Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Innovate UK Council

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

Our work is overseen by a Council, which sets overall objectives and direction. The Council meets about 6 times each year.

For more information on the Council, its members, meetings and business, please email Sophie.Dale-Black@innovateuk.ukri.org.


The members are:

  • Sir Harpal Kumar, Senior Independent Member
  • Arnab Basu MBE
  • Baroness Brown of Cambridge
  • Juliet Davenport OBE
  • John Fingleton
  • Priya Guha
  • Elaine Jones
  • John Latham
  • Sir William Sargent
  • Stephen Welton

Innovate UK supports businesses of different sizes across a range of industries. The Council’s membership reflects that.

Members have a range of expertise in research and innovation that is drawn across business, entrepreneurship, investment, technology, economics and business impact evaluation, and have different characteristics and professional backgrounds.



Meeting minutes: September 2017 (PDF, 49.3KB, 4 pages)

Meeting agenda: September 2017 (PDF, 38.7KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: June 2017 (PDF, 64.9KB, 6 pages)

Meeting agenda: June 2017 (PDF, 42KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: March 2017 (PDF, 50.7KB, 4 pages)

Meeting agenda: March 2017 (PDF, 234KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: January 2017 (PDF, 345KB, 5 pages)

Meeting agenda: January 2017 (PDF, 314KB, 1 page)


Meeting minutes: December 2016 (PDF, 289KB, 4 pages)

Meeting agenda: December 2016 (PDF, 309KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: October 2016 (PDF, 478KB, 5 pages)

Meeting agenda: October 2016 (PDF, 249KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: June 2016 (PDF, 290KB, 5 pages)

Meeting agenda: June 2016 (PDF, 388KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: March 2016 (PDF, 323KB, 7 pages)

Meeting agenda: March 2016 (PDF, 319KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: January 2016 (PDF, 265KB, 5 pages)

Meeting agenda: January 2016 (PDF, 393KB, 1 page)


Meeting minutes: December 2015 (PDF, 413KB, 6 pages)

Meeting agenda: December 2015 (PDF, 42.2KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: October 2015 (PDF, 498KB, 10 pages)

Meeting agenda: October 2015 (PDF, 353KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: July 2015 (PDF, 289KB, 6 pages)

Meeting agenda: July 2015 (PDF, 334KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: June 2015 (PDF, 376KB, 7 pages)

Meeting agenda: June 2015 (PDF, 339KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: March 2015 (PDF, 335KB, 9 pages)

Meeting agenda: March 2015 (PDF, 361KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: January 2015 (PDF, 319KB, 8 pages)

Meeting agenda: January 2015 (PDF, 355KB, 2 pages)


2014 meeting minutes (PDF, 51.6KB, 2 pages)

Meeting agenda: December 2014 (PDF, 95.4KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: December 2014 (PDF, 382KB, 10 pages)

Meeting agenda: October 2014 (PDF, 79KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: October 2014 (PDF, 276KB, 13 pages)

Meeting agenda: July 2014 (PDF, 31KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: July 2014 (PDF, 147KB, 7 pages)

Meeting agenda: May 2014 (PDF, 28.9KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: May 2014 (PDF, 145KB, 7 pages)

Meeting agenda: April 2014 (PDF, 28.6KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: April 2014 (PDF, 184KB, 12 pages)

Meeting agenda: January 2014 (PDF, 33KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: January 2014 (PDF, 137KB, 8 pages)


Meeting minutes: December 2013 (PDF, 157KB, 9 pages)

Meeting minutes: October 2013 (PDF, 202KB, 12 pages)

Meeting agenda: July 2013 (PDF, 129KB, 2 pages)

Meeting minutes: July 2013 (PDF, 172KB, 9 pages)

Meeting minutes: May 2013 (PDF, 166KB, 8 pages)

Meeting minutes: March 2013 (PDF, 198KB, 12 pages)

Meeting agenda: January 2013 (PDF, 22.1KB, 1 page)

Meeting minutes: January 2013 (PDF, 178KB, 9 pages)


Meeting agenda: November 2012 (PDF, 19.8KB, 1 page)

Meeting agenda: July 2012 (PDF, 137KB, 2 pages)

Previous meeting agendas are on the relevant Innovate UK page on the National Archives

Innovate UK Executive Management Team

Our executive management team is responsible for implementing the governing board’s strategy and vision.

They lead a team of around 300 technologists, business specialists and support staff to make sure we meet our objectives.


The members are:

  • Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair
  • Sarah Vodden, Director - Business Operations
  • Mike Biddle, Director - Strategy & Global
  • Simon Edmonds, Director - Manufacturing, Materials & Mobility
  • Paul Mason, Director - Commercialisation & Open
  • Ian Meikle, Director - Clean Growth & Infrastructure
  • Tim Sawyer, Chief Investment Officer
  • Michael Warren, Deputy Director - Communications

Annual Reports and Accounts

You can find links to our previous Annual Reports and Accounts below:

2016 to 2017 Annual Report and Accounts

2015 to 2016 Annual Report and Accounts

2014 to 2015 Annual Report and Accounts

2013 to 2014 Annual Report and Accounts

2012 to 2013 Annual Reports and Accounts