Former AWM director to lead European push at Birmingham Science Park

BIRMINGHAM Science Park has appointed former Advantage West Midlands (AWM) director Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar to lead its European projects team.

Lyttle-Breukelaar has extensive experience in facilitating and leading large-scale regional regeneration projects and programmes. She also specialises in developing and managing European partnerships and funding proposals, helped by her fluency in six languages.

As a director of the regional development agency, she worked with developers, planning authorities, funders and the local business community. Her responsibilities in the organisation included managing the business cluster agenda and overseeing various multi-million European Regional Development Fund projects and schemes within the West Midlands.

Her remit as European projects manager at Birmingham Science Park will cover all interactions on behalf of the science park with European regions and partners.

She will have responsibility for coordinating projects with both the public and private sector, as well as developing and delivering strategies with a wide range of stakeholders, including research organisations and third sector bodies within the West Midlands.

And she will represent the West Midlands as one of six European regions in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s multi-million Euro ‘Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC)’ programme. This programme provides specific support for West Midlands based innovators, entrepreneurs and innovative businesses working on technologies and products that will address climate change concerns.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Birmingham Science Park said: “I am delighted to welcome Henriette to our team and have no doubt she will make a significant and positive contribution to our work.

“It is important for us and for the Midlands as a whole to continue to build on our European networks to ensure we are able to participate in and receive the benefits of wider collaborative projects and investment streams.

“These activities and our involvement in facilitating them are crucial in delivering the city’s economic objectives by stimulating knowledge growth and job creation.”