Manchester Science Parks (msp) chief executive, Jane Davies, is celebrating 10 years of success as head of the world renowned science park this October.
Jane, the first female chief executive in the 25 year history of msp, took over from previous chief executive and chairman of the board, Professor John Allen, in 2000.
At the time, msp was a two site science park with 21,000 sq metres of space under management and playing host to 76 tenants.
Under Jane’s leadership, msp now manages more than 35,000 sq metres of accommodation on four sites in Manchester and Salford, has 132 tenants and has played a vital role in the emergence of the city region’s ‘knowledge economy’.
During her time at msp, Jane has received various accolades for her achievements, including from the University of Manchester for her exceptional contribution to the city region and the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for her contribution to developing relations between Manchester and Italian centres of innovation. In June of this year, Jane received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to innovation.
Commenting on her ten year anniversary Jane said: “I consider it a privilege to have served Manchester Science Parks, and in turn the city region, for the last ten years.
“There probably aren’t many people who still relish coming into the same job every day after ten years but I do, and that is largely down to the people I work with – colleagues, tenants and associates – and the constantly changing landscape of partnerships that we’re involved in.”
msp continues to set the standard for the science park community and recently held an international conference on ‘Measuring the success of science parks’. Other recent achievements include a ‘Foresight Report’ co-authored by Jane and Luke Georgiou from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. The report, entitled ‘An Innovation System for the Manchester City Region’ describes a vision of the Manchester innovation system in 2015 and will be officially launched at a forthcoming Commission for the New Economy business breakfast.