Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference 2017
 
 
MEET KEITH ROBSON
 
 
Chief Operating Officer, 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey 
 
 
   
Traffic Systems, Keith moved from industry to take a management role in the HE sector.
 
Keith played a key role in setting up the University of Surrey’s £90 million 5G Innovation Centre and combines his role as Chief Operating Officer for the Centre with his wider responsibilities as Director of Business Engagement. Both roles entail strong links with the Local Enterprise Partnerships, County and Borough Councils to generate economic growth and development in the Surrey region.
 
Keith’s work therefore spans both the private and public sectors, raising government grants as well as venture capital for commercial opportunities in electronics, bioengineering, medical devices, ICT and nanotechnology. Keith started the Surrey 100 business Angel Club, one of the region’s most active angel finance organisation.
 
 
An electronic engineer by training, Keith’s early career was with Schlumberger Technologies where he was R&D Manager of one of the Group’s aerospace businesses. Keith then went on to become MD of a private instrumentation company, managing it through a successful trade sale in 1996. He then formed his own start-up company in computer vision systems. In 2001, following a successful turnaround of a USA  owned   instrumentation   company,  Peek 
   
         
 
 
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