Innovate UK, Executive Chair

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UK government seeks to recruit new Executive Chair for Innovate UK

We are seeking an inspirational leader with extensive business experience, international standing and a proven track record to lead Innovate UK (IUK) as its Executive Chair.

As part of the UK’s largest public funder of research and innovation – UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – Innovate UK is the pivotal funding body for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and cultivate innovative ideas and products.

Under a new Executive Chair, the priority will be to transition Innovate UK from a grant funding body to an agency focused on transforming the UK’s innovation capacity and capability, taking full advantage of its considerable growth in budget.

The Executive Chair will play a leading role in setting the overall strategic direction for innovation support in the UK, working with the UKRI Board and Executive Committee to ensure that the needs of the innovation community are integrated into UKRI strategy, and that IUK can benefit from and contribute to the work of the other UKRI councils.

Now is an incredibly exciting time to be joining UKRI, as we build back better to deliver for UK society and the economy – but we can’t do this without diverse perspectives, expertise and experiences. We welcome applications from all people, including women, minority ethnic and disabled candidates who are particularly under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation system.

View more information about the role and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 28 September 2020.

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