Our Team

Stef Nienaltowski

CEO

Stef’s career has spanned over 46 years 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.

In 2013 Stef joined the Shaping Portsmouth’s Business & Enterprise (B&E), Programme as a volunteer and one year later took over a Chair of the group. 

In January 2017 Stef started this role as the Director of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth.

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 he still is loyal to his football team, which is his second passion, (his first being his family), that team is Chelsea Football Club.

Stef is married to Liz and has four children, Alex, Natalie, Carol & Gemma, and apart from keeping up to date with the family he enjoys running and off-road cycling.

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 the No 1 City in the UK to Invest, Live, Learn, Work & Visit, and in his role as CEO of Shaping Portsmouth he firmly believes we will achieve this vision.

Stef Nienaltowski

Stef Nienaltowski

Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

Head of Programme Development & Events

Stuart Brown

Head of Programme Development & Events

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.

Matt Farmer

Head of Marketing & Communications

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 marketing, branding, social media, the website, and graphic design.

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

Matt Farmer

Matt Farmer

Head of Marketing & Communications

Sam McGrath

Head of Partner Development

Sam McGrath

Head of Partner Development

Born in Portsmouth, Sam studied at South Downs College and shortly after was given the opportunity to join a worldwide events company called ‘Lonestar Events, Productions & Exhibitions’ based in Portsmouth. This led to travelling the world and working for long periods of time in Tenerife, Australia, London and Southampton!

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 McGrath has over 20 years’ experience in business development and event management across multiple industries, mainly in the hospitality and events industry.

She is dedicated to our Partners and enjoys building new and existing relationships, her wealth of knowledge enables her to support our partners with their business plans ensuring they maximise all their partner benefits and opportunities.

By utilising her experience, Sam assists the CEO in developing the strategies and plans and ensuring their alignment with the short-term and long-term objectives and the financial sustainability of the organisation.

In her spare time, Sam enjoys walking and exploring the length of Southsea seafront with her young family

Kleo Skoulikaris

Head of Back-of-House Administration and Bookkeeping

Kleo grew up in Athens, Greece and came to the UK in 2004, after finishing his Hotel and Tourism Management Studies. For 13 years he worked for several 4* and 5* hotels in London, focusing mainly in Front of House Operations.

In 2016 he decided to veer his career path in Accounting and pursued this dream by completing his Level 2 AAT Certificate and getting his first job as Accounts Assistant for a boutique hotel chain.

Having visited Portsmouth for a few days of holidays back in 2016, Kleo fell in love with Southsea and finally decided in 2018 to leave London behind and move here permanently with his family.

He currently works full-time as a Payments & Gateways Reconciliation Assistant at WiggleCRC, a major online sports retailer, founded and based here in Portsmouth. His role at Shaping Portsmouth primarily focuses on bookkeeping and back-of-house administration.

Kleo

Kleo Skoulikaris

Head of Back-of-House Administration and Bookkeeping