Dr Simon Hepworth – Director of Enterprise, Imperial College London
Simon is seeking to connect more of Imperial’s academics, students and discoveries with leading entrepreneurs and pioneers from industry. His ultimate goal is to generate more opportunities for collaboration that make a real world impact.
Simon joined Imperial College in September 2009 with 14 years corporate experience in the automotive and electronics sectors. He was a founder of the Corporate Partnerships activity at Imperial and has led the formation and growth of a number of significant initiatives that constitute the university’s current Enterprise offer, including the Enterprise Lab student entrepreneurship facility, Imperial Venture Mentoring Service, White City Incubator, Imperial Business Partners membership programme and Tech Foresight. He is currently Chairman of the boards of Imperial College Consultants Ltd (ICON), Imperial College Projects Ltd and Imperial College Innovations Ltd (ICIL). Simon leads the MedTech SuperConnector project which brings together 8 academic institutions in London. Prior to joining Imperial, Simon held engineering and commercial roles at Visteon and Ford Motor Company in the UK and overseas. He is an Engineer by training, with a DPhil in neural network based control from Oxford University and a BEng in systems engineering from Salford University.