New Anglia LEP Innovation Board

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Norfolk and Suffolk have strong science, research and innovation assets, with one of the highest concentrations of knowledge-intensive activity in the country. Around 8,000 people work across science, innovation and research centres covering specialisms from UX design, AI and advanced engineering to clean energy, marine and microbiome research.

The New Anglia Innovation Board brings together Norfolk and Suffolk’s key innovation hubs and universities to provide a focus for thought leadership in innovation, providing strategic direction and championing and challenging interventions to deliver greater levels of innovation.

The Innovation Board has four ambitions for growth:

i. Norfolk and Suffolk are recognised as a centre for pioneering ideas, meeting the challenges we face globally
ii. Science and innovation are net contributors to the Norfolk and Suffolk economy
iii. A highly skilled workforce equipped with the skills necessary to access the techniques and business practices needed for innovation
iv. Existing assets continue to strengthen and develop into a pan-regional innovation ecosystem

You can read the New Anglia LEP Innovation Board’s Terms of Reference here.

New Anglia LEP Innovation Board Members (as of July 2020):

Chair – Johnathan Reynolds – Opergy Group & New Anglia LEP Board Member 

Peter Brady – Co-founder, Innovation Labs

Mohammed Dastbaz – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Suffolk

Nick Goodwin, Chief Operating Officer, Anglia Innovation Partnership

Tim Green – Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Manager, Cefas

Gary Jennings – Innovation Director, Oxford Innovation 

Ian Pease – Orbis Energy
Lisa Perkins Managing Director – Research and Innovation, BT
Jai Raithatha – Head of Economic Development, Suffolk County Council 
Julie Schofield – Head of Business Partnerships, UEA
Sarah Steed – Director of Innovation & Engagement, Norwich University of the Arts

David Taitt – Chairman, Hethel Innovation

Howard Partridge – Regional Manager, Innovate UK

Laura Hill – Norfolk County Council 

Steven Wilson – Freeport East

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5 February 2020 – Full papers

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22 May 2019 – Agenda and Minutes 

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