Meet the team - Media relations

The media relations team at Innovate UK is the first port of call for any journalist looking to know more about Innovate UK’s work to support and encourage business-led innovation right across the UK. They can also help put the media in contact with the businesses and projects that Innovate UK has supported.

Comment from our business experts

If you are an accredited journalist, you can also contact the media relations team if you would like to speak to any of Innovate UK’s experts for comment on breaking news stories or feature pieces. Innovate UK’s technologists are industry professionals on the UK’s innovation landscape. Their experience ranges from how technology will change the UK business environment in everything from the way our healthcare system works and how we will keep the lights on, to the use of robots and how satellites can help farmers grow crops more efficiently.

Press Office telephone number

Our full press office team is available during normal office hours, and they also provide an out of hours service for breaking news stories. The team can always be contacted on our main press office number 07766 901150.

Nick Evans

Acting Head of Media Relations and Media Relations Specialist

Nick Evans

Nick is responsible for media relations relating to Innovate UK’s work in the health, energy and space sectors. He is also responsible for our international work and corporate matters and has strategic responsibility for the communications relationship with Government.

Before joining Innovate UK in September 2014, Nick was head of communications and press secretary to the Attorney General, leading a multi-discipline communications team and working as a senior adviser to the Government’s law officers. He has also spent four years in the media relations team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he was responsible for portfolios which included innovation policy, high value manufacturing, the industrial strategy and the growth agenda.

PJ Taylor

Chief Executive’s Press Secretary and Media Relations Specialist

PJ Taylor

PJ has oversight of our chief executive’s communications profile. He is also responsible for media relations relating to Innovate UK’s work in the digital, built environment, sustainability, agriculture and food sectors.

PJ Taylor has worked in corporate communications for 15 years, in a variety of PR agency, freelance and in-house roles. These include working at Freud Communications, at Sea Containers and subsequently for eight years at Network Rail. There, he was head of national news and handled issues such as high-speed rail, London 2012, industrial relations and crisis communications. Before working in PR he worked as a journalist for national broadsheet and tabloid newspapers.

Rod Alexander

Media Relations Specialist

Rod Alexander

Rod is responsible for media relations relating to Innovate UK’s work on high value manufacturing, transport, enabling technology, and urban living. He also has strategic responsibility for our relationships with partner organisations.

Rod Alexander has worked in communications roles in local government and the not-for-profit sector for 17 years, and managed teams as head of communications both in local government and for a UK trade union. He has also worked as a journalist, including a four-and-a-half year stint on the News of the World and has set up, built and sold a technology company.

James Easey

Catapult Communications Manager

James Easey

James is responsible for all communications relating to our Catapult programme, a role he has held since May 2013. Previous jobs include head of media at Bristol City Council, Whitehall speechwriter and long spells as a press officer in various government departments including the Departments for Business Innovation and Skills, Education and Work and Pensions.

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