2020 was an extraordinary year and the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic caused UK industry to rethink how it will operate over the long-term.
Guy is the Challenge fund Governance Director and has worked at UKRI and Innovate UK since 2014, joining as Head of Process Improvement and Business Change. He then took on the role of Deputy Director Programme Management Office, supporting the creation of UK Research and Innovation to bring the 7 research councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation.
Before joining Innovate UK, Guy was the General Manager of a UK and EU packaging business. Prior to this, he worked in various sectors including telecoms, consultancy and pharmaceuticals, holding roles in business improvement, programme and project delivery and product development.
It’s just thirteen more cooking, decorating, planning and shopping days to Christmas, for those of you who celebrate it. And while Christmas might look a bit different this year – we’re looking for board games to play over Zoom, for example – life still goes on.
It’s astonishing the difference nine months can make in business. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may well leave its mark on UK industry and innovation in a way no other crisis has before and will continue to do so for many years to come.
From dealing with lockdown conditions in March, to establishing safer ways of working now, different UK industries are adapting and innovating to build a completely new working world.
Four years ago, we launched the Government and UKRI’s flagship, business-led Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It is a new approach to funding challenges ranging from net zero, health and wellbeing through to advancing technologies, aiming to create a better world for us all.
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