Simon Edmonds joined Innovate UK in January 2013 from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Simon was the department’s Director of Innovation which included sponsorship of Innovate UK as well as other bodies within the UK innovation ecosystem; Design Council, Nesta, National Measurement System, BSI and UKAS. Previously, Simon was responsible 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.
Latterly at BIS, Simon was responsible for the transition of functions from the Regional Development Agencies and their subsequent closure in 2012. In addition to the closure of the RDAs Simon was Director for the Governments £2.7 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Before joining the civil service in 2002, Simon 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 a MBA from Henley Management College.