Professor David Gann CBE

Vice-President (Development & Innovation)

Imperial College

David Gann is Vice President for Development and Innovation at Imperial College London and holds the Chair in Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College Business School and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

His research focuses on innovation in the digital economy, new business models and innovation strategy in technology firms. He has worked extensively on innovation in construction in the built environment and was Group Innovation Executive at Laing O’Rourke in 2007-2011.

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Is West the new East?


Old Oak Common, the ‘Canary Wharf of the West’, will become one of the best-connected places in the UK when HS2 and Crossrail arrive in 2026, and is set to deliver 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs for London.


Is West the new East?


West London is giving the east a real run for its money with billions of pounds worth of projects, an Opportunity Area Framework and a Development Corporation to pull as many strings for Old Oak Common together as it can. And just as HS1 and Stratford station were the catalysts for the Olympics and the east’s rise, the west is hoping that HS2 and Old Oak Common station will repeat the trick on the other side of town.