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Dr Ian Brotherston

Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy - Innovate UK (part of UKRI)

Dr Ian Brotherston has been Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy at Innovate UK since July 2017. Ian leads the Government engagement team that ensures Innovate UK informs and is informed by innovation policy and strategy development across UK government and governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Ian is also responsible for the delivery of the SBRI Programme – the UK’s pre-commercial procurement of innovation programmes and the Regulators Pioneer Fund.

Ian joined Innovate UK in February 2015 as KTP Programme Manager.  In this role Ian led both a major operational overhaul and strategic realignment of the programme.

Prior to Innovate UK Ian was Head of Enterprise at Heriot-Watt University where he was responsible for the industry sponsored research, knowledge exchange, protection and exploitation of Heriot-Watt owned IP, and enterprise creation.

His commercial background includes spells working for defence and security technology giant QinetiQ and Ionic Polymer Solutions, a chemical start-up company which developed novel high-temperature proton conductive membranes for fuel cells.