Professor Mary Stuart

University of Lincoln

Professor Mary Stuart became Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. She sits on the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), chairs HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Committee, is a member of Universities UK’s task force on social mobility and is Vice Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit. She is also a founding director of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. 

Eric Hilton​

Nutrapharma Ltd

Eric Hilton has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry specialising in sales and marketing, business development and growth strategies. He is currently the CEO and founder of Nutrapharma Limited, an innovation, research and supply company based in Lincoln, and he is also consulting at Parkacre to assist growth in a senior director role. He has a BSc in Chemistry and Biology, a DPhil in Pharmacokinetics in Nutrition, and is a visiting scholar and guest lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University.

Martin Collison

Collison and Associates Limited

Martin Collison is a director of agricultural consultants Collison & Associates and advises the Greater Lincolnshire LEP on agriculture and rural and environmental issues. He founded Collison and Associates in 2002, having been a consultant since 2000.  He specialises in developing strategies, projects and programmes to deliver change in rural areas. He is a member of the East of England Food and Agriculture Board, Norfolk Rural Development Strategy delivery group and the CLA’s Agriculture and Land Use Committee

Professor David Rae

Bishop Grosseteste University

Professor David Rae is a leading innovator and researcher in the human and social dynamics of entrepreneurship, learning and small business management. He has a significant track record in the leadership of business and enterprise in higher education, having worked at the University of Lincoln and Cape Breton University in Novia Scotia before joining Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln in 2015. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Learning. 

Steve Middlebrough

Siemens

Steve joined the RAF as an electrical engineer apprentice at the age of 17 and later plied his trade at turbine manufacturer Siemens. There he has worked in a number of roles, including Turbine Package Build Manager and Director of Service Engineering, and he is now Global Manufacturing Head for Service. He led the projects to deliver the new School of Engineering partnership with the University of Lincoln and the new service facility at Teal Park near Lincoln and is a director on the board of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. 

Andrew Stevenson

University of Lincoln

Having established his own business from start-up through development and growth to eventual sale while completing an Executive MBA, Andrew Stevenson is now Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Lincoln. Andrew’s role is to support all research and enterprise activity across the university and to establish wide and deep relationships with key industrial partners. Andrew is Director and Chair of the East Midlands Incubation Network and a Director of UK Business Incubation, and he has played a leading role in establishing the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park and the Lincoln Growth Fund. 

Pete Holmes

BEIS (East Midlands)

Pete Holmes is an Assistant Director in the Cities and Local Growth Unit at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the East Midlands and South East Midlands. He is the relationship manager for Greater Lincolnshire and Leicester and Leicestershire and leads on European and skills issues. Prior to working in BEIS he held a number of senior positions in the Department for the Environment, the Department for Transport and Government Office for the East Midlands.

Alex Wright

Director, Knapton Wright

After three years in the marketing communications team at the University of Westminster, Alex Wright went to work for Facebook in its new UK office – its first outside of the US. He stayed there for a further three years, working with a wide range of clients including Samsung, Honda and Heineken in the Facebook Marketing Solutions team. After leaving Facebook Alex worked for TBG Digital before setting up Knapton Wright, a Lincolnshire social media marketing agency, with Louise Knapton. 

David Marlow

Chief Executive, Third Life Economics

David Marlow is a visionary chief executive and development economist who has worked in the public sector for over 25 years. An expert in the leadership of large complex organisations, he established Third Life Economics in 2008. He has worked as Chief Executive of the East of England Regional Development Agency, Executive Director of Southampton City Council and Chief Executive of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, where he was the leading force behind the council becoming the fourth fastest improving local authority in the country. 

Jason Andrews

Owner, Jason Andrews Associates

Jason has a degree in Strategic Management and Leadership and an MBA and is trained in executive coaching and mentoring through the Institute of Leadership and Management. He has provided leadership and strategic direction to SMEs, global corporations and start-ups, primarily in manufacturing and the service sector. He believes in making the work environment a happier and more productive place to be and helps organisations to get the best out of their people. Jason is an aspiring adventurer and explorer and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, crossed Costa Rica and completed the National and Yorkshire Three Peak Challenges. 

Tony Burnell

CEO, Metis Aerospace

Tony originates from a family with many generations in farming. He studied an HND Agricultural Mechanisation at Lackam College of Agriculture and remained in farming until the age of 24. Joining the RAF, he became a mission system operator/manager flying on a wide range of aircraft while specialising on both Nimrod surveillance platforms. Later in his RAF career he became a flight test and evaluation specialist working closely with MOD and industry in cutting-edge developments. In 2012 Tony retired from the RAF and launched Metis Aerospace Ltd with another former RAF colleague, offering specialist technical support and developing sensor systems and UAV platforms pulling through emerging and innovative technologies.