Cambridge Innovation Parks appoints Prof. John French as Director of Sustainability

Cambridge Innovation Parks Limited has recently strengthened its Board by the appointment of Professor John French as Director of Sustainability. He is also Executive Director at the Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a globally influential organisation, developing leadership and solutions for sustainable economies.

Professor French has recently moved to Cambridge from Norwich where he pioneered the development and delivery of the UEA Enterprise Centre which is widely feted as the UK’s greenest commercial building attracting over 30 awards including RIBA recognition for client side leadership.  He also took the Low Carbon Innovation Fund to scale to help drive the SME innovation economy and was made a Professor by UEA. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Rick Parisi, Executive Chairman said “We have recently announced ambitious plans to expand our estate by a further 10 buildings over our three sites. This has presented us with a huge opportunity to focus on sustainability as a key differentiator, using John’s huge commercial and academic experience in this field. “

MD, Nick Hadley commented “John will help us to develop two huge opportunities; to create a physical environment where start-up and scale-up business in the cleantech and sustainability sectors can collaborate and innovate.  Equally, we can now attract socially-minded companies who believe they can minimize their environmental footprint by locating to a business park which is being designed from the ground up as Cambridge’s beacon of sustainability. 

Professor French said “With the UK moving rapidly towards a zero carbon target of 2050, I am looking forward to helping Cambridge Innovation Parks Ltd provide leadership and business opportunities and play its part in this transformation.

The Cambridge Cluster is globally competitive and the next tranche of infrastructure developments will signal a new way of doing business in a globally sustainable way.  I am delighted to work with this great team.”

About Cambridge Innovation Parks Limited

Cambridge Innovation Parks Limited owns and manages the 10-acre Cambridge Innovation Park North, in Waterbeach, Cambridge. The company also owns a further 17 acres of land in Cambridge, targeted for the development of a further two Innovation Parks, subject to Planning approval.

Picture above:  John French joins the existing team of directors which includes (Left to Right) Stephen Warburton (Chief Financial Officer), Rick Parisi (Executive Chairman), John French (Director of Sustainability) and Nick Hadley (Managing Director). .