Our activities are directed by a Board, who are elected by our members.


The Board meets regularly in a forum open to all Chief Executives and Managing Directors of member companies to consult on key topics for the UK’s Innovation, Research & Technology sector.

Board of directors

The AIRTO board of directors is responsible for the governance and strategy of AIRTO.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar OBE

President, AIRTO

Simon Andrews

Chair of AIRTO and Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK Research

Professor Richard Brook OBE FREng

Vice President, AIRTO

Nicola McIntosh, Finance and Commercial Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Nicola McIntosh

Finance and Commercial Director at Net Zero Technology Centre

Gillian Charlesworth

Group Chief Executive, BRE Group

James Claverley

Head of Government Relations, NPL

Marilyn Comrie

Chief Executive Officer, Manchester Innovation Activities Hub Ltd.

Chris Pook

Government Policy Director, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Paul Hadley

Director of Economic and Social Impact at MTC

AIRTO Team

Dr Jane Gate

Executive Director

Peter Oakley

Government Affairs Lead

Steve Yianni FREng

Past President, AIRTO

Interest group leads

Lisa Rowles

HR Interest Group (HR Director, Horiba Mira)

Professor Vicky Pope

National Laboratories Interest Group

Bruce Napier

Quality Management Interest Group (Research Scientist, NIAB)

Nicola McIntosh, Finance and Commercial Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Nicola McIntosh

Finance Directors’ and Company Secretaries’ Interest Group (Finance and Commercial Director, NZTC)

Sue Rogers

Interest Group Secretariat

Angela Cluley

Health and Safety Interest Group (HS&E Function Lead, HORIBA MIRA)