Tim Bestwick is the Executive Director of Business and Innovation and a member of the Executive Board.
As well as being Executive Director of Business and Innovation, Tim is the Chief Executive of STFC Innovation Ltd.
After a PhD in Engineering he worked for IBM before moving to Sharp Corporation, following a technical career mainly in optoelectronics and including time at London Business School.
Tim joined Bookham Technology Ltd (now part of Oclaro Inc.) when it was a fledgling company based at RAL, and held various management positions through to its flotation in 2000.
He was then was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of the semiconductor optical amplifier company Kamelian Ltd, before joining STFC in 2003.
Tim is currently a director of the STFC spin-out companies Scitech Precision Ltd, Cobalt Light Systems Ltd and Quantum Detectors Ltd.
In addition he is on the Boards of the Harwell campus joint venture, ‘Venturefest’, the Oxford-based annual innovation event and the Spectrum Board of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly Rainbow Seed Fund).