The strategic direction of the Association is determined by a ten person Board, elected by the UKSPA membership alongside UKSPA’s Executive Director.
Dr Glenn Crocker MBE – Chairman
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.
Dr Mark Tock, Director and Company Secretary
With 15 years’ experience in the innovation and start-up sectors, Mark is Operations Director of Leeds Nexus and was previously Operations Director at Nottingham University Innovation Park (UNIP) where he was responsible for the development and running of the Park.
An Applied Biological Scientist by training, Mark holds a PhD in Biology (Genetics) from the University of Leeds, an MBA specialising in entrepreneurship and innovation management from Edinburgh Management School, and a PG Cert for Business Incubation, Coaching, and Mentoring from the University of Huddersfield.
He has led a number of incubation and science park projects, including the University of Sheffield’s Bio Incubator and Liverpool Innovation Park, and has provided advisory and mentoring support to developing incubators in Malaysia and China.
Since 2005 Mark has been led a number of incubation and science park projects and has been responsible for soft infrastructure, tenant relations, and strategic development at Liverpool Innovation Park (LIP), and Sheffield Bio incubator. He has also briefly operated his own business support consultancy for Biotech and Healthcare start-ups.
John Leake – Director
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.
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.
Professor Patrick Bonnett – Director and Vice Chairman
Patrick is Deputy Director of the 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 33 years in organisations ranging from small technology start-ups to internationally recognised translational research laboratories. He is particularly interested in 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.
Patrick is a member of the Satellite Applications Catapult Advisory Board and served as a Board member of the UK Science Park Association for five years. He has represented UKSPA at events in Bulgaria organised by the FCO Science & Innovation Network and 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).
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
Dave Hockton – Director
Dave Hockton is Senior Operations Manager at MIRA Technology Park an 842 acre transport cluster based in Leicestershire. Dave manages the day to day operation of the park, the management of the property portfolio and the rapidly increasing tenant base.
With outline planning permission for 2M ft2 of development and Enterprise Zone status the park has been transformed over the last six years into a campus style environment attracting investment from both private and public sectors.
With 20 years’ experience in the MIRA, Horiba-MIRA and MIRA Technology Park businesses with a professional background in IT followed by a career change into Property and Estate Management in 2009, Dave has led the operational development of the park including speculative developments creating office, laboratory and workshop spaces with occupancy levels in excess of 98%.
Ian McFadzen – Director
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.