Our People

Our people are here to bring your green ideas to life, whether that's one of our Innovation Managers becoming an extension of your team as you develop a project, our events team guiding you through conference planning, or the experts in InventX giving advice on our advanced technology.

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Lead Team

Our lead team make sure the Aura Innovation Centre is at the forefront of innovation.

Louise Smith


Louise has spent most of her 30 year career working on some of the country’s largest and most ground-breaking energy industry projects, including decommissioning, COMAH, carbon capture and bioethanol. One of the founding members of the Aura team, she is passionate about the Humber’s role and contribution to decarbonising the UK through collaboration and innovation.

Sarah Clark

Head of Operations

Sarah runs the Aura Innovation Centre, supporting the development of green innovation for SMEs. She’s a Commissioner on the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission, advancing the region’s climate leadership.

Professor James Gilbert

Research, Development & Innovation Lead for Aura

Jim’s 30 year research career in engineering has seen him tackle a wide range of challenges, currently overseeing a £1.25m project on offshore wind turbine blade construction with Siemens Gamesa.

Innovation Managers

Our Innovation Managers are the link between your business and the research power of the University of Hull, becoming an extension of your team to help deliver your project. Contact them if you have a green idea that you want to bring to life.

Anton James

InventX Sales Lead

Paul Thorpe

Employer Engagement Advisor

Richard Webster

Freeport Advisor

Marketing and Events Team

Our marketing and events team are on hand to help you with PR related queries, branding and services and will help you design your perfect bespoke event, from booking simple meetings to organising large-scale conferences. Call now on 01482 464700.

Roselyn Shallcross

Marketing and Events Co-Ordinator

Joanne Clemenson

Events and Marketing Co-Ordinator

InventX Team

Our InventX innovation space has everything you need to help get your idea off the ground, from 3D printers to microscopy, circuit board reworking to elemental analysis.

Brian Houston

InventX Manager & Knowledge Exchange Lecturer

Kerry Gardner

InventX Co-ordinator

Sally Butterick

Facility Supervisor

Col Bellwood

Facility Supervisor

Amber Jones

InventX Fluid Technician

Aura Innovation Centre Operations Team

Keeping the Aura Innovation Centre running smoothly.

Rebecca Bellwood

Reception & Facility Co-Ordinator

David Ovuakporie

Finance and Audit Officer

Mary Debenham

Finance and Audit Officer

Tilly Costigan

Operations Co-Ordinator

Paul Smeeton

Programme Manager

Our brand family

Aura Innovation Centre

The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC) brings green ideas to life, giving businesses easy access to cutting-edge facilities, specialist funded support and a space to innovate and collaborate.

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Funding to help Humber SMEs improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes.

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Flood Innovation Centre

Helping your business become more flood resilient, and supporting development of new products and services in flood resilience.

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Humber Internships Programme is an on-demand programme offering skills-matched degree-level talent for small-medium sized businesses for short-term or permanent hire.

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A partnership between the University of Hull and Humberside Fire & Rescue to deliver a purpose-built National Flood Resilience Centre.

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The Enterprise Centre

Supporting new businesses to enhance enterprise skills and inspire business start ups.

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Energy and Environment Institute

Bringing together leading interdisciplinary academics to tackle global issues surrounding climate change.

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A team of experienced professionals leading the way in digital solutions.

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From simple meetings to large scale conferences, we deliver the perfect event

Get in touch with our events team and we will work with you to create your event exactly as you want it. Give our team a call on 01482 464700.

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