John has been at Sci-Tech Daresbury since 2006 with responsibility for attracting and supporting companies on-site, and developing strategic partnerships.
The campus is now one of the UK’s leading national research and innovation hubs and is home to over 130 technology companies, including IBM, Perfectus Biomed, Atos and Hitachi High-Technologies Europe.
In 2017, Sci-Tech Daresbury was awarded the “Setting the Pace” award by UKSPA, recognising its role as an important regional facility for supporting and developing the high-tech economy.
Alongside his role at Sci-Tech Daresbury, John also sits on the Cheshire & Warrington LEP Science and Innovation Strategy Board and the Liverpool City Region LEP Digital & Creative Sector, and Investment Boards.
As one of ten directors on the Board, John will share his insight and expertise to support UKSPA’s goals to drive forward the UK’s science park and innovation sector.
UKSPA promote and support the planning, development and operation of science parks and other innovation locations and the innovative, high growth, knowledge-based located on their sites.
John Leake said: “I’m honoured to be taking a position on UKSPA’s Board and to be involved in the next chapter of this important journey as we work to raise the profile of science parks across the country.
“I’m very proud to be representing Sci-Tech Daresbury on such a prestigious platform and to cement our position as one of the UK’s leading science and innovation campuses. Through UKSPA, we can ensure a joined-up approach with other science parks across the UK to achieve a shared vision for the future of our sector.”
David Hardman MBE, honorary chairman of the UKSPA Board, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming John to the Board. John’s wealth of experience within the industry means that he will be a highly-valued addition to our team, as we continue to ensure that UKSPA represents the diverse range of membership organisations we work on behalf of.”