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Paul Winstanley Joins CENSIS as New Chief Executive

Ross Kelly


Winstanley’s international experience will benefit the centre as it enters its second five-year phase. 


CENSIS, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging systems, and IoT technologies, has added a tech stalwart to its team.

Paul Winstanley will assume the role of chief executive at the centre in January, taking over from Ian Reid, CENSIS’ current chief executive.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Winstanley has held a number of senior positions at hi-tech organisations both in the UK and US; covering a broad range of sectors, including transport, medical, defence and security.

Winstanley also co-founded big data consultancy Alazen in 2012, where he served as chief executive.

Key Appointment

CENSIS said Winstanley’s “substantial international experience”, along with skills in capital raising, will benefit the centre as it continues to develop.

Current chief executive Ian Reid is standing down after five years of leading the innovation centre, which was recently awarded £9.25 million in funding to commence its second five-year phase.

The public investment will help secure Scotland’s position as a leader in cutting-edge technology and is expected to be supplemented by another £3 million in third-party income.

Read more: CENSIS Secures £9 million to Continue Scottish Innovation Support

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Reinvigorated Focus

Commenting on the appointment, Winstanley said: “This is an exciting time to join CENSIS as the team embarks on its second phase with a reinvigorated focus and energy.

“The Innovation Centre’s strength undoubtedly rests in the broad spectrum of sectors it touches, many of which play a crucial role in Scotland’s economy and have huge potential – digital enablement and the growth of the Internet of Things, subsea and marine activities, manufacturing, and healthcare to name but a few.

“Ian has done an excellent job of making CENSIS the go-to innovation partner for businesses of all sizes in Scotland and I look forward to building on that solid foundation.”

Speaking of his departure, Reid said his time at CENSIS has been a “memorable period in my career” and that Winstanley is the ideal candidate to take CENSIS forward during its second phase.

“It’s been a memorable period in my career and I’m very grateful to the many businesses, researchers and public sector partners we have worked with over the years,” he said. “With his breadth of experience, Paul is the ideal person to take CENSIS forward in phase two and I wish him and all of the team the very best for the future.”

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Ross Kelly

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