Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Professor Roy Sandbach

Prof of Practice in Ageing Science & Inn


Until September 2017, Roy was Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University. He remains engaged with the University as Professor of Practice in Ageing Science & Innovation. He was the 10th David Goldman visiting Professor of Business & Innovation at Newcastle University Business School in 2013.

In addition, he developed the regional innovation strategy for North East England and was the founding Chair of the NE Local Enterprise Partnership Innovation Board, delivering knowledge-based jobs, business clusters and improved networks in the region.

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

Nationally, Roy is President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry & Technology Council. He chairs the InnovateUK National Smart Specialistion Hub and sits on the BEIS Advisory Board for Science & Innovation Audits. He holds visiting Professor positions with Northumbria University Business School, Cranfield University and Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London.

Roy sits on the regional committee of The Prince’s Trust & is a trustee at the Centre for Life, the leading public science centre in Newcastle. Roy is an Operations Board member for the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.


In education, he has been a board member at the national awarding body, NCFE, and a governor at Seaton Burn College and North East Futures UTC. He is currently a governor at The Beacon School in Sunderland.