ScaleUp Berkshire is delivered by Oxford Innovation and overseen by an Advisory Group comprising:
Frances is Head of Business Environment at the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. She is responsible for managing the Business Environment Programme to support the implementation of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for Thames Valley Berkshire and the Business Environment element of the future Berkshire Local Industrial Strategy (BLIS). Prior to joining the LEP in 2013, Frances held a variety of project management roles in both the public and private sectors.
Chris Dodson OBE DL AFIChemE FIoD
Chris Dodson is a mechanical engineer with nearly 40 years in commercial technology development for industry, particularly in heavy energy consuming and renewable energy-related industries.
Today, hundreds of industrial plants employ his inventions and techniques to carry out a wide variety of commercial processes. He has particular expertise in the construction, negotiation and management of licence and technology agreements internationally.
Through executive and non-executive positions in a range of companies from games software to robotics, Chris has also provided his real ‘hands on’ international business experience to those establishing and growing new businesses and technologies. He has worked extensively in Europe, North America, India, Australasia and South Africa
Jurek is Executive Director for Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School (HBS) and Entrepreneur in Residence at London Business School (LBS), where he mentors start-up businesses on a range of topics including business idea development, business model creation, customer development, talent acquisition and management and senior management team development.
Jurek is also business adviser to several start-up businesses and non-executive chairman of several small companies.
Jurek launched several initiatives at HBS including the IDEAFEST Business Idea Competition, Business Idea Clinic and the Entrepreneurship Society and whilst at LBS Jurek designed and launched the Business Incubator Programme that supports start-up businesses transition to successful trading operations.
Adam Hale is a Reading-based Technology entrepreneur/adviser. He is Chairman of DevOpsGroup, a board member of Unit4 / Tech Nation and an angel/adviser to scale-ups including Open Blend (Maidenhead).
Prior to ‘going plural’ Adam was CEO of Fairsail 2013-2017 when the Reading based SaaS business grew from £1m-£17m revenue and was acquired by Sage plc for £115m, 23x the value in October 2013.
Adam is a frequent speaker on scale-ups, member of the Scale-up Group and the author of ‘Lobster Tales’ (see his LinkedIn & @Adahal). Outside Software he cycles with GS Henley.
Elizabeth is the Entrepreneur Engagement Manager in the South East for Tech Nation where she provides free support to scaling digital tech founders. Tech Nation provides a peer-to-peer networking platform that provides founders with scaling support and connections across their regions.
Elizabeth has always been involved in the tech sector starting her career as a European Channel Manager for a Desktop Publishing software company. Most recently, she spent a decade running an edtech company which then pivoted into AI and deep-tech. She experienced the challenge of building a digital tech business outside of London and the struggle that founders face to access finance and investment outside of the capital. Elizabeth speaks both French and English having been brought up in France. Keen to share her perspectives as a woman working in tech and as a working parent, Elizabeth wants to help make the tech sector more diverse and inclusive.
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