Director of Innovation Strategy,
University of Surrey
William leads the University of Surrey’s Technology Transfer Office: managing and growing the pipeline of University-wide commercialisation opportunities through development of policy frameworks, governance structures and communication plans; raising finance; ensuring intellectual property is protected; exploiting University research/expertise to generate income & impact via licensing technology and creating spin-out companies.
Previously, in 2014, with financial support from Innovate UK (the UK Government’s innovation agency) William created an R&D project called ‘systemsync’ which harnessed cloud technology to reduce costs associated with transfer of business data between organisations. This lead to the creation of a technology start-up known as pensionsync which pioneered the electronic transfer of financial data between payroll software and pension providers. In August 2019 pensionsync was acquired by Australian cloud payroll provider KeyPay.
William has a Ph.D and a 1st BSc (hons) in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham.
He is a member of the Money and Pensions Service ‘pensions dashboard’ Steering Group, and has a lifetime achievement award from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.