Ian Shortland

University of Leeds

Ian is Director for Research Integration and Advancement working for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Research and Innovation (DVC R&I) and he is also the Director responsible for the University’s key Corporate Relationships programme.  Ian has worked in the higher education sector (HE) for two years and has been responsible for strategy development and delivery, and supporting world leading academics to translate the imperatives of strategic corporate partners into actionable scientific outcomes.  Before joining the HE sector Ian spent his career initially as an engineer in the aerospace and defence sector followed by a big 5 consulting role delivering business transformation and change for FTSE 100 clients.  He went on to set up and sell his own businesses and performed NED roles with fast growing companies as well as a FTSE 100 subsidiary.