Dr Steve Welch is the Director of the Smart Specialisation Hub. He became directly involved in Smart Specialisation through internal opportunities at the KTN.
However, his interest in the topic and the principles behind it go back a lot further, having met Bob Breault of the Breault Research Organisation and engaging with his knowledge in clusters.
Steve was a member of the team responsible for the Wales Festival of Innovation in 2014, and for the National Environmental Crime Conference in 2013.
With a PhD in Astrophysics, Steve has had a lengthy career designing and building instrumentation for scientific spacecraft, some of which are still flying.
This encompassed a wide range of electronic and software engineering; but also working with industry and finding innovative ways of solving technical challenges, and in turn finding ways to transfer these innovations out into more general use.