A mix of experienced academics and industry experts. Click on names for LinkedIn profiles.
Tom manages the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has a background in both start-ups and consultancy, having been a Partner in a firm specialising in strategy, market entry and acquisitions. Prior to this, he worked for a transaction advisory practice within global accountancy firm EY. He has supported over £2bn of investment into predominantly small and medium sized businesses.
He has advised clients based across Europe and the United States that include HSBC, Barclays, the BBC and numerous private equity firms. He has a doctorate from Cranfield University in strategic management and is a Chartered Mathematician with expertise in business and market modelling.
Don is a multi-disciplinary creative focusing on design in film, music and television – he specialises in digital marketing, consumer behaviour and information exchange and he has worked with clients such as Universal Pictures, Paramount and 20th Century Fox.
Ann is a Design Thinking educator and consultant. She focuses on co-creation, facilitation and mentoring to support teams engaged in project-based work and helps develop insights into new ways of working, new business opportunities, and better delivery of services. She has also worked as the director of communications for a start-up bank and has worked on a wide range of projects across industries–from tackling social isolation with a local US non-profit to jump-starting a Design Thinking initiative at a Finnish multinational.
Dave is Postgraduate Director of the one year taught Master's Programme at the Centre and Bristol Futures Theme Lead for Innovation and Enterprise across the wider University. Dave is also a freelance Innovation Consultant, a social innovation charity trustee, an expert adviser to the National Union of Students on enterprise and employability, an independent town councillor, and the former Chairman and Director of Enterprise Educators UK, of whom he is an honorary fellow. Dave is a former University Head of Enterprise & Employability and former Head of Enterprise Education at the University of Bristol. Dave’s interest and expertise lies in early-stage start-ups, creative processes, and intrapreneurship.
Gerasimos is an entrepreneurship researcher and educator passionate about supporting early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators succeed by applying design principles and tools. In the past his research has looked at design for entrepreneurship exploring collective design in the context of Higher Education and how design tools and a service oriented logic can help entrepreneurs learn faster and be more successful.
His current research project looks at competitions, jams and hackathons as tools for entrepreneurship education.
Helen Stock - Centre Manager
Prior to entering the education sector, Helen had a successful career as an HR Manager. Having gained a post-graduate professional HRM qualification, she worked for a wide variety of employers, including BT, a local authority and a major food manufacturer and in the process gained Chartered Membership of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Following a change of direction, she then moved into the education field and taught a wide range of courses in Business, Management and Economics in a variety of educational settings. This included a large FE college where she was Deputy Head of Sixth Form, and a Sixth Form college where as a member of the Senior Management Team and Head of Teaching she had responsibility for all teaching staff. Throughout her career she has had a keen interest in entrepreneurship, including helping to set up Career Academies and helping students to successfully participate in entrepreneurship competitions. She also has had extensive experience of dealing with a wide range of student-related issues.
Neil is responsible for creating a strategic, relationship focused engagement strategy for the Centre. Having worked at several Higher Education institutions he has operated as a lead for curriculum enhancement, headed up employer engagement and start up focused teams. Most recently he has been a director of careers, where he led the University of Bristol to the position of 2nd most targeted University by UK employers. He strongly believes that employment and entrepreneurial outcomes are better enabled through deep experiential learning pedagogies.
Neil holds post-graduate qualifications in teaching, learning and enterprise, and is a fellow of SEDA and NCEE. He is currently a Director of Enterprise Educators UK, elected to the executive committee in 2018.
Keir is a creative technologist, educator and researcher. He has created commissions for organisations including TATE, ICA London, PS1 New York and Chapter Gallery, Cardiff. His recent creative technology work has included a performance and research residency in the arctic circle, and an oral history project with the MShed museum Bristol. Recent research projects include an ethnographic study on developing technologies for SEN mixed ability classrooms and an innovation training project with former Prisoners in Bristol.
Mark has developed people’s vocational skills for 25 years, teaching flying and leadership as a Royal Navy aviator and up-skilling junior consultants while senior innovation consultant at PA Consulting. More recently he has supported aspiring entrepreneurs across 5 continents. His specialities are business model innovation, the adoption and commercialisation of technology and developing sustainable social ventures. Clients include the Cabinet Office, Vodafone, UBS, Nokia and Eircom and many technology SMEs. He was trustee and chair of an award winning charity before founding social venture Grow Inspires - promoting social inclusion through entrepreneurship. His Innovation consultancy, Agileering Ltd, helps creative and technology SMEs grow by optimising their business model.
Tom is Creative Director and founder of Design and Innovation Studio, Thomas Buchanan Limited and a Unit Director at The Centre.
He is an avant-garde interaction designer who crafts compelling experiences people love! His practice inherently seeks out new, innovative, and experimental ideas and methods. He has worked across a myriad of industries from art, to manufacturing, to design research, to brand activation.
His work has included, harvesting clouds in The Scottish Highlands to make SkyPA for Innis and Gunn; creating useless objects, Chindogu, for YO! Sushi; exploring new ways of engaging with news with Trinity Mirror, funded by Google DNI; rolling out a mind-controlled beer pouring robot for various clients including TEDx Germany, Twitter Live, and Marriott International; co-creating of the UX for Senseye, a machine learning predictive maintenance platform; developing IoT objects for audiences with immersive theatre company, Raucous; the design and build of a concept store in Covent Garden, London, for fashion startup UNMADE; and developing editioned interactive art installations with Random International.
As a Chartered Engineer, Sam has consulted on Offshore Wind Projects in Europe, co-ordinated logistics for NGO medical projects in Somalia and Colombia, site managed on civil construction projects in London, Kent and Amsterdam, and even been a manufacturing change agent at a factory in Gloucester.
Sam brings his engineering experience to bear whilst teaching, helping link up industry practice with academic rigour. Sam is focussed on the enterprise aspects of innovation; solving problems, developing products and services, utilising lean startup, behavourial economics and development tools to reach robust solutions.
Travis directs Crea Inc Design, a consultancy specializing in innovation & design solutions for clients worldwide. He began at IBM designing high-volume products & strategic concepts during the 90's tech boom. Later at tech startups, he experienced product development from a different perspective. At design consultancies Frog, Kinneir Dufort, and BCG-DV he collaborated with a variety of blue chip clients around the world. At NASA he assisted in design of crew areas of spacecraft, habitats, and vehicles. He has developed hundreds of products & services, and has been awarded numerous awards & patents. Working to bring new innovation into the world is his passion, and supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs starting their careers is his aspiration. He’s thrilled to work with the bright multi-disciplinary Bristol students and share industry stories and techniques encountered over his career.
Peter is founder and Chief Operating Officer of Open Management, a global brands service consultancy with specialism in Sport, Media and Entertainment. For large blue chip corporations, Open identifies and secures new profitable income streams via building on existing IP assets to create new business from imagination to execution. Open also revives brands with compelling consumer stories, delivers licensed product design, direct to consumer retail solutions, wholesale services, event, pop up retail and licensing programmes. He has specialised in his recent corporate roles in building new and innovative business streams on a global basis, in particular as Senior Vice President of Global New Revenues at EMI Music. Peter has also worked extensively in Asia and particular China with TMALL, Le Sport, and JD.com. His focus is now on how to build fast-paced innovative solutions in large scale organisations, commonly called intrapreneurship.
Suzanne began her career in the small business environment setting up her first business before leaving school. She then worked in larger engineering organisations. Following the sale of the business, Suzanne moved into education becoming a University Programme Director for undergraduate and postgraduate business and marketing courses. This was followed by training and consultancy roles for businesses such as HSBC, 3M, Johnson and Johnson followed. Suzanne has worked with entrepreneurs who have successfully floated business on the UK stock market and not-for-profit start ups, providing experience across sectors and business types. She also brings a keen interest in marketing and the creation of sustainable business models into her latest role as a Non-Executive Director for Swim Wales.
Lizzie is a fashion designer, researcher and teaching fellow at the Centre with an interest in sustainable design, circular economics and everyday futures.
Her practice as a designer explores product and service innovation for the fashion sector to envision alternative consumption and use patterns of garments including repair, reuse and sharing through her community fashion lab in Bristol called Antiform, community projects and consultancy work. Lizzie has worked as a researcher at sustainRCA at the Royal College of Art, The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion and Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol focusing on local fashion, sustainable fashion practices, community based makerspaces, co-produced research and sustainable design pedagogy.
Andy is a highly-experienced entrepreneur with 20 years in industry including a high profile exit to Twitter as CEO of SecondSync in 2014. He has first-hand experience of all aspects of the start-up lifecycle including ideation, business planning, team-building, product development, fundraising, scaling up, product sales, patents, corporate strategy and exit planning. Andy has a background in technical innovation (including hands on software engineering), a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Computing and excellent connections into the start-up community in the UK and internationally. He has previously held innovation roles at the BBC and Twitter and for several years ran a digital agency specialising in creative prototyping with clients including Adobe, HP, BBC and Aardman. He is a Non-Exec at https://condensereality.com/ and also sits on the advisory board for the Digital Cultures Research Centre.
ecilia is a strategic communications consultant, researcher and writer specialising in working with tech companies, innovation teams, and change/innovation consultants. She is interested in everything, but particularly in how the right language can influence people’s actions, shape cultures and bring about change. She loves finding out about people, ideas and organisations and creating stories to connect them all, and writes for innovation thought leadership site The Future Shapers. She has worked with global FTSE100 businesses, government organisations, charities and tiny start-ups, providing communications consultancy and planning, research, and in-depth thought leadership articles.
Malé is a Design Researcher and Educator with expertise in Design-led Responsible Innovation, focusing on ethical implications of socio-technological systems. She experiments using creative and co-design methods to catalyse cross-disciplinary, cross-sector Knowledge Exchange. Specifically, she is interested in values embedded within data systems and practices - trust, security, freedom, consent, privacy. Malé leads Ethics through Design at the isITethical Service and Community Platform and has developed work within the medical, disaster response and risk management domains. She explores Design Research as a way of doing philosophy and thinking in methods. She likes to play, she likes mementos and magic tokens.
Interested in topics related to: Responsible Research and Innovation, dementia and mental health, Emergency Response and Disaster and Risk Management, Ethics of Technology, Feminist Techno-science, Speculative Futures, Mobilities and Knowledge Exchange, and, general crossovers between STS and Design.
Kirsten specialises in Human Computer Interaction and Tangible User Interfaces. She has designed and researched innovative technological products and software services for a range of users from school children to elderly residents in care homes, and with a range of clients from SMEs to large companies such as UKHO, BBC, HP and IBM. Kirsten is also the co-director of the Pervasive Media Studio, a collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of West of England and Watershed, which hosts a brilliant community of artists, creative companies, start-ups, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technologies.
Antony has worked at several UK Universities and his current area of focus in both teaching and research is innovation. He has consulted with several large UK and international companies and organisations including Avia Insurance, The British Heart Foundation and Diageo. Currently, Antony is leading a range of initiatives at the University exploring how the built environment and the organisation of space ‘scripts’ learning and teaching. This forms part of an initiative to transform learning and teaching within the University.