Professor Will Drury

Interim Executive Director - Innovate UK

Will joined UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) from engineering and environmental consultancy Ricardo where he was Global Technical Expert – Power Electronics and Head of Electronics & Electric Machine Products.  Prior to this he led and worked in the engineering delivery team for electric drives at Ricardo having previously worked at a start-up company in the renewable energy sector.

At Ricardo Will led the company strategy in PEMD component development and approaches to engineering solutions for clients.  Will also worked extensively in business development, engaging existing and potential customers Ricardo supported from strategy through to product design. Will worked with a globally distributed team with technical centers in China, USA, Europe and the UK and a truly global footprint of clients from Chennai to Cambridge and Shanghai to Santa Clara.

Will holds a PhD from the University of Bristol in Electrical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET. He sits on the IET Transport Sector Executive, previously holding the position of deputy-chair.  Will also sat on the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) advisory group as well as being a visiting fellow to the University of Warwick until 2019.

Will is passionate about the work being undertaken in this Challenge and the impact the technology changes can have on the UK economy and society at large.  Will has been involved in the Driving Electric Revolution Challenge for nearly a year before taking on the role of Challenge Director in January 2020.


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