It was announced at the UKSPA AGM in October that Paul Wright has decided to stand down as Chief Executive Officer of UKSPA.
He has written to UKSPA members to introduce the new team at UKSPA.
Moving on – New Year, New Challenges!
As you know, it was announced at the UKSPA AGM in October that I have decided to stand down as Chief Executive Officer of UKSPA. I have been delighted to steer our Association along a fairly bumpy road over the last 16 years, and welcomed the challenges and opportunities the position offered me. I have met some very dedicated people growing their science parks, and been fortunate to travel to places in the world I may otherwise not have visited, and for that I am grateful, but feel that it is time for both the Association and myself to move on to new challenges.
My decision has provided the UKSPA Board with an opportunity to take a fresh look at the operation of UKSPA and the challenges that the Association will face in the future. The Board will be meeting later this month to determine the future strategy for UKSPA and Board Members have agreed that this strategy should include plans to increase engagement of UKSPA Members to contribute to the continued success of the Association.
As you are aware, UKSPA has a very small Executive team, but my departure has allowed the Board to make the following appointments:
I am delighted to say that, after a competitive interview process, Jim Duvall has been appointed as Executive Director of UKSPA. I have worked closely with Jim for over nine years and have every confidence in his ability to address the challenges we face going forwards.
Before joining UKSPA, Jim was Head of Information at the Local Government Association where he was responsible for membership communications with a policy portfolio covering Freedom of Information and other information issues. He previously worked as Public Affairs Manager of the Association of County Councils spending time there as a Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Commons.
I wish him well in his new role as Executive Director of the Association, and trust that Members will work with him to move the Association on to new heights.
Communicating our messages and the contributions made by our Members to the UK economy is at the heart of what we do. A fresh approach is being taken which will integrate and better co-ordinate our membership and stakeholder communications. I am pleased to say that Sarah Lawton has been appointed as Communications Manager to continue these improvements to our publications, web and social media activities. Sarah started her new role at UKSPA on 3 January 2018.
Louise Tilbrook will be joining UKSPA later this month. Louise is currently a Chemical Pathology Healthcare Scientist with the NHS having previously been Principal Clinical Scientist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. Louise is also currently Associate Editor of the Association of Clinical Biochemists News and has participated in a number of projects to improve the commissioning and quality management of laboratory services and communications across several hospital sites.
All three of the new Executive Team will be present at the Swansea Conference later this month. I do hope that you will continue to support the new team as so many of you have supported me during my tenure as CEO of UKSPA.
Finally, I should say it was with some sadness that I announced my intention to leave the Association. However, I am pleased that I leave UKSPA in a strong financial position with our highest level of membership, and I look forward to watching the Association from the side-lines going from strength to strength as it deals with the challenges that lie ahead.
With very best wishes to you all for the future.