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Executive Appointment

Future Cities Catapult are looking to appoint a new CEO.

The board at Future Cities Catapult has accepted Peter Madden’s decision to step down from his role as CEO as of 30 June 2017.

Peter was instrumental in setting up Future Cities Catapult three and a half years ago making it the thriving urban innovation centre it is today: driving urban innovation across the UK and globally across four continents.

Although Peter has made the decision to step down from CEO he will continue to work with the board and executive management team in a part-time ambassador role from July onwards.  This will enable him to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters at home in Bristol.

Peter said, “It’s been an incredible journey.  The organisation is in a great place with impactful projects, a formidable staff and board. I feel I can now take a step back, as Future Cities Catapult is in such good shape.  I’m still enormously committed, and am delighted to be able to continue working with the board and leadership team as ambassador as the next phase of growth begins”.

Welcome message from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in the Future Cities Catapult.

We are looking for an inspirational and dynamic Chief Executive Officer to lead Future Cities Catapult through its next phase of growth, building upon the strong foundation the organisation has achieved to date, and ensuring the continued success of our urban innovation programme.

We are looking for a high-calibre individual with extensive experience running people-based project businesses, and who has the gravitas and diplomacy to communicate effectively with industry leaders, government, cities, SMEs, academics, both within the United Kingdom and internationally. As a people-based organisation, the CEO must be a visionary leader who can inspire our team of highly qualified and intelligent employees to deliver truly innovative and impactful project that make cities better and grow UK companies.

Given our role as an ‘intermediary’ organisation, sitting between the research base and business, operating as a private company, but receiving support from Government, we are also interested in individuals who have knowledge of working across these sectors.

This candidate information pack will guide you through the origin of the Catapult Centres and the mission, structure and governance of the Future Cities Catapult. You will also find details of the role and person specification for this appointment.

This is a truly exciting opportunity and you could not have chosen a better time to want to get involved. If you are interested in being part of one of the most innovative and forward-thinking projects in the UK, then we look forward to receiving your application.

On behalf of the Future Cities Catapult thank you for your interest in developing solutions for the future needs of our cities and we wish you the best of luck with your application.

Keith Clarke


About Catapult Centres

The Catapult Centres are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation and help drive future economic growth. The centres provide a physical place where the very best of the UK’s businesses, scientists, engineers work side-by-dise on late-stage research and development. The overall objective of the Catapults is to transform high potential ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.

The Catapults network has been established by Innovate UK to connect business and research. Each Catapult Centre specialises in a different area of technology, but all offer a space with the facilities and expertise to enable businesses and researchers to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.

Catapults exist to:

  • Reduce the risk of innovation;
  •  Accelerate the pace of business development;
  • Create sustainable jobs and growth;
  • Develop the UK’s skills and knowledge base and its global competitiveness.

Each Catapult focuses on an area in which the UK has genuine potential to generate growth in strategically important global markets. There are currently eleven Catapults:

• Cell and Gene Therapy

• Compound Semiconductor Applications

• Digital

• Energy Systems

• Future Cities

• High Value Manufacturing

• Medicines Discovery

• Offshore Renewable Energy

• Precision Medicine

• Satellite Applications

• Transport Systems

More information about the Catapult programme is available at www.catapult.org.uk.

About Us

We are Future Cities Catapult. Our mission is To advance innovation to grow UK companies to make cities better. Everything we do fosters innovation and helps companies whose products and services aim to improve cities – making them safer, more resilient, more prosperous, more inclusive, more efficient and more sustainable. The work we are doing is increasingly vital as cities are expected to be home to 70% of the world’s population by 2050, and they are centres of economic prosperity. Such rapid population growth and densification means that cities are facing critical challenges that need to be addressed from how people move around, to where they are going to live, to whether they can breathe clean air.

From our Urban Innovation Centre in London, we provide world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models. We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment. All of this aims to achieve our strategic objectives to:

1. Grow UK-based businesses in the integrated urban solutions sector;

2. Grow exports from the UK integrated urban solutions sector;

3. Increase deployment of innovative integrated urban solutions in UK cities;

4. Build better cities: increase inclusivity, safety, resilience, and sustainability of cities through integrated urban solutions, and

5. UK as a global leader in the integrated urban solutions sector.

The complexity of cities and the interconnectedness of their challenges presents and enormous market opportunity, especially for those that can successfully harness new technologies. Our Cities Lab provides data analysis, modelling and visualisation capabilities to understand and elucidate city problems, while on-the-ground demonstrators in our network of collaborating cities provide opportunities for testing new approaches in-situ. Combined, they help us discover which new ideas can have the biggest impact on our urban environments.

By bringing together the UK’s top architects, engineers, designers, academics and business professionals, we can help them transform cities on a global scale. We will strengthen the UK’s ability to turn excellent urban innovations into commercial reality.

Our work currently focuses on three core themes: Mobility, Integrated Urban Planning, and Healthy Cities.

What are we working on right now? We have projects throughout the UK and internationally, which focus on the delivery of services aligned with our capabilities:

1. City Strategies and Capability Building: enabling city administrators be intelligent clients;

2. User Research and Citizen-Centred Innovation: ensuring technology solutions meet real citizen and consumer needs;

3. Data and Digital Tools: working with partners to create and apply tools to solve city challenges;

4. Scanning and R&D Collaboration: working in a structured way with cities and firms on a shared innovation challenge;

5. Demonstrators and Living Labs: allowing firms and cities to test innovations at scale in cities, and

6. Performance-in-Use: measuring the impact and return-on-investment of innovations to learn and to scale.

For more information about us visit www.futurecities.catapult.org.uk and follow us on Twitter @FutureCitiesCat.

Structure and Funding

The Future Cities Catapult is a company limited by guarantee. The Executive Management Team manages day-to-day operations under the supervision and guidance of the board of directors.

The board is chaired by Keith Clarke CBE.

To establish the centres, all Catapults receive a core grant, under a Grant Funding Agreement, from Innovate UK.

In addition to the Innovate UK core grant, the Future Cities Catapult currently receives funding through direct contracts with UK business, projects with UK and international cities, and from competitive Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) grants, including EU Horizon 2020 funding.

The Board and the Executive Team

The Future Cities Catapult is a company limited by guarantee. The Executive Management Team manages day-to-day operations under the supervision and guidance of the board of directors.

The board is chaired by Keith Clarke CBE. The other Board members are:

The position of Chief Executive Officer is also a board position.

The Executive Management Team comprises of the Chief Executive, The Chief Business Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer.

How to Apply and Recruitment Timetable


We know how busy you are, so we want to outline key milestones of the selection process in advance. In order to help you plan your schedule, these are the provisional dates to keep in mind regarding the appointment process:

Midnight Sunday 19th March – Deadline for applications

By 27th March 2017 – Feedback on your application

27th March – 31st March 2017 – Screen interviews

3rd – 14th April 2017 – First round interviews

17th April 2017 – 28th April 2017 – Final round interviews
Application and Contacts

If you meet the requirements please provide us with your CV and covering letter outlining your motivation and how you meet the key elements of the job specification, and apply on our website here.

For further questions about the role and selection process please contact:

Carolyn Moore

Director of People & Organisational Development


+44 (0) 7921 871671

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