Meet the team
Lorna Green, Commercial Director
Lorna started her career as a State Registered Dietician in the NHS, before moving into the commercial sector. She has worked in a variety of senior management and board roles in sales, marketing and business development before joining Merseyside Special Investment Fund as healthcare business consultant. She then became a self-employed consultant working with SMEs to shape business plans and secure venture capital investment.
Lorna is a director of eHealth Cluster Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation established to support local SMEs in the eHealth sector, and a member of the Knowledge Transfer Network Medical Technology Advisory Board, supporting the translation of medical technologies from the science base through to early adoption. Lorna joined the Innovation Agency in 2014.
Mike Kenny, Associate Commercial Director
Mike Kenny has spent more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry in commercial, partnership and leadership roles. Having studied Genetics and Microbiology at Lancaster University, he also has a successful track record of partnership and collaboration with NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Strategic Clinical Networks.
Mike is proud to the work in the NHS, and believes that the Innovation Agency will be integral in supporting the NHS to overcome health and wellbeing challenges over the next five years.
Mike is married with two children; he is a keen festival goer, and amateur chef, and gives up some of his spare time to support his children’s school with fundraising activities. He is also a former plate spinning world record holder!
Lindsay Sharples, International Commercial Programme Manager
Lindsay has a wealth of experience of both awarding and bidding for grants, working with universities, charities and regional government bodies. She is responsible for our European projects such as StopandGo and Ensafe. Her focus is on developing successful partnerships with academia, research institutes, NHS providers, local authorities and private sector partners to maximise opportunities with local, national, European and international funding.
Lindsay is married with two grown children; is a self-confessed foodie and enjoys cooking.
Steve Adams, Lancashire Commercial Programme Manager
Steve has a clinical background plus more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the medical device industry. Before joining the Innovation Agency he spent several years as a healthcare consultant to the NHS.
Steve is working with partners at Lancaster University and Lancashire County Council to support SMEs to develop innovative healthcare solutions for the NHS.
Steve’s wife Jude is an Executive Director at Salford; they have two teenage children called Ben and Bella, and two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs called Henry and Tess.
Indi Singh, Cheshire Commercial Programme Manager
Having worked as Assistant Director of Finance at NHS Manchester, Indi was responsible for delivering efficiency savings and has also held consultancy posts in various NHS organisations focusing on finance, transformation and efficiency.
A Chartered Accountant, Indi has worked in corporate finance supporting SMEs with funding and business advice, and with large entrepreneurial businesses in a range of sectors.
Indi is married with three sons; in his spare time, he works with local charities and community projects; and he is a keen walker.
Dr Andrew Rose, Sector Manager for Life Sciences and Health, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and the Innovation Agency
Andy's role is to develop the health and life sciences sector across the Liverpool City Region. Previously, he worked at the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, and helped establish the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network HQ at the Institute of Child Health at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
He has worked in industry, NHS and university collaborations in genetics, and for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development in San Diego. Andy received his DPhil from the University of Oxford for studies on cystic fibrosis gene therapy.
Andy is married with one daughter. He enjoys time with family and friends, and has taken up beginner pottery courses. He also enjoys running and swimming; has completed two marathons and once trained with an Olympic swimming medal winner!
Vincent Hollender, Cheshire and Warrington Commercial Project Administrator
Vince is responsible for managing the administrative systems for our ERDF projects with emphasis on monitoring, compliance and audit. He was formerly the ERDF Project Manager managing the development and launch of the High Growth Centre at Thornton Science Park.
Having worked on various ERDF programmes for Cheshire West and Chester Council, Vince has particular experience in compliance and EU best practice, plus regeneration, economic and business development.
Vince has two adult daughters, a teenage son and three grandchildren. Vince was named after the former Widnes Rugby League Player, Vince Karalius - once called the Wild Bull of the Pampas for destroying the Aussie front row during an Ashes tour!
Susan Heath, Commercial Project Administrator
Susan's background is in academia for 21 years, managing and leading business support programmes at the University of Warwick and Coventry University. Susan provides administration and project management for the Innovation Agency’s Liverpool City Region Health Enterprise Hub Innovation Exchange project.
She is experienced in managing business programmes part funded by ERDF, leading on environmental projects, sharing best practice with European countries, and co-ordinating Government-led research.
Sue has two grown children and lives with her partner and a beautiful, rescued German Shepherd dog.