Strategic Economic Development Directorate

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What We Do

The Strategic Economic Development Directorate is responsible for securing external funding for the University, across all of its campuses, overseeing contractual compliance and delivery, as well as development and delivery of Graduate Apprenticeships and Health sector innovation activities. The Department is involved with both capital and revenue projects, typically focused on developing and implementing new strategic activities for the University within the economic development field.

It is the responsibility of the Department, working with the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Management Team, to ensure the University is informed of and aligned with relevant related national and international policies affecting Higher Education, including those of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Education. The Department also ensures that the University is in a strong position to help shape future agendas and lever funding for projects.


 Activities Include:

  • Funding contract management and compliance, project delivery
  • Degree Apprenticeships development and delivery
  • Project scoping development and external funding applications
  • Health and Medical Innovation developments


Working with:

  • Local stakeholders, including Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, local Councils and chambers of commerce
  • Public and private organisations, including industry bodies, SMEs, large corporates and policy setters
  • Regional, national and international funding bodies
  • Other universities and colleges
  • Students
  • Graduates
  • Health sector stakeholders



Name Job Title Number
Charlie Woodcock Senior Executive Director 01244 512211
Joseph McArdle Director of Health & Medical Innovation 01244 513878
Melissa Crellin Head of Engagement and Local Growth 01244 513573
Maud Duthie Programme Manager 01244 512967 
Janet Morris Head of Apprenticeships 01244 512213
Jane Pearson Project Development Manager 01244 512217
Aida Javorskiene Project Development Manager 01244 512165
Rebecca Wilcock Project Coordinator (ERDF Business Growth Programme) 01244 513752
Sarah Kirkup Project Development Co-ordinator 01244 511946
Kate McKay Degree Apprenticeships Officer 01244 512212
Naomi Retourné Departmental Administrator 01244 513577
Sophie Kaye Administrative Assistant 01244 512434



The Strategic Economic Development Directorate has helped the University to secure several areas of externally-funded activity and has introduced new streams of activity. Many of these projects go on to be delivered by other areas of the University.


Visit our Twitter account @UoCSEDD to find out the latest updates.