Simon Bond 

[object Object]Simon is Innovation Director of SETsquared, the award-winning enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton  and Surrey. He is also Director of the University of Bath Innovation Centre ( which helps accelerate the growth of technology-based companies both from the University's research base and from the private sector and has founded a portfolio of networks to support business innovation - these include Silicon South West, Low Carbon South West, the open Mobile Innovation Camp, and the

Assisted Living Action Network. He is a Director of the UK Electronics Alliance, ESCO.

Simon leads the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme business plan training course which is based on the pratical experience and track record
of SETsquared and the Innovation Centre.
SETsquared Innovation Director
SETsquared Partnership
University of Bath Innovation Centre, Ground Floor, Broad Quay, Bath BA1 1UD
+44 (0)1225 388682


Dr Alison Evans

Alison is Interim Director of the University of Bath’s Research and Innovation Services with responsibilities for all grant submissions, acceptance and finance; large grant support; project management; industrial partnerships; research & commercialization contracts; research commercialization; enterprise and a city centre-based Innovation Centre.

Alison was also appointed Head of Pre-Award and Contracts in 2016. The main purpose of her role is to manage the delivery of research applications and contracts across a range of funders. This helps grow the University’s Research and Innovation portfolio in line with strategic aims.

Within this remit Alison takes responsibility for advising academics on the preparation of their research proposals, focusing on finance and compliance with internal and external procedures and for reviewing, negotiating and delivering research contracts with an acceptable level of risk to the University. Alison is also responsible for managing the electronic Proposal to Award Management (PAM) system.

She joined the University in 1998. She has worked in many research support roles, including Research Development Manager, Technology Transfer Manager and Head of Research Project Management. During this time, she has established a wide network of internal and external contacts.

Before coming to Bath, Alison worked at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the British Science Association and the Royal Society.

Position: Interim Director
Department: Research & Innovation Services
Organisation: University of Bath
Address: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3350
PA: Kay Gallagher
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3519


Sue Sundstrom

Sue is Interim Director of the University of Bristol's Research & Enterprise Development. 

Sue is also Head of Commercialisation and Impact Development. Her mission is to 'Enable the transfer of research outputs towards commercial products or services (Impact) through licensing, spinouts, translational grants, research collaborations or other relevant mechanisms'.

Before joining the University sector, Sue spent 20 years with Astrazeneca where she held a wide range of international commercial positions including General Management, marketing and global business development. She was responsible for multi-million dollar deals in lifesciences, the sale of non-strategic companies and the creation of new companies in line with developing strategic priorities. 

On leaving AstraZeneca she joined the University of Southampton as Head of Lifesciences where she was responsible for a team handling contracts, licensing and spinout creation on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Lifesciences. 

She joined RED in 2009 as a Senior Technology Transfer Manager with specific responsibility for Biomedical and Veterinary technologies and became Head of Technology Transfer in August 2010 and Head of Research Commercialisation in 2012. She has also operated as an independent consultant, undertaking projects in lifesciences market research and licensing for companies and publicly funded organisations. 

She graduated from the London Business School and Wharton MBA programme with distinction. 

Position: Interim Director of Enterprise
Department: Research & Enterprise Development
Organisation: University of Bristol
Address: Senate House, Tyndall Ave, Bristol BS8 1TH
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)117 331 7003


Sean Fielding

Sean Fielding

Sean Fielding is the Director of Innovation Impact and Business at the University of Exeter.
Sean’s team handles the University of Exeter's support for collaboration with external partners whether for research, education or commercial business such as spin-outs and licensing.  He is also responsible for strategic alliances, regional economic development and the generation of impact from the University’s research.  Each year his team works on c1000 projects worth around £40-50million.

He is also responsible for strategic knowledge transfer projects such as the University’s Innovation Centre and the new Exeter Science Park. 

Sean is a board member of Praxis Unico, the UK's national association for knowledge transfer professionals. He is a former member of the Board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Association for Knowledge Transfer. He is a Director for The Exeter Science Park.

Sean previously worked for national University bodies where he setup and led joint-ventures for commercialising and marketing national and international HE services. He has been Managing Director and Director of several companies. 

Sean studied languages at University College London.

Position: Director
Department: Research & Knowledge Transfer
Organisation: University of Exeter
Address: University of Exeter (Streatham Campus), Innovation Centre Phase 2, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN, UK
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1392 723181


Niki Thomas
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1392 722305


Don Spalinger

Don SpalingerDon brings his serial entrepreneurial and international management experience to the University of Southampton (UoS) in the position of Director of Research and Innovation Services (RIS).

Don joined the UoS in 2007, initially with a remit to foster strategic relationships between UoS, key corporations, and other external partner organizations. Prior to joining UoS, he had an eight year relationship with the University, beginning with his licensing of technology to form Southampton Photonics, Inc. (SPI), SPI's funding of on-going research programs within UoS, and it leveraging of UoS technology to become a world leader in fiber lasers. In 2000, Don was a driving force in the founding of SPI, leading the team in defining the company and its products, hiring the senior management and technical teams, and raising over $50 million in first round venture capital.

Don is the former Managing Vice President of worldwide telecom research and consulting for the GartnerGroup. Before Gartner, Don was founder and President of On-Stream Networking which commercialised the first multi-megabit drop and insert multiplexer. In the early 1980s, Don started Optical Networking Inc. (ONI) which developed one of the first wireless LANs. He also started SpanWorks which established IrDA as a global communications standard.

In addition to founding five companies, Don has held executive positions with a number of multi-national manufacturing companies. Managing Exxon Enterprises' Advance Techology Group, he oversaw the investment of $100s of millions in the first semiconductor fabrication facility dedicated to microprocessors, and in the development of new data communications and information display technologies. Don also held management positions at Racal, DSC Communications, Texas Instruments, and Stanford Research Institute.

Don graduated from the University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa in Physics, and has an MBA in Technical Management also from the University of Texas.

In addition to his RIS responsibilities, Don is active in the local community, as a director of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Policy Board, the Southampton Asset Management Board, and the SETsquared Partnership. But most importantly, Don is the manager of the Hiltingbury Harriers mini-soccer team, on which his son, Toby, plays.

Position: Director
Department: Research & Innovation Services
Organisation: University of Southampton
Address: University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)2380 592392
Fax: +44 (0)2380 593585
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Rachel Tucker and Thea White  
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)2380 59 4686


Keith Robson

Keith RobsonKeith Robson is Director of the University of Surrey Research and Enterprise Support unit, which includes responsibilities for Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Industrial and Regional Engagement as well as research collaborations.

Before joining the University of Surrey, Keith served as Director of Enterprise at Brunel University. Prior to that he had a career in the Electronic and Instrumentation Manufacturing sector, latterly in Managing Director roles.

Keith took one of his companies to a successful trade sale and set up his own spin out company in vision systems, which was later acquired by Sumitomo. During his time within the HEI sector, Keith has been responsible for establishing a number of major Enterprise programmes and was founder Chairman of the WestFocus Consortium of seven London based universities. He also raised finance for early stage seed funds to support university start up companies.

Position: Director
Department: Research & Enterprise Support
Organisation:    University of Surrey
Address: University of Surrey, Senate House (H4), Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Tel: +44 (0)1483 689065
Fax: +44 (0)1483 683481
Email: [email protected]
Carol Snell
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682685