Innovation Skills and Leadership

With the publication of the new ISO Innovation standard, what can organisations do to better manage innovation? Can innovation skills be deployed more effectively?

This workshop will explore both innovation processes and the people who operate them by asking delegates to debate what makes an innovation leader and should innovation be a profession, as part of a practical, ‘hands on’ session.

Hear from Dr Martin McGurk of Innovation UK as he leads a workshop that will encourage delegates to discuss what skills innovators should have, where do those skills come from and how we can codify that knowledge.


Dr Martin McGurk

Senior Innovation Lead-Business Growth and Innovation Manager at Innovate UK

Dr Martin McGurk has recently joined Innovate UK, part of UKRI as Senior Innovation Lead-Business Growth and Innovation Management, to further develop its business facing activities in support of innovative businesses who want to grow, internationalise and scale.

He is also current president of the trade association Technology Innovation International (TII) and a member of several British and ISO Standards Committees e.g. TC 279 drafting ISO 56002 et seq (the Innovation Management standards family).

Previously he spent 13 years at RTC North Ltd, working to develop the Enterprise Europe Network and other innovation and internationalisation services in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, alongside consultancy work with both businesses and government agencies, project evaluation/key expert “stuff” for the European Commission etc, rising to the role of Business Development Director.

A graduate in mechanical and materials engineering from Newcastle University, Martin has a PhD in Wear Resistant Coatings. Prior to RTC North, he worked as an engineer for PSA Peugeot Citroen and Schott Glaeverbal before moving into the world of SMEs: first as a lean consultant, then managing operations in steel fabrication/construction and latterly factory process automation businesses.