Jonathan Williams has been CEO of marine sector consortium, Marine South East, since its launch in Autumn 2005. He has led the company’s development to become a catalyst for marine business investment in innovation and diversification. Marine South East is now widely recognised as a leading European marine cluster, centred on the world-class business and research capabilities of the UK’s Solent region.
Before founding Marine South East, Jonathan has been Chief Executive of Marinetech South, a research management and technology transfer business located in the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Major clients included BP, Shell, Total and Statoil, as well as a wide range of manufacturing and service companies.
His understanding of innovation as a business process was developed during four years at the think tank “Centre for Exploitation of Science & Technology (CEST)” in London. His previous industrial experience includes engineering design and project management within the offshore energy industry, based in UK, Norway and Italy.
He holds engineering degrees from Cambridge University, Imperial College (London) and Cranfield University. He is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. He has served in several non-executive roles including Board member at the Environment Council.