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Tat-Hean Gan Joins AIRTO Board as Member Director

Fri, 30 April, 2021

We are delighted to share with you that Tat-Hean Gan, Director of Innovation and Skills at TWI, has been appointed to the Board of the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations (AIRTO) as a Member Director.

AIRTO is the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.  Its Members deliver vital innovation and knowledge transfer services including applied and collaborative research and development (R&D), technology validation and testing, incubation of commercialisation opportunities and more.

The organisation’s mission is to facilitate, and stimulate, connections and knowledge transfer between Members and with other communities, and thereby support best practice for business improvement and growth.

AIRTO’s Board of Directors is responsible for governance and strategy, and meets regularly in an open forum to consult on key topics for the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.

As well as being TWI’s Director of Innovation and Skills, Tat-Hean led the creation of the £1.2 billion TWI Innovation Network which comprises an international network of RTOs, SMEs, large enterprises and universities.  Tat-Hean is also Director of the TWI-based National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the UK’s first industry-led postgraduate education and research centre in structural integrity, and Director of Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC), a partnership between Brunel University London and TWI, as well as currently managing TWI’s Core Research Programme and TWI Certification Ltd.

Speaking on Tat-Hean’s appointment, Dr Paul Howarth, Chair of AIRTO, said, “TWI is a very active player in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector and has been a longstanding member of AIRTO for many years. We are delighted that Tat-Hean is joining the Board, bringing with him a tremendous range of experience in leading industrial and academic collaborative programmes.”

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