York Science Park has appointed a new general manager, Claire Bennett. Claire joins the business from York Conferences, where she has spent the last 14 years as conference and events manager.
In her new role at York Science Park, Claire will lead on the delivery of the organisational strategy, strengthening existing ties with the University of York, ensuring residents continue to receive the support they need to grow and thrive and overseeing the introduction of new services.
Her appointment is part of a restructure that will see York Science Park become part of York Conferences Ltd, a University of York subsidiary. The York Science Park Limited (YSPL) board remains in place, led by Professor Saul Tendler.
Claire says: “This is an exciting time for the business. We’re planning to launch a number of new innovation services and a brand new incubation programme for the region’s most exciting and innovative companies.
“York Science Park will continue to be a place where innovation and creativity sit alongside world-leading research and development from the University of York. I’m really looking forward to working with the team here, and getting to know the wide range of resident companies. We will all be working extremely hard to ensure that we continue to provide high calibre support to all of the companies that call the Science Park home.”
Jon Greenwood, Director of Commercial Services at York University, says, “Claire brings a wealth of experience and customer focus to the Science Park team, which will strengthen its already strong reputation as a nurturing, supportive home to innovation. I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.”
Established in 1991 and now home to over 130 companies, York Science Park provides purpose built, high specification, fully serviced office, laboratory and meeting space alongside hot desking and virtual office provision for start-up companies through to large, established businesses.