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Mr Randolph Gratton

Business Partner

Research Gateway (Advisory) (Research & Innovation)


Responsible for working with the Faculty of Business to identify strategic development priorities, progressing related projects in support of the University's mission to deliver world-class research and meaningful collaborations with businesses and the community.


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Computer Science
  • ILM Level 5 Business Mentor & Coach

After my degree, I initially trained in systems engineering and then account management with IBM. I then followed a classic IBM account management career which culminated in managing the up-stream oil sector for IBM UK.

After 10 years I moved to Hewlett-Packard in California, where I worked with HP’s “Blue Sky Labs” and key institutions and partners to identify potential future products. This led me into partnerships and alliances; I created HP’s worldwide $1Bn mid-tier partnership programme, “Recruit-to-Win”, and then moved on to become the worldwide director of the $1.7Bn HP/BT alliance.

I left HP after 15 years to form Max Associates, focusing on interim directorships that helped organisations create new markets by exploiting new and advanced technologies. 

Additional information

I enjoy sailing and have a commercial RYA YachtMaster qualification.