized businesses by deploying researchers and laboratory facilities from the Birmingham Energy Institute. ATETA is delivered by eight business-facing post-doctoral Knowledge Exchange Fellows from Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  David has over 20 years’ experience supporting low carbon research and commercialisation.

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Project Manager (DIGI-RAIL)

Tel: 0121 414 4247Email:

As Project Manager for DIGI-RAIL, Louise provides strategic direction and management to ensure that the DIGI-RAIL Project delivers in line with ERDF guidelines as well as the objectives of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and Black Country LEP areas. Louise studied Business Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, achieved a Post-Graduate Certificate in HR and has project management experience in Horizon 2020 and FP7. 

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Project Manager (ARLI)

Tel: 0121 415 8999Email:

Marifé joined the University of Birmingham in 2017 to work as Project Manager for the ERDF-funded ARLI project for the School of Engineering. Marifé originally studied Business Administration and Finance at the Basque Country University and is a qualified Prince2 Practitioner. Over the last 20 years, Marifé has managed collaborative international projects and institutions. She has worked in universities and also as an external consultant in the private sector. Her area of expertise is regional development (SMEs and microbusinesses).