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First Bourne - Meet our Mentors

Meet some of the mentors taking part in our First Bourne accelerator with Silicon South.

Tom Quay - Founder/Director at Base

As Founder/Director at Base I’m building the capability to accelerate socially useful ideas to market. Our focus is on enabling innovation through well-designed technology that mixes data and behavioural sciences to change human behaviour.

David Ford - CEO, Bright Blue Day

David heads up Bright Blue Day, one of the fastest growing Communication agencies in the UK. Based in Poole, Bright Blue Day has a team of 60 people, working with an international client base. The agency is renowned for the effectiveness of its work for diverse clients such as 3Com, Son y, Royal Mail, Shell, Toshiba, and bmi. Previously, David worked for Unilever in brand marketing, before the call of the creative world led him on secondment to J. Walter Thompson, London, to work across a variety of prestigious brands for TV and press campaigns.

Kriss Bennett - Founder & Managing Director at Createful

Kriss Bennett founded Createful in 2010 after having worked for 15 years writing countless lines of code both client side and within larger agencies. His vision was to set up an agency with a focus on mobile technology whilst being able to work on projects that demonstrated creativity and drove innovation. 6 years on, he has seen a team grow around him, and managed to develop and maintain a culture with collaboration, passion and flexibility at the heart of the operation. Createful is now a successful agency working on a wide range of projects with a wide variety of clients, from startups to household names such as LV=, Animal and Fairline. 

Kriss is very enthusiastic about being able to contribute to the exciting digital startup culture that has hit the South West. It has allowed the team to develop internal projects, creating digital solutions to existing problems and also helping other startups refine and create their concepts in the form of prototypes to secure investment.Kriss is still very involved in the work Createful execute, from initial design stages, right through to the hands-on development, he is not one to sit back and watch!

Andy Headington - CEO Adido

Having helped set up Adido as an award wining digital agency in Dorset in 2003, Andy spent the first few years primarily learning SEO from scratch and has since gone on to help develop an amazing digital marketing team, working with some brilliant designers and developers at Adido HQ. Possessing a vast knowledge of all areas of digital marketing Andy’s a regular blogger, contributor & presenter on all areas of digital.

Richard Dolan - NHS Dorset Innovation Lead

With over nine years of experience within health and social care, Richard is passionate about driving positive change and improving services for patients and clinicians. As Innovation Lead for NHS Dorset CCG, Richard represents the ambitions of NHS Dorset CCG to innovate in health care and plays a key role in the transformation of clinical services across Dorset. Richard also heads up WIRED (Wellbeing Innovation & Research Engine for Dorset), a collaboration linking the academic, life sciences, digital and clinical sectors to deliver innovative and disruptive changes to the future of health and wellbeing.

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