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Our people

Northern Accelerator is delivered by a core project team based at Durham University, supported by an operational delivery group with representatives from each partner institution.


We also have panels of internal and external experts to review applications for pre-incorporation funds and executives into business. 

Operational Delivery Group

Andrew Sugden

Deputy Director (Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation), Teesside University

Chelsea Brain

IP and Commercialisation Manager, Research and Innovation Services Northumbria University

Edwin Milligan

Senior Project Manager

James Kitson

Head of Commercialisation, University of York

Jordan Christie

Northern Accelerator Marketing Manager

Lizzie Withington

Company Creation Manager Newcastle University

Lorraine Morris

Northern Accelerator Project Administrator

Naomi Willis

Senior Technology Transfer Manager, Research and Innovation Services Durham University

Nickola Gray

Strategic Projects and Funding Manager

Richard Baker

Director of Economic Development and Commercialisation at Durham University (Programme Lead)

Rick McCordall

Head of Company Creation Newcastle University