IXC® Advisory Group

Dr David Brown, Chief Executive, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Before joining IChemE in 2006, David was Head of Technology and Innovation Management at the consulting firm Arthur D Little Ltd, probably the best-known consulting name in the management and exploitation of research and technology. Previously, he spent 10 years working in chemicals, materials and biotechnology businesses within ICI plc and later headed a business unit for the University of Warwick. A science graduate with a doctorate in materials, Dr Brown has over 20 years' experience of alliances and collaborations between business, Government and public organizations, and the academic and research base. He is a member of the West Midlands Innovation and Technology Council and, amongst many Board memberships and fellowships, he takes the lead on innovation on the Board of Advantage West Midlands.


Dr Alan Folwell

Alan has exceptional business experience following a range of senior roles in manufacturing and technology-based industries. His leadership experience encompasses a range of sectors from aerospace to carpets, and has always had a major international content. Alan's particular interests are in fostering, growing and developing technology- and knowledge-based activities. He advises a number of management teams and also sits on the boards of several diverse organizations in the technological and manufacturing sectors ranging from university spin-outs to large companies - in both the private and public sector. Alan was also the first chief executive of the Central Technology Belt, to which he now acts as special adviser. A chartered engineer by training, he also has a degree and doctorate from Cambridge University where he was also a double rugby Blue.


Mr John Handley

John is an experienced venture capital investor having spent the last 15 years in private equity. He has worked at Bridgepoint Capital (then Natwest Ventures), ECI, and latterly at Lloyds Development Capital where he was a senior director for seven years. John joined Maverick Television in 2005 as strategic director moving to his role as finance director in July 2006. John has a number of non-executive positions and lectures on private equity for the BVCA and others both in the UK and abroad. He is also a qualified chartered accountant.


Dr Richard Hutchins, Director, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

Richard has recently joined the University of Warwick to head up its advanced manufacturing group. Previously, he was Corporate Director for Economic Development at Advantage West Midlands. In this role Richard was responsible for skills, enterprise and innovation policy and has strategic responsibility for the Regional Skills Partnership, Enterprise Board and Innovation and Technology Council. Before joining Advantage West Midlands in September 2003, Richard spent 6 years at food industry think tank IGD. Prior to this he was an academic at Imperial College (Wye) and Newcastle University, where he researched, lectured and consulted in food marketing. He started his career in 1988 at Sun Valley Foods in Hereford as a Management Trainee. Richard has a PhD in Food Marketing and a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural and Food Marketing. Richard has studied, lived and worked in many places in the UK and abroad and now lives in Stourbridge with his wife, Ruth, and young son, Ben. His interests include food and wine, running to keep fit and, when time permits, watching rugby and cricket.


Dr Norman Price, OBE, Chairman, West Midlands Enterprise Board

Norman's early career in the TI Group and British Steel culminated in the role of managing director of Seamless Tubes Ltd and he subsequently became a group executive director of Triplex Lloyd plc. Today he is actively involved in a broad range of board memberships with a number of representative organizations as well as financial and business support providers. Norman is also a director of Bede plc, a world-leader in X-ray metrology for the semiconductor industry, and chairman of Ecologic, an early stage business in electronic water control. He is also non-executive director of BSI, the international standards organization. In addition, Norman is a senior industrialist in the Business Finance and Investment Unit of the DTI, a vice president of the EEF and a member of its Economic Policy Group. He is also a member of the CBI SME Council, the CBI Tax Committee, chairman of the West Midlands Enterprise Board and the Regional Finance Forum. A member of the West Midlands Innovation and Technology Council, Norman was awarded an OBE in the 2002 Queens Birthday Honours' List and is an honorary fellow of Warwick University.


Dr James Wilkie, Director of Research and Commercial Services, University of Birmingham

James Wilkie is the Chief Executive Officer of Alta Innovations Ltd and Director of Research and Commercial Services, University of Birmingham. Starting as a research scientist with British Telecom plc, James went on to hold key positions within a range of companies in the industrial and energy sectors including Shell Oil, Morgan Crucible and Johnson Matthey Plc. Whilst at Shell in the role of strategy advisor to the main board, James was instrumental in persuading the company to enter the renewables sector. Now a leading expert in the commercialization of solar power and fuel cell technologies, James holds a number of key non-executive and advisory roles with a range of organizations including Acal Energy, the Grove Fuel Cell Conference, the Centre for Renewable Energy at Loughborough University and the newly formed UK Energy Technology Institute. In addition to his doctorate, James is a Chartered Engineer and also holds an MBA.