Dr Martin French, PhD, MBA, is the founder of innovation consultancy Manor Halt. His career includes leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and med-tech industries, health technology start-ups, a Government economic development agency and as an independent consultant offering interim management, with a focus on innovation and technology exploitation.
Martin has broad experience of developing and managing programmes and teams addressing technology innovation, product development and commercialisation. With innovation leadership roles in both private and public sector organisations Martin has a sound understanding of the UK innovation landscape and the challenges faced by companies in bringing new ideas to market. He has held Director level responsibilities in both private and public sector organisations and has significant experience of building partnerships and developing relationships with senior decision makers in businesses, Government, the public sector and universities.
His recent roles and responsibilities include: Head of Innovation at the East Midlands Development Agency, responsible for designing and implementing a region wide innovation strategy and support programme; Interim Innovation Director, led the start-up team and development of a £multi-million innovation support programme for supply chain companies in the Derby area, working in rail, aerospace and automotive sectors; Providing market research, business development and project management support to Loughborough University academic to explore the commercial potential of a novel biosensor technology through a HEIF funded enterprise project; On behalf of a North of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) carried out a benchmarking survey of open innovation activities currently offered by LEPs, Local Authorities and their partners.
Martin has a PhD in bioanalytical chemistry and an Executive MBA from Loughborough University.