Meet the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor team
28th January 2019
The Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor team consists of leading figures from the public and private sectors, with a wealth of experience covering a wide variety of industries.
The delivery board
The delivery board works with the Tech Corridor operations team to develop the strategy for the corridor. With representatives from the private and public sectors, they have a wealth of experience drawn from different industry sectors and geographical regions.
Private sector representatives
Jo Vertigan (chair)
Jo Vertigan has worked in the digital and strategy space since 2001 initially designing the commercial framework for Sony’s approach to the emerging ecommerce sector. Subsequently, he developed partnerships with companies such as Lovefilm and Photobox, progressing to run Sony’s direct to consumer business. In 2009 Jo founded Obidos Consulting Ltd which focused on digital strategy and transformation across a wide range of sectors including sport, financial services and technology. Clients included The Football Association, The Jockey Club and AXA Wealth as well as several early stage businesses. Over the past four years Jo has bootstrapped a start-up in Cambridge, been the digital strategy lead within BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and headed up the group strategy for Marshall of Cambridge. He is currently working on various projects, including Hack Masters in support of the Dubai Government 10x initiative. In addition, Jo is a mentor for the Cambridge Judge Business School MBA Program as well as a keen supporter of Norwich technology community.
Currently Bidwells’ head of planning, Mike has 30 years’ direct experience in the planning field, split equally between the public and private sector. He has been with the property firm since 2013, and sits on its main board as well as being part of the development group at Cambridge Ahead, the membership organisation representing businesses and academic organisations in the Greater Cambridge area. Mike is heavily involved in the CaMKoX Arc initiative linking Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford, and attended the Government’s presentation on the arc at MIPIM in March 2018. He regularly speaks at conferences on this topic.
Mike served as head of planning and conservation at Broadland District Council between 2002 and 2004, and this experience provides an ideal and complimentary background for his involvement in the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor.
Helen Lewis is director of the Research and Innovation Division at UEA. She has 18 years management experience in higher education including roles as director of administration in the Faculty of Medicine at UEA and a Change Management Consultant at St George’s, University of London. Previous positions have been held at the American Institute for Foreign Study and the training and development division of the National YMCA. Helen is member of the CBI’s East of England Council, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce board and New Anglia LEP innovation board and has previously held positions on the boards of AURIL, Cinema City, UEA’s vouncil and the board of governors of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust.
Co-founder and CEO of cleantech engineering business MSF Technologies, David has enjoyed a strong career in product development and certification for the on-highway, off-highway and aerospace markets. Over 15 years he held senior project leadership positions within Miller Industries, Jacobsen, Marshall Aerospace and BE Aerospace/Airbus. His experience includes the establishment and management of multifaceted business units, including R&D, engineering, certification, quality, manufacturing, purchasing and finance.
Public sector representatives
Anna Graves, chief executive, Breckland District Council
Laura McGillivray, chief executive, Norwich City Council
Cllr William Nunn, Breckland District Council
Cllr James Waters, Forest Heath District Council
Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council