Chief Executive Officer
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Nigel is a Chartered Engineer with 35 years of experience in the global Process Industry. He spent over 20 years with ICI, enjoying an international career in engineering, operations, technology management, and project and business management, gaining experience in Asia, Europe and the US.
From ICI he joined PwC Consulting focusing on the development, consolidation and evolution of the European High Technology Sector including the adoption and emergence of new technologies, and new business models and new entrants.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Process Innovation in 2003. He has taken the company from start-up, to today where it employs over 260 high calibre scientists and engineers and is recognised internationally as a world-class resource supporting the Process Industry in industrial biotechnology, biologics manufacture, formulation and printable electronics. The company is widely viewed as an exemplar of the public and private sectors working together to establish innovation supply chains in new technologies, a vital competence much needed in the UK which has been recognised by CPI becoming part of the Government’s first elite High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
He is a Fellow and past Technical Vice President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He has an MA in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, and is an alumnus of the Accelerated Development Programme at London Business School and the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT. He is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.
He is a member of the Leadership Board of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership where he is the lead on Innovation.
He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010 and currently chairs the Academy’s Awards Committee and a member of the Dowling Review Committee.