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Mike Herd

Executive Director

As a seasoned innovation professional Mike developed and led Sussex Innovation, a leading knowledge-based business incubation network for 20 years. In this role has supported over 600 early-stage businesses to develop new products and business models, to generate revenue, grow and pursue investment. He has also transformed the research commercialisation and student enterprise offerings at the University of Sussex. He has built relationships with investors, academics, funding bodies and technical experts across the South East, helping to maximise the potential of the region’s ambitious entrepreneurs. Mike has worked across tech sectors, from games and AI through to medical devices and drug discovery; he specialises in the identification of new markets and business opportunities for novel technology.

Mike has received the National Achievement in Business Incubation Award and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, in recognition of his ongoing efforts to foster, promote and support entrepreneurship.

Anouska Greenaway
Project Manager
Anthony Stonham
Chief Executive
Ben Martin
Business Innovation Director
Dawn Farnes
Business Services Manager
David Smith
Digital Transformation Strategiest
Hayden Carnegie
Lead Designer
James Kennedy
Software Developer
Josie Nelder
Software Developer
Mike Herd
Executive Director
Nick Braithwaite
Digital Transformation Strategist
Nick Kuh
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Richard Stephens
Executive Director
Sam Pennington
Designer
Sam Richards
Software Developer
Sara Leatherland
Operations Director
Scott Stonham
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