Steve Barber

(Panel Chair) Redlux Ltd

Steve serves on the board of RedLux, Arkivum and Southampton University Science Park, as an active member of ScaleUp and as an advisory board member for Exonar and Ariadne Capital. Previously Steve was CEO of Xyratex, a NASDAQ listed global data storage technology provider where he grew revenues to $1.6Bn.

Steve was a founder member of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is currently Chairman of the Solent LEP Innovation & Business Support Delivery Panel.

Stuart Hill

IBM/Solent LEP Board Director

Stuart Hill is the Operations Executive for the IBM UK & Ireland, Global Technology Services Business unit and the Location Executive for the North Harbour location. Stuart joined IBM in 1999 and spent the first 6 years of his IBM career in the United States in a variety of Finance & Operations roles. Prior to joining IBM Stuart, who trained in Production Engineering, held a number sales and general management roles in the Automotive and Defence Industries.

Following his career period with IBM in the US, Stuart returned to the UK, in 2005, and worked in two operations roles at a European level, reporting to the General Manger of IBM's NE European business - based first in the UK and then in 2007 in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2009, Stuart returned to the UK once more when he was appointed at the Operations Executive for the UK & Ireland business unit. and led the first two years of the UK wide Transformation programme.

Stuart is married to Naomi, also an IBM Executive and they have four children. The family live locally - in the village of Curdridge where Stuart is a Parish Councillor and active member of the village community. Stuart is a Governor of Highbury College and is one of the founder members of the Business Leader Group of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth initiative. Stuart served 15 years in the Royal Navel Reserve where trained as a Navigating Officer. Stuart's hobbies include Motor Sports, tending his garden, music and reading.

Mark Glover


Mark Glover is currently the Chairman of vivaMOS, a CMOS wafer scale x-ray imaging company he helped spin-out of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Mark has extensive executive management experience gained in both the Private and Public Sector. He spent 25 years in a variety of senior management positions in both blue chip and venture capital backed Semiconductor businesses. He has experience of running global multi-million pound organisations as well as raising venture capital and working on exit strategies.

Mark also spent 6 years in the public sector as Executive Director of Strategy for Innovate UK, the UKs innovation support agency which has a budget of >£500m.  In this role he worked on the definition of the UKs innovation policy, set the overall organisational strategy and introduced new ways of supporting business innovation.

Don Spalinger

University of Southampton

Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Southampton 

Don brings his serial entrepreneurial and international management experience to the University of Southampton (UoS) as the Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  

Don joined the University of Southampton during 2007, initially with a remit to foster strategic research relationships between UoS, key corporations, and other external partner organizations.  Prior to joining UoS, Don had an eight year relationship with the University, beginning with his licensing of technology to form Southampton Photonics, Inc. (SPI), SPI’s funding of on-going research programs within UoS, and it leveraging of UoS technology to become a world leader in fibre lasers.  In 2000, Don was the driving force in the founding of SPI, leading the team in defining the company and its products, assembling the senior management and technical teams, and raising over $50 million in first round venture capital.    

SETsquared which Don chairs is ranked as the Global #1 business incubator by UBI which evaluates over 3000 worldwide.  SETsquared has incubated over 1000 companies over the past 15 years, assisting them in raising over £1billion of investment.  Its ICURe (Innovation and Commercialisation of University Research) program is proving so successful at moving research from the lab to the marketplace that most research active universities across the UK are now participating; demonstrating SETsquared’s impact on the broader UK economy. 

Don is the former Managing Vice President of worldwide telecom research and consulting for the GartnerGroup.  Before Gartner, Don was founder and President of On-Stream Networking which commercialised the first multi-megabit drop and insert multiplexer.  In the early 1980s, Don started Optical Networking Inc. (ONI) which developed one of the first wireless LANs.  He also started SpanWorks which established IrDA as a global communications standard.  In addition to founding five companies, Don has also held executive positions with Exxon, Racal, DSC Communications, Texas Instruments, and Stanford Research Institute.  

Don graduated from the University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa in Physics, and has an MBA in Technical Management also from the University of Texas.

Richard Marsden


David Bream

Set Squared Partneship

Catherine Lee

Southampton Solent University

Jan Edrich

Eastleigh College and Further Education Representative

Steve Callister

Plough Share Innovations

Natalie Wigman

Eastleigh Borough Council and Local Authority Representative

Natalie Wigman is Corporate Director for Strategy at Eastleigh Borough Council.  Her areas of responsibility include strategy development, governance, elections, democratic services, project management, communications, marketing and the Local Plan.

Natalie has worked in Local Government since 1999 and has specialised in both housing and economic development.

Peter Grant

WSX Enterprise

Peter Grant is Chief Executive of WSX Enterprise, a leading business support organisation operating across the South of England, primarily delivering EU and UK funded projects and business support directly to SMEs.

Peter has worked across the private and public sectors and was involved in the creation of Training and Enterprise Councils, was a Regional Manager with Grand Met, and more recently a number of years in Economic Development and the Government’s Business Link service.

WSX works with LEPs, central and local government as well as businesses directly and is significantly involved in Growth Hub delivery, mentoring and training for new entrepreneurs, as well as specialist services such as Access to Finance, business cluster support and Digital Capability for new and growing SMEs.

Peter attends the Innovation and Business Support delivery panel as a Board member of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Business Alliance which has access to over 20,000 businesses across the central South and acts as the voice of business between the public and private sector.

Andrew Barnett


Senior Executive with an extensive business and technology knowledge across a broad industry sector base. Former Vice President for a US Bank.  Worked for Blue Chip and SME organisations at Board, Director and Operational levels.

Demonstrable advocate of delivering innovation and business improvement though best practice, business reorganisation and business development.

Over 30 years business experience within UK, Europe, USA and over 35 years technology experience from firmware software programming, project management to BPR implementation including design and implementation of Business Systems. Keen hands-on, problem solving ethos with a high rate of achievement and an appetite for new challenges, ‘out of the box’ thinker together with a genuine passion for delivery and real customer service.