UKSPA Companions

UKSPA Companions

UKSPA Companions are individuals who by their work with the Association and the wider network and Innovation sector are elected to honorary membership of the Association.

The UKSPA Board believe that the significant achievements from these individuals and the knowledge and experience that they hold is of substantial value both to the Association and its Members.

Professor John Allen

John AlllenProfessor Allen graduated in Chemistry from King's College, London and was a university teacher of Biochemistry for some 20 years, with around 100 publications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

In 1985, he became the first Chief Executive of Newtech in North Wales, which supported the development of over 200 SMEs and assisted in creating some 1,700 jobs over 10 years. Between 1993 and 2000, he was Chief Executive of Manchester Science Park.

Professor Allen was twice Chairman of UKSPA. He was Chairman of Manchester Science Park between 2000 and 2006, and established Pythia Consulting to continue his consulting activities. He has undertaken consultancy on incubators, Science Parks, academic/industry links and knowledge-based SMEs in 36 countries around the world. In 2009 he undertook assignments in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Trinidad, Poland and Chile. He was the Founder-Chairman of the North West Innovation Network, was a Director of the Northern Ireland Science Park and is on the Advisory Board of Science Park Graz.

He was a Honorary Member and Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music. He was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Manchester in 2000 for his work on Science Parks, incubators and academic/industry interactions.

In 2004 he received a national award from UKSPA as ‘the person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the UK Science Park movement over the past 20 years.’

Contact Details:

Castle View, The Underway, Halton Village, Cheshire WA7 2AJ


tel: 01928 566 247

Tim Bacon

TiTim Baconm Bacon has a professional and career background in Town Planning, Economic Development, Business Support and Property spanning 35 years. Having worked previously at three local authorities (including one in Scotland), he moved to Loughborough in 1989 to work for Charnwood Borough Council and then to Loughborough University in 2004.   Tim has substantial experience of planning, funding and developing sites, putting in place their infrastructure and managing a range of premises to support business start-ups and larger companies. Tim has undertaken a range of consultancy and change-management projects and has extensive experience of staff and organisational development.

As well as developing Managed Workspaces and Innovation Centres Tim, in his town planning role, allocated the site for Loughborough Science Park and attracted its first major occupier. Tim oversaw the submission of a successful planning application for Phase Two of the Science Park and led the process to procure a private-sector development partner. During this time Tim was also managing one of the UK’s largest Innovation Centres.

Tim has been an active member of UKSPA since 2004 having been Vice Chair and has supported a number of new UKSPA initiatives. Tim joined the second group of science park Managers to go through UKSPA’s Ithaka training programme and that Group continues to meet regularly, providing a valuable source of peer information, advice and support.

Tim is now self-employed and undertakes, through his company, Innovation Centre and Science Park Services, interim management assignments, consultancy projects and ASPIRE Reviews.

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Jane Davies

Jane DaviesJane Davies was Chief Executive of Manchester Science Parks (msp) from 2000 - 2012. She was a member of the Board of UKSPA from 2004 to 2009 and Chairman from 2007.  She has also served on the international board of the International Association of Science Parks, and has been President of IASP’s Advisory Council since 2009.  In 2013 she joined the board of the Northern Ireland Science Park as a non-executive director.

Jane has a degree in chemistry from St Anne’s College, Oxford and joined BP Chemicals on graduation.  She spent 18 years with BP in a range of roles including two years on secondment to the Foreign Office, and on leaving BP, ran the Buxton (Opera) Festival for four years.

In her time at msp, the importance of the science park and its tenants to the economic success of the city region became widely acknowledged and its international profile grew significantly. Consequently, Jane was appointed to the boards of several economic development agencies in Manchester, including the Corridor Partnership which was formed to leverage the activities of two universities and the University Hospitals.

She now works as an independent consultant, applying her expertise in the development and management of science parks and the contribution of innovation to economic activity. She is a member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and received her OBE in 2011 for services to innovation.

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Nigel R Halford

Nigel Halford initially spent his working life in the food manufacturing sector  and then Nigel Halfordspent the next 15 years within the fisheries sector in a role which involved research, consultancy and training, both in the UK and overseas.

In 1987, he joined the University of Hull as Head of Business and Regional Support – an extremely broad role which embraced technology transfer, innovation and enterprise. Reflecting the University's commitment to engage with its city and region, he took on a number of wider roles which included Chairman of the Hull Chamber of Commerce Regional Affairs Committee, Shadow Board Member of The Deep Millenium Project and a period of secondment to CityVision, Hull's regeneration company.

It was in the late 1980s that Nigel's association with UKSPA commenced and following a period as a Director of the Association, he was Chairman in 2000-2002. During his long association with UKSPA, he has undertaken a number of overseas assignments – predominantly in China, but also in Africa, Greece and the UAE.

Nigel graduated in 1996 with an MBA in Executive Management from the University of Hull. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Executive at Tamar Science Park and until leaving the post in January 2011, worked tirelessly to position the Park on the national stage and as a key driver of the local and regional economy. In 2007 at the second UKSPA awards held in Edinburgh, Tamar Science Park received the peer award for 'Excellence in Technology Transfer and Partnership Working'.

During his time at Tamar Science Park, Nigel held a number of representative positions both in the city and region.

Contact Details:


tel: 01822 618456 

Walter Herriot OBE

Walter HerriotWalter Herriot OBE was the Managing Director of St John's Innovation Centre Ltd from 1990 until his retirement at the end of November 2008. The Innovation Centre, based in Cambridge, is regarded as a model for incubators, particularly those linked to Universities, both nationally and internationally. In 1999 Walter was awarded an OBE for services to businesses in the East of England and in 2002 was the Cambridge Evening News 'Businessman of the Year'.

In 2006 he received the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion and was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2008 Walter received an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University.

Following his retirement from St John's Walter formed his own Consultancy, Herriot Associates and in the public sector has worked with EEDA, UEA ARU and the University of Cambridge. In the Private sector clients have included Carter Jonas and Oxford Innovation.

He is also a non executive director of the Low Carbon Innovation Centre Ltd Melbourn Scientific Ltd and Grant Instruments Ltd.

Walter was also Chair of the EEDA Enterprise Hubs in the East of England and Enterprise East.

In 2010 Walter received an award from the Cambridge News for his outstanding contribution to the business community.

Charles Monck

Charles MonckCharles Monck is a recognised international science park expert, having been closely involved in their evolution in the UK and in overseas countries for the last 30 years. He played an active role in the setting up and early development of UKSPA. He led the first evaluation of UK science parks with Prof David Storey, which formed the basis of the book ‘Science Parks and the Growth of High Technology Firms’. He is now engaged in a range of economic development consultancy projects in the UK and internationally including the development and evaluation of science parks, innovation centres and the commercialisation of research and is one of the reviewers for UKSPA’s Aspire Programme.

In the UK, Charles has been involved in a range of market assessments and feasibility studies for new schemes including Colworth, Cranfield, Imperial College, Leeds, Liverpool, Loughborough and Reading. He has also undertaken reviews and evaluations of existing schemes including the Surrey Research Park, Northern Ireland Science Park, NetPark, Liverpool and Sheffield. He has also undertaken a range of international science park-related assignments.

He first became involved in 1983 when he joined the government agency, English Estates, as their science park specialist, where he was involved in the development of over 10 science parks and innovation centres. After a period as chief executive of the Yorkshire and Humber Development Agency, responsible for the attraction of inward investment to the region, he moved into consultancy.

Contact details:

Levens Hall, Lund Lane, Killlinghall, Harrogate, North Yorkshire


tel: 01423 566198

Steve Moss

Steve MossSteven qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and then joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to work at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. In 1986 he moved into internal management consultancy work and headed the UKAEA’s Efficiency Unit.

Steven has been involved in strategic property projects since 1990, holding the posts of Head of Strategic Projects Team of UKAEA Estates, Property Manager for Culham Science Centre, Development Manager for UKAEA’s Southern Property Group and Head of their Central Property Unit.

From 2007 to 2009, Steven was Head of the UKAEA’s Property Development Unit, preparing and implementing the property asset management strategy for latent major ‘science park’ assets. During this time, he was Programme Manager for the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Joint Venture that unlocked the scientific potential of the world-renowned Harwell campus.

With this phase of work complete, Steven took up independent development, planning, advisory and consultancy work in 2009.

From 2009 to 2011, he was the first Project Director for Science Vale UK, a Partnership between the STFC, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, MEPC, Harwell Oxford and other local government bodies to promote southern central Oxfordshire as a global hotspot for innovation. Since 2009, he has also been Secretary of the Oxfordshire Business Park Managers Forum.

Steven was a member of the UK Science Park Association Board from 2004 to 2007 and has contributed to a number of UKSPA initiatives.

Contact Details:


tel: 07500 888307

David Rowe

David RoweDavid Rowe retired from the role of Director of the University of Warwick in March 2011, a position he held from its inception in 1982. Under him the Park developed to become one of the leading initiatives of its type in Europe through a partnership of the University of Warwick, two Local Authorities and an Investment Fund Manager. The Science Park innovated in the development of Satellite Incubators and a wide range of business start-up and development programmes.

 David has published several papers and consulted internationally on many aspects of technology transfer and innovation management over the last two decades. Before that he worked in Coventry's automotive sector at Chrysler UK. He has also worked in two large high-tech industries: the UK Atomic Energy Authority and GEC Marconi.

David is continuing his professional activities with roles as Chair of the West Midlands Enterprise Forum the Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust, a CDFI, and chair of UKBI. David is also Director of his own consultancy business, Warwick Enterprise Limited, which has clients at UK University linked Science Parks and in Kuwait, Oman and the European Commission.

He has been conferred with the 'Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion – Lifetime Achievement' that is awarded to one person annually.

Contact Details:


tel: 024 7641 5495

Nigel Shaw

NigelNigel Shaw Shaw was appointed as an UKSPA Companion in 2016. Nigel is an engineer with a career spanning roles including creating his own company, Green State Technology, as International Technical Director for Sema Group Recovery Services and ten years as CEO for Malvern Hills Science Park.

After recently completing an Aston MBA he's gone on to work for the University of Warwick Science Park and subsequently Defra for whom he worked as Project Director on the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, York.

Nigel has substantial experience of grant applications and pitching for funding.