At September’s lunch we heard from Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, the CEO of Norwich Research Park. Sally Ann gave a fascinating insight into the organisation’s strategic vision forward to become Europe’s leading centre for research in food, health and the environment.

Dr Forsyth, who holds an MPhil in Plant Breeding and PhD in plant molecular biology both from the University of Cambridge is also a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant and Board member of the UK Science Park Association.

She provided an overview of her interesting and varied career . . .

A former Principal with Unilever Ventures focusing on technology spin outs, she was also Director of the biotech start-up Unifusion Ltd. With almost 20 years’ experience in Unilever operating companies, Sally Ann has undertaken a range of roles including Head of Technology Licensing and Strategic Alliances working in Europe, SE Asia and Africa.  And it was during this role she developed Harwell Science Park, which has Enterprise Zone Status and is the location of the TSB Space Catapult, and Colworth Science Park home to Unilever Research focusing on Food, Health and Wellness.

Prior to joining Norwich Research Park, Sally Ann was Director of Science Parks for International Property Group Goodman, where she as responsible for the strategic direction, management and overall financial performance of Goodman’s Science Park portfolio with an active role as Director for Colworth Park, Bedfordshire and Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire.

Members and guests were suitably impressed by everything Dr Forysth has achieved in her career to date and equally surprised by the status of the Norwich Research Park on a UK and global scale.