Board Members

Claire Britton

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Claire Britton is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) with extensive experience as a planning professional in local government. Claire is passionate about place making and taking a place shaping approach to growth and development and seeking to ensure proposals meet economic growth objectives, social needs and are environmentally sustainable.

Now working as Economic Development and Delivery Manager at Aylesbury Vale District Council, Claire is bringing together her planning background and knowledge of the area and place, to support and develop coordinated strategic economic plans and proposals and integrate them into wider spatial plans and programmes at national, regional and sub-regional level. Aylesbury Vale is at the heart of new infrastructure proposals for an East West Rail link between Oxford and Cambridge and an Expressway and it is key that this unlocks ‘good growth’ which the area will benefit from.

Aylesbury Vale District Council is an entrepreneurial, commercially focused authority with customers at the core of everything it does. Digitally agile, AVDC was the first council to develop a skill in Alexa Echo for voice activated services for its residents. AVDC is keen to take this legacy into the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council when it is formed in April 2020 as part of Local Government Reorganisation when AVDC, along with the other districts in Buckinghamshire and the county council, will transition to a single council.

 

David Brown

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David currently lives in Shropshire with his wife and has 3 grown up daughters and two grandchildren. A passionate qualified Engineer, David has been with Hexagon since 2002 taking on a Director & General Management role. In this time he has been heading up the growth of the UK business as well as a secondment period into Northern Europe.

Hexagon has ambition in its genes and so the transformation during this period has been exciting and fast paced driven by a combination of technology acquisitions and organic growth. The shape of the business is changing rapidly to accommodate a new digital data driven World. The current business is defined as Manufacturing Intelligence where Hexagon support the UK manufacturing customers, big and small, with the latest metrology technologies and strategies that enable them to ensure they are best positioned to remain competitive, innovative and effective. Silverstone Park strategies are very much in line with these core drivers.

David uses these favourite mantras in business and private:

  • If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got
  • You can’t change the direction of the wind – but you can change the sails
  • The effect you have on others is your highest currency in life.
  • It isn’t things that disturb you, it’s what you think that makes it so.

Jon Corbett

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Jon Corbett is Head of SME at Barclays covering the Beds, Bucks, Northants and Cambridgeshire Region as well as the National Pensions Team.   Jon joined Barclays in 1987, and has over 25 years’ experience working in Corporate & Business Banking. Having undertaken a variety of leadership roles throughout his career, Jon leads a team of experienced Business Managers and Relationship Directors who work closely with small & medium sized businesses across the region to support them achieve their growth aspirations.

Jon is a Board Member of the South East Midland Enterprise Partnership whom he also represents on the Strategic Oversight Board for the Midland Engine Investment Fund.

A keen football fan and UEFA B Qualified Football Coach, Jon has lived in the Milton Keynes area all his life and is married to Alison with 3 children.

Kieron Salter

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Kieron Salter is the Founder and Managing Director of the KW group of engineering companies (KW Motorsport, KW Special Projects and KW Heritage) and a Director of Sports Aero Solutions Ltd.

Following graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes in 1993 Kieron joined Reynard Racing where he progressed to become Head of their Special Vehicle Projects division. Kieron was Chief Engineer on five cars in 2000’s Le Mans 24 hours race, and had three consecutive Le Mans Prototype winners there between 2001 and 2003. In 2003, Kieron set up his own Motorsport Engineering Consultancy, KW Motorsport. Expansion followed in 2013 with the launch of KW Special Projects, an engineering solution provider transferring motorsport capabilities in to other sectors such as automotive and professional sports. In 2016 Kieron also co-founded Sports Aero Solutions Ltd, a joint venture alongside fellow STC board member Rob Lewis of TotalSim. Most recently KW has expanded further with the launch of KW Heritage, an engineering division that uses modern engineering and manufacturing methods to support the heritage vehicle market.

In 2017, in recognition of this business growth, Kieron was recognised by leading professional services firm Grant Thornton as one of 100 ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’.

Mark Clement

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Mark graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc Honours degree in Economics and Accountancy; he spent 13 years at Coopers & Lybrand before moving to Grant Thornton UK LLP in 1997. Since that time Mark has specialised in Transaction Services leading successful teams in Birmingham, Cambridge and more recently Milton Keynes. Mark also spent a period of time away from Grant Thornton with a two year stint at RPC Group plc, the global packaging business, where he was involved in M&A, treasury and financial reporting. Mark gets a real buzz from working with growing and dynamic businesses and helping those businesses achieve their goals and aims. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Mark is interested in many sports, music and the arts and can often be found at some sporting or music venue. He lives in Northamptonshire, is married to Jo and has two grown up children.

Pim van Baarsen

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Pim joined the Motorsport Industry Association after completing a Master’s degree in business studies. During his time there he was presented with the AIM Young Business Person of the Year award for his efforts in helping the organisation grow. He subsequently joined transmission specialists Xtrac where he oversaw their sportscar activities. After two years there he was invited to join Haymarket as Group Marketing Manager. In 2010, Pim co-founded CMA Marketing, a marketing agency specialising in technical B2B marketing. In December 2016 Pim was asked to head up the Silverstone Technology Cluster alongside his ongoing role in the agency.

Richard Ellis

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Despite graduating in Sports Science from Loughborough University of Technology, Richard’s early career was forged in the drinks and retail leisure industries, in a marketing and commercial capacity. Divisional Director roles with Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing, Whitbread Pub Partnerships and Stanley Leisure provided the foundation upon which he then set up his own management consultancy business, initially supporting a range of client companies in strategic business planning and development, but increasingly advising on development of their leadership teams. Richard was then offered an opportunity in Local Government, which fully utilised his commercial and senior management experience, and has then gone on to director level roles in a number of County, District and Unitary authorities. With further senior level roles in the NHS and Business Process Outsourcing, Richard brings a wealth of senior management experience.

As interim Chief Executive for South Northamptonshire Council, Richard’s role is first and foremost to continue to lead the authority in delivering excellent services to our residents, and working with our key partner organisations in furthering our ambitions for South Northamptonshire. However, given the ongoing restructuring of local government across Northamptonshire, a key part of his role will be managing the transition of SNC into the new unitary council of West Northamptonshire in 2020.

Rob Lewis

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Rob Lewis graduated from the University of Leeds in 1991 with a BEng Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently again from Leeds in 1995 with a PhD in CFD. From 1995 to 1998 he worked as a support engineer and later project team leader at Fluent Europe Ltd. From 1998 to 2007 Rob led Advantage CFD, an aerodynamics and CFD consultancy, from start-up with Reynard Motorsport to eventual closure under Honda F1 Racing Team.

In 2007 Rob and others founded TotalSim Ltd, a Computational Fluid Dynamics Consultancy which employs 25 people in Brackley, Northamptonshire and also has offices in America and Japan. Rob is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. In June 2017 Rob was awarded an OBE for services to science applied to sport in recognition of Rob’s contribution to the performance of British athletes over the last 3 Olympic campaigns.

Roz Bird

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A chartered surveyor and qualified marketer, Roz joined MEPC in 2007, becoming Estate Director at Granta Park in 2011.

In 2014, following MEPC’s acquisition of 131 acres of development land around the Silverstone Circuit, Roz became Commercial Director of Silverstone Park and in 2015, a member of the MEPC Executive Committee.

Roz is taking forward an ambitious plan for growth at Silverstone Park including: the development of a number of speculative industrial schemes, achievement of Enterprise Zone status, a new planning consent for 2.1 million sq ft and the development of a growing number of high-tech networking events and a sports and social programme which both help to encourage a sense of community and opportunity on the park.

In 2016, Roz worked with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence to create the UK’s first dedicated sub-contract inspection metrology facility and in the same year she helped to establish the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

In 2017 Roz was confirmed as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 “Faces of a Vibrant Economy” and in 2018 she was elected as Chair of the Silverstone Technology Cluster Board.

Simon Arkell

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Simon is a Principal at EMW and has been a board member since the inception of STC. 

EMW is a full service law firm, offering legal solutions to businesses and has offices in Milton Keynes, London and Gatwick.  Simon’s “day job” is as a member of EMW’s Corporate Team and he predominantly works with both companies and individuals and advises on investments, mergers and acquisitions and where companies or businesses are being sold.  Simon has worked in Northants and Bucks for over 15 years and is well known locally for his pragmatic and commercial approach to advising clients.  It is often assumed that lawyers will make things more (not less) complicated, but Simon’s approach is to listen carefully to a client’s objectives, provide advice to suit and cut through the legal jargon. Law is complicated, but the advice does not need to be. 

Outside of the day job, Simon enjoys travelling down hill, at high speed, on his mountain bike – preferably with both wheels off the ground.

STC Ambassador: Cristiana Pace

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Cristiana has more than 20 years’ experience in Motorsport both in engineering and Management side. She graduated in engineering at Universita’ degli Studi in Bologna, Italy, and subsequently, she completed an MSc in Motorsport Engineering and Management at Cranfield University, where she currently sits on the advisory board.

She has been one of the first women to be actively involved in Motorsport trackside, as a performance engineer in GT and at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2002. Cristiana was also the first woman to work alongside the FIA technical department in F1 as data analysist (2004-2008). From 2009 till 2015 she covered the role of Research Consultant for the FIA Institute for Motorsport Sustainability and from 2016 till 2017 she consulted for the FIA Safety Department being actively deployed in championships such as Cross Country Rally, World Endurance Championship and participating in drawing the strategy for the deployment of safety devices in FIA championships.

In 2012 Cristiana focused in technology transfer and innovation, joining Williams Advanced Engineering, a division of Williams F1 as Business Development Manager. During those years in Williams, she worked closely with the F1 management Team winning multimillion pounds projects including the supply of batteries to FIA Formula E, project that Cristiana lead from 2013 till 2015.

 In 2015, after leaving Williams, Cristiana started a PhD in Business and Strategic Management at Coventry University, exploring low-carbon sustainable socio-technical transitions in Motorsport.

In 2018 Cristiana Founded Enovation Consulting, concentrating on projects involving education, engineering and sustainability. She is currently consulting for a number of key players in the motorsport and automotive sectors.

Cristiana is a STEMNET ambassador and a member of the IMechE from which she obtained in 2015 the title of CEng. Cristiana is an ambassador for Dare to Be different, a joint initiative from the MSA and Susie Wolf.

 

 

STC Ambassador: Jon Hilton

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Jon is Managing Director at Celeratis Limited

Jon has a strong background in motorsport having worked in Formula One for more than 15 years including as Technical Director of the UK Engine Division at Renault F1. Jon started Flybrid Automotive on the Silverstone site in 2007 and grew the company over 7 years before selling it in 2014. He now runs his consultancy company Celeratis and is currently working with Silverstone tenant Lunaz Limited on their electric classic car programme. 

Jon is a Chartered Engineer and was President of the IMechE in 2016/17. 

STC Ambassador: Julia Muir

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Julia Muir is the CEO of Gaia Innovation Ltd, and has over 25 years experience in automotive retailing, manufacturing and consulting, with roles in Quality, HR, Dealer Training, Recruitment, Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Brand and Advertising. She has a Business Studies degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development, and has worked in the UK, Germany and Spain. Julia is an expert in creating a great customer and employee experience and advising car retailers on the transition to digitalisation, and taught on the executive programmes at the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics Centre for Automotive Management.

Julia helps employers and universities take action to create inclusive and gender balanced talent pools. She also gives speeches in schools to inform young people about the creative and technological skills that employers and universities require for the “4th Industrial Revolution”. Gaia Innovation builds positive relationships between employers, universities and schools with a goal of achieving the best employment destination for every child. This involves organising inspirational events for school students to meet employers from advanced technology sectors, career networking sessions, employer open days, employability skills training, work experience programmes and developing outreach programmes for employers to provide positive interactions within schools.

Julia is a volunteer for the Education and Employers Inspiring the Future charity, a speaker for the Speakers for Schools charity, and was awarded the Mary Lou Carrington Award by the City of London Worshipful Company of Educators for her work with Speakers for Schools.  In 2018 she was appointed as the Private Sector Board Member lead on Employment and Skills for the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and is a member of of the Barnsley Economic Partnership.

 

STC Ambassador: Richard Wiggins

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Richard is a designer and founder of Pixel Creation and MK Geek Night, with over 20 years of creative and technical experience in the web industry.

Pixel Creation is a small design & web studio in Milton Keynes. Having been in business since 2003 Pixel have helped businesses of all sizes thrive digitally. From creative branding through to engaging, dynamic websites, Pixel take pride in helping clients achieve their goals.

 

STC Ambassador: Roger Atkins

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Founder – Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd.

From electric guitars to electric cars I’ve been on a colourful journey!…after a couple of decades singing the praises of combustion engines I changed my tune a decade ago to become an EV advocate. Musician turned business consultant – my ‘Electric Vehicles Outlook’ enterprise has been busy sharing an EV narrative on the LinkedIn platform – where I’ve now gathered over 275,000 followers for my regular blog spot. A trio of start-ups behind me – online car retailing at Virgincars, amphibious vehicles with Gibbs, and electric trucks at Modec – I’m now fully embracing the convergence of electric-connected-autonomous & shared vehicles…all increasingly powered up by renewable energy of course!

It used to be about connecting just the dots…but it will soon be about connecting everything as we are on the cusp of a step change in how our world works. In relatively simple terms it’s about the switch from a linear to a circular economy, which means maximising both efficiency and utilisation – of almost everything around us. The enabling people and capabilities are close to hand, and concurrent with my long running EV narrative, I am now working in and around the AI and IOT space as well. 

STC Ambassador: Shailendra Vyakarnam

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Passionate about entrepreneurship education and development for over 30 years. I am presently Visiting Professor at the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University, having had the honour of being its Director for four years. Previously, for fourteen years, I was founding director of Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge. My current role entails growing entrepreneurship education, mentoring and inspiring new generations of entrepreneurs. Also supervise doctoral candidates.

My latest co-authored book is the Scale-Up Manual. It follows on the heels of Camels, Tigers and Unicorns: Rethinking science and technology enabled innovation. My co-author is a thought leader in innovation. The Scale-Up Manual is designed to help teams navigate their way from early to mature stages of growth through understanding of the three chasms they will encounter on the journey as well as learn of the 12 vectors they can use to help overcome the challenges of the chasms.
My last book with Neal Hartman, Unlocking the Enterpriser Inside. A book of why, what and How takes readers into the practicalities of how to create courses and learning in education FOR entrepreneurship.

I am active in several stages of business development from start-ups through scale-ups and growing businesses as educator, mentor, and coach. Typically involved in strategy, boardroom dynamics, team building and assisting with getting teams ready to pitch to investors. My passion is for science and technology enabled businesses.
As a result of these experiences I have been invited to provide policy advice and executive education for larger firms that want to embrace entrepreneurial thinking.

On the advisory board of several early stage companies. Trustee of GEN Initiative providing education, income generation to small rural communities in India.

STC Ambassador: Stephen Ball

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Stephen Ball began his career as a student apprentice in the automotive sector and graduated with an honours degree in mechanical engineering in 1976. 

He joined Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre as a scientific officer and over 21 years held various roles culminating in serving as CEO. 

Leaving HMGCC he rejoined the private sector as a member of the Board of the management buyout of Hunting Engineering.  Following a trade sale to the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2005 Stephen was appointed Managing Director and led the transition into Lockheed Martin.  He was appointed Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK in 2009 and led it through rapid growth over the next seven years.

Having retired from Lockheed Martin in 2016, Stephen now has a number of Non-Executive Director and advisory roles in the technology and security sectors.

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