Paul Clarke CBE FREng
Ex-Chief Technology Officer, Ocado
Paul Clarke has recently stepped down as Chief Technology Officer at Ocado - a world leader in smart fulfilment and logistics.
After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. After establishing new teams for Simulation and Mobile development, Paul then co-wrote the first of Ocado’s award winning mobile apps.
Ocado Technology, with its 2000+ engineers, is responsible for building all the technology that powers Ocado's end-to-end e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics platforms.
Ocado are now busy signing deals with large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world who wish to use the Ocado Smart Platform to operate online grocery scalably, sustainably and profitably.
Having handed over the leadership of Ocado Technology in April 2018, Paul led the Office of the CTO whose mission includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies and competencies to disrupt other sectors (including vertical farming), research activities and the technology vision and future proofing of the business.
Paul read Physics at Oxford University, before then entering the computer industry. He has worked in software engineering, consultancy, interim management and a number of software start-ups.
Paul sits on a number of government and industry advisory boards including the AI Council, Robotics Growth Partnership (co-chair), ISCF Future Flight, National Food Strategy and the Innovation Expert Group.
In what little spare time he has alongside his work and family, Paul loves to invent and build stuff, design PCBs, write software and generally tinker.