The board of Innovation Birmingham consists of a handful of specially selected regional influencers, each responsible for steering and directing the activities at the Campus. Each one has been chosen to provide a broad cross section of the skills and experience of, not only Greater Birmingham and it's impressive infrastructure, but also the digital and technology sectors. 

Birmingham is increasingly putting its name on the map as the UK's second city and with a number of impressive redevelopments currently taking place across the city, we're keen to keep the buzz all about Brum!

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Professor Alec Cameron

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at Aston University


Professor Alec Cameron has been Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University since 2016. Prior to this he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia (2013-16) and Dean of the Australian School of Business (2006-13), overseeing its emergence from the integration of academic units at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Cameron has also held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources and Infrastructure) at UNSW, and several senior corporate positions in the IT and telecommunications industry, including at Sun Microsystems Australia, Alcatel Australia, COMindico and Telstra.

Andy Youngman

Director of Sales at KPMG


Andy was the Area Director, SME Banking for Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) and has since moved across to KPMG to lead its regional sales team and is actively involved in the Birmingham business community.


Back in 2009, he represented LBG at the first sitting of the House of Commons’ West Midlands Regional Select Committee, alongside Peter Ibbetson from RBS and Steve Cooper from Barclays. MBA qualified, from Aston Business School, Andy is married to Sue (a teacher), with three children and lives in Sutton Coldfield. Andy’s children are all keen swimmers and he has an active involvement with the local club. 

Carl Potter

National Head of Offices, GVA

Having worked at GVA for over thirty years, Carl is responsible for overlooking the office agency team who are spread out across its 11 UK offices. His day-to-day workload includes liaising with clients from both the public and private sector, advising on occupational or development strategies and the implementation of development and regeneration.


Alongside this, Carl specialises in the Science and Technology Park sector; his personal interest and developed knowledge has enabled him to become involved in the establishment of numerous Parks throughout the Midlands; including Coventry University Technology Park, Malvern Hills Science Park and Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park. Carl is continuously working with other regions to implement a range of other schemes throughout the UK.

Charles De Rohan

CEO at Binding Site 

Charles has been CEO of Birmingham based Binding Site Group since 2010. Employing 600 people, 400 in UK, the company is committed to the research, development, manufacture and distribution of immunodiagnostic serum protein assays. With extensive expertise in antibody specificity technology, Binding Site gives clinicians and laboratory staff tools to improve diagnosis and management of patients across a range of B-cell cancers and immune system disorders. The company has been awarded three Queen’s Awards for innovation and export.

Charles has worked in the diagnostic industry for more than 20 years, having previously been CEO of London-quoted Genetix Group, a very successful life science/diagnostics company that was acquired by Danaher Corporation. Prior to joining Genetix, Charles spent 14 years at Abbott Laboratories’ Diagnostic Division, where he held a number of senior commercial management positions in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Professor David Lock QC


After spending 10 years at the Bar in Birmingham, David was elected as a Member of Parliament and was appointed to be a Minister at the Lord Chancellor’s Department from 1999 to 2001. He has also served as a local councillor and chaired substantial Non-Departmental Public Bodies.  He has also worked within a major law firm; Mills & Reeve, leading the healthcare practice and seeing life from the other side of the solicitor/barrister divide.

David is a recognised specialist in healthcare law and is one of the authors of the present edition of the leading practitioners’ book in the area, Grubb, Laing & McHale.  David is an expert member of the BMA Ethics Committee. He has also appeared in leading cases concerning local government, police, prisoners’ rights and procurement law.

Dr David Hardman MBE

Chief Executive Officer

Moving to Birmingham in 2008 to develop and implement a strategy that would build on the legacy of the third oldest science park in the UK, David Hardman has successfully transformed Aston Science Park into Innovation Birmingham Campus; the region’s leading location for digital and tech companies.

With over 20 years’ experience in knowledge transfer, David Hardman has been working at the interface between applied research and commercial application and exploitation. His expertise and experience has successfully encouraged the creation of appropriate partnerships and infrastructures to promote the development of knowledge-based businesses across a range of sectors including life sciences and, in Birmingham, digital technologies.

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