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The Board

The Yorkshire Concept Board is dominated by private sector people with a long experience in business and markets.

To give a project the best possible chance of succeeding by project end, the Board has to be as confident as possible at the pitch session that the idea,

the proposed concept plan, and the team it hears and sees deliver the proposition, understand the technology, the product, the market problem it sets out to solve,

how it might get to its first sale and how revenues will be generated.

Barry Dodd

Barry Dodd (Chair)

CEO GSM Group

Barry Dodd began working life as a graduate trainee with ICI and spent five years within ICI management working in London, New York and Teesside. He left when the urge to work for himself got the better of him. Read more

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Andrew Burton 

Andrew Burton

Viking Fund MD

After qualifying as an engineer, Andrew launched his first company in the electronics sector at the age of 24 and secured his first trade-sale exit eight years later. For the last 25 years Andrew has worked with entrepreneurs and high-growth firms in the UK and overseas advising and coaching them on how to deliver success in technology-based businesses. Read more

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Mark Cleary

Professor Mark Cleary

VC University of Bradford

Mark took his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Jesus College, Cambridge in Geography. From 1980-1989 he was a Lecturer at Exeter University before taking up a post in Brunei (1989-1992) where he began research on development issues in Borneo with a particular interest in tropical deforestation. Read more

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Tony Haynes

Tony Haynes

Regional Technology Network CEO


Gwyn Humphries

Dr Gwyn Humphries

Connect Yorkshire Board

Originally a biochemist/molecular biologist Gwyn has extensive experience of technology transfer and early stage technology companies. Gwyn was a co-founder in 1995 of Bradford Particle Design (BPD), a spin-out company from the University's School of Pharmacy. Read more

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Steve Page

Steve Page

Page Consulting MD

Steve provides strategic direction for the company and is a leading consultant who is actively involved in business improvement consultations, supporting a wide range of regional and blue chip organisations. Read more

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Tony Robards

Professor Tony Robards

University of York

Tony was educated at The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells, and University College London where he took first and higher degrees in Biology. He was appointed to the University of York in 1966 and has published over 130 scientific papers and books in pure and applied biological research for which he was awarded a D.Sc. by the University of London and a Personal Chair at the University of York. Read more

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Alex McWhirter

Alex McWhirter

Head of Enterprise, Yorkshire Forward


Peter White

Peter White

Chair YKTO

Peter White is the founder of YTKO, the European economic and enterprise development company. Peter works closely with scientists and technologists to create sustainable market-driven enterprises. He is a leading practitioner of proof of commercial concept, using innovative processes to develop and accelerate market engagement and revenues for early-stage science. Read more

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Amelia Morgan

Edward French

Investment Director Enterprise Ventures

 


Nick Butler

Nick Butler

CEO Connect Yorkshire


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