The team

  • Leigh Brown

    PA to Enterprise Manager - 0114 222 4036

    Leigh manages the USE admin team. In addition to this Leigh also acts as PA to the Head of Enterprise, Sara Pates.

  • Sarah Ward

    Receptionist & Project Administrator - 0114 222 4040

    Sarah manages our busy reception and provides administration support across all USE activities.

  • Chrissie Elliott

    Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Researcher & CREATE Lead - 0114 222 4041

    Chrissie conducts research into Enterprise and Entrepreneurship education for the department. Currently she is working on a research project looking into 'The TUoS Student's Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Journey'. In addition, Chrissie draws on her expertise in Human-Centred Design to deliver workshops based around Design Thinking to deliver the USE CREATE programme.

  • Anna Nibbs FHEA

    Enterprise Learning Development Officer - 0114 222 4031

    Anna works with academic staff as a member of the USE Academy, supporting the design, development and delivery of modules to enable students to develop enterprise capabilities through their core subject discipline, and developing networks of staff interested in professional development in enterprise education. Her responsibilities also include enterprise-related teaching delivery within academic departments, management of team-wide information management and reporting systems, and teaching on USE's own credit-bearing module, Making Ideas Happen.

  • Dr. Alison Riley FHEA

    Enterprise Education Manager - 0114 222 4035

    Ali manages the Enterprise Skills Team, which delivers enterprise skills development education both within and outside the curriculum. The USE Academy is an integral part of this delivery, and through this Ali supports academics to embed the development of enterprise capabilities within the taught curriculum.

  • Dr Gary C Wood SFHEA

    Enterprise Education Developer - 0114 222 4033

    Gary is a member of the Enterprise Skills Team and Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA). As an experienced educational developer, he works with academic staff, students, and external partners to develop, deliver, and support enterprise learning experiences within taught curricula and co-curricular programmes. He creates learning experiences that challenge students to apply their academic learning in innovative ways, and enable academic colleagues to enhance and develop their teaching practice, whilst building their skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

  • Darren Chouings

    Startup Coach - Social Enterprise Specialist - 07837079885

    Darren Chouings leads startup support for social entrepreneurs at The University of Sheffield. Alongside supporting the development of these businesses, Darren also designs acceleration programmes that support local enterprise and international partner institutions. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Darren also manages a UK based international contemporary art events programme (PRISM) and works as a freelance animator and production manager...

  • Samantha Deakin Hill

    Startup Coach - Tech and high growth specialist - 0114 222 4034

    Samantha Deakin heads up startup support for creative and digital entrepreneurs at The University of Sheffield. She coaches high-growth potential tech startups from concept to investment as well as running lean startup and customer development programmes for student and graduate entrepreneurs. Passionate about nurturing the startup scene in Sheffield, Samantha founded entrepreneurial hackathon Startup Weekend Sheffield, regular meetup Startup in the Pub and the curated startup events newsletter Startup Digest. She is a founding partner at early stage venture capital firm, Campus Capital.

  • Janet Grant

    Business Incubation Manager and Startup Coach - 0114 222 4034

    Janet is one of our SFEDI accredited business advisors who provides 1-1 business support, specialist advice, information and guidance to our students and graduates to help them develop, start and maintain their own sustainable businesses. Janet also guides and liaises with International graduates who have been accepted and granted a UKBA Graduate Entrepreneurship Visa. Outside of the University, Janet runs, along with her husband, the family construction business.

  • Sara Pates

    Head of Enterprise - 0114 222 4043

    Sara guides the strategic development of USE activities and the management of the USE team. She loves that she gets to work with such committed, impassioned, and "can do" students and graduates. Sara is a Director for Enterprise Educators UK and for Sheffield Technology Parks

  • Liz Taylor

    Enterprise Officer - 0114 222 4045

    Liz is one of the two Enterprise Officers at USE. As part of this, she supports societies across the university including Enactus and AIESEC, runs the Skill Build Programme and supports local schools with their enterprise activities. Her favourite part of her job is managing the enterprise interns.

  • Alison Wright

    Zone Administrator - 0114 222 4046

    Alison’s role as the Zone Administrator encompasses a variety of areas. As part of this, and because she has worked at the University for a number of years, she is considered to be an ‘indispensable’ member of the USE Team. Alison’s role covers all areas of administration, the majority of which is finance related.
    In addition, Alison takes responsibility for ensuring the smooth running and maintenance of the Enterprise Zone. She might not be able to mend it but she knows someone who can!