Darrell Mann
Darrell Mann

Chief Technology Officer

Prior to joining blackswan, Darrell spent 15 years working at Rolls-Royce in various R&D related positions, and ultimately becoming Chief Engineer responsible for the company’s long term future military engine strategy.

He left Rolls-Royce in 1996 to first help set up a high technology company before entering a programme of systematic innovation research at the University of Bath.

He first started using Systematic Innovation in1992, and by the time he left Rolls-Royce had generated over a dozen patents and patent applications.

In 1998 he started teaching Systematic Innovation methods to both technical and business audiences, and to date has given courses to over 3000 delegates across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines.

He continues to actively use Systematic Innovation in addition to teaching, researching and consulting regularly with companies around the world to solve problems or help exploit new opportunities.

With over 600 papers and articles to his name, plus the best-selling ‘Hands-On Systematic Innovation’ books, Darrell is now one of the most widely published authors on innovation in the world. 

Featured in Who’s Who in the World, Darrell is now recognised as one of the world’s most prolific inventors.  His consulting clients include Infosys, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Nestle, & Mahindra, MindTree, Telekom Malaysia, Hong Kong government and, through EU-supported research and dissemination programmes, a wide roster of SME organisations. 

His work involves a spectrum of applications from strategy development to IP creation to problem solving in both technical and non-technical areas.