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Tom Barnett

Tom Barnett
Tom Barnett

Tom is an entrepreneur, a pioneer in the field of Web Technology and the Chair of the WSI Advisory Board.  He worked with the WSI and the Solent LEP to create and launch the Z21 Innovation Fund  - a £1m fund to back early stage spin outs from the University of Southampton. He works with a number of major projects across the South Coast to promote innovation and growth in the region.  

Tom is the chair of the WSI Advisory Board and is continuing to work in collaboration with the Web Science Institute staff and students on the development of research projects and related development projects.

Dame Wendy Hall and Tom have been instrumental in securing funding for WSI and Solent LEP to create and launch the Z21 Innovation Fund. He has also secured WSI’s place on the Fawley Waterside Limited Core Technical Group who are embarking on building a new ‘intelligent’ town on the outskirts of Southampton.

Tom has recently expanded his commercial focus and has launched a new enterprise - Chronotis - that creates highly focused and targeted technology startups.  

Tom was co-founder and CEO of Switch Concepts from 2008 - 2016 - a fast growth programmatic media platform.  He also co-founded the Community Interest Company Association with John Mulkerrin in 2008. 


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