Technology Strategy Board (InnovateUK)
Director of Technology and Innovation (DT&I), Technology Strategy Board (InnovateUK)
Our team, led by Baljit Dhadda, was retained in late 2013 for a Director of Technology and Innovation role within the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) which works especially in hi-tech sectors like renewable energy, future cities, satellite applications, digital technologies and healthcare.
As part of the leadership team, we recruited the Director of Technology and Innovation. This role leads InnovateUK’s Innovation Programmes team, which develops and delivers innovation support for businesses across priority areas. This is a key role in shaping the technology priorities of the TSB, leading the TSB’s engagement with major technology intensive companies and maintaining thought leadership and designing programmes.
Our challenge was to identify recognised thought-leaders who had a track-record of leading innovative design and technological principles that shape future markets. Our success was, critically, dependent on outward-facing, ambassadorial and entrepreneurial Technology professionals, with experience of developing technologies that maximise commercial return.
The calibre and diversity of candidates’ experience on the search-led shortlist included:
The successful candidate, Kevin Baughan, worked at Virgin Media until 2013. With particular experience in digital innovation, Kevin was most recently Director of Wireless at Virgin Media Business, where he developed propositions including the rollout of WiFi on the London Underground in time for the 2012 Olympics. Prior to Virgin Media, Kevin co-founded a pioneering start-up researching novel networking technologies for the US Air Force Research Labs, and was Nortel Networks' chief architect for cable operators across Europe. He came across as an enthusiast, an energetic leader with a track-record of commercial success, creativity and innovation within technological markets. Along with an excellent communication style, Kevin brought an easy interpersonal style combined with proven ambassadorial ability across complex stakeholder environments.