In November 2014 John was appointed CEO of the Roslin Innovation Centre at the Easter Bush Campus and will also serve as CEO of Roslin BioCentre, until it closes on 31 July 2018.
Providing contemporary, open plan and flexible office and laboratory space, the Roslin Innovation Centre opened for business in August 2017 and is the perfect place for new businesses – large, small; young or old; local or international – to locate within a place that already has the highest concentration of animal related science and expertise in Europe.
John started his career as a trainee accountant with Ernst and Young, followed by various accountancy posts in the voluntary, public and private sectors.
Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, John worked for 14 years as the Head of Knowledge Exchange at Research and Innovation Services, the technology transfer office at the University of Dundee.
Previously, John worked in the Business Gateway in Dundee, where he provided business advice and mentoring to a diverse range of over 200 start-up and established businesses over a 4-year period.
As a highly experienced technology transfer and business incubator professional, John has provided advice, guidance and support to over 30 spinout and start-up ventures emanating from University staff and students.
John has also served as observer to the board on several of these spinout companies and he also managed the Dundee University Incubator where fledgling technology businesses located within a community of technology entrepreneurs.
As mentor to many young entrepreneurs, and /or technology start-up companies, John sees their personal and business growth and success, as a measure of his own success
Throughout his near 19-year university-specific career, John has specialised in, and is passionate about, knowledge exchange, having actively encouraged and facilitated numerous knowledge transfer and innovation ‘projects’ between business and academia.
He is very excited at the prospect of transitioning the Roslin BioCentre over to the new Roslin Innovation Centre, based within an ‘international asset’ that is the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus.
By applying all of his expertise and experience, John is looking forward to creating a dynamic place with ‘buzz’ that will bring together all the clinical, teaching, research, commercial and enterprise activities within one vibrant space.
In helping create, along with the many other team players, an optimal innovation environment, running the Roslin Innovation Centre as the interactive core at the heart of, and as a gateway to, this research and innovation campus, is his current challenge and a task which he readily embraces and will deliver in his usual enthusiastic fashion.