Ben is MD of TechSPARK and leads on strategy, operations and our business consultancy services. He has previously managed Business Development for Invest Bristol and Bath and still helps as their Digital Sector Specialist.
Ben moved to Bristol 7 years ago after living in Manchester and still keeps finding out new things about the city. In his spare time he likes to travel and can be found in various European cities with a glass of wine in his hand.
Geraint is the man behind the content. Editor, social media specialist and story spotter - he also keeps an eye on our jobs and event pages.
He's welsh and if you're scared of introducing yourself, this is how you say his name.
Sarah is helping to manage our busy event calendar and curate a few of our events.
Her 15 years of experience in festivals and events, science communication, and creative technology, has led her to become an excellent event director, an advocate of Bristol and its creative tech hub, and recognise the importance of events to enable business growth, learning and development.
Sarah has an unhealthy knowledge of Agatha Christie novels and likes to build interactive light sculptures in her spare time.
Ashley is Head of Partnerships of TechSPARK and leads on commercial operations and our go-to market business proposition. Ashley has extensive experience of the regions tech and digital industry, having previously held senior roles at the BBC and WBB.
In his spare time he likes cliches - like spending time with his family, or drinking wine.
Abby manages our strategic
projects such as Silicon
Gorge, our investment pitch
event, and SPARKies our
annual awards ceremony.
A Cornish lass, Abby Frear did a languages degree at Bath University followed by a "not very relevant to that" occupation as a Chartered Accountant in London, a Recruiter in Sydney and most recently working as Operations Manager for a tech startup based in Bath. She tends to spend her weekends outside, hiking, camping, climbing not particularly steep mountains, and getting addicted to Danish detective dramas.
Nick Flaherty is one of the UK’s leading electronics technology journalists. Based in Bristol, he has been covering the latest developments in semiconductor, embedded software and electronics technology for the last 25 years as a writer, editor, analyst and consultant.
His experience at the leading edge of technology has enhanced a wide range of technical trade publications around the world, including EETimes Europe and Electronic Engineering Times in the US, as well as SouthWest Innovation News, Electronics Times, Electronic Engineering and Electronics Weekly. He has edited MicroTechnology Europe and Electronic Product Design magazines and was launch editor of Automotive Electronics magazine.
Vanessa looks after all our social media activity here at TechSPARK and Bristol Calling. Before joining us, her career had taken her across Europe and Asia, working both for advertising agencies and then directly for Philips International, where she looked after global marketing for everything from hairdryers to TVs to MRI scanners. Now based in Bath, when she’s not championing the Bristol & Bath tech scene, Vanessa is kept absurdly busy with her three children. This leaves her with a combined 3 minutes a week to keep practising her frighteningly rusty Mandarin.
TechSPARK - All things Tech in the West (of England)
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