Smart Innovation Hub – Keele University

Staffordshire County Council: Responding to COVID-19

Keele University’s Entrepreneur in Residence David Lowe and Annette Shipley will be joined by Staffordshire County Council Chief Executive John Henderson.

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Annette Shipley

Entrepreneur in Residence – Keele University

Annette has 35 years of experience running businesses and as a board executive in a wide range of sectors including public, private and employee ownership sectors.

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Along with four others she established a company back in 1990 growing it from four to 5,000 employees over 20 years with a final turnover of £350m. For the last eight years, Annette has run her own business and worked with over 40 SME’s and large corporates as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele University Business School.

David Lowe

Entrepreneur in Residence – Keele University

David has successfully run his own Business Consulting and Coaching Company since 2003, and he is highly regarded locally and regionally as an excellent business partner for...

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anyone seeking to benefit from a powerful combination of objective insight and sound practical experience.

He is a business graduate who started out in the world of mechanical and production engineering, but who today possesses wide ranging business know-how and experience which spans a number of sectors. This includes practical experience of actually managing, growing, and directing a truly diverse range of small businesses, as well as having worked within the larger and more corporate world.
He is a first class problem solver who possesses a rare ability to assimilate wide ranging information and either add strategic value to it, or simply apply it to solve practical day to day difficulties.
As a consultant and coach David has successfully assisted a large number of SME’s over the last 17 years to both grow and to innovate. This included for example being designated as an ‘Enhanced Coach’ under the government’s last national flagship scheme for business support - ‘The Business Growth Service’ incorporating both Growth Accelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
His work as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele has built on that experience, especially in the innovation space, and whatever the project or task David applies his trademark energy, enthusiasm, focus, and commitment to making a real difference.

John Henderson

Chief Executive - Staffordshire County Council

John is Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council one of the UKs largest and most forward-thinking local authorities at a time of enormous change. With a focus on reducing costs, improving leadership...

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trust and confidence from top to bottom, and aligning responsibility, accountability and authority through functional and structural changes.

John previously held a strategic change leadership role bringing the British military presence in Germany to an end after 70 years, working with the UK and German governments, trade unions, armed forces and businesses towards an efficient and smooth transition.
Simultaneously, changing the organisation's culture to make it more commercially aware and customer-facing, in order to sustain and improve the, mostly out-sourced, services to the 45,000 British military community

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