Business leader appointed as chair of Innovation Advisory Board

14 July 2016

NERC is delighted to announce that Dr Stewart Davies has been appointed as the new chair for its Innovation Advisory Board (IAB).

Dr Stewart Davies

The IAB advises NERC on its strategy for strengthening the delivery of economic growth and other societal benefits (impact) from its research and innovation investments. The board helps NERC find the most effective ways to engage stakeholders, translate research and support innovation. IAB also monitors and evaluates the effectiveness and impacts of NERC innovation investments.

Dr Davies gained a first class degree in natural sciences (physics) and then a PhD in materials science at the University of Cambridge before joining ICI in operations. Progressive leadership roles in the chemicals, steel and cement industries, serving the textiles, energy, automotive, engineering and construction sectors, were followed by a move into the support services sector in 2005, providing environmental and facilities management services. In 2013, Stewart was appointed to his current role as chief executive of Augean plc, which provides specialist services focused on managing hazardous waste. He served as business commissioner of the Sustainable Development Commission (2006 to 2010) and governing board member of Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board (2009 to 2015). He is currently on the boards of the Environmental Services Association and Decom North Sea and is a fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Davies said: "I look forward to working with the members of the Innovation Advisory Board who bring business and policy experience from across the whole spectrum of applications of NERC science. In particular, I am excited about the opportunity for us to provide advice to NERC on how to enhance the impact of its research by engaging with innovative businesses developing value-adding approaches, tools and solutions."

NERC's chief executive, Professor Duncan Wingham, said: "I am delighted to welcome our new chair and nine new members to the Innovation Advisory Board and pleased that we will continue to benefit from the expertise of continuing members. Between them they bring substantial experience from industry, government and academia, and they provide a unique perspective of the interface between business and research, which is particularly important to ensure that we achieve impact from our research and innovation investments."

Further information

Jane McKenzie
Secretariat officer for IAB
01793 411742