The science and technology partnership has hired Dr Kath Mackay to lead the UK’s largest bioscience campus at Alderley Park in Cheshire.
She joins from her role as director for ageing society, health and nutrition at Innovate UK, part of the £7bn UK Research & Innovation body.
When she starts in October, she will be responsible for the site where over 2,000 people work and has a £160m development plan in place.
Next year, Alderley Park is set to grow its site with the development of The Glasshouse. The 150,000 sq ft building is intended to reflect the convergence of life science and tech, and will be aimed towards tech and innovation-based companies.
Glasshouse is to provide a place for the growing use of AI in drug discovery, and to develop health tech such as wearables, remote monitoring and electronic health records.
On the Alderley Park site already includes the Medicines Discovery Campus, which is currently working on a Government-based project to make A.I. more accessible to drug researchers.
The Bruntwood and Legal & General joint venture was created in October 2018 to provide a property platform that was dedicated to driving science and tech growth across the UK. The companies invested a total of £360m into the Bruntwood SciTech in order to drive growth, including the potential to create 20,000 jobs in the North West, Birmingham and Leeds.
Mackay said of her appointment: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Alderley Park. The new generation of companies and research organisations based at the Park are actively engaged in high value science and tech discovery and collectively build on Alderley Park’s internationally-recognised reputation.
“I’m looking forward to being part of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire life science ecosystem working closely with partners at Health Innovation Manchester and Manchester Science Partnerships to support businesses to start, grow and scale as Alderley Park enters its next phase of transformation.”
Phil Kemp, chief executive of Bruntwood SciTech, said: “I’m delighted that Kath will be leading our team at Alderley Park. Over the past decade she has established a reputation as a talented and inspiring leader in a critical area of innovation and discovery. Every day our community of business, research charities and institutions strives towards scientific breakthroughs. Kath has a formidable level of insight into the challenges they face and the value of what they can achieve.”
She will be taking over from Dr Chris Doherty, who has been the managing director for the last five years. Doherty is set to continue his involvement with Alderley Park in a mentor, ambassadorial and independent non-executive director role.