York Science Park has appointed three board members who bring a wealth of commercial and academic experience to the organisation, to bolster the Science Park’s reputation as home to genuine innovation.
Jenny McAleese and David Key take on non-executive roles while University of York deputy vice-chancellor and provost professor Saul Tendler has been appointed as chairman. Prof Tendler succeeds Dr Robert Brech as chairman, bringing a wide range of academic and leadership skills and experience to the position.
As deputy vice-chancellor and provost, professor Tendler plays a leading role in strengthening the international profile of the University, academic planning and in the implementation of the University Strategy. He also has significant experience of technology transfer and translational research and has first-hand experience of being at the helm of a successful spin-out company, having been the founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd.
Prof Tendler said: “I would like to thank Dr Brech for his valuable contribution to York Science Park during his time as chairman. The Science Park has hugely exciting developments and initiatives ahead of them with ambition to further drive innovation and entrepreneurialism in the City.
“Providing world-class incubation facilities and with huge potential to create jobs in the City. I am delighted to be in a key position to help the Park further develop and realise its full potential.”
Jenny McAleese brings extensive non-executive experience to the York Science Park role. A chartered accountant and former chief executive of The Retreat psychiatric hospital in York until her retirement in 2016, Jenny has been a lay member of Council of the University of York since 2007, is currently pro-Chancellor and sits on the Board of Hull York Medical School. Jenny also sits on the audit committee at Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
With over 30 years in the technology industry, David Key’s experience of working with technology and innovation spin-outs and in technology commercialisation will be of great value to the board. His own technology marketing business, Brand New Ventures, was the first business to operate from Nottingham-based bioscience incubation centre, Biocity, in 2003.
The business identified raw innovations and designs and helped get them off the ground by building commercial propositions, helping raise vital funds and having a product to sell. David is currently managing director at E-Squared which creates business transformation software for knowledge-intensive businesses up to government level, to engage and energise work forces and ultimately help businesses unlock their full potential.
Tracey Smith, chief executive officer of York Science Park, said: “We are delighted to have secured such high calibre, experienced and influential board members at an important time for the Science Park’s development and as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.
“We will be working collaboratively with our key stakeholders to help create investor activity around our resident companies and develop programmes to support business growth at York Science Park. The wealth of expertise and connections which our new board members offer will be invaluable to us moving forward.”