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Tim has managed large and small organisations in the private and public sectors ranging from universities to venture capital firms, leading start up companies, charities, political campaigns and public bodies. He has managed stakeholders from senior academic faculty and government ministers to students and high-level business leaders and been successful in navigating their respective needs and working styles. In 2016, he launched The Rain Gods, a new business that will focus on working with universities and corporates to support their development of entrepreneurial eco-systems. Launch clients include Loughborough University and NESTA. As a part of The Rain Gods, the company has embarked on the development of a series of co-working spaces, called The Rain Clouds. The first of these is located in Westminster, London, and is dedicated to helping for-profit companies trying to bring digital disruption to government and has been developed in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College. Until January 2016, he was the Director of UCL Enterprise Operations and Director of UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship at University College London. As Head of Enterprise Operations since 2011, Tim was responsible for the University’s outward-facing business engagement activities. He became director of UCL Advances in 2007 when the centre was first launched and built it into one of the largest such activities in the world, offering thousands of places to UCL students each year to undertake entrepreneurial activities and offering direct support to hundreds of businesses with their roots outside of UCL. Prior to 2007, Tim spent six years running his own business, which helped universities and large corporations to spin-out high technology companies. Tim’s background experience includes working as an investment manager at a pan-European investment firm focussed on early-stage technology ventures and as a management consultant at one of the world’s largest professional services firms. His personal work in politics and through charities has added to his substantial network at national, regional and local levels. In 2010 Tim founded the globally successful Citrus Saturday, a non-profit enterprise driving entrepreneurial ambition in school-age children that now runs in sixteen countries. He graduated from UCL in 1997 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2014 was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for life and was listed in the Sunday Times Maserati 100 for 2015.

The Rain Cloud Victoria

The Rain Cloud Victoria is a home for the UK’s CivTech community. So, potential members should be looking to bring change to public services, communications between government and the people or the very nature of democracy itself, either by selling serv...

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