Chief Executive Officer

Norfolk (GB)
Competitive salary
21 Oct 2021
18 Nov 2021
Contract Type

The Norwich Research Park (NRP) is a community of research organisations with world leading science credentials and a growing cluster of science and technology-based businesses. It is located on a 230-hectare site with 52 hectares of land earmarked for future commercial development. The NRP’s mission and structures were formalised in 2012 under a Partnership Agreement and updated in 2019 with a new innovative vision and strategy. The aim is to grow a world-class science and innovation park, containing a thriving ecosystem of private sector bio-science research-based enterprises, supporting spin-out and start-up companies and attracting inward investment from larger corporates.

Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP (AIP LLP) was set up under the Partnership Agreement to manage the NRP. Its member partners comprise the resident organisations:

  • University of East Anglia
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • John Innes Centre
  • Quadram Institute
  • Earlham Institute
  • The Sainsbury Laboratory

Together with the non-resident landowner organisations:

  • United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • The John Innes Foundation

Due to the retirement of the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO), AIP LLP is looking to appoint a new CEO with a breadth of experience to provide a visionary leadership and effective management of the partnership organisation responsible for NRP. The CEO will lead the Park into the next stage of its ambition to become a globally recognized, leading science and innovation environment with a strong focus on agri-bio-health sectors based on the world-class scientific strengths of the partner institutions.

The CEO will ideally be an experienced leader, preferably in a life sciences or science park setting, operating at a strategic level in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. The appointee will have experience in supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise creation and a track record of delivering successful projects through effective operational leadership and management. The candidate will have experience of working with local, regional and national government organisations and with public, philanthropic and private sector shareholders, investors and partners.

The CEO will have the ability to manage strategic stakeholders, build connections across organisational boundaries and cultivate new relationships with diverse sectors. They will have strong influencing, diplomatic and communication skills and sound commercial acumen that includes experience of attracting income from diverse investment and funding streams. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to openness, integrity, equality and inclusion.

This is a full-time appointment based in Norwich, Norfolk. A competitive remuneration and benefits package is available commensurate with the successful applicant’s experience.

How to Apply

AIP LLP will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Perrett Laver.

For further details, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please click the APPLY and quote reference number 5414.

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The deadline for application is 9:00am (GMT) on Monday 22nd November 2021.


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