Dr David Hardman MBE, Chair, Advisory Board
Managing Director to Bruntwood SciTech – Birmingham
David’s career over the last twenty-five years has been in knowledge transfer; working at the interface between applied research and commercial application and exploitation.
A PhD microbiologist, with research interests in the application of microbes in what is now described as ‘clean technology’, in 1992 co-founded and led a start-up biotech venture.
In 1998 David moved to the Babraham Institute, Cambridge to establish and lead a wholly owned trading subsidiary, focused on the development of the commercial aspects of the Babraham Research Campus.
In 2008 he moved to Birmingham developing and implementing a new strategy to build on the legacy of Aston Science Park. The result is the Innovation Birmingham Campus; an urban focal point promoting digital innovation and adoption across all sectors. In 2018 the Campus became part of Bruntwood SciTech to create a focal point for a thriving innovation district in Birmingham.
David was awarded an MBE for ‘contributions to science’ in 2009.
Mary Mellor, Advisory Board Member
Mary has extensive experience in law, charity, education and board governance.
Having qualified as a solicitor and then working in a London City Law firm, Mary transferred her skills to teaching Property and Commercial Law at the University of Law. A move to Birmingham prompted a change of career and she joined Beanstalk, a children’s literacy charity.
More recently, Mary has worked and volunteered at all levels of Academy and Charity Governance being clerk to the Trustees at a leading Grammar School including administrating the linked Foundation Charity.
In her spare time, she is a Governor at a local Primary School and a Member of a Multi-Academy Trust.
Glen Westlake, Advisory Board Member
A successful technology entrepreneur, Glen has founded and exited 2 companies. He now works as Chair, NED, investor and mentor across various technology start-ups to help founders launch and scale their businesses.
In the last 5 years, Glen has helped define an AI software platform for predictive Sales & Marketing and took it to Market. He uses this commercial understanding of how to succeed as a start-up along with knowledge of the latest data driven Sales and Marketing techniques and the real world deployment of automation and AI to help Governance360 grow and serve our customers.