Simon Edmonds took up the role of Director - Manufacturing & Materials at Innovate UK in April 2016.
Simon joined Innovate UK in 2013 as the Director of the Catapult programme, which has established 11 Catapult technology and innovation centres over the last three years. This has been an investment of over £700 million.
Prior to joining Innovate UK Simon was a Director in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and its predecessor departments. He ran the industrial sector teams; was Director Innovation; and latterly was SRO and Director for the Closure and Transition of Regional Development Agencies before finally running the Government’s £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Before joining the Civil Service Simon spent 20 years in the private sector with an American multinational, Raychem Corporation, in a wide variety of roles including business unit management, research and development and subsidiary company management.
Simon has a first degree from Aston University, an MBA from Henley Management College and is a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Authority leadership programme.