Professor David Greenwood
CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at WMG, and Director for Industrial Engagement
David moved into academia after 20 years in industry latterly as Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems for engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Ltd. He established the Energy Directorate at WMG where he led a team of over 200 researchers and engineers. His research spans batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and the integration and control of these for propulsion and energy applications.
Professor Gill Cooke
Professor Cooke joined WMG in June from the School of Engineering, where she was Head of Teaching for almost six years. Prior to that she spent many years in various teaching and management roles at Coventry University including Associate Dean.Gill left school at 16 to embark on an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at Dunlop Aviation in Coventry. After completing her apprenticeship Gill qualified as a Quality Engineer working at Dunlop Aviation, Alvis Aerospace, and Jones and Shipman.
Professor Paul Jennings
Paul Jennings is a physicist who has been with WMG for over 25 years working on research with industrial and academic partners. He has built groups in Intelligent Vehicles, Energy Storage and Management, and Experiential Engineering through significant research and capital funding. He has published over 100 academic papers and has been Principal Investigator on over 30 research grants, from sources including EPSRC, Innovate UK and the EU.
Chief Finance Officer
Paul qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young (now ‘EY’) in the UK and subsequently worked for EY for 20 years in the UK, Czech Republic and Germany in a variety of finance, accounting and advisory roles. In that time he worked with both private equity investors and multinational companies across a range of sectors specialising in automotive, pharmaceutical and chemicals. Paul joined WMG six years ago after previously working within central finance for the University.
Director of People and Culture
Louise has over 20 years’ experience of leading HR teams in organisations within both the public sector and the private sector. She plays a key role in aligning WMG’s talent and culture with its strategy, optimising organisational effectiveness and fostering an inclusive work environment. Louise is dedicated to ensuring WMG is a workplace where every individual's potential is realised, diversity is celebrated, and collective success is achieved through collaboration and innovation.