Interview with Ian Taylor MBE

Ian Taylor MBE was Minister for Science, Space and Technology from 1994 to 1997 in the Conservative government under John Major.  He continued to take a strong interest in science and technology during the remainder of his parliamentary career.  After standing down as an MP in 2010, he has pursued his business interests with a wide portfolio of directorships and advisory roles, mostly with science and technology companies and those who invest in them.

Ian Taylor MBE was a Member of Parliament for 23 years (1987-2010) until deciding to stand down at the 2010 General Election to resume a business career. He is currently a director of Living PlanIT having been chairman 2008-2017. The company is developing an open standards software operating system for urban areas, connecting devices, sensors, and infrastructure.  He also Chairs the UK Innovation & Science Seedfund UKi2s (formerly Rainbow Seed Fund) Advisory Board: the Fund invests equity capital on behalf of leading UK publicly funded research organisations to kick-start ventures emerging from the research base.  Ian works with a team of associates at Fentiman Consultants Limited to provide corporate finance advice to the aforementioned companies and a wider range of clients.  Today he took time out to talk to Ian Symonds about his life and career.