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Dr Tim Bestwick

Tim Bestwick

Tim Bestwick
(Credit: STFC)

Tim Bestwick is the Executive Director of Business and Innovation and a member of the Executive Board.

As well as being Executive Director of Business and Innovation, Tim is the Chief Executive of STFC Innovation Ltd.

After a PhD in Engineering he worked for IBM before moving to Sharp Corporation, following a technical career mainly in optoelectronics and including time at London Business School.

Tim joined Bookham Technology Ltd (now part of Oclaro Inc.) when it was a fledgling company based at RAL, and held various management positions through to its flotation in 2000.

He was then was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of the semiconductor optical amplifier company Kamelian Ltd, before joining STFC in 2003.

Tim is currently a director of the STFC spin-out companies Scitech Precision Ltd, Cobalt Light Systems Ltd and Quantum Detectors Ltd.

In addition he is on the Boards of the Harwell campus joint venture, ‘Venturefest’, the Oxford-based annual innovation event and the Spectrum Board of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly Rainbow Seed Fund).

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