South West Academic Health Science Network - Executive Director of Innovation

Executive Director of Innovation

Working in collaboration with regional partners and AHSNs across England, our purpose is to transform lives through innovation.

All our work is grounded in the context of our region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset. We support our partners to identify and spread innovation that tackles the shared challenges we face improving health across a complex mix of rural, coastal and urban communities.

In the last year alone, we have supported over 170,000 patients in the South West and leveraged nearly £7.5M of investment funding into the region.

In this, our tenth year of operation, we are launching ambitious plans to address the key problems facing people across our peninsula.

To realise our ambitions in enabling the maximum impact from research and innovation in the South West, we have created a new role in our senior team: Executive Director of Innovation.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will have accountability for our innovation directorate, which provides a ‘front door’ for hundreds of innovators into our region, ranging from small creative tech start-ups to large global companies.

You will lead a team of multi-disciplinary professionals with deep expertise in identifying and supporting innovators to collaborate with our health and care systems, develop large-scale, cross-sector partnerships to adopt and test innovation in the real world and use specialist expertise to evaluate the impact and benefits from innovation.

To succeed in this role, you will be deeply committed to improving health and economic growth, and have a desire to deliver impact for the people of the South West. You will have experience at or close to board level and have a demonstrable track record of leading organisations and strategic partnerships to identify and deliver value from innovation. Desirably, you will have worked in life sciences, health and care, industry, innovation, management consultancy or other relevant sector.  We would welcome your passion for digitally enabled health and care, using data, evidence and public experience to inform design of innovation.

For a confidential conversation about this opportunity, please contact Matt Simpson at Hunter Healthcare: or 020 7935 4570.

Click here for the candidate information pack.


Date Event
31 August 2023 Closing Date
September 2023 Interview