Coventry University director appointed to influential European business role

Paul Fairburn, UK's representative at European Business and Innovation Centre Network

Coventry University’s Director of Innovation has been appointed as the UK’s representative at the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), an influential business support and networking firm. Paul Fairburn will join the EBN Board, whose members support over 26,000 start-up businesses. Coventry University has a long-standing relationship with EBN.

What are Paul’s thoughts on his new role?

Paul said: “I am privileged to represent UK members on EBN’s Board. I very much look forward to working with President Cristina Fanjul, Vice President Diego De Biasio, as well as the other board members, and with EBN`s CEO Laura Lecci and the EBN secretariat.”

“I would like to thank the UK members for nominating me and will endeavour to build on the work of my predecessor David Gill, ensuring a strong voice and participation by the UK members in the network. Coventry University has a long-standing, excellent and multi-faceted relationship with the EBN secretariat and the network members,” Paul further said.

“We place high value on EBN’s work, which aligns with our 2030 Strategy: a global university, with a global presence, a trusted and dynamic education and economic development collaborator embedded within the innovation ecosystems where we are present.”

When was Paul appointed to the role?

Paul’s appointment was announced around the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) Congress in Brussels on 24th May, where he also moderated a panel entitled: ‘Scaling European Innovation: How to bridge innovation ecosystems in Europe and beyond’.

Professor Helen Maddock, Executive Director of the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences at Coventry University, was also a speaker at the Congress as part of a panel entitled: ‘Based on science, built for the market: creating deep tech impact out of research’.