Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy seeks Non-Executive Director for its Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK Government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright. They operate and maintain a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. IPO helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention, and responsible for policy, educating businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities, supporting IP enforcement, granting UK patents, trademarks and design rights.
The IPO is at an exciting point in its history building a stronger role both domestically and internationally and has ambitious plans to deliver its strategy through delivering excellent Intellectual Property services, creating a leading Intellectual Property environment and making the IPO a brilliant place to work. It has embarked on a significant transformation programme to ensure it focuses delivering for its customers, both current and future ones, and plays it full role as a key part of the innovation ecosystem to enable the UK to become the most innovative and creative country in the world.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they have shown from previous roles elsewhere in the public or private sector the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria relevant to this role.
- An understanding of the scope of intellectual property, the value of IP to inventors, entrepreneurs and SMEs and its contribution to innovation and growth;
- An ability to challenge performance, and to encourage innovation and a culture of change in either a public, charity or private sector organisation; and
- Experience of governance at a strategic level, gained by working in either executive or non-executive capacity, including audit, risk and financial management
- An appreciation of the values and role of the public sector;
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders; and
- The ability to develop well defined strategies and pursue long-term goals as part of a team, including being able to challenge and support colleagues in order to reach consensus.
Terms of Appointment
Successful candidates will be appointed for a 3-year term, with the possibility of extension for a further 3 years.
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