Who We Are

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Pete Stirling - Founder

After graduating from University of Plymouth with an MSc, Pete Stirling spent his early career working in technical/commercial roles with corporates, including Danaher, Sims Metal Management and SCA, then latterly in technology development and systems engineering at his family business, Stirling Dynamics. Pete has a detailed understanding of early stage R&D technology development and a successful track record in raising both public funding and equity investment. His main focus of expertise lies in low carbon technology, aerospace and oil and gas, working in hardware development, software, cloud processing, predictive analytics, IoT and quantum applications. He has been responsible for delivery of research, commercial stage technologies and subsequent commercialisation across these areas.

Pete is currently founder and Managing Director of STL Tech Ltd, focussing on development of early stage technology concepts and partnering with corporates to ‘hand over the baton’ at an appropriate stage of the emerging products technology development cycle. STL Tech also utilises its significant engineering and commercial experience to support early stage innovators to deliver technology development programmes and access equity investment. Pete is also an advisory board member of Unit DX, a science and engineering incubator in central Bristol that houses 25 science and engineering start-ups, where STL Tech is also based. Following the sale of Stirling Dynamics to French engineering services company Expleo Group in 2018, Pete has become an active angel investor, to date investing in multiple start-up companies across various technologies, in the fields of software, engineering and life sciences.

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Henry Olver - Engineering Director

Henry is an experienced Engineering Manager with over 15 years of mechanical engineering and industrial R&D experience supported by a strong theoretical background in physics. He has been a key member of large, multi-disciplinary teams driving the development of industry-defining products as well as smaller, more focussed teams concentrating on bringing novel technology to market. He has a wealth of experience in laser systems, fluid dynamics, robotics, manufacturing process development and mechanical design. Henry has demonstrated an ability to guide development using computational modelling, simulation and experimental results, and has built and promoted a lean 6 sigma culture to rapidly innovate new products.

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Will Medd - Commercial Director

Will is an expert in strategic development and new markets with experience in: Aviation, Renewables (Wind, Wave and Tidal), Mining, Oil and Gas Scientific/Technical Service, Commercial Marine, Higher Education, and Defence.
Will also has notable experience in international markets, including: SE Asia, Europe, North and South America, S Africa, India, China, New Zealand.
Some of Will's specialties are: International Strategic Business Development, Satellite Communications, Marine and Offshore Infrastructure, Public Private Partnerships and Outsourcing, and Scientific, Technical and Engineering Start ups.

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Joe Shaw - Business Analyst

Joe is a current geoscience PhD student at the University of Bristol, with extensive and varied laboratory (SEM, EPMA, XRD) and field-based (campaign planning, sampling) skills in addition to a strong working knowledge of a number of energy sectors (renewables, nuclear). Joe has a proven record of effective writing, successfully authoring several external research grants and producing market research and business development reports for science and technology start-ups.

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Robbie Cook - Senior Engineer

Robbie is a simulation and computational modelling specialist, with over 10 years of industrial and academic experience researching at Imperial College London, Stirling Dynamics and the University of Bristol. His areas of expertise are in computational modelling of dynamic nonlinear systems, control theory and optimisation, as well as having a strong interest in data science, AI and machine learning. More recently he has been an enterprise fellow at the University of Bristol's Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) gaining a better understanding of the commercialisation of technology, and the real-world implications of developing next-generation concepts and designs.

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Vivek Radhakrishna - Electronics Engineer

Vivek is an electronics engineer with growing experience in technical and engineering start-ups. His notable skills include machine learning, embedded and real-time systems, mobile communications, antennas, networking protocols and principles, communication systems, control, and industrial electronics. Vivek is a competent programmer, with experience in Python, Java and C.