Heather Niven

Evie Godfrey Business Development, Mentors


Heather Niven



Company Overview


After 12 years of working for Science City York (SCY), where she was Head for 4 years, Heather Niven is now a self-employed business and innovation consultant. Her current clients include Universities and technology businesses in the creative and digital industries in the North of England.

Heather supports businesses in IT & Digital, Creative and Bioscience industries and she has accelerated innovation in the city via organisational support, city strategy work, open innovation projects and a lively events and workshop programme. She now regularly mentors and coaches new and developing businesses to grow and succeed.

Heather is a part time associate lecturer at The University of York where she teaches Business, Legal and Professional Issues and Business, Innovation and Enterprise to computer science and theatre, film, TV and interactive media students.


Heather also organised TEDx York in 2019 in the spirit of 'Ideas Worth Sharing'. When not consulting she is a practising artist, ceramicist and musician.


Areas of Specialism for Mentoring


Leadership and management, business planning, innovation and change, start-up businesses, market research, developing your network.

I have a broad area of expertise and can mentor across a range of business stages and types.


Heather Niven, Business and Innovation consultant


Photograph of John Holmes

My roles at SCY ranged from building business networks, running sector events and encouraging knowledge transfer between businesses and also between the Universities in York and business networks. I led on the set up and running of a Creative – Digital business incubator (The SCY Phoenix Business Centre) which ran of a number of years at York St John University. Laterally at SCY I became Head of SCY and led a team of 8 to partner in an EU funded £1.2m innovation mentoring and masterclass programme for SME and microbusinesses in Yorkshire.

Over the last two years I have worked as a self-employed business and innovation consultant, providing mentoring through the Screen Industries Growth Network mentoring programme, coaching though the University of York’s Summer Accelerator Programme and teaching Business to Computer Science and Theatre, Film and TV students as an Associate Lecturer.

“I am looking forward to working with new and developing creative businesses across the region through the Advance Programme. Having the support of a fresh mind and the experience of someone who has done it before can make a huge difference to an emerging or growing businesses, and I can’t wait to support you!”