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Colin Harrison

Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Technical Advisory Committee

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Colin Harrison CBE

Colin is a chemist by training with wide international experience in the Process, Speciality Chemical and Advanced Materials Sectors. He spent more than 30 years with ICI in a variety of senior Research, Technology, Operations and Product Regulatory roles managing teams and operations across the world.

He served as founding Chair of Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network from 2005-2010, supported by the Technology Strategy Board and charged with improving the effectiveness of innovation in the UK chemistry using industries.


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Colin led the Technology and Manufacturing Stream of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation and Growth Team which reported in 2009 and is now a member of the national Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum which oversees implementation of the UK Industrial Biotechnology Strategy.

He served on EPSRC Council from 2005-2008, was part of the Steering Group for the most recent International Review of Chemistry and is at present an Impact Assessor for the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework. Colin is a member of the University of Surrey Industrial Advisory Board.

Colin chairs our Technical Advisory Committee which brings senior industrialists together with senior academics to advise CPI on its technology strategy.

He was awarded the CBE for services to Technology in the 2010 New Years Honours List.

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