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Richard Ball


Richard is the managing director of Keston Technologies Ltd, a consulting company with offices in the UK and Australia that specialises in  innovation, regional development and economic and business strategy. He is also the managing director of MCPA Software Ltd, a UK-based company that owns, develops and markets software in the area of complex chemical modelling.

Prior to 2004, Richard was the founding chief executive of the National Metals Technology Centre Ltd., helping to better position the UK metals industry in international markets. He was also vice president of business development for UES Software Inc. based in the UK and US.

Technically, Richard has a fundamental grounding in physical chemistry, materials and nanotechnologies to PhD level and has managed various technical teams; while at AEA Technology plc, Richard was Market and Sales Director for the AEA Nuclear Sciences business, Manager of the Analytical Chemistry Department and also established the AEA Technology Centre for Advanced Materials at Begbroke Park, in conjunction with the University of Oxford, becoming the first director of the Centre.

Richard’s academic/university background includes published research in atomistic modelling in oxide systems and experimental crystal structure determination; Lecturer, New College, Oxford; Industrial Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford; member of the sub-Faculty of Chemistry, University of Oxford; visiting Research Fellow, Imperial College, London and adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Richard undertakes a range of monitoring and evaluation activities for research and technology development projects, both as individual projects and at the portfolio level. Current assignments include Monitoring Officer for the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for innovation development projects in the UK; Project Technical Advisor (PTA) for the European Commission (EC) on eight multi-national, multi-partner collaborative R&D projects; International Expert for the Interim Evaluation of Research and Development for Innovation projects for the Czech Ministry of Education and Independent Evaluator for the Great Southern Development Commission (Australia) for a Regional Grants Scheme.

Richard also works on a range of strategic studies, the development of innovation-related activities and initiatives and economic analyses, feasibility studies and business cases.

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