Meet the Team: Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Ross Burton and joined the Hub as the Stakeholder Engagement Manager. He spoke to us about what that means for the Hub, and gave us a bit of info about his background.

Who am I? What does the Hub Stakeholder Engagement Manager do?

My name is Ross Burton and I am the Hub’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

My role is to connect the Hub to key innovation and economic growth actors at both the local and national levels. In practice this means Local Enterprise Partnerships, BEIS and Innovate UK primarily, but groupings like the Northern Powerhouse, combined authorities and new mayors are further emerging players.

I work with the Regional Managers at Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network and National Centre for Universities and Business to ensure we link effectively and in a coordinated fashion with these stakeholders.

Ross Burton, Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Me at Lantic Bay Cornwall

How did I get involved?

I am seconded from Innovate UK where I was formerly responsible for the grant to and relationship with the Knowledge Transfer Network and through this role was involved with the establishment of the Hub.

From May 2016 I was Innovate UK’s Regional Manager for the South East and London linking to Local Enterprise Partnerships and incorporating the growing importance of place into Innovate UK thinking.

It was clear to me from my regional manager experience that objective understanding of the capabilities in localities will be vital to supporting growth and investing wisely, and that it is the Smart Specialisaion Hub that needs to provide intelligence and understanding.

I wanted to help shape this important function and when a timely opportunity arose to join the hub it was an obvious step.

Recent activities

My immediate focus is to support the Science and Innovation Audit Wave 2 consortia. The Hub is already involved with, the East of England, Innovation South, Liverpool City Region +, and Oxfordshire Transformative Technologies Alliance.

More about me

Before joining Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board as was) I was a transport planner by profession working at Peterborough City Council writing policy, developing plans, delivering projects and promoting sustainable transport. I was also part of the Peterborough DNA future city project team leading on city data.

I have a degree in Civil Engineering, starting my planning career in Birmingham and then spent six years in United States working for a consultancy.

I once spent my weekends exploring the ancient monuments and countryside of Wiltshire and surrounding counties. I once spent my weekends exploring the ancient monuments and countryside of Wiltshire and surrounding counties. I now spend most of my spare time searching for a potential property.

About the author

Kim is the Digital Communications Officer for the Smart Specialisation Hub.

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