Team

Dan Knowles

Founder and Lead Connector

Dan leads the business growth with a vast network of innovators and entrepreneurs across the North. He has an infectious enthusiasm for the region and is driven to support its future development.

Stacie Knowles

Director, Governance Lead and Business Operations

Stacie provides vast knowledge of audit and governance internally and with clients, ensuring the professional delivery and oversight of government-funded support projects.

Lekhana Manjunatha

Marketing Operations

Lekhana is actively building regional digital, tech, and cyber networks across northern England. With an MSc in International Business and Strategy from Lancaster University, she brings valuable expertise to her endeavors.

Alice Ashcroft

Associate Connector

Alice collaborates with Northern Reach to support innovative North West founders, driving growth through investments and hosting tech talks. She also champions women-owned Lancashire businesses to empower women entrepreneurs and promote inclusivity.

Sarah Pritchard

Sarah Pritchard

Administration and PA

Sarah provides support to ensure the smooth operation of Northern Reach and assists Dan in managing day-to-day tasks. Sarah has strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask efficiently to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.

Cat Mawdsley

Cat Mawdsley

Associate Connector

Cat works with Northern Reach to support innovation projects within East Lancashire, promoting the development of a tech ecosystem and bringing together businesses that can find themselves at times overlooked in somewhat rural settings. A part-qualified accountant with over a decade in Talent Development, she keeps abreast of emerging technologies, their impact on businesses, and skill requirements. 

Tasmin Lofthouse

Tasmin Lofthouse

Marketing Associate

Tasmin manages the digital marketing activity for Northern Reach projects, creating content that helps build the digital ecosystem across the North. She is passionate about using her skills to help start-ups and scale-ups thrive.