Tue, 27 April, 2021
TWI’s Director of Innovation and Skills, Tat-Hean Gan has been appointed to the AIRTO Board as a Member Director.
As well as being the TWI Director of Skills and Innovation, Tat-Hean Gan is the Director of the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) and the 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. Tat-Hean currently manages TWI’s Core Research Programme as well as TWI Certification Ltd. He also led the creation of the £1.2 billion TWI Innovation Network, which is comprised of RTOs, SMEs, large enterprises and universities.
AIRTO is the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, a membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.
AIRTO members work to provide innovation and knowledge transfer services including applied and collaborative R&D, consultancy, technology validation and testing, incubation of commercialisation opportunities, and early stage financing.
AIRTO aims to facilitate and stimulate connections and knowledge transfer between members and other communities, supporting best practice for business improvement and growth. Members of the association use their skills to raise the productivity of UK companies, connecting academia, business and government to the resources required for the uptake of new technologies.
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.”