Non-executive board member, IPO

Gary Austin

Gary Austin



Gary is an Independent Member of the Intellectual Property Office Steering Board.

He has recently completed three years in the private sector as chief executive of a2om International in Surrey; providing driver education software and road safety programmes. Gary is also currently a non-executive director of the East Midlands NHS Ambulance Trust.

Prior to this Gary has held several senior posts in a variety of public sector organisations including six years as chief executive for a civil service based trading fund, the Driving Standards Agency (Nottingham). He was also on the executive board of an NHS Special Health Authority, the National Blood Authority, (Bristol) where he helped devise and implement its first strategic plan.

His move into the public sector came in 1986 when he joined the SW Regional Health Authority (Bristol) as Deputy Regional Personnel Director following six years in personnel with British Telecommunications plc in the City of London.

Gary lives in Nottinghamshire and is married with two children.

Non-executive board member, IPO

The role of our Steering Board is to advise Ministers, through our Director General, on our strategies and performance (including targets) as set out in our Corporate Plan. It also provides guidance from a commercial standpoint on our operation and development across a range of issues.

During the last 12 months, the Steering Board has provided advice and guidance on a wide range of topics, such as our Corporate Plan, Agency Targets, Intellectual Property Policy, Accounts and Risk Management.

The Steering Board meets six times a year.