Robin Wilson is Innovation Lead for High Value Manufacturing at Innovate UK, which he joined in 2009, bringing 35 years’ industrial experience in technology development, mainly in the Automotive sector in Engineering, IT Systems and Manufacturing.
After gaining a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Aston), Robin pursued a career in Product Development with Lucas Aerospace then Lucas Girling, specialising in antilock brake systems and gaining his C-Eng, MIMechE. Joining Rover Group in 1985 following consultancy with Sumitomo Industries in Japan, he was Chief Engineer for Chassis and Medium Car Programs, involving intensive collaboration with Honda.
Robin pioneered digital mock-up and virtual reality techniques for concurrent product development, then with BMW established the group’s innovative Digital Manufacturing strategy in 1998. After 4 years’ operational responsibility for Engineering IT Systems across Jaguar Land Rover, he helped develop shared technologies with Ford and Volvo then pioneered new manufacturing information architectures for JLR’s current generation of lightweight and hybrid vehicles.
Since joining Innovate UK, Robin has engaged with companies across all areas of manufacturing, has been instrumental in setting up the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and developed the High Value Manufacturing Strategy for investing over £80m pa into innovative UK manufacturing technologies. He is a founding member of the Additive Manufacturing Steering Group and helped develop and launch the UK’s Additive Manufacturing Strategy in 2017.