Rod is an experienced business adviser, executive and business angel who is Chair/CEO of the Industry Forum, a highly active London-based business policy forum that promotes dialogue between senior UK Government policy-makers and the business community. He is a board member of AgeneBio a US company which is dedicated to developing therapeutics to preserve and restore brain function for unserved patients afflicted with neurological and psychiatric diseases. After graduation in Physics from Oxford, Rod worked as a software engineer 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 rapid expansion of the KPMG European High Technology Practice. Rod has provided advice and arbitration on a number of large outsourcing deals. As a business angel, he has founded and led start-up technology companies and raised the necessary finance. He was CEO/Founder of zoomf.com a property search engine which was sold to a media group in 2008. He was an expert witness in a high profile software patent dispute. Rod works with a number of Universities on subjects including corporate governance, the impact of new technologies and financial policy. In the past five years he has worked on public policy projects including the Kerslake Review of the Treasury, and some research work looking at the decline of public trust in politics and business, and strategies to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases.