Paul is Director - Commercialisation & Open for Innovate UK.
Previously, Paul was Director - Emerging and Enabling Technologies, where he had overarching responsibility for programmes in emerging technologies and industries, and cross-cutting areas such as electronics, photonics, electrical systems, robotics, digital, space, design and creative economy. This also including Innovate UK’s open programme.
In his time with Innovate UK Paul has established new programmes in agriculture and food, stratified medicine, disease diagnosis, creative industries, and emerging technologies. He oversaw the creation of the very first sector strategies in areas such as manufacturing, advanced materials, medicines and healthcare and energy. Other roles that he has held are Deputy Director Research and Chief Scientific Advisor, and Head of Development.
Before joining Innovate UK, Paul worked for 25 years in the chemical industry. There he held roles in research and development, market analysis, technical management, process improvement, change management, sales, and manufacturing management. The work spanned Europe, the USA and Japan.
Paul read Chemistry at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as the Royal Society of Arts.