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David Parfrey

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Chief Executive at Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP


David is Chief Executive at Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP (AIP), who are the force behind the Norwich Research Park. He is a highly proficient leader of transformational change and progression. He has considerable experience working with the science, research and innovation sectors, having led some of the largest investments in these sectors in recent years, and has an enviable track record for delivering successful outcomes.

He has been pivotal in creating a number of significant UK research and innovation campuses including those at Babraham, Rothamsted and Aberystwyth; places that have been successful in building ecosystems around world-leading research institutes to provide a clear path for researchers to deliver tangible benefits for social and economic good.

Originally from Bath, David has been Executive Director (Finance & Campus Operations) for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and a Director of both the Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge and of the Aberystwyth Innovation Campus. He has held a number of other Board Chair positions and Directorships including Chairing the Addenbrookes Hospital Audit & Risk Committee, and held senior roles leading major transformational change in QinetiQ plc & Centrica plc (and its predecessor British Gas plc).

David has an unwavering aspiration for each generation to play its full part in the provision of a better future for those who come after. He firmly believes that people are at the root of all great things, and has a passion for encouraging inclusive societal development, ensuring we foster the next generation of great people, and in that to provide the fulfilment and excitement that will in turn motivate the delivery of great future achievement.  

In science he has striven to support the creation of an environment in which the UK flourishes as the global centre for ground-breaking bioscience research, and is passionate that research should have impact and change lives. In this space, David is a Director/Trustee of the UK’s leading independent advocate, The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), where he has oversight of Finance and Risk. 

David was awarded a Direct Fellowship to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Biology and the Institute of Directors.

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