Team

Ben Shorrock

Ben Shorrock

Managing Director

Ben has been working to help grow tech and digital business for the last decade. He is currently the MD of TechSPARK the Southwest’s network for tech startups and scale ups working with 25,000 people a month to help them recruit, network and raise capital in the UK’s most productive Tech cluster (TechNation 2019). He sits on the boards of the UK Tech Cluster Group, Bristol’s ONce City Economy Board, Tech Swindon, Tech Southwest and is a co-founder of Bristol Tech Festival.

Prior to working for TechSPARK, Ben worked in consultancy with businesses opening new sites internationally. In this role, he helped set up Invest Bristol & Bath and the Netherlands consulate for the north of England.

Geraint Evans

Geraint Evans

Editor

Geraint is the man behind the content. Editor, social media specialist and story spotter - he also keeps an eye on our jobs and event pages. He's welsh and if you're scared of introducing yourself, this is how you say his name.
Abby Frear

Abby Frear

Director

Abby is one of two managers of our Investment Activator Programme, running the bi-annual Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase and monthly Pitch Me! events. She also gets involved in various other strategic TechSPARK projects throughout the year. 

A Cornish lass, Abby did a languages degree at Bath University followed by a "not very relevant to that" occupation as a Chartered Accountant in London, a Recruiter in Sydney and most recently working as Operations Manager for a tech startup based in Bath. She tends to spend her weekends outside, hiking, camping, climbing not particularly steep mountains, and getting addicted to Danish detective dramas.

Ash Wheeler

Ash Wheeler

Head of Partnerships

Ashley is Head of Partnerships of TechSPARK and leads on commercial operations and our go-to market business proposition.

Ashley has extensive experience of the regions tech and digital industry, having previously held senior roles at the BBC and WBB. In his spare time he likes cliches - like spending time with his family, or drinking wine.

Shona Wright

Shona Wright

Editorial & Projects Executive

Shona covers all things Social Media at TechSPARK. She also helps out with the content side of things by writing features and leading on projects such as Digital Her. 

Reluctant to leave behind her student status, she likes to say she's a recent English and Creative Writing grad. 

 

Lucy Paine

Lucy Paine

TechSwindon Ecosystem Development

Lucy heads up TechSwindon - an organisation which brings together the tech community in Swindon through building collaborative networks, delivering events and knowledge sharing platforms.

She enjoys identifying, creating and nurturing collaborations in business with experience in payments, education, technical, training - it's all about people.