Will Searle – Founder and Director of Innovation and Investment

Will Searle is the founder of Axillium Research, a recognised leader in public/private investment, strategic cooperation and innovation programme delivery. 

Will founded Axillium in 2007 to support manufacturing supply chains to better engage with OEM led research and development. Today Axillium provides innovation management and consultancy services to over 165 organisations working to research high value-added ICT, Manufacturing and Advanced Materials technologies.  

As Founder Will plays a leading role in setting Client and Partner strategy for large and small enterprises seeking support and guidance on innovation investment, technology strategy, and business leadership; the result is planning and growth for Clients of all types and Partners of any scale.  

Established as a micro-business in aerospace Will has led the inward investment and resulting high-growth of Axillium to become an award winning, multi-sector professional services business which became independently operated and employee owned in June 2015.  

Today Axillium has a track record of defining and investing £190m of public & private investment with forecast growth and economic benefit in excess of £5bn by 2020. Tangible returns are both social and economic through a mix of technological change in high value innovation projects and the resulting cultural change which Axillium ‘grand challenges’ and ‘cluster’ programmes develop. 

Will brings a unique knowledge and experience of SME engagement at levels of industry, academia and government, along with an ability to connect partners and find new approaches. This approach allows a culture of successful cooperative relationships to be established and barriers crossed, always with a focus of leading successful delivery. 

As a new entrant in Defence sector Will leads the Dual Use Technology Exploitation programme as Innovation Director bringing his knowledge and insight from the non-defence manufacturing sector and best practice for SME engagement for the value chain, BIS stakeholders, and to the defence sector as a whole.