Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General
UK Intellectual Property Office
Tim took up post as Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on 1 May 2017.
As CEO of the IPO Tim is responsible for advising Ministers on all IP policy matters and for the operation of the Office, which grants some 6325 patents, 63312 national trade marks and 20137 designs each year.
Tim came to the IPO from Companies House where he was the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales and Chief Executive (March 2012- April 2017). He worked at Companies House from 2002 where he held many senior positions within the organisation. His extensive work portfolio included leading on the digital agenda, operational delivery, business strategy and corporate policy. Tim also held the position of president of the Corporate Registers Forum (an association of over 60 registries worldwide) from 2013 to 2017.
Tim’s career also includes 12 years in senior operational roles in the manufacturing industry; he has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Swansea University and lives on a farm in South Wales and is married with two children. He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the economy and the people of Swansea.