Roy has rercently chaired the Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (TAPPI), developing a benchmark for what ‘good’ looks like in technology for housing and care. Until September 2017, Roy was Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University. He sits on the Advisory Board for the APPG for Longevity. He is a Board Member for the Technology Services Association, the trade association for technology applications in the care sector.

Roy is immediate past-president of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry Council and a Fellow of the Society. He chairs Northern Accelerator, the research commercialisation programme across the five North East Universities. He led the development of the regional innovation strategy for North East England and was founding chair of the NELEP Innovation Board. He holds visiting Professorships at Cranfield University and Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, London.

Roy spent 31 years with the Procter & Gamble Company holding global R&D positions in Europe and Asia, leading innovation programmes across the world. One of his patented inventions is a $150 million business in the US.

Roy was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for services to science, innovation & skills.