New era for enterprise hub Engine Shed as it appoints new head

Marty Reid will become the Head of Engine Shed from January 2020.

Reid joins from Future Space, the Bristol innovation centre which is home to 50 science and technology businesses at the University of the West of England. As Centre Director, he has led Future Space to its full capacity, with tenant businesses raising over £10m of finance in the past 12 months.

Prior to this, he worked at Rolls-Royce for over 10 years in roles spanning business and technology strategy, global account management and service delivery. Before this, he enjoyed an international career in Canada, Japan, Norway, Finland and Germany. He has lived in Bristol for the past seven years and is a regular speaker on innovation and strategy.

Marty also takes on the role of CEO of The Science Research Foundation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol, which runs global number one university business incubator, SETsquared Bristol, and Engine Shed.

Dr Jon Hunt, Executive Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Bristol said: “I’m delighted that Marty Reid is joining us to lead Engine Shed at this exciting time in its development. He brings the blend of qualities and experience that we need to lead the next chapter of Engine Shed, which is a flagship for the University’s business and civic engagement work.”

He takes over from Nick Sturge who has led the Engine Shed brand since its inception back in 2013. Under Nick’s leadership, the enterprise hub has become a collaborative space for resident start-ups, scale-ups, social enterprises and members, and has pioneered experimental projects to drive long-term sustainable and inclusive growth in the local ecosystem.