Cranfield is celebrating 70 years since its formation this year, coinciding with the 150 years anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Lord Kings Norton played a key role in both organisations. He was a visionary and the formation of Cranfield in 1946 owes much to this great man. The lecture will look back at some of the achievements of the first 70 years in the context of that extraordinary vision and imagine what his vision of Cranfield might look like for the next 70 years.
In looking to the future, the lecture will explore both technology and product developments and the role that Cranfield can play in supporting the industry that we serve.
Professor Iain Gray is the Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University. Iain joined Cranfield University in March 2015 after seven years as the Chief Executive of InnovateUK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board). In his previous role as Chief Executive for InnovateUK, Iain worked across Government Departments, other Government bodies and Research Councils to promote innovation in Business for UK Business benefit. He played a leadership role in establishing the Catapult Centres across the UK and was a member of a number of the Industry-Government Leadership Councils. Prior to this, Iain was Managing Director and General Manager of Airbus UK, whose Bristol operation he joined when it was still part of British Aerospace.
Iain completed his early education in Aberdeen, culminating in an Engineering Science honours degree at Aberdeen University. In addition, he gained a Masters of Philosophy at Southampton University in 1989. Since then Iain has received Honorary Doctorates from Bath, Bristol, Aberdeen, Aston, Cardiff and Exeter Universities. In 2014 was awarded a CBE for services to Innovation.