The Vision of Future South

Future South supports low carbon innovations creating economic growth and improving quality of life. We are an internationally recognised not for profit public-private partnership that offers:

  • Finance
  • Business relevant experience and expertise
  • Innovation support
  • Access to National and international networks
  • Opportunities to influence the right people

Our 2016 prospectus can be found by clicking here

Our Priorities

New Low Carbon & Green Technology

Capitalising on the world class research in the region into green technologies and turning these into business opportunities, growth and jobs as well as supporting strong manufacturing.

Resource Efficiency in Homes and Businesses

Ensuring our homes and businesses minimise waste including waste of energy, to support household disposable income and business competitiveness.

Generation of Secure, Renewable & Low Carbon Energy in the Region

Developing large scale renewable energy such as tidal and offshore wind, together with small scale on homes and businesses and renewable and district energy schemes incorporated into new development where practical.

Our Expected Outcomes

  • Business growth
  • New/safeguarded jobs
  • Develop appropriate skills base
  • Measurable carbon reductions

Creating a low carbon economy

The South is a region of strong economic growth within the UK. There is a growing “green economy” with many strengths emerging in research & development, environmental technologies, energy, waste and construction. Future South aims to capitalise on these strengths to promote further development of the green economy, and with it, economic growth and jobs. Future South has been established as a joint approach by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Solent LEP) together with the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in the South to achieve a low carbon, green economy.

Here at Future South we have a vision that “the development of a low carbon, green economy in the South will help stimulate sustainable economic growth, create jobs and reduce our carbon footprint. The region will become the national leader and internationally recognised for its low carbon, green economy. Sustainability will be at the heart of the sub-region’s success in generating economic growth, prosperity and improving quality of life.”

Future South brings together a variety of projects and actions that will deliver our vision and key priorities. In the process of achieving these we have developed a number of new projects and are catalysing existing ones too. All projects we endorse or support will deliver at least one of our priorities and expected outcomes. In doing so, we aim to utilise the region’s resources and bring together working partnerships between businesses, organisations, academia and authorities to achieve a low carbon economy in the region through complimentary actions.

The board of Future South


Professor Andy Stanford‐Clark
CTO for UK and Ireland – IBM

Andy is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and “Master Inventor” with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM’s Hursley Park laboratories near Winchester, and specialises in Internet of Things technologies, particularly applied to the energy industry. He has interests in home energy monitoring and home automation. Andy has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is an honorary professor of the University of East Anglia, a visiting professor at the University of Newcastle and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


Ben Earl
Water Efficiency Manager for Southern Water

Ben is the Water Efficiency Manager for Southern Water where he is developing future strategy, implementing new business models and delivering ambitious water efficiency targets as part of its new Business Plan. Ben is the Future South Board Sponsor for the Solent Energy Strategy.

Before working for a Utility, Ben was Climate Change Advisor and then Environmental Affairs Manager for B&Q where he delivered key business sustainability targets and improvements to products purchased by customers. Ben’s early career was spent working for several politicians before a fundraising and communications role for the Woodland Trust, and a Director position at Oxfordshire based Earth Trust followed.


Alex Howison
Active Solutions Manager for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
As Active Solutions Manager, Alex is responsible for Active Network Management, Flexible Connections and Constraint Managed Zones across the SSEN distribution licence area’s. Flexibility has been identified as the key element for network operators in the transition to becoming system operators, Alex not only manages this for SSEN, but also contributes to ENA’s ‘Open Networks’ project – a collaboration between regulatory and policy groups, all network owners and operators which seeks to define the strategic, technical and operational models required to deliver this transition.
Experienced in and passionate about the changing energy world, Alex has worked in the electricity industry for 17 years. The majority of this time has been spent with SSEN, the distribution network operator responsible for central southern England and north Scotland. Following successful management positions in the Emergency Service Centre and across operational depots, Alex assumed the position of Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the distribution area in 2012 before moving into the Future Networks division in 2014. He specialises in electricity networks, engagement, resilience and innovations projects.


Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj
Professor of Sustainable Energy at Southampton University

AbuBakr Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at These include Cities and Infrastructure, Data and Modelling, Energy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Energy for DevelopmentEnvironmental Impacts, Microgeneration Technologies and Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics and Marine Energy). Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted in over 270 articles, published in academic refereed journals and conference series of international standing. He founded the International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME) which he is the Editor-in-Chief. In 2012, Prof Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council—believed to be the first such appointment in the UK and in 2014, the UK’s Science Council named him as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.


Natalie Wigman, Corporate Director, Eastleigh Borough Council

Natalie Wigman is Corporate Director for Strategy at Eastleigh Borough Council.  Her areas of responsibility include strategy development, governance, elections, democratic services, project management, communications, marketing and the Local Plan. Natalie has worked in Local Government since 1999 and has specialised in both housing and economic development.



Dr David Hutchinson
Innovation and Impact Development Manager for the Faculty of Technology at the University of Portsmouth

David first joined the University in 2010 to help set up and subsequently manage the University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN), which represents the skills and expertise of over 200 academics that relate to Sustainability and Environment. David is driven by the firm belief that the challenges of environmental change require us to work together across disciplines and sectors, in order to find real-world relevant solutions. David is the Future South board sponsor for Greentech South – The Technology and Innovation cluster.


Don Spalinger
Director, Research and Innovation Services at the University of Southampton

Driving the activities of the University, to not just do great research, but also get the maximum impact from that research for the good of the economy and society, is his primary mission.

Prior to joining the University, Don was key to the founding of five highly successful companies, and has held executive positions with a number of multi-national manufacturing companies. Don graduated from the University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa in Physics, and has an MBA in Technical Management also from the University of Texas.

In addition to his RIS responsibilities, Don is active in the community, as a director of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (Southampton) Policy Board, the Southampton Asset Management Board, and the SETsquared Partnership, the SE Regional Board of the CBI, and Future South.


Colin Tedder
Technical Director, Bouygues UK, Regions South

Colin has worked with Bouygues UK for over 12 years based at their Portsmouth regional office. He is currently responsible for the full technical capability within the business. This includes all technical functions in support of Bouygues approach to adding maximum value to clients within the pre-construction and delivery process. Technical functions include:  design management, building services management and planning & methods. Colin comes from an architectural background with significant time spent in design management and site project management. This professional history allows Colin to manage a multi-disciplinary team of professionals providing a co-ordinated, cohesive and collaborative service in this ever challenging industry business sector.


Nick Farthing

Chartered Building Surveyor, Proprietor of Transport Works and Chair of the Award winning Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership

His work includes Business Travel Planning advice for Businesses and Developer Clients. He is a member of the Southampton Travel Planners’ Forum, working with Universities, Hospitals, large businesses and the like, advising on the use of walking, cycling and public transport. Nick also works with the Rail Industry and was instrumental in introducing Travel Plans at Railway stations across the rail network.

Nick is also vice Chair of the influential Hampshire Chamber Planning & Transport Committee and a Policy Board Member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. These roles see him liaise closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships and other similar bodies, to enable joint working between such Organisations in lobbying Government for improvements in walking, cycling and public transport. He is currently looking at opportunities to reopen the Waterside Railway to Marchwood, Hythe and Fawley, to bring back rail passenger services to the line.





Richard Hall
Innovation Network Manager and Solent Growth Hub Navigator

Richard was Programme Manager of Future South from 2014 to 2017 having previously run a small business for 13 years.

He was instrumental in the successful implementation of the Future South RGF programme and became a Board Member in June 2017. He continues to work closely with local companies in his new roles.

He has an Economics Degree from Cardiff and an MBA from the University of Portsmouth.