Head of the Institute for Manufacturing & Professor of Innovation, University of Cambridge
There are countless problems facing the world that engineers can solve. Great engineers are the people who understand that having a brilliant idea is never enough. Getting your new idea into use requires a whole load of non-technical skills, teamwork, and huge amounts of energy. I spend my time at the University of Cambridge teaching, researching and writing on how we can get better at converting ideas into useful products and services that will make the world a better place.
Before becoming a lecturer, I worked as an engineer in Australia, a consultant in Japan and as a company director in the UK, helping high tech companies get started and grow. Each year, I give talks in local schools and at the University of Cambridge Science Festival to help get young people excited about engineering, innovation and enterprise (see http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/events/science-festival/).
Life Peer & Former Chairman of Marks and Spencer
Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council
MD, Brompton Bicycles Ltd
Chairman, UN Association of the UK