People often ask me what my role as CE involves and how it is different to being an academic researcher. A good insight comes from the various activities I was involved with in the couple of weeks before my recent holiday. These saw me travelling the length and breadth of the UK to engage with different groups of BBSRC stakeholders – while physically tiring it has been an intellectually stimulating time.
Among last week’s meetings, two concerned strategy. The first was one of the biannual meetings of our Strategy Advisory Board, where among other items we looked at a more proactive approach to International engagement. Science is a global enterprise, and international activities are an important part of our portfolio. Historically we have been perhaps slightly more reactive to opportunities than we might have been. However, since these activities can leverage considerable external resources, both intellectual and financial, it was time to recognize that we ought to become more strategic. A related item concerned our role in cohering strategic partnerships with and between our many stakeholders.
A second Strategic meeting was one of the quarterly Joint Strategy Group meetings between all the RCUK Chief Executives and Sir Adrian Smith, Director General of Knowledge and Innovation, and his team, where we were brought up to date with a variety of recent and upcoming happenings. […]