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

Managing Director

With a background in engineering and manufacturing management, Simon brings years of experience to the team.
Simon Coward outside Hethel Engineering Centre

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.
Alice Reeve demonstrates a new technology

Jordan Sharman

Innovation Facilitator

Jordan graduated with a BA Business with Marketing degree from the University of Greenwich in 2018. Jordan supports on the Liquid Enterprise network, delivering training, coordinating workshops and identifying growth opportunities for the region’s startups and SMEs.
Jordan at a board

Abygail Hadley

Project Coordinator

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

Sam Currall

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 focused.
Sam Currall writing on a whiteboard

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.

Katherine Lower

Sector Development Manager - Clean Tech

Katherine joined HIL as a year in industry placement from Bournemouth 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
Katherine giving a tour

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.
Aaron Hunter Presenting a masterclass

Matt Looker

Sector Facilitator - 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.
Matt Looker presenting

Supported by the EU

Current Projects

Past Projects

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