LONDON Iain Gray has started work as the first chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, the U.K. government-funded body that supports, promotes and invests in the research and development of technology and innovation.
“This is an inspiring organisation, and I am joining at a hugely exciting time,” said Gray, who until recently was managing director and general manager of Airbus UK. “I come from a business background, and have worked in a company for whom innovation is critical. Understanding the needs of business, and what it takes to innovate effectively, is vital to the Technology Strategy Board’s work. I am looking forward immensely to working with all our partners and the business community on the challenges, and the immense opportunities, which lie ahead.”
Gray is also a board member of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA), a member of the Business and Industry Panel at the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) and a Governor of the University of the West of England.
The Technology Strategy Board was established as an executive Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) on July 1, 2007. It is sponsored by DIUS, and has a cross-Government role, advising on polices which relate to technology innovation and knowledge transfer and in delivering a national technology strategy.
It promotes and supports the research, development and exploitation of science, technology and innovation to benefit business, increase economic growth and improve the quality of life in the U.K.