Exist Insight ISSUE 05

ExIST Steering Group

  • Alex Wren, Bitpod

    Alex Wren, Bitpod

    Alex is a specialist in video marketing and the Managing Director of Bitpod, a video and animation production company. Alex's career has included working at one of the UK's first Internet Service Providers, R&D for a global video conferencing organisation and providing digital marketing consultancy for a number of well known UK brands.
  • Amy Helm, Aviation Skills Partnership

    Amy Helm, Aviation Skills Partnership

    Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) is an organisation dedicated to making the aviation industry accessible to all. Amy has worked within ASP for the past 4 years – and is excited to now be developing the South West region working with existing partners and creating new links to grow the Aviation Skills Partnership pathways, provision, and inspiring aviators in the South West. Amy’s extensive experience in Aviation includes working at Exeter International Airport, Flybe, Flybe Training Academy and at the start of her career with British Airways CitiExpress.
  • Chris Lorimer, South West Growth Service

    Chris Lorimer, South West Growth Service

    Chris is an experienced management and organisational consultant with a talent for helping businesses grow. With 25 years experience across public and private sector, an MBA (distinction) from Warwick Business School, and an expertise in lean process improvement, he also has exceptional networks across the South West. An associate for a number of organisations including Cardiff Business School, OEE and FE Associates, Chris is a longstanding Director of Exeter Chamber and is the chair of the Exeter Sustainable Business Network. He is also currently working as a registered coach with Growth Accelerator, helping ambitious businesses grow. He moved to the South West in 2005 and has active interests in education and sustainability and is a passionate supporter of the Exeter Chiefs.
  • Dave Bramley, Sidmouth Science Festival

    Dave Bramley, Sidmouth Science Festival

    Chair Of Sidmouth Science Festival Dave Bramley is an engineer with a career of over 35 years in the electricity industry in both the generation and retail businesses. He has significant large programme and project management experience in both construction and business transformation activities. A large part of his career has been devoted to leadership of large operations, maintenance and engineering organisations. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Dave Underwood, Met Office

    Dave Underwood, Met Office

    A graduate in Mathematics and Operational Research, Dave's early career was as an Air Traffic Management Scientist with the Civil Aviation Authority, specialising in airport and airspace simulations; before moving into research management and business development in the area of Communications, Navigation and Surveillance systems with National Air Traffic Services. Since 1998 Dave has worked for the Met Office, firstly as Head of Civil Aviation Business, then Group Head of Public Sector Business, then through to 2013 as Deputy Director Technology & Information Services responsible for delivery of all Operational IT Services and delivery of technologically based business solutions, to time, cost and specification. Since 2014 Dave has led delivery of the Governments landmark investment in Met Office HPC implementing and exploiting, at their HQ in Exeter, the world’s largest High Performance Computing facility dedicated to Weather and Climate Operations and Science. The Met Office is the UK's National Meteorological Service Provider “ recognised as a global leader in providing weather and climate services to Government and Commerce
  • Derek Phillips, Exeter Chamber

    Derek Phillips, Exeter Chamber

    Following over 30 years service at the University of Exeter as Director of Campus Services and Managing Director of its four spin off companies Derek now holds 14 Company Directorships both local and national. Other posts include Chair of South West Chambers of Commerce, Vice Chair of Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Chair of the Area Tourism Partnership.
  • Dr Kevin Bawn, Community College

    Dr Kevin Bawn, Community College

    Dr Kevin Bawn is Principal of Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, and represents secondary school headteachers (and education more broadly) on ExIST. Although a historian by background, Kevin has long been committed to promoting STEM and business links, as they serve the needs of both young people and the local economy. Clyst Vale retains a STEM specialism, and has won national recognition through engineering competitions.
  • Dr Paul Sheppard, Vacye Associates Ltd

    Dr Paul Sheppard, Vacye Associates Ltd

    Dr Paul W Sheppard, B.Sc., Ph.D., Eur.Chem., C.Sci., C.Chem., F.R.S.C. has 30 years experience of successful business and scientific management within the life science research sector. Vacye Associates Limited provides advice and guidance on strategic scientific, technical, and business development to small and medium sized organisations operating internationally.
  • Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    ExIST is a sub-group of Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry . We support our 500+ business members with marketing & networking ops, info & training services and political lobbying.
  • Harry Trump, Centrax

    Harry Trump, Centrax

    Chartered Engineer with over 30 years experience in the gas turbine industry. General Manager of Engineering Services for Centrax Ltd, Gas Turbine Division with responsibility for Project Management, Engineering and Installation of gas turbine power plant. Centrax Gas Turbines manufactures industrial power generation equipment ranging from 3.9 MW to 64.0 MW based on Rolls-Royce 501, RB211 and Trent 60 gas turbines as well as Siemens 300 and 400 turbines. The prime application is for power generation / cogeneration in a wide range of industries.
  • John Earp, Nuclear Consultant

    John Earp, Nuclear Consultant

    A Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Nuclear Institute John’s career has enabled him to accumulate more than 38 years in the Nuclear sector. He began as a mechanical apprentice with the CEGB in 1964 and progressed to the role of Generation Manager with British Energy from which he “retired” in 2001. During this time he undertook various engineering, technical and managerial roles associated with AGR and Magnox stations enabling him to gain a detailed knowledge of the UK Nuclear Site Licence and its application to nuclear power stations. This period also included extensive engagement with nuclear safety committees involving both the preparation of papers and their presentation. A broad knowledge of technology and management of PWR and BWR reactors was gained whilst representing British Energy working with INPO in the USA.
  • Jon Whiley, swcomms

    Jon Whiley, swcomms

    Jon joined swcomms as its new commercial director in 2015 bringing with him 13 years of senior direct management and boardroom experience within established blue chip businesses and SMEs. The father-of-two has worked across manufacturing, consulting and service sectors within a number of senior positions including managing, commercial and projects director roles, most recently within the environmental service industry. Originally from East Sussex, Jon now enjoys all the South West has to offer including paddle surfing. A self-confessed competitive sportsman, this former football club manager enjoys a wide range of sports in spare time.
  • Karl Friedrich, Hoare Lea LLP

    Karl Friedrich, Hoare Lea LLP

    Karl is a partner with Hoare Lea LLP, who are a firm of Building Services Consulting Engineers. He balances responsibility for individual projects and clients with winning new work, office management plus has specific responsibility for the health and food sectors across the firm.
  • Lisa Vanstone, One Voice Media

    Lisa Vanstone, One Voice Media

    Lisa is a director of One Voice Media, Exeter’s longest established PR and marketing consultancy. Lisa was part of the founding group of ExIST. Lisa and her team provide PR, marketing, digital marketing and event management services to ExIST, as well as writing and editing Insight, ExIST’s bespoke publication focusing on the science and technology business community.
  • Maureen Gori de Murden, Exeter City Council

    Maureen Gori de Murden, Exeter City Council

    Maureen has a computer science background and joined Exeter City Council’s Economic Development team in 1999. Over the last 19 years she has worked on attracting numerous science and technology companies to relocate to Exeter a well as helping Exeter employers to grow and prosper. Despite having spent a lot of her life living overseas in exotic locations such as Colombia, Maureen has always found herself drawn back to Exeter and is passionate about the city she now calls home.
  • Neil Hayes, University of Exeter

    Neil Hayes, University of Exeter

    Neil joined the University in 2010, having previously worked as project manager for the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology. Past roles include New Product Introduction, Research and Development and Operations management. Neil has worked for various sized enterprises from large multinationals to SMEs, including a spell as a director of a technology spin-out. His experience spans a number of sectors including materials science, surface coatings and analysis, optoelectronics / telecommunications, sensor systems and biosciences. He has an Honours degree in Polymer Science and Technology, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry.
  • Nick Baker, SC Group

    Nick Baker, SC Group

    Nick joined (formally Supacat) in 2006 as Engineering Manager, and gained responsibility as HMT Chief Engineer in 2011 and was appointed Head of Engineering in 2013. Nick is a Chartered Engineer with extensive Engineering and leadership experience across Automotive, Nuclear and Scientific sectors.
  • Rex Rozario OBE, Graphic PLC

    Rex Rozario OBE, Graphic PLC

    Rex Rozario O.B.E. the founder of Graphic was a protege of Dr Paul Eisler working with him at Technograph-Telegraph, the UK's first PCB Manufacturer in the 1950's and subsequently branching out on his own in 1968 to launch Graphic in Devon. Rex Rozario O.B.E. is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Circuit Technologists, the Institute of Sales and Marketing and Chairman of the European Institute of Printed Circuits. Rex is also a Board Member of Intellect (UK), IPC (USA), CBI (South West), the Science and Industry Council and Governor of Exeter College. He is Deputy Director General of the World Electronic Circuits Council. Rex was also pleased to be awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List in 2001 for his contribution to the electronics industry.
  • Rob Bosworth, Exeter College

    Rob Bosworth, Exeter College

    Rob is Vice Principal at Exeter College where he strategically leads on Schools, Partnerships & Curriculum. He is also the Chair of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust, an expert panel member of the Education and Training Foundation, an honorary member of the City & Guilds London Institute and a director at Exeter City Football Club’s Charitable Trust. In addition he Chairs the Greater Exeter Sports Strategy Board.
  • Robert McIlwraith, ExIST Chair

    Robert McIlwraith, ExIST Chair

    Robert was appointed a Director of NYSE listed Ardmore Shipping Corporation in 2013. Previously President of Align Aerospace France, Executive Vice President of AmSafe Inc., Managing Director of AmSafe Bridport and Managing Director of MBM Technology. He is currently on the board of Exeter Science Park, Chair of the Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST) and Chair of the Trustees of the AmSafe Bridport pension scheme. Robert also teaches Management at INTO University of Exeter.
  • Rosie Bates, CSW Group

    Rosie Bates, CSW Group

    Rosie is Head of Enterprise at CSW Group, with responsibility for the organisation’s projects and programmes covering a breadth of activity including; Work Experience, STEM, Enterprise and Mentoring, the portfolio also includes the flagship ‘Big Bang’ STEM programme for schools and young people across the South West. CSW Group support young people, schools and organisations across the South West and beyond to reach their potential.
  • Tim Wadsworth, Space

    Tim Wadsworth, Space

    Tim is Managing Director of workplace consultancy Space. With 30 years’ experience, he has a passion for property supported by the highest property qualification as a Chartered Surveyor. Space works solely with occupiers – companies who own or lease an office, commercial or industrial premises. Our offer is bespoke; understanding that every business is different we work together with your management team to understand every aspect of the business that will be affected by change. Making a change to your workplace will have an impact on your business in the future – so you have to get it right. Space provides leadership to remove the stress from decision making, so you can get on with your day to day operation in the knowledge that everything is under control.
  • Tom Torkar, Michelmores LLP

    Tom Torkar, Michelmores LLP

    Tom is a Partner at solicitors firm Michelmores LLP. He heads up their Technology, Media & Communications team. Tom is experienced in advising clients in the IT, media, e-commerce and financial services sectors. He supports clients ranging from start-ups through to SMES and large national and international corporations.