Our Story - Our team

Rob Capleton

Rob Capleton

Industrial Relations Manager

I am the Industry Relations Manager on the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme at the University of Liverpool, who offer ambitious business owners unique academic support with their carbon reduction initiatives, that integrate funded three-year PhD placements.

The University has been working in partnership with Changing Streams on a variety of projects focusing on the eradication of plastic usage, that has implications for our carbon footprint and we are looking to create a wider regional ‘cluster group’ of interested parties who have a green agenda.

Having previously been involved in sales and marketing account management, I moved to working in Liverpool City Region delivering direct business support on high growth programmes and managing ERDF projects with SME’s for the past 13 years.

My skills and knowledge of partnership work extend to national level – having worked as UK Partnership Manager during my 5 years at the International Business Festival and more recently, as UK Head of Local Leaders at Enterprise Nation; a UK wide business support organisation for business owners with growth ambition.

I have worked with both the Low Carbon Innovation Hub and Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory – sitting on their steering groups since they were established in 2014.

I have also been on hand to offer support to Changing Streams and their ambitious objectives, since their inception.

The rest of our team

Neal Maxwell

Founder

I’ve spent over 30 years in the Fit out industry and have seen a number of seismic changes in my working environment and of...

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Co Founder & Head of Oceanography

I have been researching the ocean for the past 30 years, studying how ocean physics (tides, weather, ocean currents) affects the growth and distribution...

Dr Gareth Abrahams

Co Founder & Head of Building Design Research

Before becoming an academic I worked for over 10 years as a senior project architect designing and delivered a number of prestigious projects across...

Brendon Kenny

Co Founder & Head of Engagement

I am passionate about the environment and believe business should create profit with purpose. I have over 35 years of Business experience at Senior...

Terry Cheesman

Finance Director

I haven’t always been a specialist tax accountant.  In my mid twenties I was a member of Friends of the Earth, worked in forestry...

Dr Wendy Jones

Company Secretary

I am a scientist with many years experience of business development on both sides of the academic-industry interface.  I have lived and worked in...

John Hall

Head of Memberships

I am a qualified solicitor having been a partner in the commercial law firm of Bermans for 35 years. I then became CEO of...

Dr Luigi Di Sarno

Sustainable Materials and Infrastructure Specialist

I am a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. I have more than two decades of experience...

Mick Ord

Public Relations

I am the former manager of  one of the BBC's most successful radio stations BBC Radio Merseyside where I started as a reporter in...

Leo Aspden

Coaching and Training Adviser

As an award-winning high growth business consultant and executive/leadership coach, I have more than 30 years experience of working with business leaders, executives, and...