Rod is one of the founders of the Industry Forum, which was established in 1993. A retired KPMG consultancy partner, he has spent a number of years working as a business angel with start-up technology companies. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute: http://www.gpilondon.com and was for 20 years on the Board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering:http://sciencecampaign.org.uk He is currently concentrating on public policy issues relating to business, such as industrial policy and investment in science, and he has a long-term interest in strengthening Britain's role in the EU. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Physics, Rod worked as a software developer and then in management consultancy. As a consultant, he worked extensively in the financial and technology sectors, and on a range of engagements for the European Commission. He was a partner in KPMG for 15 years, during much of which he led the KPMG European High Technology Practice. This involved international experience in North America, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Rod has provided advice and mediation on a number of large outsourcing deals. As a business angel, he has helped small technology companies with business planning and raising finance. In 2004/2005 he was an expert witness in a high profile software patent dispute. From 2006 to 2010, Rod was Chair of Finance for a large London comprehensive school.