The Team

Core Executive

The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM) is an alliance of organisations active or interested in science and technology based innovation across the West Midlands. The core Executive Team’s role is to catalyse, enable and support the Innovation Alliance. The team members are resourced by and shared with a range of our partner organisations.

Dr Pam Waddell OBE

IAWM Director

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Iain Mansell

WMCA WMIP Project Lead

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Valentina Barker

Assistant Delivery Manager (WMIP)

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Simon Spink

Innovation & Tech Ecosystem Partner

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Gloria Okafor

Project Support Officer – WMIP

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Rosvaldas Povilionis

Events & Partnership Officer

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Karn Sylvester

Digital Communications Executive

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Charles Jeynes

Communications and Monitoring Officer

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Virtual Innovation Team

The Virtual Innovation Team comprises business facing innovation experts hosted by a range of regional cluster/ sector bodies. Between them they will support businesses in all the sectors and major market opportunities of the WM Local Industrial Strategy to recover and grow through innovation.

Andrew Mair

VIT Lead – Aerospace

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Rachel Eade

VIT Lead – Rail

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Naomi Nash

VIT Lead – Digital

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Louis Gyoh

VIT Lead – Construction

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Beck Collins

VIT Lead – Low Carbon

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Tim Luft

VIT Lead – Creative

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Emma Yeap

VIT Lead – Health

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Hilary Smyth-Allen


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Gareth Thomas

VIT Lead – Manufacturing

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Chris Lane

VIT Lead – Mobility

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IAWM’s Advisory Group will steer, oversee and connect IAWM activities and will work with the Executive Team to develop the networks and activities of the IAWM to meet the needs of the sponsoring partners and the wider innovation community in the region.