Innovation Board

WMIP Governance

The Innovation Board is in place as an official governance structure for the West Midlands Innovation Programme. Their mission is to drive overall levels of innovation, research and commercialisation success in the region. The Board has oversight of innovation aspects of the Local Industrial Strategy and the West Midlands Innovation Accelerator.

Development & Representation

  • A shadow Board was established in May 2018
  • Mike Wright was appointed as private sector Chair in February 2019
  • The Innovation Board is now a recognised part of the West Midlands Combined Authority governance structure and reports to the Economic Growth Board
  • Representation includes:

Innovation Board Chair: Mike Wright

Mike has experienced a diverse, international portfolio of chair, NED, and advisor roles in FTSE and North American listed businesses, and in leading Education, Sports, and Arts organisations in the UK. He continues to be a member of several of these Boards.

Mike has extensive experience of representing the advanced manufacturing sector to national and regional government through leading roles in the Automotive Investment Organisation, the CBI and EEF (now Make UK).

His last executive role in automotive was as Executive Director of Jaguar Land Rover, retiring in 2016 having served on the management board for 12 years in a variety of roles with worldwide responsibility. He has extensive international experience having operated under 3 different international owners, led projects in a number of overseas markets and was based in Germany for 4yrs.

He started his automotive career in 1975 after graduating with BSc from Aston University.

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