University of Oxford engineering spin-out business Oxford Flow has bolstered its team with the appointment of IMechE fellow and industry heavy weight Paul Johnson as Engineering Manager.

Mr Johnson will be responsible for Engineering Management at the business, which has recently commercialised a highly innovative piston-led pressure reducing valve (PRV) for the water and oil and gas industries.

Paul Johnson began his career as Flow Programme Manager and Laboratory Manager at the National Engineering Laboratory in Scotland (now TUV NEL Ltd), before moving to the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he worked as Research Programme and Business Manager. More recently, he has held posts at OTM Consulting as Director and Oil & Gas Consultancy Programme Manager, and at technology and management consultancy PA Consulting, where he worked as Innovation Lead for the Energy and Utilities Practice in London.

With more than 25 years of experience in the engineering industry as a fluid flow specialist, Johnson has worked with the UK government on the UK’s Primary Standards for Flow and in an advisory capacity for many different flow device manufacturers. In the course of his career, he has deployed his expertise across a number of industries, including oil & gas, renewables, the environment, electricity distribution, aerospace and nuclear sectors.

Oxford Flow is funded by Oxford Sciences Innovation, a £350m company to support ambitious companies emanating from the University of Oxford. Now moving into the second phase of its growth, the business is also working with industry to provide bespoke solutions to engineering problems, harnessing the best of Oxford University’s internationally renowned expertise and the facilities at the world-leading Osney Thermo-Fluids Laboratory.

Discussing the appointment, Simon Hombersley, CEO of Oxford Flow, commented: “We’re delighted to have Paul on board. With his mix of technical expertise and commercial exposure, he is perfectly placed to help us build the business at this crucial stage of our growth.”

Paul Johnson added: “Joining the Oxford Flow team was an easy decision. The valve design that they have commercialised is genuinely innovative and the reaction from industry is already very favourable. I look forward to supporting the team in further developing their product and working with industry to provide bespoke engineering solutions.”