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Tom is CBI Director for Innovation

Tom Thackray is the Director of Innovation at the CBI and leads the organisation’s policy work to create the conditions that enable businesses to come up with new ideas, invest in research and development (R&D) and adopt new technologies

He is a member of the government’s forum on EU Exit, Universities, Research and Innovation and previously contributed to its expert advisory group on cybersecurity.

In his time at the CBI Tom has held a variety of roles including leading the CBI’s Enterprise team, covering policy issues relevant to small and medium-sized businesses and the digital and creative industries.

Prior to joining the CBI Tom worked in public affairs consultancy in Brussels and London.

Prior to taking his current role, he was Acting Director for Competitive Markets, heading up the CBI’s policy work on financial services, corporate governance and enterprise. He also held responsibility for our campaign to build public trust in business.

Prior to taking on the role, he led our Enterprise team, covering policy issues relevant to small and medium-sized businesses and the digital and creative industries.

He co-authored the CBI’s Future Champions report in 2011, which identified opportunities and barriers to growth for the UK’s medium-sized businesses.

In his five years at the CBI Tom has held a number of positions, including in its infrastructure team and Brussels office.

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