A former BP vice president has joined Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen as its entrepreneur in residence.
Dave Lynch brings a “wealth of experience” to the role around technology, innovation, strategy, and industrial application.
He was formerly vice president for reservoir development in the North Sea for the London-lsited supermajor, and was also a senior member of BP’s global reservoir development leadership.
Mr Lynch now runs his own consultancy and is currently helping to deliver EnergyTech, a collaborative learning programme for companies and start-ups across the energy sector.
He will work alongside professional departments and academic schools to develop projects that encourage innovation.
Managed by the Royal Society, the entrepreneur in residence scheme is aimed at increasing knowledge of cutting-edge industrial science and research.
It provides opportunities for industrial scientists and tycoons to foster industry links and entrepreneurial spirit among staff and students at collaborating universities.
Mr Lynch said: “In choosing RGU as a host location for their Entrepreneur in Residence programme, the Royal Society has recognised the fantastic track record of innovation and entrepreneurship the university has built up. I am really delighted to be joining such a dynamic team and to be able to help with their drive to continue to grow and support an innovative and entrepreneurial culture in the North East of Scotland.”
The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
It is the first time that RGU has applied to host a candidate from the scheme.
In addition to his work at BP, Mr Lynch has also held a number of external board positions in the technology and higher education sectors.
He has been a member of the UK Oil & Gas Technology Leadership Board, where he led a digital sub-group on behalf of industry, the Scottish Government Technology Advisory Group and the Strategic Advisory Board for Heriot Watt University’s Institute of Geo-Engineering.
He is also a director at Inspire, a North East Scotland based charity that cares for adults with additional support needs.
As part of his role, Mr Lynch will work closely with RGU’s award-winning entrepreneurship & innovation group.
The body is responsible for advancing the university’s goal of being an innovative and impactful institution through the delivery of programmes, events, and initiatives, such as its recent regional start up accelerator programme.
RGU principal and vice chancellor Professor Steve Olivier said: “I am delighted that RGU has been awarded a place on such a prominent and well-respected programme. Dave brings highly-sought-after industry connections and experience to the role, and will provide mentorship, support, and advice for staff and students across our community.
“The Entrepreneur in Residence position is further evidence of RGU’s commitment to invigorating the economy, providing the University with additional exposure to industrial challenges and approaches that will further translate our research, embed entrepreneurship, and challenge us in different ways.”