APC Advisory Group Member
Roland Meister is the Head of Transport at Innovate UK. His Aerospace, Automotive (Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform), Marine, Rail and Transport Systems teams provide business funding and support that accelerates technology innovation to drive sustainable economic growth. His background in innovation blends systems engineering and business growth leadership.
Before Innovate UK, Roland was Chief Engineer of Hybrid & Electric Systems at Ricardo UK Ltd. This role, demonstrative of his career, combined technical, commercial, legal, managerial and business development capabilities and saw him leading cross functional engineering and commercial activities in China, Europe, India, Japan and the USA.
Low Carbon Vehicles funded by Innovate UK were key in the move to Ricardo from his previous role at Pectel Control Systems, electronics business unit at Cosworth. Through leadership of business model reinvention with operations, engineering and sales teams, he delivered strategic change, doubling the business.
Earlier he was key in executing Pi Research (Cosworth Electronics) business diversification strategy. By managing new applications of existing technology he sold innovative solutions into Aircraft testing, Competitive Sailing and the Automotive aftermarket.
Having always had a passion for Transport he started his career travelling the world with Mercedes in Supertruck Racing, Formula Nissan and F3000. After a short time he was called into Formula 1, firstly with Mark Webber at Jaguar Racing and then Jordan Grand Prix for the Monaco GP, subsequently Systems Engineering the electronics and microwave telemetry with Giancarlo Fisichella in the 2003 F1 season.
By bridging commercial and engineering mindsets he was often innovating engineering solutions to meet customer needs. Examples included onboard (big) data reduction and high rate wireless sensors for Formula 1, Aviation and for rider safety systems in Moto GP.
Roland is an Executive MBA at Cambridge University and holds a BEng 1st class honours in Motorsport Engineering and Design from the University of Wales.
His Low Carbon Vehicles team focus on helping business take ideas emerging from Research at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) through to mid TRLs and low Manufacturing Readiness Levels, then work as delivery and competitions partners with the APC to accelerate the journey from concept to commercialisation.