Meet the Team

The LYVA Labs team brings a wealth of experience from some of the North West’s most well-respected names, across both public and private sectors. 

Lorna was director of enterprise and growth at the Innovation Agency and joined LYVA Labs in 2021 as founding CEO. Lorna started her career in the NHS before going on to work in a variety of commercial private sector roles in medical technology companies.

Lorna Green


Steve is an experienced Chairman who sits on a range of boards in public and private sectors. A corporate financier by profession, Steve has a detailed knowledge of working with start-ups/SMEs. Earlier in his career he was the original financial engineer to MSIF, which has invested over £200m into local SMEs. He was adviser of The Funding Corporation in Chester, which was the largest start up at the time in Financial Services, raising £150m at the outset.

Steve Stuart


Hannah has previously worked as sector manager for the health and life sciences sector at Growth Platform, the Liverpool City Region Growth Company and the Innovation Agency. At LYVA Labs, Hannah works alongside colleagues to support and develop the health and life sciences sector with a focus of business growth, inward investment, collaboration support and wider strategic initiatives.

Hannah Randles

Innovation Pipeline Manager

Rachel has 10 years’ experience in health and life sciences within academia having achieved a MRes and PhD at the University of Liverpool. Rachel has helped many SMEs across the country having been involved in raising over £9million for UK SMEs. At LYVA Labs Rachel will support the Innovation Director with the Health and Life Science fund and work with local companies to secure further funding for product development.

Rachel Lawless

Innovation Funding Manager

Dilruk is an expert in innovation and entrepreneurship with more than 20 years experience providing strategic advice to start-ups, high growth companies and corporates. Dilruk has elevated competitive performance through product, strategy, and business development based on consumer & market trends. At LYVA Labs Dilruk leads on investments for our Health and Life Science fund and provides support for our portfolio of companies.

Dilruk Yahathugoda

Investment Director

Kate is a Business Studies graduate from Liverpool John Moores University and has three years of experience in attracting inward investment. Her previous roles have seen her provide a range of free professional advice to companies considering establishing a physical presence in Liverpool City Region. Kate manages day to day operations at LYVA Labs and provides support to our portfolio of companies.

Kate McDermott

Business Operations Manager

Ivo joins LYVA Labs as a Senior Innovation Consultant. Ivo has a rich Innovation background, working across the LCR supporting economic growth across the region. At LYVA Labs, Ivo will work closely with Joe supporting companies across the region to identify innovation opportunities.

Ivo Kerkhof

Senior Innovation Consultant

Joe is an Industrial and Product Design graduate from Loughborough University. Joe is familiar with the LCR, he spent 9 years at Unilever as a project leader in Design, R&D and Marketing roles. Joe will work with businesses in key growth sectors to identify innovation opportunities and connect with the right partners to develop ideas into commercial propositions.

Joe Cooke

Innovation Partner

Conor is a Media & Communications graduate from LJMU. He joins us from a sports marketing background, at LYVA Labs he will help to grow our brand. He will manage our social media channels, lead communication campaigns, plan and manage events and create content.

Conor Rodgers

Media & Communications Executive

Get in touch

If you have an innovative idea and you'd like to get in touch, contact us on the email below and we will get back to you.

The Spine, Smithdown Ln, Liverpool L7 3FA
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