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New Chair appointed to the M-SParc Board.

Ieuan Wyn Jones finished a 10-year term with M-SParc, as Bangor University’s Martyn Riddleston takes over as Chairman of the Board at a very exciting time for the company.

A decade ago, Bangor University’s Science Park was an idea; a concept aiming to diversify Wales’ economy and create jobs. Today it’s a landmark of innovation across the region. Leading the company on the journey along the way was Ieuan Wyn Jones.

Ieuan brought the concept of a Science Park to Wales for the very first time, becoming Managing Director in 2013 and chair of the company in 2018.

Joining him on the journey was current Managing Director, Pryderi ap Rhisiart, who started out as the Project Manager in 2014. Pryderi recalls “We were a small team of 3 at the time, with Emily Roberts as the Project Administrator. The leadership Ieuan showed, and the passion behind this vision, was infectious. People came with us on what can only be described as a ‘journey’ to creating M-SParc.  It is through individuals’ enthusiasm that M-SParc was formed, and we sincerely thank Ieuan for being the catalyst for this.”

In 2018 Ieuan stepped down as Managing Director and became Chair of the Board, providing invaluable insight and experience to the Board, and supporting new Board Directors in steering the company to success. Now, with M-SParc almost at capacity, 105+ jobs created since 2018, 48 Bangor University Internship placements, and an average wage of almost £5000 more than the region’s average, Ieuan concludes his time on the board and hands over the rains M-SParc in a very strong position to Bangor University CFO, Martyn Riddleston.

Martyn joined Bangor University in September 2022. He’s an Experienced CFO, with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry having previously worked at the University of Leicester, and KPMG UK. Martyn said “I’m thrilled to be Chairing the Board of such a fantastic asset to Bangor University and the region.  The Science Park is going from strength to strength and with such a strong team, a second building in the pipeline and a track record of delivery there are exciting times ahead”.

The M-SParc team and the Board wish Ieuan all the best, and look forward to welcoming Martyn into the fold to continue Igniting Ambition.

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.