Managing Directors’ Club

The Sheffield Universities’ Managing Directors’ Club (MD Club) is a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, that provides a forum for business leaders and expert academics to exchange knowledge and ideas for future partnerships, with the aim of strengthening links between business and industry in the Sheffield City Region.

The MD Club has been running for over 6 years and has continued to support its members throughout the pandemic.

Previous events have covered a variety of topics such as: Exploring what’s Possible through Collaboration, Wellbeing in the Workplace, Achieving Energy Efficiency through Innovation, and How Sheffield Universities’ continue to support and collaborate with businesses during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

MD Club members benefit from the opportunity to hear from inspiring and informative speakers on key topics and regional opportunities, whilst networking sessions provide business and academia the opportunity to forge new collaborations.

Further information and details of how to get involved can be found on the MD Club website: 

To support Sheffield Hallam University’s Innovation Conference, the Managing Directors’ Club are pleased to present a special panel discussion on Innovation Culture.

The session explores the unique perspectives of business and academic leaders on Innovation, and how different cultures and experiences can be the catalyst or trigger for new ideas and ventures. 


Chair – Chris Low – Associate Dean for Business and Enterprise for the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University

Ceri Batchelder – Regional Innovation Consultant, Connect & Create

Faye Tomson – Director, District Eating Ltd and Tomson Consulting Ltd 

Paul Hatton – Director of Research, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield

Peter O’Brien – Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities. Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University

Rachel Clark – Director of Trade and Investment at Sheffield City Region Combined Authority