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Will Drury

Will is Challenge Director for UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI’s) £80m Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Driving the Electric Revolution leading the strategy, delivery and maximizing the impact of the investments made.

This Challenge will grow the UK’s Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) supply chains across all sectors from energy to rail, automotive to marine and industrial to aerospace through co-investment with industry in collaborative research and development projects, cohesion of the community and capital investment in research equipment for process, production. The work being undertaken in this Challenge and the impact the technology changes can have on the environment, UK economy and society at large is of paramount importance.

Will joined UKRI from engineering and environmental consultancy Ricardo where he was Global Technical Expert – Power Electronics and Head of Electronics & Electric Machine Products. Prior to this he led and worked in the engineering delivery team for electric drives at Ricardo having previously worked at a start-up company in the renewable energy sector. At Ricardo Will led strategy in PEMD component development and approaches to engineering solutions for clients. Will worked with a globally distributed team with technical centers in China, USA, Europe and the UK and a truly global footprint of clients from Chennai to Cambridge and Shanghai to Santa Clara.

Will holds a PhD from the University of Bristol in Electrical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He sits on the IET Transport Sector Executive, previously holding the position of deputy-chair. Will also sat on the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) advisory group as well as being a visiting fellow to the University of Warwick until 2019.

How Driving the Electric Revolution is tackling the ED&I mission

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The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge’s (DER) vision fully embraces the UKRI Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) mission to become a leader in ensuring ED&I becomes business as usual through succinct direction, embedded culture where everyone is valued and is given the opportunity to contribute.

It is lived, breathed, and felt through everything we do as a challenge.