Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh

Innovation Lead

Innovate UK

Ben is an Innovation Lead in Advanced Materials, responsible for developing and implementing the advanced materials technology strategy for UK wealth creation. A large part of his role is to work with other public bodies to secure further funding for the advanced materials community. He recently championed the Materials Research Exchange, lead a large review of the materials landscape and works with the steel community to secure its future in the UK. He manages the Advanced Materials Leadership Council and is part of the team supporting materials focused bids into the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Before working at Innovate, he has nine years’ experience as a consultant at the forefront of environmental policy development. He had a focus on in resource efficiency, policy, sustainable technology and innovation, where he advised government and industry on a wide range of issues including nanotechnology, macroeconomic industrial strategy, innovation strategy, remanufacturing and resource efficiency.

He has a PhD in chemistry and hands on experience of innovation and commercialisation.

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