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SETsquared Mentors

Find out more about the mentors who will be supporting you throughout the West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-up Programme.

Emma Burlow

Emma is the founder of Lighthouse Sustainability. She is one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and has worked directly with businesses on sustainability for 25 years. This experience gives Emma a unique hands-on understanding of the success factors for implementing more circular business models, in particular, the importance of understanding the financial model, establishing key partnerships and understanding the marketplace.

Emma works with established businesses to help them find a pragmatic, solid pathway through sustainability, carbon and circularity, supports start-ups to disrupt conventional industries and delivers bespoke training. Clients include Beko, Magnox, Engie, OPRL, FEN Group, Revolution ZERO, Packoorang, CanCan and Vanguard Medical Devices.

In 2020, Emma started her online #CE100 series to profile businesses working in the circular economy. She has a wide network and uses this to catalyse the rapid change we need to meet future sustainability challenges.

Emma is a host for BeWasteWise panels and regularly presents on circularity relating to business.

Emma was the Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures from 2016-2020, where she grew the CE capacity in the business to a successful team across England and Scotland working with clients such as Waitrose, Central England Co-op, WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland.

Emma is a Director of SevernNet, a circular economy focused business network in the Avonmouth area and mentors start-ups and sustainability professionals through Circular Economy Club and Sustainability Mentors.

Katharine’s professional expertise is in bringing people together to make things happen and supporting individuals to achieve better balance between professional and personal commitments. As an Executive Coach, she brings a hybrid range of skills, helping her clients to work out their purpose, to create and act on a plan, to implement change and/or to focus on achieving outcomes.

Her career has seen her work mostly in the private sector as well as short periods in the public and not for profit sectors. Starting out recruiting accountants for the City of London, she was headhunted by a niche management consultancy to help build project teams for city firms before moving to Cambodia to support the Australian Embassy’s aid team. Back in the UK, she joined an economics consultancy in Oxford to drive change in their events business, quadrupling their events turnover through increased delivery of workshops, residential training courses and conferences in a little over four years.

Approached by Oxford Innovation in 2012 to be one of the first Growth Managers recruited for the government’s national GrowthAccelerator service, she has extensive experience of working with SMEs across the South West, using a range of business support tools to support growth.

Keith graduated and trained as an engineer before adding an MBA and PhD in Management during a career that spans 25 years in the high tech sector. His breadth of knowledge and experience originate from the diversity of roles he has held in environments such as Silicon Valley, dot com start-ups, major corporations and public sector/ not-for-profit organisations. At Sybase (acquired by SAP), Illustra (acquired by Informix/IBM) and Kabira (acquired by Tibco) the focus was on entry into and revenue growth in the UK and European markets, whilst as COO at (acquired by Yahoo!) and subsequently at Racal (acquired to create Thales), Cap Gemini and Motorola the focus was on mobile telecomms and the emerging mobile commerce market.

Keith Dixon is currently part of the SETsquared Surrey team as one of their Entrepreneurs in Residence. He is part of the team that developed and delivers the Entrepreneurs and Innovation Workouts.

Laurent Perge

Innovation Advisor, University of Bath.  Supporting companies in the West of England to develop new low carbon technologies and to commercialise proven ones, stimulating growth and decarbonising the economy, and provide opportunities for companies to work with the University of Bath and other universities in the West of England.

Tim Doidge

Tim Doidge has worked in the field of communications for over 30 years mainly in the technical arena of high-end post-production, broadcast, film and visual effects. As creative director of two of the leading manufacturers in these fields, he has extensive experience in presenting overly complex and technical messages in an effective, compelling but above all understandable way.

Other sectors that he has specialised in during this period include architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, digital prototyping, sustainable design, video games and automotive. At the same time whilst managing large teams of application specialists and pre-sales, his role has always included the challenge of communicating these messages to a global audience.

Over the last 7 years he has worked very closely with SETsquared developing and delivering their Entrepreneurs and Innovation Workouts whilst acting as a pitching coach for subsequent investment showcases. As a result, he has helped literally hundreds of start-ups develop their Business Model Canvas and pitch more effectively to investors at major showcases around the UK.

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SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Surrey