Lou Cordwell OBE appointed Professor of Innovation and Special Advisor

Lou Cordwell OBE has been appointed Professor of Innovation at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR ) at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) , and Special Advisor to the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor.

Prof. Cordwell’s responsibilities include providing strategic guidance on innovation ecosystems to the University and contributing to the work of MIOIR and AMBS.

She will work with leaders across the University to advise on how the University can enhance its role as a key driver of the region’s economy, including by strengthening existing, and developing new, collaborative relationships with local and national government, business, and other external stakeholders.

Lou began her career working for WPP before founding the Manchester-based digital design studio magneticNorth (mN). In 2021, mN merged with Fluxx, creating the UK’s leading design and innovation consultancy, Magnetic , where Lou continues to be involved as Chief Creative Officer.

She has spent the past two years building a team and the strategic masterplan for ID Manchester , Europe’s most ambitious Innovation District project.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said : "I am delighted that Lou is joining the University of Manchester. The wealth of experience she brings as an entrepreneur and innovator, and as a leading advocate for Greater Manchester on the national and international stage, will be enormously valuable as we work to further strengthen our role as a driver of prosperity for our region and the UK."

Head of AMBS Professor Ken McPhail added: "Innovation is very much at the heart of our purpose here at AMBS. We recognise the importance of this across our teaching, learning and engagement with the business world. Lou’s appointment and engagement with our colleagues and our students will help us in our work to redefine business through the lens of innovation and responsibility."

I am delighted to be joining the University as it heads into its exciting third century. The University is the most significant innovation asset in the UK’s second-largest city region, with a hugely important role in shaping and scaling the innovation ecosystems and impact of the city region and the UK.

Lou is also Chair of Greater Manchester’s Business Board (LEP) and an angel investor, particularly focusing on female tech founders. Lou was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to the creative and digital economy.

For further information about the appointment, please contact Will Stone.