Science Park director to lead Business Advisory Board

Published: 28 June 2024 at 10:30

Jane Hutchins and Professor Mohammad Ali

Jane Hutchins will chair group of business leaders put together by Anglia Ruskin

The Director of Cambridge Science Park, Jane Hutchins, has been appointed as chair of the new Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Business Advisory Board, which held its second meeting this month.

The Board was set up in December and, is made up of five ARU experts sitting alongside 12 representatives from a range of businesses, from large corporations to small and medium sized enterprises.

The Board allows ARU to link more closely with industry in the region and ensure graduates have the skills needed for the workplace.

Appointed as Director of Cambridge Science Park in August 2022, Jane Hutchins brings a wealth of experience of the science park sector and the innovative companies and people it serves.

Jane is also the current chair of the Cambridge Forum for Place, established by Cambridge University Health Partners and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. Jane said:

“The Business Advisory Board plays a key role in identifying the enduring skills that will enable students to develop sustainable careers in a rapidly changing workplace. By bringing together representatives from a truly diverse range of businesses, to identify and articulate employers' current and future needs, ARU is enabling students to benefit from specialist education beyond the curriculum. 

“The board will also actively help promote research initiatives, fostering innovation within the university. By staying abreast of industry trends, it ensures that Anglia Ruskin remains at the forefront of education and equips students with cutting-edge knowledge.”

Professor Mohammad Ali, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law at ARU, said:

“I am delighted that Jane Hutchins is the new chair of the ARU Business Advisory Board. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Jane and all the members of the Board as we look to strengthen our ties with the region’s employers for the benefit of our students and researchers.”