TONY CLAYTONChair of Research Board, Big Innovation Centre and former Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office
Chair of Research Board, Big Innovation Centre and former Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office
Tony Clayton brings significant expertise and experience to Big Innovation Centre. He has been Chair of the Research Board since 2014, and member of the Big Innovation Centre Steering Group from 2011 until March 2015. He is also currenly visiting fellow at one of our member universities, Imperial College.
Tony was Chief Economist at the Intellectual Property Office from 2009 to March 2015, where his, among other things, worked on
• increasing flow of knowledge from the academic research base into the economy;
• more effective IP markets for all;
• better IP backed finance for innovation and entrepreneurship;
Though discussion forums and reports, Big Innovation Centre contributed to this agenda including the formation of policies.
Before this he was Director, Economic Analysis at the Office of National Statistics (ONS) where his contribution included:
• leading ONS' work on productivity, ICT, globalisation and technology impact;
• leading work across the EU on ICT economic impacts;
• new measures of software investment in the UK economy, adding £9 billion to GDP.
He joined ONS in 2001 from strategy consultancy PIMS. As Director there he developed early evidence on innovation for growth and jobs in the EU’s Lisbon Strategy, and consulting strategies on innovation for major international firms.
He has degrees in Physics and Economics, and has published on economics, strategy and management, service innovation, globalization, and the role of 'intangibles' in business growth.