Oxford Innovation coaches

Alan Bartlett

Principal Coach

Alan spent his industrial and commercial career as an engineer and manager, working in the research, design and development of electrical products.

Andrew Baxter

Business Coach - Operational Excellence team

Andrew started his career at ICI’s Group Environmental Laboratory in Devon as an analytical chemist before moving to Scandinavia where he worked for a multinational packaging company.

Alan Street

Business Coach

Alan has expertise in best practise project management, financial management, new product introduction processes, matrix management and customer relationship management in leisure, manufacturing and technology markets.

Andrew Upton

Business Coach - Leadership and Management Excellence team

Andrew supports ambitious new, small and medium sized businesses to identify and plan for significant growth and how to overcome potential barriers.

Angela Hsiao

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Angela is an experienced media and marketing professional. Previously based in London, she led on global media strategy and execution for EMEA countries on tech and entertainment brands Intel, Sony, Pepsi, Disney and Electronic Arts.

Beverley Warne

Business Coach - Leadership and Management Excellence team

Beverley Warne was born and brought up in Cornwall and after school studied for a Bilingual Secretarial Diploma in French and German at South Devon College.

Clare Whitney

Business Coach - Operational Excellence team

Clare has worked with a number of successful entrepreneurs in both Cornwall and the USA helping launch new companies, products and services.

Gill Hall

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Gill specialises in business-to-business marketing and has over 20 years’ experience working in senior roles in both SMEs and large corporates.

Helen Stembridge

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Helen is an experienced senior leader with significant sales and marketing experience across both the public and private sectors in complex and competitive environments.

Jim Payton

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Jim is an experienced business coach with a 19-year career in developing and improving people and organisations from start-up to export.

Joe Dennett

Business Coach - Operational Excellence team

From 1989 and throughout the digital revolution, Joe has worked for ‘in-house’ and ‘outsourced’ broadcast engineering operations with Channel4, Discovery, Disney and Sony.

Karen Biggs

Business Coach - Operational Excellence team

Karen is an experienced business leader who has operated in senior management roles, particularly in leadership and management developing business strategy and implementing change management to ensure sustainable but rapid business growth.

Louise Hutton-Bailey

Coach Team Leader - Operational Excellence team

Louise is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  She has spent her career in delivery and leadership roles within design and manufacturing environments, more recently within the highly regulated medical device industry.

Luis Gordon

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Luis is a positive and professional retail and service delivery manager with over 40 years of retail experience. He has worked for some of the UK’s top retailers, such as Marks and Spencer, the Boots Group and Halfords.

Martin Williams

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Martin has worked in marketing for more than 20 years. He began his career in bookselling with Bertelsmann, work which won a Royal Mail/DMA award.

Matthew Porter

Business Coach - Leadership and Management Excellence team

Matthew has a wealth of commercial experience and is passionate about helping small- and medium-sized businesses realise their full potential.

Meredydd Jones

Business Coach - Operational Excellence team

Meredydd specialises in fast-growing companies who require assistance in developing their strategy. He is experienced in grooming boards seeking to raise capital from external sources.

Mike Jobson

Business Coach - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Mike started his career as an IT Engineer at NCR. From there he worked in sales, marketing and management roles with Alcan and Colgate Palmolive Ltd, moving on to Guinness G.B.

Paul Cullen

Business Coach

An experienced CEO and Managing Director, Paul specialises in business development and has more than 32 years’ experience at senior board level in small and large business enterprises.

Paul Perkin

Business Coach

During the last decade Paul has coached the founders of a number of start-up and early stage businesses and acted as adviser, chiefly in the areas of business planning operations and HR.

Peter Turpie

Coach Team Leader - Strategy, Marketing and Sales team

Peter is a generalist having spent the last eight years as a regional general manager in an international context, holding CEO and MD appointments. His commercial experience includes defence, security and transportation.

Richard Reed

Business Coach

Richard trained as an earth scientist and engineer and has been involved in the natural resources industries for most of his working life, helping to develop a Cornish company into a significant part of the local economy.

Samphire Amps


CIM Chartered Marketer Samphire Amps has been working in marketing for over 20 years. She has worked with all types of organisations, from tiny start-ups to multinational blue-chip companies and public-sector organisations.

Sarah Pryce

Business Coach - Leadership and Management Excellence team

Sarah describes herself as a ‘people and change specialist’. A Chartered Fellow of CIPD, with an MSc in Strategic Personnel and Development.

Sara Webb

Coach Team Leader - Leadership and Management Excellence team

Sara’s expertise lies within understanding the customer’s journey, leadership and project development life cycle all with a focus on proven strategies for business growth.

Sarah Wilkinson

Programme Delivery Manager

Sarah is the Delivery Manager for the Transform Programme. Her key areas of expertise include: creating & managing teams, managing change, vendor management and global business operations.

Theda Gray

Business Coach - Operational Excellence team

Theda uses the discipline of management accounting to encourage sound strategic decision making. Her specialisms are within business strategy and understanding of financial performance.

William Cairley

Business Coach - Leadership and Management Excellence team

William joined Oxford Innovation in January 2011 as a Business Coach and Advisor on the Grow Cornwall programmes specialising in ICT and Outsource Tendering.

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