The Technology Strategy Board, the body responsible for pushing innovation through technology in the creative industries, has a new chief executive.
Former managing director and general manager of Airbus UK, Iain Gray, steps into the role with a remit to oversee the board’s team of 75.
He will manage budgets and ensure that the TSB meets its objectives, as set out by the Government’s innovation strategy.
Last week, the TSB discussed details of its latest initiative to boost innovation in the creative industries.
Gray takes over from David Evans, director for innovation at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, who has been interim chief executive since the TSB became an executive non-governmental public body in July.
Gray says, ‘I come from a business background, and have worked for company where innovation is critical. Understanding the needs of business, and what it takes to innovate effectively, is vital to the Technology Strategy Board’s work.’
He has held a number of positions since joining British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft, Airbus, in 1979, including director of future programmes, director of strategy, and external affairs and senior vice-president of engineering.
Gray is a board member of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, as well as a member of the Business and Industry Panel at the Engineering and Technology Board and a Governor of the University of the West of England.