Executive Director, Challenge Prize Centre

Tris Dyson


Challenge Prize Centre
Executive Team

Join Date

October 2012

What I do

Tris Dyson is the Executive Director of Nesta’s Centre for Challenge Prizes. The centre works to grow the challenge prize field through a centre of expertise and to find, test and reward innovations that can first, or most effectively demonstrate impact on the issues affecting our lives.

Tris is leading on the development of the Centre for Challenge Prizes as a hub for expertise and insight on challenge prizes. His aim is to design and manage challenge prizes to deliver beneficial innovations and also to generate and share learning on the design and use of challenge prizes.


Before joining Nesta, Tris co-founded and led Spice, a social enterprise that developed time credits as systematic low cost and sustainable methodology for engaging many more people in communities as active participants in 'co-producing' public and community services.
Tris grew Spice to employ a team of 26 leaders within three years - including diverse experts in fields including: co-production, commissioning, community engagement and climate change. Spice became one of 20 Deloitte Social Pioneers and was named as one of Britain's New Radicals by the Observer and Nesta. Tris was also included in the Independent on Sunday's 'The 100 Happy List' in 2012.
Previously Tris was the director of a social action think tank - The Wales Institute for Community Currencies at the University of Wales, Newport. Other roles include founding Chair of Timebanking Wales, a community development charity, Founding Director of Consultancy 3rdMinds, Interim Manager of new £50 million grant fund at vinspired and a Teacher on the TeachFirst programme.
We’re working with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to pilot an ‘inventor’ prize that will inspire and harness the potential of the UK’s home-grown inventors and stimulate user-led innovation.
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Tris Dyson
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
The votes are in and Britons have laid down the Longitude Prize gauntlet. Listen up geniuses and innovators - the British public are looking for radical breakthroughs to provide the world with a healthy future - unhindered by antimicrobial resistance – and are prepared to reward you handsomely for it.
Tris Dyson
Thursday, 26 June 2014
The Longitude Committee has been working with Nesta and the scientific and enterprise community over the last 12 months to shortlist six major issues facing humanity where crowdsourced endeavour could once again unlock radical solutions with a major prize competition.
Tris Dyson
Monday, 19 May 2014
In recent years the growing global population has led to increased demand and soaring commodity costs as production has faltered. But there's also cause for optimism too.
Tris Dyson
Thursday, 21 February 2013