About Us

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 hot bed 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; 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 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.

Emma Brookes

Programme Assistant

Emma joined Silicon South for placement year whilst completing her degree in marketing at BU. She's addicted to LinkedIn and can often be found doing crazy things (like jumping out of planes) for the charities close to her heart.

The board

David Ford

Founder & Chairman - Bright Blue Day

David, Chairman and one of the founding members of Silicon South is also founder of advertising agency Bright Blue Day. When he's not working he's either spinning or spending time with Hugo bear.

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.

Andy Headington

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!

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

Exec Director Environment & Economy - Bournemouth Borough Council

Bill is in charge of driving growth in Bournemouth 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.