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Chief Executive

Following the decision of the current post holder to retire, The United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) is looking to appoint a new Chief Executive to take forward the strategic development of the Association, and to oversee the delivery of its membership activities and representaive role as the voice of the science park/innovation sector

UKSPA has over 130 Science Parks and other innovation locations in membership and is the national association for the Science Park and Innovation Location sector. The Executive is comprised of a small team of three staff (including this post) and the Association has offices at Chesterford Research Park, just 13 miles South of Cambridge together with a flexible approach to remote working.


Job Title: Chief Executive
Accountable to: The Chair of UKSPA
Location: Near Cambridge but with the ability to work remotely by arrangement (with
an expectation that office working will be for one/two days each week).

Prime accountabilities:

The prime accountability is to ensure that the Association and its’ services are developed according
to the wishes of its’ Membership under the direction of, and agreement with the UKSPA Board.
Within this the Chief Executive will be accountable for:

• Strategic development of the UKSPA offering to ensure relevance and its Membership value
proposition is maintained;
• Operational delivery and development of quality membership services;
• Stakeholder awareness and understanding of UKSPA’s role across the innovation landscape
• Membership expansion, engagement and retention;
• Marketing and promotion of the Association;
• Financial sustainability of the Association;
• Effective management of the Association and compliance with its statutory requirements;
• Development and delivery of UKSPA’s Policy and Research programmes to support the
Association’s ambitions to increase engagement and influence with government, science
park investors and Associations members;
• Delivery of key messages that promote the science and innovation sector and maintain
effective relationships with government and other stakeholders;
• Develop and deliver projects and services to generate additional income for the Association.

Experience and Skills:

The post holder could come from almost any professional background, as there is a wide breadth of
experience needed to be successful in this role.

The post holder will require experience and/or understanding of:

• how the UK innovation ecosystem operates with regard to our members’ priorities;
• the opportunities open to a small trade Association and how it functions, including prudent
budget and financial management together with the development of new income streams;
• research, marketing and communication skills that promote the Association and
• Lobbying and policy development including initiatives to help develop the skills of future
innovation location leaders.

Above all the post holder must be able to demonstrate experience of working at a range of
strategic and operational levels, and across a number of projects demonstrating that you are:

• an accomplished leader with management experience gained at a senior level;
• able to effectively represent and present UKSPA products and services and address
Members’ requirements so to secure/retain members; 
• able to operate autonomously and be articulate, persuasive and confident, able to gain
immediate credibility and build relationships;
• able to operate consultatively and collaboratively, bringing a positive and energetic can-do
attitude to meetings willing to challenge and then generate consensus;
• numerate and able to demonstrate political and commercial acumen, is analytical and
intellectually capable;
• an effective networker at regional, national and international levels with excellent social and
communication skills:
• a highly focussed individual that is flexible in terms of approach and working hours.


The post holder must be a self-starter who is able to motivate a very small team to achieve
extraordinary results within limited resources and budgets. A natural ambassador providing a
nationally and internationally recognisable face of the UK Science Park and Innovation Location
movement, the post holder must be able to operate at political, strategic and operational levels.

The post holder is likely to have a degree and proven management skills across a range of functions
in order to effectively manage a small and diverse operation.

Reward Package:

• The salary package for this role is up to £65,000
• There is a generous 30 day holiday entitlement, plus statutory holidays.
• 3% Employers Pension Contribution
• A discretionary bonus scheme related to financial performance
• The UKSPA office is based at Chesterford Research Park – an attractive low-density 250 acre,
landscaped business environment with ample car parking
• The ability to work remotely by agreement.

Appointment process:

Candidates should send their CV and a covering letter on your suitability for the role to arrive by
17.00 on Thursday 11 November 2021

Interviews will take place (in person) at Chesterford Research Park on Wednesday 24 November and
shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend this interview on or before Wednesday 17 November