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Meet our Team

Alastair Swanwick

Managing Director

Founder of Innovate and spends most of his time assisting individuals with the complexities of bringing ideas to life. A keen innovator with considerable knowledge of the invention industry.
Co-presenter of BBC Knowledge ‘Science Fix’ show.
Founder member of California Invention Centre
Design Innovation Plastics Student Awards Organising Committee
Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce

Joely

Office Manager

Admin

Joely joined innovate in 2008 and has since completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration and the IAB Certificate in Book-keeping. Joely’s role varies from day to day with her duties including invoicing, general administration as well as offering initial advice to clients over the phone. Outside of her role at Innovate Joely spends her time with her two horses or walking her dog.

Alex

Intellectual Property Paralegal – Client Manager

Admin

Alex spends his time helping clients achieve their goal of taking the seed of an idea and helping it grow to a fully fledged product. He has skills in patent searching and research having successfully completed the IP Master-class Training Programme run by the Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University. Alex specialises in homeware and motorbike related products. Alex unwinds reading graphic novels and watching films of all genres.

Abbie

Intellectual Property Paralegal – Client Manager

Admin

Abbie joined Innovate as a Client Manager to help clients research, develop and protect their new invention ideas. She supports them throughout each stage to reach their chosen goal.
In her spare time Abbie likes to take part in various keep fit classes such as ‘Insanity’ and ‘CrossFit’ because she is a food lover. She also likes to be creative; ‘upcycling furniture’, making silver rings and doing the odd crazy painting.

Thomas

Client Advisor

Research & IP

With a BA (Hons) in Museum and Exhibition Design from Lincoln School of Architecture, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the Open University and a number of years experience working as a designer, Thomas brings a diverse range of skills to the Innovate team. His knowledge of the design industry and of making ideas a reality coupled with a keen desire to see people develop their inventions into successful, fully-realised products puts him in the ideal position to guide people through the options available to them. He particularly enjoys discussing people’s inventions with them at an early stage, researching the market and continually improving his knowledge of the world of patents.
Thomas is also a record collector, gig goer, portrait painter and tea drinker.

Frank

Client Advisor

Research & IP

I work with clients during the initial stages. Talking through their concepts and providing advice on services, helping to boost confidence in their invention ideas.
Currently studying for a BEng with the Open University. I have been coming up with ideas for inventions for most of my life, so being able to speak with clients in the early stages of their inventions is very exciting.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to heavy metal, taking part in mixed martial arts, playing video games and spending time with my family and Willow (my puppy).

Alison

New Product Development Advisor

Research & IP

Alison workS with clients introducing their product or idea to the market. This role involves helping clients identify the most relevant companies and organisations to approach with regard to a licensing or retailing agreement, and advising on making the initial approach. With a Business Studies degree and post-graduate qualifications in both Marketing and Purchasing, Alison has a deep understanding of the motivations and requirements of companies when looking at and deciding on new products. Alison has spent over ten years in Marketing and Product Development roles with a range of major blue-chip organisations as well as the invaluable experience of establishing and managing a mail order retail business, where she headed up all buying and marketing activity.
Having three boys under the age of 11, Alison seems to spend her time outside work drawing Superheroes, searching for lost Lego or watching Star Trek.

Tim

Legal Counsel

Research & IP

Tim Mount is general legal counsel for Innovate. As a UK patent lawyer he has contentious and non-contentious legal training and specific experience in the field of intellectual property (IP). This combined skill-set brings Innovate a commercial insight into its core business. Previously Tim worked running businesses and also has a granted UK patent that he is in the process of commercialising.

Tobias

Patent Researcher and Intellectual Property Administrator

Research & IP

HND in Business & Finance (Distinction)
Extensive experience in a variety of a technical fields.
Keen photographer, digital artist and keeper of chickens.

Ashleigh

Patent Researcher and Intellectual Property Administrator

Research & IP

BA (Hons) in Linguistics at the University of Leeds. Ashleigh loves finding out everything there is to know about each of the new inventions as they come in, and knowing just where to find the right information