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Meet the Team

Get to know the Innovate Stockport team and business support experts.

John Booth

Centre Manager
Stockport Business & Innovation Centre
Merchants House

John has worked both in small family run business’s and huge organisations, such as Royal Mail and the NHS. He has many years’ management experience, heading up multi-site operations and large modern contact centres. John really enjoys working with people and enjoys the challenge being part of something special here in Stockport.

Rob Kates

Centre Manager
Merseyway Innovation Centre

Rob comes from a background in theatre production and event work. His knack for getting things done and finding solutions fits perfectly with his friendly and sociable personality. He’s all about building a strong community and forming valuable relationships at the centre. He’s also really keen on seeing businesses support each other and sharing success stories that come from the power of relationships. Outside of work, Rob will be playing football, DIYing, or spending time with his family.

Liz Wood

Assistant Centre Manager
Stockport Business & Innovation Centre

Liz joined Oxford Innovation in August 2013 and is responsible for the daily operations within the centre. Prior to this, she worked for many happy years in international banking and more recently with regionally focused public sector organisations hosted by Stockport MBC. Liz is lucky to live in the Peak District, so outside of work she does lots of walking and goes to lots of gigs.
 

Gordana Maljkovic

Assistant Centre Manager
Merseyway Innovation Centre

Gordana blends years of corporate hospitality and customer service experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hotel Business. Her business acumen and warm, people-oriented personality create an environment primed for growth and collaboration. She enjoys helping customers with any day-to-day queries and oversees events and meetings at Merseyway Innovation Centre. In her spare time, Gordana is kept busy with her family and likes travelling.

Bernard Page

Innovation Director
Stockport Business & Innovation Centre
Bernard provides dedicated support to the community of businesses across the Stockport & Business Innovation Centre. He is the founder of his own marketing consultancy business and specialises in marketing, strategy and innovation – essential pillars for the growth and success of any business! Bernard also is a lecturer in business and marketing at University Academy 92. Equipped with an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University, his goal is to empower businesses within the community to thrive. Whether you’re looking for strategic guidance, innovative solutions, marketing support or just a chat, Bernard is here to help navigate the ever-evolving business landscape.
 

Naomi Timperley

Innovation Director
Merseyway Innovation Centre

Naomi has been a mentor for 12 years and has mentored hundreds of businesses. She is a highly experienced growth and innovation consultant and has extensive experience working with start-ups and growth businesses – particularly in the tech, digital and creative sectors.

Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates and We Are GSI Ltd., Naomi is proud to be in the top 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, 2019, 2020; 3rd most influential woman in 2021; and 4th in 2022.  She is an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School and sits on the board of the Industry Advisory Board. Naomi also sits on the board of charity Digital Inc, VocalEyes CIC, and Stockport-based Social Enterprise PIE.

Lynn Forbes

Customer Experience Assistant
Stockport Business & Innovation Centre
Lynn is a morning Customer Experience Assistant and joined the team at Stockport Business & Innovation Centre in February 2016. She loves that the centre has a warm and friendly atmosphere with a great sense of community amongst our customers and visitors. She previously worked within the NHS, at Doctors Surgeries and a very busy Accident and Emergency Department. Lynn then took a 2 year break and moved to Baku, Azerbaijan, which was a fantastic experience for her. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
 

Jillian McNeil

Customer Experience Assistant
Stockport Business & Innovation Centre
Jill started at SBIC as the afternoon receptionist in November 2016. Previously she has worked in retail, the library service and in health support. She has a wealth of experience in customer service and enjoys interacting with our tenants and being part of the team at Stockport. Jill’s hobbies include amateur dramatics in which she writes pantomimes and the occasional play, working both on and off stage. She also is a keen motorsport fan, and volunteers to work in the safety car at club level meets many weekends during the racing season.
 

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