We sat down with Liam Bolton, Innovation Community Lead, to find out more about his favourite thing about working at the EIC, the support on offer for innovators, and why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be one of his top 3 dinner party guests!
Please can you tell us about your role at the EIC?
My job title at the EIC is Innovation Community Lead – My role is to help grow the innovation community and to provide as much support to our innovators as possible. Some of the key areas where the EIC can provide support to innovators is around information on funding, access to testing facilities and industry knowledge. We look to provide a voice for innovators, and one of the initiatives I lead on is the Innovator Impact Panel – We have 20 brilliant innovators who we work with and who provide excellent insights into a number of issues like RIIO-2 and industry challenges.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I’ve been at the EIC for 4 years now. Prior to the EIC, I worked in a number of industries including finance, and also spent 5 years in the United States working on live sports event management.
What is your biggest achievement?
I’d definitely have to say winning the treble with Newcastle United on Football Manager in my first season – Any football fan knows the size of the challenge I had in front of me.
What is your favourite thing about working at the EIC?
It’s a cliché, but definitely the family atmosphere within the team we have at the EIC – We have a small team who you can go to with anything and they’ll be able to help. It’s also an ever changing environment, so the variety of the work is always exciting.
If you could invite any 3 people (living or deceased) to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because he’s probably the coolest man on the planet as well as being one of the few people to have become a superstar in multiple careers, Barack Obama because he’s one of the only world leaders who always seemed to maintain his composure and never lose his cool in any situation, and finally David Attenborough, just to narrate the entire evening!
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
It’s one that sounds so obvious but one that so many of us forget in the hustle and bustle of our daily work, but to always ask yourself why you’re doing something and if you don’t know then stop doing it.