Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS) has made two new appointments to its board.

The Wolverhampton-based loan company has co-opted Professor Ian Oakes, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research and Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton and Adrian Wilkinson, Superintendent Pharmacist at The Midcounties Co-operative onto the Board.

Professor Ian Oakes is responsible for promoting the university’s research agenda and developing the growing knowledge transfer arena at regional, national and international levels.

Over the last 10 years, Professor Oakes has held a number of senior management posts in higher education before joining the University of Wolverhampton in 2008.  He has been involved in a programme of national and transnational technology transfer activities operating across a range of sectors and has led the development of a number of initiatives focussing specifically on the transfer of technology from academia to businesses.

Mr Wilkinson, superintendent pharmacist, became pharmacy development manager with West Midlands Co-op Chemists, now Midcounties Co-op, eight years ago. He has chaired the Disability Diversity Focus Group, has been a school governor at Moreton Community School in Wolverhampton and participates in numerous heath focused community activities.