Mar 062021

Chair - UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund

Recruiter: UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund
Location: Didcot
Salary: £20,000 - £25,000 per annum
Posted: 01 Mar 2021
Closes: 06 Apr 2021
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Science / Environment

The UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) nurtures new businesses arising from the world-class science undertaken in the UK in sectors such as: biotechnology, synthetic biology, engineering, agriculture, computer science and environmental technology. Providing long-term, patient capital, UKI2S has helped build innovative businesses, leverage private investment and grow jobs. Beyond seed funding, UKI2S provides strategic advice and support to companies in their early stages. The two “Core Partners” of UKI2S are: UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

UKI2S is looking to appoint our next Chair. The Chair provides strategic leadership, management and advocacy for the Fund through representing and communicating the purpose, mission and future vision of UKI2S.

UK2IS is looking for a Chair with the necessary skills and expertise to lead the board and support our ambitious growth strategy. The Chair will have experience of senior leadership in a comparably complex environment, and they will likely have held a non-executive role previously. Specifically, we seek someone with comprehensive expertise, understanding and/or experience of innovation and the commercialisation of world-class research gained across public, private and/or the third sector, and ideally including experience of patient capital investment. Furthermore, ideally our next Chair will have a strong understanding in, and/or experience of, science and technology. Importantly, they must have strong political acumen and awareness as well as good people skills with a strong commitment to inclusivity and embracing and celebrating difference.

Compensation: £20,000 - £25,000 per annum.

Commitment: 4 full Committee meetings plus ad hoc meetings with key stakeholders as required. The estimated time commitment (including meeting preparation) is between 8 – 12 days p.a.

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification, and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.

Completed applications should be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference number 5011. The closing date for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Tuesday 6th April 2021. All telephone enquiries, in the first instance, should be directed to Harriet Howlett on +44 (0) 20 7340 6274 and [email protected].

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