CENSIS, Scotland’s centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems and IoT technologies, has confirmed a new addition to its board.
Knowledge exchange expert Dr Ian Brotherston will join the organisation from national innovation agency, Innovate UK, where he currently serves as head of public sector innovation strategy.
Brotherston commands a wealth of experience in the digital technology sector and boasts a career spanning more than two decades. He has previously worked for a range of organisations, including chemical startup Ionic Polymer Solutions and QinetiQ, a major security and defence contractor.
His extensive industry experience is likely to benefit CENSIS greatly, having worked with a range of national stakeholders such as the Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Government to inform and support innovation.
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Commenting on the appointment, CENSIS chief executive Paul Winstanley said: “Ian brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our Governing Board, which will be invaluable in helping us continue to nurture and support businesses across the UK.
“His passion for innovation is well aligned with CENSIS’ ambitions to help organisations overcome technology barriers to drive growth.”
Prior to his time at Innovate UK, Brotherson was head of enterprise services at Heriot-Watt University, where he led the commercialisation and licensing of university IP, as well as the creation of spin-out companies and joining R&D opportunities with industry.
Brotherston said: “Having dedicated much of my working life to encouraging innovation, I’m looking forward to contributing to CENSIS’ work in supporting businesses to harness the power of sensing, imaging and Internet of Things technologies.
“Combining industry needs with the academic and specialist engineering expertise found in our universities and innovation centres is crucial if we are to reach our collective goal of making Scotland a global leader in new technologies.”
The innovation specialist joins the centre amid an exciting period. The organisation recently launched its year-long, Scottish Government-funded programme to demonstrate the transformative potential of IoT across Scotland’s key growth industries.
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