As an Investment Director, Stephen is responsible for making and managing investments into range of businesses, with a particular focus on seed and pre-seed stage investments. He is experienced in supporting university spin-outs, both through his work at Northstar and his previous role with the Technology Transfer Unit at Newcastle University.
Prior to his role at the University, which saw him focus on the commercialisation of the University’s intellectual property assets within the science and engineering faculty, Stephen held roles at a number of engineering firms. He has a Doctor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) from the University of Swansea and is also a certified Investment Manager.
Stephen regularly mentors students through Entrepreneurs Durham (Durham University student society) and Founderships programme (Newcastle University start-up incubator). For several years now he has also been a judge at Thinking Digital's Start-up Competition, offering feedback and advice to competitors.