Ralph Ecclestone


Ralph is an Independent Member of the Intellectual Property Office Steering Board. Ralph began his career in technology consultancy. At Scientific Generics (now ‘Sagentia’) he became a director and was responsible for UK marketing. It was at Generics that he developed his interest in intellectual property, helping set up the processes by which the company created its own IP and also being responsible for licensing and the spin-out of new businesses. He has worked in venture capital, joining Forward Group plc, a private investment firm with close links to a number of UK universities, where he became Managing Director. He left Forward to create his own business in commercialisation which he has been doing successfully for over ten years now. He has worked with numerous IP-based businesses and the organisations creating them. Ralph also has considerable experience as a non-executive director.

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive board member, IPO

    • 2012 to 2015