We partnered with the Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK) on the Director of Operations. This role is central to TSB’s strategy, accountable for the delivery of all activities that select recipients, deliver and monitor TSB funding streams. This role will improve and develop processes to ensure on- going cost-effectiveness, scalability, excellence in customer service and capture of data to support impact evaluation
Our candidates were hugely diverse, identified by extensive and creative market mapping across blue-chip industry, cutting-edge SMEs, applied academia, infrastructure and major projects, private finance, consultancy and professional services, government and media and the creative industries. Candidates were targeted both for their fit with the relevant field of each role as well as their responsibilities as part of the Executive Board. We understand what a balanced, effective Board looks like.
Our challenge was to identify candidates with strong, passionate and visionary leadership style that could drive innovation and shape strategic partnerships, through strategic influencing and facilitation. Our success was, critically, dependent on individuals who had the ability and credibility in the public eye, who could deal confidently and assuredly with diverse stakeholders including including companies and researchers in various markets, public sector funders of innovation etc., and establish a future-proof solution framework in some of the most rapidly developing areas of knowledge economy.
The calibre and diversity of candidates’ experience on the search-led shortlist included:
The successful candidate, Anne Dixon brought operations background as the Head of Science Funding & Operations at the Medical Research Council. With significant experience in handling complex stakeholder arrangements as part of major TSB programmes such as the Biomedical Catalyst and the Catapult programme, Anne conveyed a strong sense of leadership gravitas with an ability to see the end game in terms of organisational skills, customer insight, market analysis and intelligence. She had a clear communications style and a very business-like approach. She had excellent customer facing experience and resource management ability.
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