Knowledge Transfer Adviser
Stephen is the Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) support businesses to engage with expert academic teams on a project-based collaboration delivering sustainable innovation with positive economic impact and additional societal or environmental benefits. Stephen looks after businesses supporting their projects with knowledge bases in many parts of the country. Stephen also maintains relationships with a number of designated universities in relation to their participation in the programme.
Working on behalf of Innovate UK, KTAs help to identify and convene new KTP partnerships, and provide collaborative support for the development of an application and associated business case. KTAs support project delivery post-award and also provide connectivity across the wider KTN community to aid successful delivery of the commercial opportunity.
As an experienced leader of early stage technology ventures, Stephen has consistently delivered high growth and value creation across the defence, telecom and energy sectors. Formerly CEO of a global telecom consulting practice, he built the group from scratch to preparation for a US$350m IPO on NASDAQ. Widely involved in the commercial exploitation of fixed and mobile networks, Stephen has specialised in the commercialisation of disruptive innovations – particularly for start-up and early stage businesses. In a Business Development role he has created powerful and influential partnerships and built enduring relationships at the most senior level. Most recently Stephen has been involved in the strategy formulation and investment analysis of energy management systems – particularly initiatives involving Demand Response, Smart Metering & Smart Grid.
For a number of years Stephen also acted as Chair for the South Wiltshire Economic Partnership (SWEP). This public/private sector partnership engages district and county councils, local businesses and business organisations and focuses upon development and expansion of the regional economy.