Norwich Research Partners LLP, the company responsible for the development of the leading life sciences cluster at Norwich Research Park, has announced that CEO, Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, will be leaving at the end of February 2018.
Dr Forsyth, who has led NRP LLP for the past four years is leaving to take up the role of CEO of Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, a joint venture between the GlaxoSmithKline, Wellcome, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK.
Since her appointment in September 2013 Norwich Research Park has grown at a rate of over one new company a month to create a leading UK life sciences cluster of academics, clinicians and entrepreneurs. The Park is now home to over 80 companies and, with the opening of the new nursery at the end of February, will be 90% full. Milestone achievements include the awarding of Enterprise Zone status, establishment of a free entrepreneurs training programme and the opening of the Centrum hub and Leaf Systems facilities which will be followed by a pipeline of additional new developments.
Norwich Research Park LLP Chairman Professor David Richardson said: “I would like to thank Sally Ann for her vision, drive and leadership in making Norwich Research Park such a vibrant cluster and establishing it as one of the fastest growing Parks in the country. As well as leading development on the Park she has created a supportive environment for innovation and established a collaborative network which has been essential to drive economic growth. The Partners and stakeholders join with the Board to offer her our sincere appreciation and wish her all the best in her future role.”
Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, said “Being CEO at such an early stage in the development of the Park has been hugely rewarding. We have worked closely with our whole range of supportive partners to raise the profile of the Park, build important collaborations and have created an environment in which new and existing occupiers have been able to grow. I’ve also been immensely fortunate to lead such a committed and capable management team. Although I’m sad to be leaving, I know that the foundations are in place for Norwich Research Park to realise its considerable potential to deliver further exciting growth and that there will be continuing success ahead.”