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Mike Paton appointed as Director of Bristol Engine Shed

2 February 2023
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Mike Paton. Engine shed, Temple Meads, Bristol. 24 Jan 2023 Pic: Jon Rowley

Engine Sheds has appointed Mike Paton as its new Director.

Engine Shed is Bristol’s leading enterprise and innovation hub, owned by the University of Bristol. It creates income from work and event space hire to seed projects and partnerships to drive sustainable and inclusive innovation activity for the region. It works with multiple partners and welcomes over 30,000 visitors a year to its Brunel listed building by Temple Meads station.

Mike comes with extensive knowledge of Engine Shed as its General Manager since 2021, overseeing operations and finance. He is also the Programme Manager for the Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC), the University of Bristol’s quantum innovation hub, launched in 2017 with a £35 million investment by local government.

Prior to Engine Shed and QTIC, Mike worked at Rolls-Royce in roles including materials engineering, service innovation and programme management, based in the UK, Singapore and Germany. He has lived in Bristol for the past seven years.

Mike takes over from Marty Reid who has joined the SETsquared Partnership as its Interim Executive Director. Marty led Engine Shed and SETsquared Bristol, its tech incubator partner, since January 2020, strengthening its vital support for start-up communities during the pandemic.

Mustafa Rampuri, Director of Enterprise Services at the University of Bristol said “Mike’s experience in industry and academia, along with his commitment to diversity and inclusion and sustainability, ideally places him to lead Engine Shed, which is a beacon for the University’s innovation and civic engagement work.

Mike said, “I have loved my time as General Manager at Engine Shed, working with so many fantastic colleagues, residents, partners and startups.

“Engine Shed is celebrating its tenth anniversary this December and it’s incredible to see what’s been achieved in that time.  I’m excited to be at its helm as we define the next chapter and develop a number of new initiatives to enhance membership and innovation services, including skills and training for businesses and academia.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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