Alastair Clarke

TRIZ Expert



Alastair (B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc. C.Eng, F.I.Mech.E) has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 26 years with experience in respiratory, semi-solid and sterile liquid technology areas, becoming responsible for all aspects of technology and product development from strategy, through innovation to industrialisation and scale-up.

A passion for best practice business processes lead to discovering Oxford Creativity with subsequent training in and implementation of TRIZ across a Global R&D team.

Alastair graduated in Mechanical Engineering, gaining varied experience in the oil and automation businesses before returning to full time education to study for a Masters in Engineering Design from Loughborough University. A Chartered Engineer he is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Fact File

When did you join the Oxford Creativity team?

November 2018

What year was your photo taken?

2018 – I look younger now!

Before Oxford Creativity...

A mechanical engineering experienced in all aspects of the lifecycle from R&D to operations, discovered TRIZ in 2005 and used it to good effect to deliver innovation in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device businesses.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of the collaborative approach that Oxford TRIZ creates across organisations of all sizes.

What does your Oxford Creativity work involve?

I am always learning more about how to get more from the various tools and I am particularly looking forward to combining the problem understanding method with the problem solution process.

Please reflect on your role

The high’s came whilst working for a client to embed TRIZ to very productive effect growing the IP portfolio.

Home and Hobbies

Cars, House Renovation, Trail Running, Hiking


A good cup of tea with some toasted Soda bread. The work of Gordon Murray. Small Cars. Passenger.


Manchester Airport at 10.30pm. Large Cars/Diesel Cars. What the BBC did to Radio 2. Not being able to get a good cup of tea.

Everyone at Oxford Creativity will always remember that...

...a bit too early to say!

Contact details

   +44 (0)1993 882461