Tim Miller

Tim Miller

    • Aston Triangle, Aston University, Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile


    Over the last eight years I have been working along side top academic and research teams to set up and develop the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University.

    I have over 15 years board level experience in technology companies, technical and commercial management, research marketing and consultancy. This has included establishing early stage internet companies and founding one of the first Internet Service Providers in the UK.

    I have worked in science park management and different level of new technology commercialisation. My expereince covers working with new starts through to large companies, international membership organisations, the public sector and universities.

    I enjoy working on most aspects of business operation such as business start up and growth, strategy and transformation, funding and business development. I have held a range of directorships and non-exec positions in a range of companies.

    My track record includes winning high value tenders and technology projects in the public and private sectors as well as setting up teams to manage and deliver results. I have won and managed significant business growth funding working with the public and private sectors.


    • Director of Engagement EBRI

      Aug 2019 – Present

      Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Management of engagement activities at EBRI including generating collaborations with business and government. Development of new initiatives, funding and project to delivery.

    • Deputy Director EBRI. Enterprise and Government Engagement Manager

      Sep 2015 – Present

      Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Responsible for engagement, marketing, communications and business development activities alongside commercialisation of research and new consultancy services.

      Development of new opportunities for research teams, industry partners and funders to deliver applied technology and solutions for the market place, collaborative research and consultancy.

      Contract and compliance management of government and commercial projects.

      Knowledge transfer activities.

    • Director Operations

      Jan 2013 – Sep 2015

      Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Management and operation of non academic aspects of The European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University.

      Development and implementation of strategy as part of the executive management team.

      Responsible for marketing, communications and business development activities alongside commercialisation of research and new consultancy services.

      Stimulated new opportunities for research teams, industry partners and funders to deliver applied technology and solutions for the market place, collaborative research and consultancy.

      Contract and compliance management of £16 million ERDF industrial scale demonstrator projects and knowledge transfer activities.

      European Bioenergy Research Institute Project Manager

      Jun 2011 – Dec 2012

      Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Project management of a 16.5 million pound project to develop European Bioenergy Research Institute. This includes construction of an industry scale bioenergy demonstrator, knowledge transfer, marketing and commercial management, development of research and consultancy opportunities.

      Support for development of a 7 million Euro Bioenergy investment network across North West Europe.

      Activities included development of contract delivery strategy, recruitment and management of project teams, development of knowledge transfer products and services, relationships with academic departments and university senior management.


      GMA Solutions

      2008 – 2011

      Nottingham, United Kingdom

      Business development, project and management consultancy.
      Work with the mobile, broadband/ telecoms and hosting industries.
      Information system strategy

      CEO and Founder


      1996 – 2008

      Nottingham, United Kingdom

      Established the company as a spin out from University of Nottingham to deliver web design and development services, Internet services hosting and network consultancy services.

      This included launch of one of the first UK ISPs, early stage content and internet marketing. Launched new businesses to develop opportunities in these fields.

      Delivered large government/ EU contracts in the technical business support, training and business development market place. Successful participation in EU Framework projects. International business experience in Europe, Australia and China.

      Achieved international recognition and won EU Awards for Innovation, programme design and delivery.

      Clients included: BT, CISCO, BBC, NatWest Bank, SGI, DTI, British Council, EU, EMDA, GOEM, EMDA, AWM, WAG, UK Trade and Invest, National Fire Services, Capital One, Nottingham Forest, Northcliffe Newspaper Group, UK Universities

      Technology Transfer Officer

      University of Nottingham

      1992 – 1996

      Nottingham, United Kingdom

      Managed the University Consultancy Company, Science Park and knowledge transfer. This included technology sales and marketing, contract and IPR negotiation.

      Comprehensive review of business engagement strategy and re-engineering of key elements of the knowledge transfer and business communications activity. Development of regional public sector and business engagement policy for the university.

      Managed implementation of proposed changes including writing business cases and developing new initiatives and projects as as a result of successful EU funding applications.

      News centres were developed in key areas such as rapid prototyping/ 3D printing, environmental technology and management, computer imaging, medical informatics and internet services. Developed a technology seed fund.

      Support for early stage international expansion of the University in China.

      Senior Economic Development Officer

      Nottingham City Council

      1988 – 1992

      Strategy and policy development to support modernisation of the City of Nottingham. Development of first innovation growth and clean technology programmes for the area. Project design, management and delivery of projects to support strategy.

      Management of Science Park and relationship with University of Nottingham.

      High level stake holder management including formation and support for high level boards and policy consultation.

      Support for international intrenational business activities including overseas missions, hosting delegations and conference presentations.

      Partners included: The Design Council, KPMG, East Midlands Electricity, Siemens, NatWest Bank, NTL, Northcliffe Newspaper Group

      Consultant in the Petrochemical Industry

      Linway Designs Ltd

      1985 – 1988

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    Education/Academic qualification

    BA, Environmental Management

    Award Date: 30 Sept 1984

    External positions

    Entrepreneur in residence, University of Nottingham


    Founder and None Exec Director EIBS Ltd, EIBS Ltd



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