Simon J Gibson OBE

Simon J. Gibson OBE, DSc, is Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation, an investment Fund with interests in technology, commercial real estate and leisure, including the Celtic Manor Resort. He has broad management experience in high-technology industries in both North America and Europe. Before joining Wesley Clover, he was co-founder, President and CEO of Ubiquity Software Corporation. Ubiquity was named Innovator of the year in 2001 by the British Venture Capital Association, and in 2007 Ubiquity was acquired by Avaya Inc.

He is the founding trustee and Chairman of the Alacrity Foundation, a Graduate Entrepreneurship Foundation based in the UK and British Columbia, Canada, which provides a post graduate education in entrepreneurship and commercialisation. Alacrity helps align market opportunities to participants and provides up to £250,000 in seed capital to teams successfully graduating from the programme.

Simon has been the recipient of four national R&D awards and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to industry and to the community in South Wales in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Simon is currently Chair of Innovation Point and the Wales MIT REAP team.

He is a Regent of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford, a Professor at the Swansea University School of Management and the Chair of Cardiff University’s Innovation Programme Oversight Board. Simon is the Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of South Wales and an Honorary Professor at the Swansea University School of Management.

He is married with four children and lives in the beautiful County of Monmouthshire.


David Warrender

David is the CEO and founder of Innovation Point.

His role as CEO follows on from his previous position as Director for Digital Wales for Welsh Government where he was responsible for establishing and leading the Digital Wales programme, growing the ICT & tech economy in Wales and starting projects such as the Digital Summit, the Digital Pathways skills initiative and for leading Welsh Government’s partnership role on external initiatives such as the Alacrity Foundation, the National Software Academy, and the research foundation with Airbus.


Before joining Welsh Government, David spent ten years at Accenture, the global consulting organization, where he was a partner.  At Accenture he was focused on supporting businesses in the Communications and High Tech sectors, working internationally with clients such as Vodafone, EE and O2, having responsibility for both defining and leading strategic change programmes.


Paul Matthews

Paul, a qualified accountant, is CEO of Monmouthshire County Council.   He is lead CEO for the Gwent region of South Wales; Chair of the Monmouthshire Public Service Board and lead Chief Executive in South East Wales for Education.  He has also recently taken on the role of Clerk to Her Majesty the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant in Gwent.

 Paul is committed to improvement in public services. He believes that public service organisations should be free to innovate and be entrepreneurial in their outlook and as such readily embraces the digital agenda as part of his organisations ongoing development.  With this agenda, he has already supported Innovation Point by leading the Innovation and Economic Modelling themes for the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal bid which was submitted in 2015.

You can check out his digital footprint by taking a look at his twitter feed @paulmatthews67 or his Linkedin profile.


Simon Powell

Simon is Chairman of Eysys and Comtec, CEO of CorePlace Capital and Co-Chair of ESTnet

He started his career in the family business where he built it to being over 20 retail shops and an e-commerce fulfilment centre. The shops were sold to First Choice, and the e-commerce and fulfilment business was sold to Travelzest 

Whilst still working with the family business, Simon co-founded a travel technology business called Comtec, one of the first companies to aggregate tour operator’s data.  Comtec then went on to launch “Easysearch”, a groundbreaking product which allowed travel agents to initiate simultaneous searching of multiple tour operator products. 

Simon lead the MBO of Comtec and remained with the business until 2010 while also co-ordinating the opening of a Canadian office and securing a deal to replace the reservation system at one of the largest US tour operators.  He later bought the company back.

Simon is also involved in a number of other businesses and operations including; Eysys, Innovantage and InspireSport and the newly launched Inspire Growth Wales.


Dr Mark Bentall

Mark has been in Airbus for 17 years and is currently responsible for Airbus’ global innovation in communications and heads group research teams for communications‎ and automatic flight.  

Significant in Mark’s role is the identification of funding opportunities within the national, EU and global frameworks in which his team operates.  He is also part of Airbus’ frequency spectrum strategy and regulatory frameworks and is responsible for establishing a program of work for a new regulated Hybrid propulsion aircraft.

Mark is a member of the Welsh Government ICT Sector Panel and a member of the Airbus Endeavor Wales joint venture to fund innovative research projects.

‎In previous roles within Airbus Mark has been responsible for delivering major Government ICT projects, leading engineering governance and risk assessment on complex national and multi-national programs Defense and Space projects, implementation of Open Source governance and controls and a director of an IT SME.

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