Lee Eddens

Open Innovation Manager at Jaguar Land Rover


Lee is an Open Innovation Manager at JLR, where he is supporting an Open Innovation strategy, to accelerate next-generation technology and sustainability to support its Modern Luxury vision for the business, its partners, and customers. In his current role, he works with ‘champions’ from across key business areas, to drive collaborations with start-ups, scale-ups and like-minded external organisations.

He has had the great privilege of delivering as part of inter-disciplinary teams, tackling the innovation process within large (FTSE 100), small, and fast-growing (Fast Track 100) businesses. This has allowed him to implement disruptive innovation strategies in varied industry contexts, working as part of ambitious teams, with a focus on embracing open innovation, to unlock the immeasurable talent distributed across the world. On this journey, he helped to successfully deliver performance solutions at Olympic Games, novel technology to facilitate remote clinical trial processes, and solutions to long-standing product challenges. He is a big believer that success is a journey of earning trust, thinking big, and working collaboratively.

Ultimately, he is naturally a happy, curious, and optimistic person, wanting to find new ideas and see what interesting things can be done with them…