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Professor Iain Gray CBE

Iain Gray is the Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University. Iain joined Cranfield University in March 2015 after 7 years as the Chief Executive of InnovateUK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board). In this role he is responsible for all aspects of learning, executive education and research in Aerospace for the University and for developing the Aerospace Strategy across the University Group. He is a member of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory Industrial Advisory Group.

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 Gray 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. In 2014 was awarded a CBE for services to Innovation,

Iain is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2007 was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal. He is a Fellow and Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Council Member for City University of London, a Board Member of SEMTA and is Chair of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.