Non-executive board member, IPO

Lopa Patel


Lopa Patel is a digital entrepreneur with significant experience of creating start-ups and transforming businesses through technology. The founder of two ventures in online media and a data-driven marketing consultancy, she is also skilled in working in a challenging cultural environment as a Non-Executive Director and Trustee. Lopa is also the Founder and CEO of equality and inclusion think tank Diversity UK and a Trustee of The Science Museum Group (SMG) where she is a member of the SMG Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Manchester Science and Industry Museum Advisory Board.

Lopa has been recognised with numerous accolades including an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009; the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate by The Open University in 2017, in recognition of her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in science and technology and her broader contribution to British industry, society and culture.

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 6 times a year.

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