Chris Allington has a background in chartered engineering and then in purchasing management and supply. The early part of his career was spent specialising in the delivery of cost and change management programmes within manufacturing processes and global supply chains. Chris has a long-standing commitment to the provision of flexible business space to support the development of innovative companies. Following an MBO from IBM in 1994, Chris led a number of restructuring programmes to meet global competitiveness challenges, one of which was to address a surplus property problem.
In 2006, Chris founded Fasset, a property and facilities management company, which continues to handle the management of Langstone Technology Park. At Fasset, Chris was joint managing director with responsibility for business development and under his leadership the company secured contracts to manage a number of major business
parks and business centres.
In March 2010 Chris Allington was appointed Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Business and Innovation Centres and became a member of SQW Group’s Executive Board. This appointment followed the acquisition by SQW Group, through its subsidiary Oxford Innovation, of Fasset’s business development team and two centres.
Chris has a personal passion for economic development having lived through the demise of manufacturing and high technology engineering through the first half of his career. He is a board director of the recently formed Solent LEP and is deputy chair of its Employment and Skills Board. He formerly chaired the Hampshire Economic Partnership Investment Land and Property Task Group for seven years and was a director of the Portsmouth and South East Hants Partnership for five years, the last two of which were as chair.
Chris provides strategic review to all elements of the centre management disseminating best practice wherever possible.