Tamar Science Park has appointed a new Director of Operations to focus on positioning the Park as the location of choice for entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses working in the science and technology field seeking the services and facilities to grow their businesses.
Christian Jenkins brings to Tamar Science Park (TSP) more than 25 years’ experience of working in the technology, media, science and digital sectors both in the UK and US, working with clients ranging from pre-revenue start-ups to global corporations. He has spent the past four years working in London with the UK’s leading technology recruiter Harvey Nash plc where he was Director of Technology.
Christian has strong ties to the South West having lived in Devon for nearly ten years and was a former tenant at TSP. He has also been an elected Councillor for West Devon Borough Council, chairing the Environment and Communities portfolio, Chair of the Plymouth Arts Centre and Chair of the West Devon Environmental Network.
His role at TSP will be to maximise the potential of the Park’s resources in order to support the growth and development of its tenants and partners. As a cornerstone of GAIN, the Growth Acceleration and Investment Network, the Park has a major role to play in the growth of the region’s economy by providing a wide range of physical, technical and professional resources which enable businesses to be up and running in a matter of hours.
Christian, who took up his role at the Park earlier this month, said: “The Park is a fantastic site for embryonic and established businesses which need the immediacy and availability of the facilities and resources on offer. The Park also provides a wide range of complimentary professional services and mentoring to its clients to help them grow and develop which is not available elsewhere. As we emerge from the recession I am looking forward to helping TSP tenants achieve world-class status.”
Simon Chamberlain, chairman of Tamar Science Park, which is jointly owned by Plymouth City Council and Plymouth University, said: “I am delighted to welcome Christian to the senior management team and I am confident that with the wealth of experience he brings he will be a valuable asset to the Park and will help to strengthen and grow our offer of professional services to clients.
“With a combination of first class facilities and a suite of support services that can help businesses at every stage of their development, Tamar Science Park is without a doubt one of the best places in the South West for science and technology companies to grow and succeed.”
Tamar Science Park is a founding partner of GAIN, along with Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council. The role of GAIN is to accelerate the creation, growth and investment in high quality businesses and ideas to create wealth and jobs in the region.
Julian Beer, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Plymouth University said: “Through GAIN, the wealth of industry expertise, research experience and facilities available in the University, the Park itself and via our partners is considerable and has the potential to be a significant driver of economic growth in the city and the wider region.
“Christian’s appointment at Tamar Science Park reflects the focus of both the Park and GAIN on maximising this resource and providing South West businesses with access to support and top quality facilities which will help them succeed.”
Council leader Tudor Evans added; “Tamar Science Park is a joint venture between the Council and the University to drive innovation and turn ideas into commercial reality, supporting businesses and people and creating high quality jobs. It is a key part of our growth plans – not just for the city but the wider region.
“We’re delighted to see someone who is clearly incredibly committed to ambitious and exciting plans of Plymouth and the South West help steer this trail blazing science park to even bigger and better things.”