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-in-Chief and top journalist for all TechSPARK owned sites.

If you've got News or Features - get in touch on hello@techspark.co or through his Twitter below, where you'll also find him advocating for ADHD rights and awareness.

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

Deputy Editor

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She writes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to.

She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.

 

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.

Shannon D'arcy

Shannon D'arcy

Partnerships Executive

Shannon is TechSPARK's partnership executive, recently hired to help grow the team and expand our reach to support the Tech Cluster in the West.
She has experience with developing companies in the region and is passionate about helping businesses.

 

Layla Novo

Layla Novo

Video & Content Creator

Layla has recently joined TehSPARK as a Video and Content Creator during her placement year, designing and producing content for our social media and website.

Layla is currently studying Digital Media at the University of the West of England and is here to develop her skills with TechSPARK for her future.