Richard May

Interim CEO

Richard is the interim CEO for Plymouth and South Devon Freeport. He led the successful Freeport bid and is SRO for its delivery. He manages marine investment for Plymouth City Council bringing together marine technical businesses with affiliated research, knowledge partners and the wider ecosystem, this is done under the banner of Ocean Futures. The Ocean Futures aim is to establish Plymouth and the South West UK as an internationally recognised Innovation Hub and a UK National Centre for Excellence for Marine Technology – with leading capabilities in marine autonomy and geo-spatial data, clean propulsion and ocean sustainability.

Most recently, Richard was Innovation Director at Oxford Innovation managing business support programmes for 140 small tech companies and leading incubation programmes for the UK Space Agency. Before this, he has 25 years of business and senior management experience gained in the Technology and Consulting departments of leading global companies like Credit Suisse, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen.