The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (“IBioIC”), hosted by the University of Strathclyde, is looking for a Chair for its Governing Board from August 2018.

IBioIC was established in January 2014 to accelerate and de-risk the development of Industrial Biotechology in Scotland. IBioIC was awarded a £10m core grant from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) with a specific remit to create an Industrial Biotechnology Community that uses Scottish Academic assets to bring economic benefit to Scotland, since then it has created an activity valued at over £50m. Key achievements include:

• a network of over 110 fee paying Industrial Members
• a two day Annual Conference with over 400 delegates attending
• built two open access equipment centres for Industry to develop its processes
• run over 30 Industrially focussed events
• presented at nearly 100 conferences worldwide promoting Scottish IB
• funded over 30 projects in academia all with Industrial sponsors and co-funding
• developed a collaborative MSc with industrial placements for >90 students
• co-funded 45 PhD studentships
• developed an HND in Industrial Biotechnology

IBioIC is a key part of the Scottish National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology with the aim of creating a £900m sector by 2025.

IBioIC is in the final stages of gaining its second phase of five year funding from the SFC and Enterprise Agencies where its ambitions are even greater, putting Scotland firmly on the global map as the place to develop and exploit Industrial Biotechnology.

About the Chair’s role

The strategic direction and performance of IBioIC is overseen by a twenty-strong board, comprising twelve members from industry, three from academia (including one from the host university, University of Strathclyde), the IBioIC CEO, an independent Chair and three observers from the funding agencies. The Governing Board meets four times a year, with members also expected to support various standing and temporary sub-committees of the Governing Board and some events run by IBioIC during the year. In addition, the Chair engages in a select number of other meetings with key influencers and stakeholders. A detailed description of the responsibilities of the Chair can be found in the application details on the IBioIC website: http://ibioic.com/who_we_are/governance

The role of the IBioIC Chair is a superb opportunity to contribute to an emerging economic sector in Scotland – a sector of global importance in which Scotland can be world-leading. The role also provides opportunities to support the development of Scotland’s Innovation Centres’ programme and to champion the role of innovation in the UK economy. It is essential that the Chairperson has the skills and experience to steer the future of the organisation and enable the Governing Board to work effectively.

Expected commitment

The Chair is expected to commit a minimum of 24 days per year (maximum 52 days per year) and be available to chair in person the four Governing Board meetings held normally on the fourth Thursday in February, May, August and November each year with the venue alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow.  In addition, the Chair is expected to represent IBioIC at a selected number of public and private events such as attending meetings with Scottish Ministers, senior Scottish Government officials and key stakeholders (typically collectively 6 times per year). Attend IBioIC events and where appropriate represent IBioIC at events and meetings that the Chair may get invited to through their other activities. Finally the Chair is expected to provide strategic advice to the CEO and other senior IBioIC staff and review their performance. 

The normal term of the Chair will be three years with the option to serve a second term if mutually agreed. There may be an initially trial period agreed to ensure the fit works for both the Chair and the Governing Board.

Remuneration and expenses

Remuneration for the time and service provided is available and will be commensurate with experience of the appointed candidate.

Travel and expenses incurred in connection with the role will be reimbursed in line with the University of Strathclyde HR protocols.

Application Process

Please send your CV and covering letter detailing why you have applied for the role and what your experience, knowledge and networks would bring to IBioIC, to heather.stclair@ibioic.com  The closing date is midnight on 28 February 2018, late applications will not be considered. If you have queries about the role or appointment process, please contact Heather St. Clair during UK business hours on +44 141 548 5830.

Selection process

The Governing Board’s Nominations Committee will conduct a two-stage selection process. First, it will shortlist candidates against the role selection criteria which can be found in the application details on the IBioIC website: http://ibioic.com/who_we_are/governance If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview on the afternoon of MonFriday 12th March 2018. The Interview Panel will consist of two representatives from each of the host University, the IBioIC Governing Board and the funding agencies, the interviews will be observed by the CEO of IBioIC.

The Interview Panel reserves the right to invite preferred candidates for a second interview and/or request the provision of suitable and relevant referees that can be contacted to provide further support for the candidate’s application. The appointment will be made by the University of Strathclyde.

The appointed Chair will be expected to attend their first IBioIC Governing Board meeting on 23 August 2018 for a formal hand-over of responsibilities from the out-going Chair.

Diversity and equality

IBioIC is firmly committed to diversity and equality. There is much evidence to show that increasing board diversity improves organisational performance, and we are determined to have a broad spectrum of board members with different points of view and experiences.

For the role of Chair, we hope to receive suitable applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of religion or belief, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities. We especially encourage applications from groups under- represented on Scotland’s public bodies and technology companies, such as women, disabled people and ethnic minorities.

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