Meet the Team

Our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to assist you in accessing the right support for your business. Scroll down to see their profiles and areas of expertise!
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Karen Lockley

Business Development Officer

My role is to support businesses through the application process to access academic support and grant funding. The Productivity Programme is a great way for SMEs to access support to help them bring their new ideas to fruition.

Charli Whittaker

Business Development Officer

My role is to support businesses in accessing academic expertise and grant funding to enable SMEs to do things differently. This will help the business drive productivity and investment and help deliver their growth ambitions.

Sue Cadd

Enterprise Manager

My role is to raise awareness across Greater Lincolnshire by delivering a series of events to encourage innovative thinking and the sharing of best practice.  This includes the annual ‘Doing it Differently’ Conference and a series  of sector based and business hosted seminars and workshops.  These are designed to encourage and stimulate new investment into activities leading to R&D, innovation and higher level skills.

Lesley O’Donnell

Employment Opportunities Manager

I work within the Careers and Employability Team at the University and I’m responsible for managing the Graduate Internship funding element of the Productivity Programme. I work with businesses to explore the benefits of graduate employment, how to recruit talent to their business and support with the funding process.

Paul Smith

Business Support Advisor

My role is to provide 12 hours’ of business support and advice to businesses enrolled on the Productivity Programme. The programme is perfect for helping businesses that are looking for investment and that need guidance on ways to get it. From pitch preparation to networking, our team are happy to help!

Laura Mallaburn

Business Angel Network Manager

My role is to connect businesses that need funding, with private investors (known as Business Angels) who are looking for their next investment opportunity. I provide business support and advice to get businesses ‘investment ready’ before introducing them to the Business Angel Network for investment consideration.


The Productivity Programme for Greater Lincolnshire is funded through the European Regional Development Fund

To fit with their eligibility criteria a business must be:

  • Based within Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire
  • An SME; employing fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50m
  • In receipt of less than €200k of De Minimis state aid in the past 3 years.
  • A business must not be based in the following sectors:

  • Fishery and aquaculture sectors supported by the European Fisheries Fund
  • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, supported by EAFRD
  • Coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors
  • The synthetic fibres sector
  • Generalised (school age) education
  • Banking and insurance companies
  • Retail business or retail service business such as restaurants, hairdressers etc.
  • The programme cannot support replacement/upgrade of existing like for like machinery or any activity/purchase which is considered as an every day business activity.

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