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Peter Birkett


Peter is a Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Royal Aeronautical Society and member of the Institute of Directors. In his current role as Chief Executive of Southampton Science Park, he has established a new, high quality brand associated with the support of innovative high-tech businesses, created new facilities, improved occupancy rates and founded the Catalyst Centre.

Peter began his career as a research scientist at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, later leading research teams and becoming a general manager of a major research department at QinetiQ, the global experts in defence, aerospace and security. With a keen interest in entrepreneurship, Peter went on to set-up and build cueSim, a business manufacturing advanced flight simulator products for helicopters.

For Catalyst, Peter is a member of the judging panel advising on company selection, part of the mentoring team and he leads a workshop on doing business with large companies. He says: “Catalyst has proved a great resource for start-ups, providing high quality advice and access to business experience. It also enables early stage businesses to be co-located, providing an excellent environment for peer-to-peer learning.”

Catalyst has proved a great resource for start-ups, providing high quality advice and access to business experience.

Peter Birkett, CEO of the University of Southampton Science Park and Catalyst founder, judge and workshop leader

The mentors

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