The University of Warwick’s spin-out arm has appointed a new chief executive.
Quentin Compton-Bishop has taken the helm at Warwick Ventures, replacing Ederyn Williams who retires in September after leading the organisation since its inception in 2000.
Mr Compton-Bishop is a seasoned entrepreneur who brings more than 17 years’ expertise in technology commercialisation to the role, including 11 years as a chief executive.
During this time he has raised over £5 million in seed and early-stage investment funding.
In recent years Quentin has focused on the renewable energy and cleantech sectors, both as a CEO and a consultant, and later went on to establish the National Energy Foundation’s Communities Fund, which provides finance to community-owned organisations setting up large-scale sustainable energy projects.
Previously, he was CEO of two materials technology companies, P2i and RolaTube Technology (now RTL Materials) and has also spent time in the United States, working for two California-based software businesses.
“I’m very pleased to be joining the Warwick Ventures team,” says Quentin. “The University of Warwick has established a strong reputation in research and I look forward to helping transform its innovations into commercial success for the benefit of the University and the world at large.”
Announcing Quentin’s appointment as CEO, Warwick Ventures Chairman, John Edwards, commented, “I’m delighted that Quentin has joined Warwick Ventures to build on the successes it has achieved under Ederyn’s direction.
Warwick Ventures is at an exciting point in its development, having built an excellent reputation, first as a University department, and now as a wholly-owned University subsidiary.”
Quentin’s early career was in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office where he was a Middle East specialist in developing the UK’s political, financial and commercial relations with various countries in the region.
Quentin has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from Cranfield University and an M.Phil in Marketing. He studied Arabic at the School for Oriental and African Studies and also speaks French and German.
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