In this session ACCA and Nesta launched a pilot study which tested the Malaysian National Corporate Innovation Index on SMEs. The pilot has given us valuable insights into the issues faced by the sector in identifying investment and return on innovation. The project has paved the way for new thinking in the area and we will be running a UK pilot this year (due to be out in autumn 2015).
The role of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) was also explored, drawing on the importance of understanding intellectual capital and the ability to account for it.
Rosa Wilkinson is director of innovation and strategic communication at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) where she leads activity to ensure that businesses and other organisations can maximise the value of their IP assets and works to ensure that IP policy connects with other policy strands.
Previous roles have included working with UKTI, leading work to market the UK internationally, and as director of public policy for Lloyds TSB. Her earlier career includes a variety of Whitehall policy roles embracing enterprise, manufacturing, trade and European policy issues. Her civil service career began with a focus on delivery of services for the unemployed.
Outside the IPO, Rosa retains an involvement in her family’s industrial property business in Yorkshire and mentors a growing dental hygiene business in London.