Ian Millen

(Panel Chair) Millennia Insights Ltd

Brian Johnson

BAE Systems/Solent LEP Board Director

Brian is the UK Business Development Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships and brings a wealth of private sector experience to his role as Board Director at the Solent LEP, with over 20 years' experience in the Marine and Maritime sector at organisations such as Thales, Marconi and the aforementioned BAE Systems. Brian was previously Chair of the Solent LEP Marine and Maritime Steering Group before joining the Solent LEP Board. Brian is also the Chair of the British Naval Equipment Association council and on the board of the Society of Maritime Industries.

Nigel Duncan

Fareham College and Further Education Representative

Nigel was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive in March 2012 and in that role has the executive strategic responsibility for the quality of the College’s provision, the financial integrity of the business and the safety of all that use the College. As the Principal and Chief Executive Nigel serves on the Board of Fareham College Corporation and is a member of all Corporation Committees, except the Audit and Search Committees. 

He also serves on a range of external bodies including the Solent LEPs Marine and Maritime Steering Group, Governor at the Southampton Solent University, Hampshire Principal’s Group and the Fareham Heads and Principals. Fareham College includes a state of the art STEM Centre called CEMAST. Based on the Solent Enterprise Zone at the former HMS Daedalus, CEMAST is a Centre of Excellence in Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training including HE. The College is about to open a Civil Engineering Training Centre – CETC.

Alastair Welch

ABP Port of Southampton

Alastair Welch joined ABP as the Director of the Port of Southampton in May 2016 - he is also a member of the ABP Board. Prior to joining ABP he held a wide ranging number of roles in the airport industry with roles in areas such as corporate strategy, operations, engineering and finance across an array of airports. His degree is in mechanical engineering after which he studied accountancy. 

He is married with two children and enjoys skiing and sailing.


Dan Hook


Dan Hook CEng, MRINA is a qualified Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the unmanned marine industry. Upon graduating from the University of Southampton, Dan joined Seaspeed Marine Consulting as a Naval Architect in 2002 before moving onto the position of Technical Director in 2007. During his time at Seaspeed, Dan specialised in unmanned platform and high speed craft design and consultancy. 

Dan currently holds the position of Managing Director at ASV Global, a company at the forefront of developments in unmanned marine systems for the Military and Defence, Offshore Energy, and Science and Survey Industries. Dan has built a vibrant team of naval architects, engineers and robotics experts, seeing the company grow from 3 people to over 80 in just seven years. During this time the team have delivered over 80 Unmanned Systems to commercial and defence customers in the UK and all over the world. 

As well as his role at ASV Global, Dan maintains an active role in industry. He is currently the Chairman of the Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) Council run by the Society of Maritime Industries, and is a member of the Solent Marine and Maritime Steering Group.

Mike Sellers

Portsmouth International Port

Mike Sellers is port director for Portsmouth International Port and has been in post since January 2017.

Following a successful career spanning 20 years with Associated British Ports (ABP), Mike has held senior roles at a number of ports in East Anglia and Humberside. His experience in the shipping industry also includes port manager at Grimsby and Immingham. Born in Hull and growing up in a family of dock workers, he has a wealth of knowledge concerning port related matters.

With a career dedicated to shipping, Mike aims to use this expertise to drive forward investment and regeneration for the UK’s most successful municipal port.

Mike is delighted to be a member of the SMMSG where he will share his experience to help capitalise on the region’s leading role in marine and maritime industries.


David Steele

Stride Treglown Limited

David is a main board Director of Stride Treglown, based predominantly in their Solent office near Winchester. With over 320 staff based in 9 offices throughout the UK, David's role and responsibilities cover all those one would expect from one of the UK's leading architectural practices.  In addition to his passion for adaptive and sustainable design, his management role includes a strategic overview of the business, finance, business development, management reporting, as well as day to day involvement in the design and management of projects with clients.

With specific expertise within the marine and maritime sector, David has a detailed knowledge of employment and development opportunities and challenges, being involved in many port, marine employment and waterside developments within the region.

David is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, being a Chartered Building Surveyor and a qualified valuer. This multi-disciplined background allows him to contribute fully to a diverse range of discussions, applying this experience to numerous master planning and marine related projects, unlocking a project’s full commercial potential.  He looks forward to using these skills to help the region generally within this new role.

Prior to joining Stride Treglown in 2013, David was Managing Director of TS Design Group for over 25 years.

David is also a non-executive Director of Hartford Care Group, which own and operate care and extra-care homes within the south. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his main leisure pursuit is sailing.

Stephen Philpott


Councillor Stephen Philpott is both a district councillor at Gosport Borough Council and a county councillor at Hampshire County Council. He was first elected to Gosport Borough Council in 1986 where he is currently Chairman of the Economic Development Board.  He was elected to Hampshire County Council in May 2017.

Stephen spent 35 years in the civil service until 2016 working in the Department for Work and Pensions in a number of roles gaining experience in working with local employers and stakeholders.

Ravneet Virdi


Cdre Jim Higham

MoD representative

Stephen Golding

UKTI Representative

Stephen is the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Sector Team Manager for The Department for International Trade (DIT) for the London and South East regions, which includes Marine, Aerospace and Automotive. He is responsible for managing a team of International Trade Advisers located across both regions whose role is to help UK businesses access markets overseas.

Prior to joining DIT Stephen worked in international sales and marketing management for more than 20 years with personal experience of conducting business in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia and the ASEAN region, and North and South America. Along with his team of International Trade Advisers, he works closely with DIT colleagues at the British embassies and consulate offices around the world to identify opportunities and organise events, missions and other activities for UK Marine and Maritime businesses.