Strategy, Funding and Business Modelling
Sussex Innovation's senior team are highly experienced at thinking creatively about business models, being open minded and spotting opportunities to improve your concept. Maybe you need help bringing strategic insight and focus to your ideas, introductions to industry contacts and expertise, or support with securing investment and grants to take things forward. Whatever route helps you to maximise your business opportunity, we understand the true challenges and pressures of making a disruptive idea successful.
Our Strategy Team
Nigel Lambe - Chief Executive
Nigel leads the team here at Sussex Innovation. He ensures that there are clear objectives and that everyone knows what they're working on to guarantee maximum productivity.
Nigel has a huge amount of knowledge, having experienced the many different sides of the business world. He spent twenty years as a corporate executive and ten years as an entrepreneur building up a series of hospitality businesses. That means he's the best person to come to for help with strategic direction - to raise funding, increase profits and ultimately grow your business.
Outside of work Nigel enjoys spending time with his family, cooking or trying out new bars and restaurants. He recently bought a paddleboard and is enjoying spending time in the sea.
Peter Lane - Innovation Support Manager
Pete works closely with the University, providing commercial expertise and acting as a translator between the worlds of academia and business. Before joining Sussex Innovation he built up a successful advertising business over twenty years alongside his siblings.
Pete's favourite thing about working here is the challenge of things constantly changing, growing and no two days being the same. He also loves helping people, and the satisfaction of getting to the end of a project and seeing tangible results from his hard work.
As someone who enjoys building a finished product, Pete rebuilds classic cars in his spare time; he recently finished work on a Mini Cooper. He's also our resident sportsman, and can often be found swimming in the sea or riding his mountain bike. If you need help conceptualising your business idea, he's the person to speak to.
David Porter - BRAIN Project Manager
David Porter is a former financial engineer with an MSc in mathematical modelling from Oxford, but he’s about much more than numbers - he’s spent more than 20 years on all sides of the investment table, as a founder, investor, employee and consultant. David uses all his experience to translate innovative ideas into financially sustainable and investor-ready plans.
As a keen cyclist and father of two, David loves the great outdoors, and is very conscious of the damage that humans do to our environment. He's driven by a desire to apply his skills for constructive change, and leaving a positive impact on the world by realising the potential of cleantech businesses. He's most proud of his work with Heatcatcher, project managing the UK’s first industrial 'waste heat to power' system to generate carbon-free electricity equivalent to that used by 1,500 homes.
David's calm and measured approach, no-nonsense advice and eye for detail make him an invaluable source of honest feedback about what business owners need to hear. Speak to him when you want to assess whether your plan is robust enough to stand up to scrutiny.
Claire Pasquill - Head of Programmes
Claire is responsible for designing the programmes of support that are offered to the businesses in our community. Whether you're a start-up just at the beginning of your journey, or a scale-up looking to build your leadership team, Claire will help you identify your most pressing needs and come up with ways to approach and work through them.
Having previously worked as Managing Director for an events company, Claire has masses of experience growing a business that she now uses to help others do the same. She ensures that our team deliver your work efficiently, learning from our entrepreneurs' feedback and making improvements where necessary. Her favourite thing about working at Sussex Innovation is the can-do attitude of her team mates that ensures problems can always be solved.
Outside of the office, you'll usually find Claire dancing or watching a moody foreign art-film.
Laurence Grant - Head of Investment Projects
Laurence heads up our investment matching arm Suss Ventures - with his tenacious ambition to succeed, he's the perfect man for the job. Having co-founded a networking group in recent years, he's been able to use his wealth of knowledge and instincts for connecting people to kickstart our venture with impressive results.
His thorough attention to detail has helped us to develop a strong investor contacts book, all looking for the next opportunity to bring into their portfolio. If you're looking to scale your business through equity finance at any level speak to Laurence; he'll help you to create your pitch deck or make relevant introductions to help you raise that crucial next round.
"It's like having a team of non-exec directors on your board - to me that's what it was. When you come to Sussex Innovation, they do everything that those non-exec directors are supposed to do."
Mark Bailey - founder, Sciensus
"I'm not a Sussex native, but the Centre has been extremely helpful embedding me in the entrepreneurial network down here... a direct reference led to one of the investors that we now have in the business."
Graeme Cox - co-founder, Emteq