Professor Ian Oakes
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
Ian is responsible for co-ordinating the University of Wolverhampton’s growing innovation and enterprise arena at regional, national and international levels, as well as overseeing the strategic development of the University’s Science Park and incubator activities.
Throughout his career, Ian has been involved in numerous initiatives focusing specifically on the transfer of knowledge from academia to both large and small firms. He is passionate about the exploitation of the university’s intellectual capital and resources for the benefit of Black Country businesses to help them grow and become more competitive.
Ian is a member of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership Board, Chair of the Marches Skills Board and Chief Executive of the University of Wolverhampton Science Park. He is Chair of the Black Country Talent Match programme, Chair of Green Shoots Board and is President of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer.