23 Jun 2022

Event round-up: the UK Innovation Strategy one year on – are we winning the global race for tech Innovation?

As part of techUK's London Tech Week activities this year, we were delighted to invite industry leaders together to explore the UK Innovation Strategy one year on – are we winning the global race for tech Innovation?

Addressing what we have learnt in the last twelve months since the release of the UK’s Innovation Strategy, and whether UK government, academia and industry are working together to build the right innovation ecosystem to support businesses of the future, techUK's Associate Director of Policy Neil Ross was joined by:

  • Jonathan Legh-Smith, Head of Scientific Affairs, BT
  • Matthew Houlihan, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Cisco
  • Gurpreet Manku, Director of Policy, British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
  • Tim Ryan, Partner and Head of Commercial, Media and Technology, DAC Beachcroft LLP

You can watch the full recording here: 


This wide ranging conversation explored key areas of the innovation ecosystem in the UK, from inward investment, financing, developing skills and talent, regulation and more. The panel started by idenifying best practice by Government over the last twelve months,  giving the example of the methodical approach to quantum technologies through the long term investment into quantum through the NQTP, its importance in the Innovation Strategy, and now the upcoming Quantum Strategy.  In terms of what the UK gets right, the conversation also discussed how UK Government has been an enabler of investment through bringing communities together with the productive finance working group. However, understanding key areas where UK Government and industry can work together to build a strong innovation ecosystem in the UK was critical to the discussion, and each panellist took time to identify the key issues for them going forward. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to learn more about techUK's Innovation Policy work

Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Associate Director, Policy, techUK

As Associate Director for Policy Neil leads techUK's domestic policy development in the UK. In this role he regularly engages with UK and Devolved Government Ministers, senior civil servants and members of the UK’s Parliaments with the aim of supporting government and industry to work together to make the UK the best place to start, scale and develop technology companies. Neil also acts as a spokersperson for techUK on UK policy in the media and at Parliamentary Committees.

Neil joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s input and engagement with Government on the UK-EU Brexit trade deal negotiations, as well as leading on economic policy. He has a background in the UK Parliament and in social research and holds a masters degree in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in International Politics from City, University of London.

Email:
[email protected]
Twitter:
@neil13r,@neil13r
Website:
www.techuk.org/,https://www.techuk.org/
LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilross13/,https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilross13/

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Pablo Derpich

Pablo Derpich

Policy Manager, Economy and Innovation, techUK

Pablo Derpich is the Policy Manager for Economy and Innovation at techUK. 

Before joining techUK, Pablo worked in Economic Policy research on the topics of innovation and development for governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Latin America and the United Kingdom.

Pablo has a degree in Economics (BSc) from the University of Chile and an MPA in Digital Technologies and Policy at UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP).

Email:
[email protected]
Twitter:
@PabloDerpich
LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pabloderpich

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Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.

Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.

Email:
[email protected]
LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/lauraalicefoster

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