Life Sciences Hub Wales unveils new board

The Life Sciences Hub, which supports businesses, academic institutions and government bodies across Wales, has reaffirmed its commitment to the sector with a new board.

Sir Mansel Aylwar, who has previously led Public Health Wales and is the current boss of the Bevan Commission, has joined the organisation as its executive chair.

Alongside these roles, he works as a professor of public health education at Cardiff University and was recently named a professor of health and wellbeing at Swansea University.

Before taking these roles up in Wales, Aylwar was chief medical officer and chief scientist at the Department for Work and Pensions in London. He said the Hub will continue to lead the Welsh life sciences sector.

“This appointment comes at a critical time when the Board of the Life Sciences Hub will be developing a repurposed vision and mission which must include developing opportunities to broaden the scope of the Hub and creating value from engagement by NHS Wales with industry and academia,” he said.

Other members of the board include the likes of Jarred Evans, commercial director at PDR; Dr Rhodri Griffiths, managing director at Societas Management Ltd; Dr Melya Hughes Crameri PHD of Ventac Partners; and Professor Tim Irish, professor of practice at King’s College London.

Cari-Anne Quinn, interim CEO at the Life Sciences Hub Wales, praised the appointments. She said: “It’s fantastic to see so many distinguished and respected figures serving on the board.

“Their collective knowledge in all aspects of the life sciences sector will be invaluable in helping the Hub to continue its mission to make Wales the country of choice for the acceleration of innovation.”

Ken Skates, the economy secretary, said: “I welcome the appointment of the new Life Sciences Hub board and am confident that the collective expertise, experience and talent of the Chair and appointees will mean that the Board is able to make a huge contribution to the Life Sciences Sector in Wales.

“I look forward to working constructively with the new Board as we progress our work to accelerate economic development within the sector and further establish Wales as one of the best environments in the world for Life Sciences innovation.”