Peter Cochrane

Peter Cochrane

Former CTO at BT Laboratories

Peter’s authority as a speaker comes from decades of scientific, engineering and organisational research culminating in the transformation of global companies and business. A distinguished career in BT saw major innovations in optical fibre systems, fixed and mobile networks, AI, Artificial Life, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cyber Security, Mobility and Working Practices. He transformed BT Research to see it ranked in the top 3 Laboratories world-wide, and after retiring as CTO in 2000, Peter created his own consultancy to work with many of the Fortune 500. He also engaged as a business angel and VC with over 30 start-ups including eBookers and Shazam Entertainment. Being driven by the desire to solve problems and continually invoke positive change, Peter also received a second doctorate and became a generalist an now comes without ‘type-casting’ to deliver holistic perspectives that embrace technologies, people, and organisations. More recently, he transited into academia as The Professor of Sentient Systems at the University of Suffolk, and a visiting Professor to Salford, Hertfordshire and Nottingham Trent. He has written and contributed to over 15 books on science, technology and management and is widely published. Appointed as the UK’s first Prof for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol in 1998 Peter also received numerous prizes and notable recognition with the Queen’s Award for Innovation and Export 1990, an OBE 1999, IEEE Millennial Medal 2000, and Prince Philip Medal 2001. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Essex, Robert Gordon, Stafford, Abertay Dundee, Stafford, Nottingham Trent and Brunel Universities.