Dr Ian Brotherston

Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy at Innovate UK

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Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy, Innovate UK / UKRI
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Ian Brotherston is Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy at Innovate UK. Ian is responsible for ensuring close collaborative and coherent arrangements between Innovate UK and colleagues in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, their governments & agencies, other UK Government departments, and other strategically important stakeholder organisations. Ian is also responsible for the delivery of Innovate UK’s ‘Government Levers’ strategy, specifically the role of procurement in stimulating innovation, including delivery of the SBRI Programme, and the role of regulation, standards and NQI in innovation.

Ian joined Innovate UK in February 2015 as KTP Programme Manager. In this role Ian led 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, commercial exploitation of 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.