Nick Smailes

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Nick was appointed interim CEO of the Energy Systems Catapult after leading on its development from Innovate UK in 2013. He became the permanent Head of Business Development on 1st October 2015, whilst continuing his role as interim CEO until 2nd November 2015.

Formerly CEO of PowerOasisLtd, a telecoms network power management company co-founded and spun-out from Motorola, Nick’s passion for technology commercialisation has seen him engaged in the sector as entrepreneur, advisor and venture capitalist for over 15 years. Previously Nick spent 7 years as MD and co-founder of SETsquared, a collaboration in enterprise between the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey. SETsquared’s successes include supporting hundreds of early stage technology ventures in the UK and California, facilitating industry academic collaboration and 5 Initial Public Offerings worth over £200m between 2004 and 2007.

Nick has a Degree in Economics and Politics from Exeter University.