Alan was the joint founder and Chief Executive of Techtran Group Ltd, the first company in Europe to offer a complete outsourced technology transfer function to universities. Techtran was acquired by IP Group in 2005. IP Group is the largest and most successful investor in technology start-ups based on scientific research in the UK and has now backed over 100 such companies. Under Alan’s leadership the IP Group has grown rapidly and is now a Footsie 250 company. Alan has unique experience of the challenges facing companies with strong intellectual property but limited markets and the issues of bringing new products to market successfully. From 1995-2002 Alan was a partner in KPMG and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leeds and a MBA with Distinction from the University of Bradford. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a non-executive director of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).