Bristol-based science and tech hub Future Space has appointed a new director.

Laura Crocken Stevens will take up the post, moving from her previous role in the company as innovation director.

She joined the hub from Malmesbury-based international broadcast rights business HBA, where she was commercial director for six years.

Originally from the US, Laura has 30 years’ experience as an international start-up specialist, commercial director, and SME strategy/marketing consultant. 

The innovation centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation (OI) on behalf of the University of the West of England (UWE), has just posted record results.

There are almost 300 people now working in science and technology at the centre, which is home to roughly 50 start-up and scale-up businesses from sectors such as robotics, biosciences, artificial intelligence and microelectronics.

“I’m very excited to be taking on this role at such a pivotal time in the evolution of Future Space,” said Crocken Stevens.

“It’s great to be spearheading a forward thinking and dynamic organisation which is home to so much ground-breaking development and innovation.”

“My new role will be focused on getting Future Space to its next growth stage alongside offering cutting edge commercial support to customers. 

“I will be showcasing the important work done here in building new partnerships which support the ambitions of our customers in driving innovation and technological development across a range of industry sectors.”

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