Director of Commercialisation, UK Research and Innovation
Tony leads UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) research commercialisation shared capability, working with colleagues across the organisation to strengthen UKRI’s strategic focus and funding and support for research commercialisation. This aims to add value and to complement commercialisation activities across UKRI councils:
- Innovate UK’s support for business-led innovation and commercialisation
- Research England’s support to sustain the conditions for research and knowledge exchange and increasing economic and societal benefits in English higher education
- research councils’ range of funding schemes that realise impacts from research including through commercialisation and support for commercialisation from owned or strategically funded research institutes, facilities, and campuses.
Prior to working at UKRI, Tony worked as Deputy Director for Research Faculty, Infrastructure and Growth, within the Department of Health and Social Care for over nine years, where his responsibilities included leading on industry R&D relations and supporting and promoting economic growth. Prior to that, Tony was Director of Research with a large mental health NHS Trust, and before that held a research management post within the South West NHS Executive. His first research management post was at the Medical Research Council, following a PhD in Biochemistry from Cardiff University and postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol.
He has extensive experience as a senior research policy and management leader, with over 26 years of research leadership, strategy, commissioning and delivery within a wide variety of research, management and policy environments.
Last updated: 31 March 2022