meet The team

Along your BRITE journey you’ll get to work with our expert programme team who will be on hand to help you realise your business goals!

Samantha Harland

Programme Manager
Plus X Brighton

Sam, Plus X Brighton's resident business coach, workshop facilitator & the BRITE Programme Manager, is passionate about driving positive social change, entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous to Plus X, Sam was involved in running 'The FuseBox' an emerging technology hub and the UK's first 5G business accelerator programme in partnership with the Digital Catapult. She also ran the Entrepreneurial-Spark start up accelerator in partnership with NatWest for 100+Entrepreneurs.

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Judith Badger

Head of Project
University of Brighton

Judith brings 15 years work of innovation expertise to BRITE having worked with businesses of all sizes - exploring opportunities, sourcing partners and identifying university expertise to support business innovation and growth. As the University Head of Project for BRITE, Jude oversees the development and delivery of the innovation programmes created at the University of Brighton, supporting successful outcomes for SMEs.

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Dr George Tsekouras

Head of Research
University of Brighton

George is the Director of CENTRIM, the Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Brighton and the Innovation Chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM). George has led research and development programmes on business innovation and entrepreneurship for over twenty years.

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Dr Aline Figlioli

Research Fellow
University of Brighton

Aline is a specialist in Technology and Innovation Management, Innovation Policy, and Open Innovation. She is based at the University’s Centre for Change Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (CENTRIM). Aline is a champion of SME open innovation, and designs and implements effective programmes and tools focused on transforming SMEs innovation potential into reality.

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Sofia Eleftheriadi

Partner Project Manager
University of Brighton

Sofia has a wealth of experience workingwithin specialist research teams in innovation and change management, Sofia is responsiblefor the operational delivery and management of the university’s innovationprogrammes and bespoke workshops designed for the BRITE members.

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