Simon Edmonds is the Director of Catapults for Innovate UK overseeing nine technology and innovation centres across the UK. He joined Innovate from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills where he was Director of Innovation which included sponsorship of the Technology Strategy Board (now called Innovate UK) as well as other bodies within the UK innovation ecosystem; The Design Council, Nesta, National Measurement System, BSI, UKAS.
Simon has held responsibility for Business Sectors within DTI, BERR and BIS covering all industrial sectors. He was responsible for many innovation and growth reviews and manufacturing strategies in 2004 and 2008. As Director of Innovation he initiated the Hauser Review and worked closely with Hermann Hauser to deliver the review and subsequent funding by Ministers.
Simon joined the civil service in 2002. Prior to that he was Chief Executive and Divisional Managing Director of a number of SME businesses and had a 16-year career with Raychem Corporation. At Raychem he was Managing Director of Sigmaform following its acquisition by Raychem and Head of New Product Development for Raychem’s Electrical Products Division.
Simon graduated with a Business Degree from Aston University and has an MBA from Henley Management College. He is also a Non Executive Director of The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).