Professor Nick Wright, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Newcastle University, has been appointed as Chair of the N8 Executive Management Group.
Throughout his career Professor Wright has worked extensively in and with industry in the UK, US, and Asia. He has widespread experience of advanced technology and has developed significant new product platforms for a number of international companies across a range of industrial sectors.
His personal research activities lie in the application of new materials technologies in novel electronic devices and systems, ranging from electronics for extreme environments and energy applications to innovative types of computing.
As Chair of the N8 Executive Management Group, his role will include providing leadership in the development of new ideas for research themes involving collaboration between businesses and academics, supporting innovation and economic growth.
Professor Wright will officially take up his position from 1 January 2014, replacing Professor Trevor McMillan, who moves to Keele University to become Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost.
Prof Wright said:
“I am delighted to be appointed as the next Chair of the N8 Executive Management Group.
“The N8 Research Partnership has leading edge expertise in fostering inter-disciplinary collaborations between academics and industry. This has enabled the N8 to go from strength to strength, and much of this is a result of the work of Trevor McMillan and the N8 Pro-Vice-Chancellor group.
“I would like to thank Trevor and acknowledge his achievements as Chairman of the N8 Executive Management group. He has played a pivotal role in developing strategic relationships with key partners and in particular, played a key role in establishing the N8 Industry Innovation Forum.
“I look forward to building on this excellent work and developing new and dynamic research partnerships to continue the N8’s impressive track record in supporting innovation and growth.”