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Meet our team

The NDEC is run by a growing team of enthusiastic staff, passionate about the pursuit of technological innovation in Wales. Meet some of our talented people below.

Mia Sweet

Media and Communications Lead

Mia Sweet is a recent media production graduate, who has joined NDEC as a media content producer after studying at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone and the University of South Wales.  From Abertillery, she has found her first graduate job at the NDEC.

Nicola Day

Oversees Service Delivery Manager

Nicola Day is the Oversees Service Delivery Manager.   A graduate of the University of South Wales in ACCA accounting, she is born and bred in Pontypool and joined the NDEC team from the defence technology sector.

Richard Taylor

Cyber Range Lead

Richard Taylor is the NDEC Cyber Range lead.  His career is in technology and software systems, particularly as a System Design Authority for networks.  He moved from Wales from London, and took up the role at NDEC working with the companies and partners who use NDEC in all aspects of cyber security and operational technology.

Stephen Bates

Service Engineering Manager

Stephen Bates Service Engineering Manager at the NDEC.  From Swansea, he joined NDEC from a career as an avionics technician crew chief in the RAF and is responsible for all aspects of engineering at the NCE

Shelley Gunter

Office Manager

Shelley Gunter is the NDEC office manager, overseeing the logistics and running of the NDEC facility.  A graduate in media and communications, Shelley is originally from Ebbw Vale and after working for American Express and the Environment Agency, has moved back to Blaenau Gwent to take up her role at NDEC.

Leanne Connor

Business Manager

Leanne Connor is the Business Manager of NDEC.  An Abertillery native, she was the NDEC’s first local hire from a career in economic development, encouraging companies to invest in the valleys and playing a key role in the recasting of the Ebbw Vale Works site as a core element in regenerating the region’s economy.

Gareth Williams

Vice President

Gareth Williams is the Vice President leading the Thales UK Secure Information Systems (SIX) business unit.  He has held leadership roles in major technology companies both in the UK and internationally.  From an Aberkenfig family, Gareth lives and raises his family in Gwent. 

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