Rob Saunders

Head of Energy
InnovateUK

Rob Saunders has led the energy programme at the Technology Strategy Board since January 2013 following 18 months leading funding of the offshore renewables area, setting up business-led innovation programmes in wind, wave & tidal energy.  Prior to this he worked at Imperial College on UK Energy Research Centre projects, including leading the analysis of global biomass energy potential.

Rob read the Engineering Tripos at Cambridge University, specialising in mechanical engineering design and materials.  From there he went into manufacturing process innovation in the food and packaging industries, where he held a number of innovation management roles.

Rob retrained in energy, graduating from the Imperial College London MSc programme in Environmental Technology & Energy Policy in 2010.

The Technology Strategy Board

The Technology Strategy Board is all about driving innovation. Our role is to stimulate technology-enabled innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. We promote, support and invest in technology research, development and commercialisation. We spread knowledge, bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances.

We advise Government on how to remove barriers to innovation and accelerate the exploitation of new technologies. And we work in areas where there is a clear potential business benefit, helping today’s emerging technologies become the growth sectors of tomorrow.

Our vision is for the UK to be a global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative businesses, who can apply technology rapidly, effectively and sustainably to create wealth and enhance quality of life.