Dear Graphene SIG member,
This note is to bring you up to date about important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community represented on _connect.
From 1 April a new company, KTN Ltd, will exist that brings together all the separate networks and communities that we currently serve into one integrated organisation. This interdisciplinary network will provide a powerful vehicle for promoting innovation across all of UK business.
This is the first of a series of updates on the new KTN structure and what it means for you. Our Chair David Lockwood and CEO Chris Warkup are already in place and the leadership team is nearly fully finalised. We have over 110 staff from current KTNs who have signed up as employees and are well on the way to assembling all the backend functions that we need to set up the new company.
Last week we held our first staff conference and the organisation is taking shape at pace. Our hub offices will be located in London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge, Runcorn and Horsham. We will continue to use _connect as the focal point for all KTN activity, although we will revise and refresh our presence there.
The new company structure enables us to retain the vast majority of staff and communities you already know whilst also offering quicker access to a wider range of markets, ideas and expertise across sectors and disciplines. We believe it is the right response to the interdisciplinary nature of innovation. The pace of change is accelerating, the development cycles for new technologies are shortening and therefore we need to communicate and to make connections more efficiently than ever before.
Over a decade of guidance from industry advisors has been critical to our approach and we will be setting up new advisory structures to provide the continuing industry input that is fundamental to our success. Many of you who have given so generously of your time and experience in the past will be invited to do so again.
We will continue to support the networking you are used to whilst offering the added value of facilitating more efficient connections with groups in other sectors who might exploit the same technology or use their own expertise to help develop it. We will also be able to work more closely with The Technology Strategy Board and Catapults. In short we believe we will be more effective in helping your organisation to grow and make an even greater impact on the way we innovate in the UK.
We are developing a Q&A but if you have any questions for the leadership team of the new company, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
One final note: as part of the transfer to the new company, we will need to ask members to confirm their consent to being contacted by KTN Ltd. The Technology Strategy Board will be writing to you again about this shortly – please do keep an eye out for that message.
Chris Warkup, Carol Boyer-Spooner, Frank Boyd, Steve Welch