turning ideas into innovations

Hethel Innovation partners with organisations hungry for growth.

We support the innovation of new products, brands, services, and business models, and help our partners build their in-house innovation capabilities.


Offering leadership in both technical project design/management and content delivery.


Enabling businesses to develop and exploit hi-tech ideas and undergo invention.


Managing incubation space and providing bespoke business support, including sourcing funding.


Deliver and facilitate training and development of the future high skilled workforce.

The Team

Simon Coward

Simon Coward

Managing Director

With a background in engineering & manufacturing managment, Simon brings years of experience to the team.

Alice Reeve

Alice Reeve

ERDF Program Manager

Alice recently graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences from UEA. Alice is passionate about low-carbon technologies and what innovation has in store for the future circular economy.

William Taitt

William Taitt

Sector Development Manager - Infotech

William has worked in variety of electronic focused roles. When he’s not delivering training, Will is working with ICT businesses, helping them to grow.

Abygail Hadley

Abygail Hadley

Project Coordinator

After studing Environmental Science at UEA, Abygail now supports the creation of start-up businesses and high skilled, knowledge based jobs and encourages innovation across the East of England.

Aaron Hunter

Aaron Hunter

Sector Development Manager - Biotech & the Bioeconomy

Since graduating in 2012 with a Biology degree from UEA, Aaron has held a variety of research and communication roles. Aaron works with Norwich Research Park to accelerate adoption of biotechnology and support the regional bioeconomy.

Sam Curral

Sam Curral

Commercialisation Program Manager

Sam graduated with a BSc Psychology degree from the University of Derby in 2016 and joined the HIL team later that year. Currently involved with the LEAP program, he is working with public sector services and aiding them in their respective transitional periods to becoming more commercially focussed.

Katherine Lower

Katherine Lower

Sector Development Manager - Clean Tech

Katherine joined HIL as a year in industry placement from Bournmouth University. At Hethel Innovation, Katherine is leading Cleantech East, a sector network bringing together businesses, researchers, and students to expand clean technology in the East.

Matt Looker

Matt Looker

Sector Development Manager - Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

After graduating from The University of East Anglia with a Bachelors in Energy Engineering with Environmental Management, Matt joined the NAAME project at Hethel Innovation Ltd. As the NAAME Network Coordinator, Matt provides support to manufacturing and engineering businesses in New Anglia.

Oli Rix

Oli Rix

Innovation Coordinator

Having studied an MSc Environmental Science at UEA, Oli joined the HIL team in 2017. Oli is coordinating Hethel Innovation’s skills and education projects, working with businesses and schools to raise young people’s employability, and encourage enterprise and innovation in schools.

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