Margaret Wood

Chairman, ICW

Margaret Wood

Margaret founded ICW (UK) Ltd to design and manufacture specialist industrial and commercial sight and access solutions. That was 25 years ago. Now taking a back-seat, she is focusing on her work as a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Parliamentary Committee and mentoring entrepreneurs of the future.

A scientist by learning and experience, she is passionate about ensuring innovation has the backing it needs to reach the market and benefit society. Margaret won a GWIN (EU prize for Women Innovators) in 2003 and strives to promote STEM subjects to young women and girls still at school.

Running a company in the supply chain she understands only too well the challenges that many SMEs face and the access to R&D expertise they require. She wants to use her time and energy as a director of the HVM Catapult to be the link between innovators and the larger companies who can help bring products to commercial reality.

Awarded the MBE for services to business she is a former winner of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the year and a member of its General Council. Margaret is also aware of her responsibilities to the community in which ICW (UK) Ltd is based and was the Chair of Wakefield First inward investment.