About Us

Our vision if for Portsmouth to be the best City in the UK to invest, live, work and visit and we are organised and focussed on this vision. In partnership with several organisations we are driving a number of programmes in support of this. The targets we have as a City are to grow the number of Jobs and increase the overall educational attainment of the population.

By bringing Business, Education and the Community together we are delivering real change. Our small team is brilliantly supported by a great team of volunteers and Ambassadors and without these we would not be able to deliver the programmes we do. If you have some time and interest in what we are doing, then please get in touch as we'd love to hear your ideas and work with you on our vision and targets.

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Shaping Portsmouth
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The Shaping Team

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Stef Nienaltowski Chief Executive Officer

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Stef’s career has spanned 44 years so far with 37 of these working for IBM UK Ltd in a variety of Administration, Financial and Business Operational roles.

Stef left IBM in 2010 and worked for a start up venture, Virtustream Ltd, as their EMEA Director of Operations for one year before moving to Integritie UK Ltd as their Chief Operating Officer. Stef retired from this role in November 2015 with a view to putting his feet up !

Then along came a good friend, Russell Crowe, who asked Stef to get involved with the Kudos Recruitment Group which Russell owns and Stef is acting as Chairman in a part time capacity.

In July 2016 Stef started his latest role as the Director of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth programme job sharing with Cheryl Buggy, and will take full control of the role in January 2017 as Cheryl moves onto her next assignment.

Stef was born in London but moved to Portsmouth in 1974 and has made this his home since then. Having been formally adopted as a local by all his
friends he however is still to rip his loyalty away from his second passion, ( his first being his family ), his support of Chelsea Football Club.

Stef is married to Liz and has four children, Alex,Natalie,Carol & Gemma. Also Stef enjoys running and for the past 29 years has run with the same person, Barry Wood, 2/3 times a week for around 5 miles each time. In addition to this Stef enjoys off road biking once a week with friends Geoff & Mick.

Although Stef was born in London he never forgets his family roots which lie jointly in Poland (father), and Northern Ireland, (Mother).

He is very passionate about helping to making Portsmouth a world class city with great Business facilities, Tourism venues, and a aspirational strategy for all it’s inhabitants. Stef formally believes Portsmouth is and will be one of the UK’s greatest cities to live and work in and his role now as Director of the Shaping Portsmouth programme will allow him to develop this vision.

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Stuart Brown Head of Programme Development & Events

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Stuart was born in Germany while his father was serving in the British Army. After studying A-Levels in Computing, Philosophy & Ethics, English Language and German at Bradfield College, Berkshire, he attended the University of Birmingham and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy in 2008.

After graduating, Stuart returned to his gap-year job full time with the Midcounties Co-operative where he achieved the position of Deputy Store Manager. He has a long standing interest in voluntary and community activities, and has had voluntary experience in events planning and student advice and welfare.

Stuart has been working full time at Shaping Portsmouth since June 2015. As Head of Programme Development & Events, Stuart works alongside our Programme Leaders to guide and develop our volunteers in delivering positive outcomes for the City, and develop existing and new projects that our teams are running. He also manages the delivery of any public facing events, including our Annual Conference, Business Leaders' Group, and several Portsmouth Ambassadors events.

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Matt Farmer Head of Marketing & Communications

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Matt has lived in Portsmouth for his whole life, only leaving to go to university in Stafford, where he received a BSc (Hons) in Digital Film, Animation & 3D Technology.

On returning to Portsmouth Matt joined the office team at Express FM, assisting with recording and editing audio, creating graphics and logos, and managing their website, before moving over to Shaping Portsmouth in July 2013.

At Shaping, Matt's main roles are to manage social media, marketing, and the website, managing branding and graphic design.

Matt is currently completing an MA in Illustration at the University of Portsmouth.



Image of SamSam McGrath Partner Development Manager

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Since returning to her hometown and relaunching her own business Heard About Sam, Sam has been passionate about working in Portsmouth and supporting the business community in all areas of growth.

Sam's experience spans 20 years in business development and event management across the events, leisure and hospitality industries. her wealth of knowledge enables her to support members with their membership from concept to completion and every stage in between.




Kleos Profile PhotoKleo Skoulikaris Financial Manager

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Kleo grew up in Athens, Greece and moved permanently to the UK in 2004, after finishing his Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies. For 13 years he worked for several 4* and 5* hotels in London, focusing mainly in Front of House Operations (Reception, Duty Manager, Concierge).

A couple of years ago he decided to veer his career path in Accounting. He completed his Level 2 AAT Certificate and got his first job as Accounts Assistant for a boutique hotel chain in Notting Hill.

Having visited Portsmouth for a few days of holidays back in 2016, Kleo fell in such love with the place and finally decided in 2018 to leave London behind and move here permanently with his family. He currently works full-time as a Reconciliation Technician at WiggleCRC, a major online sports retailer, founded and based here in Portsmouth. His role at Shaping Portsmouth will primarily focus on the bookkeeping aspect of it.

Kleo is an avid fun of all things tech-related and strongly believes in the importance of Continuous Personal Development, as a sure-fire way for anyone to improve their current knowledge and adapt in a world where technological advancements are fast changing the way we work.


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