Stephen Purvis

Stephen Purvis

Policy North


Stephen Purvis is a technologist, philanthropist, investor and Chairman of the North East’s only dedicated policy think tank Policy North. In his early career he was a frontline military pilot serving in operational theatres around the globe.

After moving back to the North East, he founded a bespoke software business which was sold in 2016 in a deal valued at around £5m. Stephen is now CTO of Ocucon, an highly promising digital security startup that is disrupting the video surveillance industry, and an active growth-stage technology investor and has a diverse portfolio of North East technology interests.

His passion about the greater potential of North East has led him to found Policy North in 2016 to make the case for the region in Westminster and to drive innovation through social justice, education and a sustainable economy.


Talk Synopsis: The Past, Present & Future of the North East’s Economy

Thanks to his expertise in business and technology, and to his involvement in the development of the region through his work with Policy North, Stephen will share on stage his insights on how the North East can continue to strive and innovate in the years to come.

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