David Norwood

Chairman of the Board

My long career has been spent building a number of science, technology and investment companies. I am the founder of IP Group plc, one of the UK’s leading technology commercialisation businesses. I also founded Oxford Sciences Innovation, the largest university venture fund worldwide.

Following my graduation from Keble College, University of Oxford, where I read History I joined city investment bank Bankers’ Trust.  Since then I  have been a founder and/or director of many UK technology companies including Oxford Nanopore, Proximagen, Synairgen, Ilika, Oxford Catalysts and Plectrum Petroleum (acquired by Cairn Energy). Chess has always been a passion of mine and I was awarded the International Master title and International Grandmaster titles in the mid and late eighties.  Currently I am a member of the Internet Chess Club and have on a number of occasions captained, managed, or sponsored the England Squad in major team events such as the Olympiad.