UKSPA Executive Team

UKSPA Executive Team

UKSPA Executive Team 

Paul Wright - Director and Chief Executive 

Paul WrightPaul’s career started in 1979 when he joined the Civil Service as a management trainee. He enjoyed a broad-based introduction to several government departments, and was involved in driving the direction of national skills training and business development policies for 8 years. He was part of the team that designed and wrote the national “Investor In People” initiative which remains the standard for training and development in the UK. 

Paul then moved on to work for the embryonic Prince’s Youth Business Trust, where as Regional Director he established the Board in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and helped to start and develop over 50 new businesses. 

In the early 1990s he was recruited onto the development team of the Cambridgeshire TEC to develop strategic plans for education, training, and business support services and became a key advisor in the creation of the “Cambridge Phenomenon. He developed a portfolio of new products and services to support the creation and growth of technology based firms.

Paul has worked as CEO for the last 12 years, and has seen the Association go from strength to strength during this period. His passion for quality has been encapsulated in the creation of a new quality framework for science parks - ASPIRE - that he has been instrumental in developing over the last 3 years. 

Jim Duvall - Membership Manager 

Jim DuvallJim was appointed as Membership Manager of the Association in February 2008. He was previously Head of Information Management at the Local Government Association (LGA) which is the organisation representing all local authorities in England and Wales

At the LGA he was responsible for a number of services for a group of national organisations. These included developing a national “one stop shop” for local government enquiries through the creation of a specialist call centre. He also was responsible for the delivery of a shared CRM system that captured data on membership contact as well as bringing together the websites and staff intranets of the organisations. 

Prior to that he was Public Affairs Manager at the Association of County Councils.(ACC).  He was heavily involved in ACC parliamentary lobbying and advocacy activities as well as conference and other event management including parliamentary receptions and political party conference fringe events. Both associations were voluntary membership bodies operating at a national level and Jim was responsible for a number of services and projects that delivered value for money and high quality services to their membership. 

Jim supports and develops projects across all of the membership activities of UKSPA. This includes strengthening existing added value initiatives while also developing core membership resources (including publications, events, the website, e-bulletins and social networking) for the Association. 

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Sarah Lawton - Communications Manager 

Sarah began her career in communications with animal pharmaceutical company, Intervet UK, becoming a certified web developer in 2004. Responsible for the build and upkeep of both the first company intranet and the UK internet site within the global content management system, Sarah was recognised as a technological trailblazer.

Since then, Sarah spent nearly five years expanding her skills across marketing, PR and marcomms strategy with a science-led B2B agency, Kapler Communications. Focused on content management, Sarah delivered high quality science writing, as well as introducing social media, across the agency's entire client portfolio.

In 2012, Sarah became a freelancer under the banner of For Content Ltd. delivering content-led marketing strategy and associated content to a broad base of science, technology and education clients, to include such brands as the Royal Society, Dalton University, AstraZeneca and Kimberly Clark Professionals, among many others.

Sarah transitioned into the editorship of UKSPA's Breakthrough magazine in 2017 as a contractor with Future Fusion, and has now taken on the full time communciation role at the Association.

Sarah joined UKSPA in January 2018 and is responsible for the production and delivery of communications and other activities that promote UKSPA, its members, and the science and innovation sector both online and in print. She also remains the editor of Breakthrough.