Grant Bourhill


Grant joined the Energy Systems Catapult in November 2015.

He brings with him an outstanding track record and passion of delivering new innovations into the marketplace, both nationally and overseas, as well as building organisational programmes, teams and delivery systems from start-up. He also brings significant experience working at the interface of industry, Government and academia.

Grant joins the Catapult having spent 8 years with the Energy Technologies Institute, a private-public partnership between major energy companies and UK Government. For the first 5 years, he was Director of Programme Delivery, accountable for successful delivery of all aspects of the ETI energy innovation portfolio (£60m p/a). During this time, ten commercial products from the portfolio were released into the UK market from national and international partners. Grant led the Programme Delivery function from organisational start-up, building a team of ~20 staff, implemented a PMO and quality measures. At the beginning of 2013, he transitioned to Director Smart Systems and Heat, leading the ETI’s flagship Programme announced by the UK Prime Minister. He established a stand-alone facility, and recruited a cross-functional, cross-cultural team, while developing a number of key strategic partnerships. Within 2 years, novel products and services were being developed and tested with partners across the UK.

Prior to the Energy Technologies Institute, he held senior management positions with Sharp Laboratories of Europe for 8 years, initially as Director of Innovation and latterly as Director of New Business Development. During his time at Sharp, his team delivered a number of world-first innovations from concept through to successful overseas mass manufacture, creating substantial sales (>£1bn) and new strategic customers in both the mobile and automotive sectors.

Grant has an MBA with Distinction from the Said Business School, University of Oxford, for which he received the Deans’ Award. He holds over 30 independent patents.