Iain Roche joined HS2 Ltd as Head of Innovation in September 2015, having previously held the same role at Rolls-Royce Plc. Although having worked in a number of product design and R&D positions, Iain has spent the majority of his career in innovation management.

Iain has worked across Europe and the Middle East supporting organisations (from start-ups to blue chips) and governments create a sustainable culture of innovation to drive growth. He has successfully embedded process and structure to catalyse innovation within organisations and facilitate external collaboration. He has worked across a number of vertical markets, from fast moving consumer goods to safety critical industries such as Nuclear and Aerospace. Iain is now the Commercial Director for Phase 2 of HS2 accountable for the development of the delivery strategy and commercial management of the scheme.

Iain has an Engineering Degree and a PhD, both from Loughborough University.  He is a fellow of the institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE) and sits on the NEF innovation council. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Knowledge Transfer Network, chair of the Rail Industry Innovation Leadership Group, and sits on the Rail Industry Technology Leadership Group.

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