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About Us

Who Are We?

Big Innovation Centre is a hub of companies, organisations of all facets, and open innovators. They work together to make the world much more purposeful and inclusive by putting technology and innovation into solving complex real-world concerns. Incepted in 2011, BIC is aiming to become one of its kind world-leading service providers and the largest innovation centre by 2025.

Our Purpose

Providing thought leadership, research, and consulting services for companies and government organisations to face the ever-challenging societal concerns and raise their innovative capabilities.
Empowering our stakeholders with emerging technologies, keeping them abreast of the ever-changing societal demands and raise their innovation capabilities.

Working collaboratively with innovation champions in all aspects of businesses including companies, organisations, public bodies, and leading universities to foster creativity & innovation, synergise to create intellectual property and develop an advanced ecosystem.

Helping disruption & recreating business models, and creating opportunities in each sector to make them a sustainable business ecosystem.

Our Methodologies

BIC has adopted a unique approach to solving the complex societal problems that have an impact on a socio-economic, political, and academic level. At BIC, we

  • Operate as “think tank and do tank” in a societal ecosystem and solve some of the biggest challenges faced

  • Are proactive and employ evidence-based methodologies to solve any given concern 

  • Research and brainstorm for innovative ideas with individuals beyond our scope to achieve tangible results

  • Work passionately towards finding the best possible solution by prototyping ‘what works’ best

  • Serve as a unique platform for different business verticals to co-exist and thrive

  • Ensure transparency and collaboration in every step of the way 

Our Values

Our values define who we are and what we do. We have Purpose, Ambition, Openness,
Excellence, and Access deep-rooted in everything we do.
As our name suggests we are


We have big purpose and ambition


BIC by itself stands for innovation as we strive to make the society a more meaningful and inclusive ecosystem


We are the centre of innovation and intellectual excellence

Our team ardently demonstrates their passion for making the world much more meaningful and inclusive by using the right technology, adopting creativity and imbibing innovation in every step of the way.

Our History

BIC was incepted on the 8th of September, 2011 as a part of ‘The Work Foundation’ (former Industrial Society acquired by Lancaster University in 2010) in London by the then Director Professor Birgitte Andersen and Chairperson Mr. Will Hutton. The demerger happened in 2014 and the company was relaunched as BIC with Birgitte and Will as the co-founders.

In 2013, the company was chosen by the UK Government to take part in the G8 Summit delegation visit owing to the successful “Open Innovation Ecosystem Approach” to public policymaking. History repeated itself in 2014 as well with 27 Commonwealth nations delegation visits. 

Another feather in the cap for the Big Innovation Centre was winning Think Tank of the Year by the Public Affairs Awards (PRCA) consecutively in 2018 followed by 2019. 

Advisory Board

Lord Tim Clement-Jones

Innovation Governor, BIC

Lord Tim Clement-Jones

Lord Tim Clement Jones and Professor Birgitte Andersen are the remarkable leads of our Advisory Board. Both of them are proficient in different subjects and bring their experience and knowledge to the table. Their wisdom, diverse perspective, consistent support and feedback help us deliver visible results to the society. 

Professor Birgitte Andersen

CEO - London, UK

Professor Birgitte Andersen

Our renowned Professor Birgitte Andersen is the advisor to national governments in Europe and including OECD, UN, and WIPO. She is a reputed academician with a doctorate in Economics from the University of Reading (UK), Masters and Bachelors degree in various disciplines.

Our Team


From UK-Ecosystem

Ashok Vaswani

Barclays sincerely believes that a digital revolution is upon us and that it is much bigger than the industrial revolution. We do recognize that any such revolution has huge social cost, and this time around we’re committed to leaving no one behind. Technology for the sake of technology is interesting; technology that truly helps and makes people’s lives easier is a big deal and we want to go down that path. I’m really excited about the work that we’re doing together with the Big Innovation Centre. More power to you

Mr. Ashok Vaswani
CEO, Personal & Corporate Banking, Barclays
Andy Haldane

We need a financial system that is capable of delivering patient capital – capital that isn’t seeking short-term returns, the sort of thing that the Centre’s Entrepreneurial Finance Hub is seeking to create

Mr. Andy Haldane
Chief Economist, Bank of England
The Right Honourable Dr Vince Cable

Will Hutton [Chair, Big Innovation Centre] and his team have made a really important contribution to our thinking so I want to thank him for that. I look forward to working with him and his team and congratulate them on managing to launch the Big Innovation Centre in the way that they have

Mr. Aysan William
British MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Dr Jackie Parkin

GSK is eager to take the opportunity to help UK break through innovation barriers as a part of the Big Innovation Centre’s vibrant research and evidence-driven approach. The inclusion of business as integral collaborators is novel, the experience from industry of innovation has largely been missing in research to date and it brings an important additional perspective that we hope will contribute to innovative solutions

Dr Jackie Parkin
VP Medicine Development Leader, Type 1 Diabetes

Our Partners

Our UK Corporate Partners