The strategic direction of the Association is determined by a ten person Board, elected by the UKSPA membership alongside UKSPA’s Executive Director.
Professor Patrick Bonnett – Chair
Patrick is Chief Development Officer at the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Professor of Practice, Innovation Environments at Newcastle University. He has worked widely across the applied research and innovation arenas for the past 35 years in organisations ranging from small technology start-ups to internationally recognised translational research laboratories. His expertise covers the construction and operation of innovation environments – physical and virtual; their organisational structures and functions and how they operate at regional, national and international scales.
Over recent years he has developed a particular interest in deep collaboration co-location models where innovation and research assets sit alongside ‘users’ of such research expertise to drive open innovation, commercialisation and economic growth. Most recently he oversaw the development of the multi-award winning Innovation Centre, The Catalyst, situated in the Helix Urban Innovation Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Patrick is also a Board Member of the Association for Innovation, Research & Technology Organisations (Airto), and a member of the International Advisory Board at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and has served as a Board member of the UK Science Park Association since 2012. He has represented UKSPA at events in Bulgaria organised by the FCO Science & Innovation Network, worked in Australia and New Zealand advising on the development of an Alliance of Agri-Food Science Parks (supported by funding from the BIS Global Partnerships Fund) and acted as an Advisor to Government on the Industrial Strategy (Ageing) for a number of years.
Ian McFadzen – Director & Vice Chair
Ian is Chief Executive of Plymouth Science Park and an experienced innovator and executive business leader with a proven record of delivering a range of high quality STEM outputs, gaining value from the triadic relationship between academia-industry-government.
Ian McFadzenHe joined Plymouth Science Park Ltd as CEO in 2017 after enjoying 10 years at the University of Plymouth in a range of leadership roles, including Commercial Director and Head of the Marine Innovation Centre. During this time he helped establish the Brixham Laboratory; a former Astra Zeneca site now owned by the University of Plymouth and operating as a small science park.
His career began as a cell biologist at the Institute for Marine Environmental Research, where he enjoyed 14 years delivering research projects for UNEP, UNESCO, Unilever and a range of collaborative programmes across Europe. He conceived, incorporated and operated two technology-focussed companies, including Biovault Ltd a major accredited human tissue bank and stem cell repository; building investable management teams and raised blended finance portfolios.
Ian has held and continue to hold a number of NED and Trustee positions, including university spin-outs, the Ocean Conservation Trust and the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.
John Leake – Director, Company Secretary & Hon Treasurer
John Leake is Business Development Manager at Sci-Tech Daresbury and graduated from the University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering.
He started work at Unilever in a variety of roles in engineering, sales, marketing & global business management based in the UK & USA. He also worked for Ineos as a Global Marketing Manager.
He became Business Development Manager at Sci-Tech Daresbury in 2006 with responsibility for attracting & supporting companies on-site, and developing strategic partnerships.
John sits on the Cheshire & Warrington LEP Science & Innovation Strategy Board and the Liverpool City Region LEP Digital & Creative Sector, and Investment Boards.
Graham Hewson – Director
Graham joined Imperial Innovations as the Incubator Manager in 2010. He is responsible for the day to day running of the facility working closely with spinouts and companies renting laboratory and office space from the College.
Graham organises events to support the businesses while also helping connect companies with industry experts to help their businesses grow. He provides support to the organic growth spin outs through the Innovations start up packages, helping these companies set up bank accounts, branding and websites.
He has been working in Incubation for over 10 years and has previously managed a successful digital media Incubator in London’s Tech City. Graham has a MBA from the London Metropolitan Business School.
Dr Glenn Crocker MBE – Director
Glenn Crocker is an experienced CEO, company founder, non-executive director and investor in the life sciences sector. He has been CEO of BioCity Group since mid-2003, shortly after it was founded.
He has a DPhil in Immunology from Oxford University and qualified as a chartered accountant with EY, focussing on working with biotech companies in Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, UK, where he headed up the UK Biotech practice for EY.
BioCity builds, funds and grows life science companies at its four incubator sites in the UK.
Glenn is a non-executive director of a number of companies and consults on business incubation, start-up creation and cluster growth. He has been directly involved in investing in life science companies through BioCity’s own or managed funds since 2006.
In 2014 Glenn received an MBE for services to the biotechnology industry.
Jo Stevens – Director
Jo Stevens is Managing Director of Oxford Innovation with over 20 years’ experience of providing business development and incubation support to innovative, high growth companies. Prior to joining Oxford Innovation, Jo worked on several regeneration projects in the Thames Valley, developing opportunities for a range of social and community enterprises.
Appointed as Oxford Innovation’s Managing Director in 2017, Jo has previously had responsibility for the overall development of OI’s network of innovation centres. Jo led the research project looking at business survival and growth across 15 centres over a 10 year period, which was published in July 2014 and has also undertaken numerous feasibility studies for new innovation centres, undertaking site assessments, brand development, operating models and business plans for funding.
Bob Cushing – Director
Bob Cushing has been delivering Broadband services to multi-tenanted buildings for over 10 years and a member of UKSPA for eight.
After over 10 years in senior management for US network technology companies, he joined the main board of Redstone Telecom plc and put together the strategy that enabled the company to float on the London Stock Exchange in 1999. After a short period as Head of Broadband for BT Business he took over as MD of The Wired Workplace in Sheffield. He co-wrote the PAS700 BSI standard that defines infrastructure in multi-tenanted buildings, developed the ICT Active building accreditation scheme and successfully ran is own Broadband consultancy for 10 years. Earlier in 2017 he merged the consultancy business (Broadband Vantage) with Bridge Fibre where he is Commercial Director
Jim Duvall – Director & Executive Director
Jim was formerly Membership Manager of the Association (since February 2008) and was appointed to the role of Director in 2017. He was previously Head of Information Management at the Local Government Association (LGA).
Prior to that he was Public Affairs Manager at the Association of County Councils.(ACC). He was heavily involved in ACC parliamentary lobbying and advocacy activities as well as conference and other event management including parliamentary receptions and political party conference fringe events
Rhian Hayward – Director
Rhian joined AberInnovation as CEO in January 2017 and has led the construction of the £40.5m Campus and the development of initiatives that support early stage tenant businesses and entrepreneurs in food, bioprocessing, nutrition and agri-tech technology development. In recent years she has held various public appointments including membership of the Welsh Industrial Development Board for Welsh Government.
Previously Rhian founded a consultancy business to assist investors in the due diligence around technology-based businesses and before that accrued 25 years of experience in the commercialisation of life science technologies in the private and public sectors. Having held a variety of marketing and business development roles in university spin out companies during this time and technology transfer roles in the Higher Education sector, she was awarded the MBE for services to Entrepreneurship in Wales in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016
Sally Basker – Director
Dr Sally Basker has been Chief Executive Office of Exeter Science Park Ltd (ESPL) – since March 2017, in which time she has created and implemented a scale-up business plan and strategy that has generated significant momentum and is on-track to grow ESPL threefold (200 – 700 client staff) by the end of FY2021.
Prior to being appointed CEO at ESPL, Sally had 15 years’ board/senior-level experience in the highly regulated aerospace, defence, navigation and nuclear sectors. This involved building teams and changing cultures, creating and implementing strategies for high-value science/technology products and services, delivering policy and strategy advice to private and public sector clients, and leading advocacy to minister-level globally.
Alice Reeve – Co-opted Director
Alice Reeve is CEO at Hethel Innovation Ltd (HIL). As CEO, she leads the company growth plans, including internal innovation and the launch of new offerings whilst developing external partnerships and opportunities.
At HIL, Alice has led the development of new training programmes, funding bids, and new commercial contracts. A large part of her role is focused on implementing more agile working to improve HIL’s offering, both for customers and staff, to ensure they can continue to grow sustainably.
Having a background in environmental science, Alice is passionate about making sustainability mainstream for businesses and finding innovative ways to make this transition easier.
Joe Caine – Co-opted Director
Joe is responsible for eight Innovation Centres at Keele University’s Science & Innovation Park; he has a passion for creating business ecosystems and enabling innovation-led companies to access University expertise