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


Iain Mansell


Devon Geary

Network and Partnerships Manager

Simon Spink

Business Support for Innovation Coordinator

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Karn Sylvester

Communications Assistant

Keerti Rajput

Events Assistant

WMCA Programme Team

The WMCA programme team is lead by WMCA Innovation Lead, Jamie Elliott and his colleague Wajahat Ali. Together the programme team run the internal processes at WMCA to enable WMIP processes to flow and projects and activity to be delivered. In addition the programme team facilitates the Innovation Board.

Jamie Elliot

Innovation Lead


Wajahat Ali

Project Support Officer

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

Jenny Illingsworth

VIT Lead – Rail

Louis Gyoh

VIT Lead – Construction

Alan Carr

VIT Lead – Low Carbon

Tim Luft

VIT Lead – Creative

Emma Yeap

VIT Lead – Health

Hilary Smyth Allen


Liz McArdle

VIT Lead – Manufacturing

Chris Lane

VIT Lead – Mobility



IAWM is not a legal entity but operates via an accountable body, The West Midlands Combined Authority, on behalf of WMCA, the 3 Local Enterprise Partnerships and other resourcing partners.


IAWM’s Steering 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. The Steering Group will include representatives of resourcing organisations, independent business members, the InnovateUK regional Manager and the Director, and Chaired by Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium.