Julian is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Enterprise) at Birmingham City University (BCU). Julian is Professor of Knowledge Transfer at BCU and an Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University. He has an extensive track record in designing, developing and leading flagship programmes, projects and partnerships to unlock capital and revenue and connect innovation and talent, and engage Higher Education as a catalyst for change and growth positioning universities as “anchor” institutions nationally and in regional economies. He has been heavily involved in devolution and economic development at a national and international level. He is a non – executive Director and Chairman of several private sector companies and public sector Boards and committees. He works closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority and is a Sector Champion for Emerging Technologies and Innovation Sub - Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as, a CBI Council member for the West Midlands. Julian is also President of the British American Business Council (Midlands).