Dr Gary Walpole joined us on February 16th to talk about innovation practices and how they can be applied within public services to support the journey towards a circular economy. Watch this on catch up below.
Gary has thirty years’ experience in business and education, with twenty years in knowledge transfer roles in Higher Education Institutions. Gary is a Leadership and Management practical academic with an outstanding record of leading new programmes and large projects. He is passionate about Organisational Development through the development of leadership and innovation skills. He has a proven track record of designing, developing and delivering leadership and innovation programmes.
He currently directs the Circular Economy Innovation Community project (£3.9m, ESF). He previously developed the conceptual framework and directed the highly successful ‘Leading Growth’ programme (ION leadership, £7.9m ESF) that facilitated productivity gains and business growth in more than 900 SMEs across Wales. He recently delivered innovation programmes to businesses across Wales including; the Open Innovation Programme ; DIPFSCC programme (Welsh Government part funded) and the Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing programme (UKCES funded). He was formerly Director of the Centre for Excellence in Leadership & Management Skills in Wales (£2.9m) at Cardiff University. He was previously a Director of Indycube CIC.
Gary Walpole currently leads knowledge transfer projects at Swansea University and he developed the conceptual framework and supported delivery of the highly successful ESF funded ‘Leading Growth’ programme that facilitated productivity gains and business growth in SMEs across Wales. This very successful programme developed excellent knowledge transfer skills and processes that would be applied in the proposed operation. A large part of the success of the leading business growth programme was built on experiential delivery mechanisms and the creation of a community of practice amongst the participants on each programme.
He recently designed and delivered an innovation programme which created a community of practice from diverse businesses within South Wales. The knowledge and skills enhanced through the delivery of this successful programme (Welsh government SMART Expertise funded) will be applied to the proposed operation. The DIPFSCC programme developed the new product and service solution (NPD/SS) development knowledge and skills of practitioners as well as facilitating discussions for a new co-created product.
He was formerly the director of the £7.9m ION leadership programme at Swansea University, the brand name used for the Leading Business Growth ESF funded operation.
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