University of Bath

The golden triangle of business, government and academia - challenges and benefits

Our Looking Further series brings together industry and academia to discuss collaborative approaches to solving big issues affecting our future.

25 Apr 20185.30pm
25 Apr 20187.30pm

The big social challenges facing society today such as productivity in economic development, delivery of clean water and safe energy, healthcare, and security, often require the commitments of business leaders, policymakers and researchers from a variety of disciplines, in order to access the technical knowledge and expertise required.

In cooperation with HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab this event will focus on the golden triangle of business, government and academia. The discussion will explore how industry leaders, policymakers and academics can work together to address social and economic challenges.

Introduced by Professor Jens Roehrich, Director HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab, and hosted by Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice-President Corporate Engagement.

Keynote speakers

Ken Owen, Supply Chain Director, EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C (HPC)
A graduate in nuclear engineering, Ken spent over nine years with British Energy before working in the automotive industry, across a global manufacturing footprint, and on large infrastructure projects including the London 2012 Olympics.

Today, in leading the Commercial directorate for Nuclear New Build at EDF Energy, Ken uses his expertise to help deliver the first nuclear power station in the UK for over 20 years.

Professor Per Holten-Andersen, President, Copenhagen Business School
Per has been President of Copenhagen Business School since 2012 and was previously Rector of the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) from 2002 to 2006.

With an academic education and a PhD in forest economics Per has a broad focus not only on economics, but also on environmental and ethical aspects of economic activity.


Derek Allen, Innovate UK
Derek joined Innovate UK on a full time basis in 2012 and has overseen its engagement across a range of energy technologies including fossil fuels, renewables, fuel cells, nuclear and oil and gas. In 2014 he was responsible for establishing the Energy Catalyst, a co-funded programme with EPSRC and BEIS. He has specific responsibility for the nuclear and oil and gas sectors and works closely with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and the Midlands Energy Research Accelerator (ERA).

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor
Tim was elected as the first Mayor for the West of England in 2017.

During his career he has combined international business roles with public service in the West of England including serving on Gloucestershire Council’s leadership team, Chairman of Winterbourne Parish Council and as a governor of one of the largest secondary schools in the region.

Matthew Kirk, International Affairs Adviser, Squire Patton Boggs
Matthew Kirk is International Affairs Adviser at the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. He advises the firm’s clients on all aspects of international political risk.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Matthew led External Affairs at Vodafone for 11 years, with eight years as a member of the Vodafone Group Executive Committee.

Matthew was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for more than twenty years, based in New York (UN), Belgrade, Gibraltar and Paris. Matthew held a number of positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Cabinet Office in London. He led the FCO's programme in investment in IT and telecommunications for three years, and also served as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Finland for four years.

George McFarlane, Sector Development Director, CBI
As sector director at the CBI, George leads lobbying and communications for complex and regulated industries at the UK's most influential business organisation, including higher education, tech, media and telecoms, health and life sciences, construction, and government contracting and defence.

George has been with the CBI for seven years, and before this worked as parliamentary aide to a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He studied English and history at Queen Mary, University of London before gaining a masters in public policy from UCL.

Professor Beverly Tyler, North Carolina State University
Beverly is Professor in Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University. She is also:

  • Visiting Professor for HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab at the University of Bath School of Management
  • Senior Visiting Fellow at Judge Business School, Cambridge University
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen

Beverly’s research examines organisational decision making and cooperation in strategic alliances. She is particularly interested in the context of product development, supplier-buyer relationships, international investment decisions, and partnerships between industry, academia, and government.