Mark Gillan


Professor Mark Gillan is responsible for leading the Strategy and Impact and Centres and Networks Governance directorates at Innovate UK.

This includes directing delivery of Innovate UK’s strategy, the design and development of Innovate UK’s programmes, ensuring that the organisation incentivises and drives economic growth through business-led innovation.

Mark has held engineering leadership roles in Formula One with McLaren, Jaguar/Red Bull, Toyota and as Head of the Race Team at Williams.

He was CEO of the UK renewable energy firm Wavepower and Head of Innovation and Project Lead for the ex-America’s Cup team Artemis’s autonomous zero emissions commercial maritime vessel programme.

A chartered engineer, Mark is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Previous roles in government

  • Interim Chief Technology Officer