Until the recent acquisition Stuart was the owner and Chairman of Wood Holmes. Prior to that he served as a Director and CEO for the company from 2003 – early 2012.
Originally trained as an environmental technologist at Imperial College London, Stuart was employed advising organisations on environmental policy and legal obligations. During this time he built up expertise in the emerging fields of environmental informatics and environmental economics, in particular carbon markets.
During the dot.com boom Stuart joined an R&D team at major global telecoms firm to examine how internet technologies would shape organisations and individual behaviours. Reporting directly to the Board, this ‘Internet Centric’ R&D team helped developed and delivered some of the most ambitious ICT transformation and innovation projects of the time.
Since becoming CEO of Wood Holmes he has pursued a vision of creating an innovation company that is focussed on helping clients and partners understand, overcome and innovate through the complex challenges of the 21st Century.
Stuart now works with a wide range of clients on complex problems primarily in the areas of innovation, foresight, strategic business planning, organisational change and sustainability. He uses a range of human centric research and delivery techniques including ethnography, social network analysis and storytelling. Stuarts clients during this time included M&S, Mars, Bouygues, HSBC, British Telecom, Parsons Brinckerhoff, ACAS, DEFRA, SABIC Petrochemicals, United Utilities and Deloittes. He also works extensively with start ups, SME’s and entrepreneurs to help bring their ideas to life.
Stuart is a regular public speaker on the topics of innovation, storytelling and future tech (or usually all three combined!)
Since July 2012, Stuart has worked as Deputy Chief of Service Innovation at the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is part of a team developing innovation education, design thinking and research projects on service innovation.
He has been developing ideas and delivery concepts around the following: Smart Cities, Smart Coasts, Co-Creation and social complexity. In addition, he is currently developing a transmedia project based upon extensive fieldwork collecting the the stories and experiences of Asian innovators and entrepreneurs.
He is married with 3 children and (mostly) lives in Singapore