Iain McKechnie

Iain McKechnie

Project Manager

SERV Project

Iain joined Aston Business School in 2012 to support the research and deployment of servitization in manufacturing businesses across the West Midlands. He works with Professor Tim Baines on an ERDF-funded project entitled ‘Exploiting Servitization in West Midlands SMEs’ and manages the day to day activities involved in reaching out to the manufacturing community. Prior to joining Aston University, Iain was a Senior Consultant at TUV SUD NEL (2008 to 2012) where he carried out technical and financial due diligence on large-scale R&D projects for Scottish Enterprise. 

In addition to general business consultancy for ‘NEL’, Iain was Project Director for a business support programme running across the east of England and managed this service from an office he opened in Cambridge in 2010. The two-year project supported more than 360 businesses across the region. Prior to TUV SUD NEL, Iain was a member of the Senior Management Team at Business Link York and North Yorkshire (2005 to 2008) where he managed the Development Team and 30 ERDF-funded business support and enterprise projects. Previous positions include: National and European Funding Initiatives Manager at Cranfield University (2002 to 2005); Head of European Funding and Liaison at The Open University (1999 to 2002): Senior Lecturer at Limerick University (1997 to 1999); a variety of engineering roles at the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) from 1978 to 1997. Iain became a Fellow of the Chartered Management institute (FCMI) in 2008, a Chartered Manager (CMgr) in 2010 and a Chartered Fellow in 2012.

Research Interests

Iain has been actively involved in supporting R&D and innovation activities since 1994. In supporting Professor Baines in his delivery of ‘servitization’, Iain hopes to develop his understanding of the transformation processes required to adopt/implement new business models, to support servitization, and to contribute to the production of research papers to further the research and teaching agenda around servitization in manufacturing companies.


  • Post-graduate qualification in Total Quality Management (1995)
  • Post-graduate Certificate and Diploma in Management (1999 to 2001)
  • PRINCE2 (Project Management) accredited (2007)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute: FCMI (2008)
  • Chartered Manager: CMgr (2010)
  • Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (2012)

Exploiting Servitization in West Midlands SMEs

This project, funded by the West Midlands European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), works with manufacturers in the West Midlands that have between 10 and 250 employees, to support and enable them to adopt a services-led business strategy. Manufacturing businesses can access a transformational workshop programme and ongoing industry-led support to help them learn about servitization and overcome barriers to implementing it.

For more information, please contact Eleanor Musson on 0121 204 3580 or e.musson@aston.ac.uk

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research