UKSPA Board

UKSPA Board

 David J Hardman MBE - Honorary Chairman

Dr David Hardman

David is Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Science Park Aston’s Innovation Birmingham Campus. Since arriving in late 2008, he has led the rebranding of the Park and the creation of the Campus strategy, in order to pave the way for the £35 million Digital Plaza development. Key to the strategy is integrating Innovation Birmingham’s activities into the city’s economic development plans

By embracing the opportunities offered by the latest ICT collaboration platforms, David is driving the concept of the ‘Science Park Without Walls’ by bringing in global support to drive Birmingham’s knowledge economy

Previously, David spent 10 years based in Cambridge leading the commercial development of the Babraham Research Campus, focused on support for healthcare and biotech translation and bio-ventures. David was awarded an MBE for services to science in 2009.

As a PhD microbiologist, his research interests were directed towards the application of microbes in what is now called clean technology, and as part of this work he co-founded a start-up biotech venture based on the application of biocatalysts to the paper industry. This experience developed into a wider interest in the translation of science into good and applicable technologies and creating appropriate partnerships and infrastructures to promote the development of knowledge-based businesses.mercial development of the Babraham Research Campus, focused on support for healthcare and biotech translation and bio-ventures. David was awarded an MBE for services to science in 2009.

David is also on the board of Birmingham Science City and Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s Business Support sub group.

Dr Mark Tock, Director and Company Secretary

Dr Mark TockMark leads University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) which, uniquely, is both on one of only four University Enterprise Zones and one of 6 UK Space Agency pilot incubator sites. UNIP is a profitable business supporting the growth of a community of over 100 tech-driven and knowledge-intensive organisations based within 11,000m2 of office space co-located with university research facilities.

Mark’s current responsibilities cover all aspects of property and facilities management, strategic development, developing business support, stakeholder management, business development, marketing and events.  Mark also provides 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 also briefly operated his own business support consultancy for Biotech and Healthcare start-ups.

Initially trained as an Applied Biological Scientist, mark holds a PhD in Biology (Genetics) from Leeds and followed a research career until gaining his MBS from Edinburgh Management School. Mark also holds a PG Cert for Business Incubation, Coaching, and Mentoring from Huddersfield. 

John Leake - Director

John Leake is Business Development Manager at Sci-Tech Daresbury and graduated from the University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering.

john LeakeHe 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. Sci-Tech Daresbury is one of the national research and innovation campuses and home to over 130 technology companies. 

It was awarded “The Setting the Pace Award” for the leading UK science park by the UK Science Park Association in 2017, as an important regional facility for supporting and developing the high-tech economy.

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 HewsonGraham 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 Ltd

Jo Stevens (previously Willett) has 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.

IJo Stevensn November 2000 Jo joined Oxford Innovation to establish and develop the Culham Innovation Centre & Harwell Innovation Centre, in partnership with the UKAEA Fusion Research Team.

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. 

Most recently Jo provided consultancy for a Science Centre on Milton Park, Abingdon; advised AHSN (Buckinghamshire) on a proposed Innovation Centre network and is currently working on feasibility studies in NI, ROI, Essex and Kent.

Professor Patrick Bonnett - Director and Deputy 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 tinternationally recognised translational research laboratories.

Prof Patrick Bonnett

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 CushingBob 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. W2 provided Broadband to a range of Science Parks and Business Centres in South Yorkshire. 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 

Bob has attended every UKSPA meeting bar two in his period of membership and co-wrote the UKSPA Telecoms and Broadband Best Practice Guides.

Mike Herd - Director

Mike Herd

Mike Herd is the Executive Director of the Sussex Innovation Centre, a business incubator that is based on the University of Sussex campus in Brighton. Another opened  at No1 Croydon in 2015 and a third site will open in central Brighton in 2017.

Mike has worked closely with the centre’s members since it was formed in 1996, building relationships with local investors, academics, funding bodies and technical experts.

Mike won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013 and has worked to develop over 300 businesses based at the centre and supported many hundreds more.  In that time over 30 of these busineses raised investment of more than 1 million GBP, with many more achieving healthy exits through trade sales or flotation.

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.

MIRA Technology Park is home to some of the world’s leading transport based vehicle manufacturers and tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers to the automotive, aerospace, rail and defence industries including the Horiba-MIRA Engineering and Testing businesses

Dave Hockton

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%.

Prior to joining MIRA Dave spent time running IT departments in the Higher Education sector at DeMontfort University and in the telecoms industry at GEC Plessey Telecommunications and also a spell as a self-employed IT consultant during the dotcom boom.

Dave holds a Master’s degree in Computing from DeMontfort University, is a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT professional.

Dr Glenn Crocker MBE DPhil - Director

Glenn CrockerGlenn 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.