I sit on the board of several major companies working in STEM, including the Open Data Institute and the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
As the founder of BPE Innovation (in July 2010), I was encouraged by the Royal Society to establish the UK’s first dedicated legal service to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (‘STEM’). Working at the interface between the private sector and Government in the UK’s innovation community, I have been involved in the establishment of many of the major publicly funded companies created in recent years to fill the innovation ‘gap’ in the sectors which they serve.
In addition to being the legal adviser to learned societies like the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Physiological Society, I sit on the board of several major companies working in STEM, including the Open Data Institute and the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult.
My early career experience as company secretary with two major, technology driven, PLCs is frequently called upon by high growth businesses keen to ensure they have appropriate but agile governance structures in place.
My work is largely focussed around advising boards and senior executives. I'm particularly well known for handling exits from, often high profile, employers and for ensuring the smooth application of TUPE regulations to what may otherwise be a difficult process.
Outside of my BPE work, I am the Non-Executive Chairman of Action Against Macular Degeneration, a national charity established to find an early stage intervention for macular degeneration.