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Alain Dilworth
Programme Manager, Made Smarter UK

Alain graduated from Southampton University with a degree in electronics and spent the first five years of his career carrying out marine seismic surveys around the globe.

Amy House
Head of Green Technologies and Services, GC Business Growth Hub

Amy is a chartered environmentalist, with over 15 years’ experience both as a commercial manager within the energy from waste sector and a business advisor in the Green Technologies and Services industry.

Anne Campion
Head of Manufacturing and Sustainability, GC Business Growth Hub

Anne is a highly experienced operational and programme manager, with over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering programmes at The Manufacturing Institute and GC Business Growth Hub.

Chris Greenhalgh
Head of Strategic Development, GC Business

As Head of Strategic Development, Chris leads on working with national government departments and organisations, and supports the development of collaborations with both local areas and private partners to design and deliver business growth programmes.

Dawn Duggan
Head of People, Skills and Talent at GC Business Growth Hub

Dawn has over 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating organisational development, incorporating business strategy and skills development for businesses – ranging from executive level to apprenticeships – in line with national, regional, and local policy. 

Hilary Centeleghe
Head of Start Up and Growth, GC Business Growth Hub

Hilary is a skilled and experienced manager with an extensive background in support for start-up and scale-up businesses across the north west of England.

Janine Smith
Director of Business Growth

In 2021, Janine became the first female director to lead the GC Business Growth Hub, having successfully led a range of multi-million-pound contracts and programmes in the public and private sectors.

Paul Breen
Director of Business Finance, Growth Company

Paul is the Director of Business Finance at the Growth Company (GC). He is responsible for developing and implementing an effective business finance approach across Greater Manchester and supporting disadvantaged SMEs across the UK.

Philip Hargreaves
Head of Access to Finance, GC Business Growth Hub

Philip has worked in the commercial and corporate finance arena for over 40 years, developing a broad range of skills in all aspects of commercial finance, from balance sheet analysis, to sales management and business development.

Rupert Greenhalgh
Head of Business Intelligence, Growth Company

An economist and strategist, Rupert has over 20 years of applied and academic experience in the fields of business support, innovation, and enterprise development. 

Sarah Novotny
Digital, Creative and Tech Sector Lead, GC Business Growth Hub

With over a decade of experience growing teams and businesses across the UK, US, Canada, Italy, Germany and Dubai, Sarah brings an international perspective to business support.

Yvonne Grady
Head of Innovation, GC Business Growth Hub

Yvonne is an innovation specialist and has worked with blue chip businesses including Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover and the Pera Group. 

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