Professor Iain Gray

Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University

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Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
Policy Leaders Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Iain Gray is Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University. Until 2015 he was Chief Executive of Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), a role he took up in 2007 following its establishment as an executive non-departmental public body. Prior to joining Innovate UK, Iain was Managing Director and General Manager of Airbus UK, whose Bristol operation he joined when it was still part of British Aerospace.

Iain completed his early education in Aberdeen, culminating in an Engineering Science honours degree at Aberdeen University. In addition, he gained a Masters of Philosophy at Southampton University in 1989. Since then Iain has received Honorary Doctorates from Bath, Bristol, Aberdeen, Aston and Exeter Universities in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 respectively; more recently he was made a Fellow of Cardiff University.

Iain is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and in 2007 was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal. In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Board Member of Engineering UK, a Governor of the University of the West of England, a Board Member of SEMTA and a Board Member of Energy Technologies Institute.