Norman Apsley

Dr Norman Apsley OBE, FREng FIAE FInstP CPhys, CEng. Chief Executive,  Catalyst Inc, formerly NI Science Park Foundation Ltd. Dr Norman Apsley has had a forty five year career in applied scientific research and in its commercialisation, working in academe as well as in public and private sectors. Norman was educated at Larne Grammar School and at Ulster and Cambridge Universities, achieving a First Class Honours Degree and PhD in Physics. He ended his time in academe as a Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory and as a Fellow of Jesus College, both in Cambridge. He joined the Scientific Civil Service and served in Malvern at what was the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, during its various progressions towards privatisation. He went into management in 1989 after publishing some 80 papers and patents. He went on to be Director Electronics and Site Director of DERA (Malvern) in the mid-1990s. In 2000, he was invited to return to his native Northern Ireland to create the Northern Ireland Science Park. Since then, Norman has steered his organisation from initial concept to full physical embodiment, headquartered on Queen’s Island but stretching through the north of Ireland, with its own position between academe, public and private sectors aiming to improve the economy. For that reason NI Science Park has been relaunched as Catalyst-Inc to help make true the Vision for a vibrant knowledge economy in Northern Ireland. Norman holds Fellowships in the IOP, RAE and IAE. He is a visiting Professor at Ulster University and was recently Honorary President of the NI chapter of the ASE. He chairs various academe-industry-government bodies. He was awarded the OBE for research and enterprise in 2012.