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Team and Board

Silicon South

SiSo helps people and companies, working in the creative digital industries, to expand knowledge, build confidence and develop their potential.

Team and Board

Silicon South is an ambitious not-for-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the digital economy in Dorset – one of the fastest-growing creative and digital hubs in Europe. Set up in 2013 by an energetic group of digital industry specialists and supporters, it has grown to become not only a support organisation for the area but a moniker for the place it was founded, the vibrant and inspiring Dorset region.

As an organisation SiSo delivers projects, manages investment, nurtures new talent, and encourages cross-industry collaboration to make Dorset the best place for digital and creative organisations to thrive. As a place, Silicon South is a bustling economy of passionate and motivated digital and creative organisations who punch well above their weight on a global scale. A hotbed for start-ups, scale-ups, and multinationals to set up, thrive and expand.

To find out more about the digital and creative businesses that call Dorset home, check out our news page.

The Team


Anthony Story


Anthony is an innovation strategist who helps organisations prepare for growth, plan innovation strategies, engage customers and attract investment. If you ask him, he might tell you about that time he was in a Portuguese film…

Megan Bagnall

Programme Manager

Megan manages the European project and has a background in PR and and marketing. If you’ve met her, you’ve probably met the office dog Bentley too – we think most people book meetings to see him rather than her.


Mitch Parris

Senior Marketing & Communications Executive

Mitch looks after the Silicon South Network, keeping a close eye on all the latest announcements and successes within Dorset’s digital scene. He’s here to share all of our network’s incredible news and achievements, so have something you want to share? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Board

Andy Headington

Chair, Silicon South – and CEO, Adido

Andy has been working in the digital sector in Bournemouth for over 15 years. From Spring – Autumn you’ll find him swimming off some of the best beaches in the UK every morning!

John Dale

Director – Limetools

When John is not changing cyber security behaviours and helping multinationals save energy, he liked writing books for teenagers, cooking bacon and occasionally fire eating at parties.

Lucy Cooper

MD – Bourne Awesome

Lucy is MD of Bourne Awesome, a Social Enterprise, founded in Bournemouth and established to enrich the lives of those living and working in the town.

Bill Cotton

Corporate Director, Regeneration and Economy at BCP Council

Bill is in charge of driving growth in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and is a long-term supporter of the digital economy. If you head to the Bandstand on a Wednesday morning you might catch him working out!

Neethu Stephen

Founder – Evaluat8 Corp

Neethu provides reliable management accounting and advisory services for fast-scaling start-ups. She loves to travel and experience new cultures and has lived and worked in 5 countries.

Tom Keeping

Founder and Creative Director – Keeping

Tom is the Founder and Creative Director at Keeping – an award winning creative studio in Bournemouth, has been named Rising Star by BIMA and thrives off of solving problems through elegant solutions.