This unique programme will develop leaders of the future who can create collaborations across academia, industry, the NHS and government to drive innovation.
To achieve our strategic challenges for 2017-21 and extend our work developing talented researchers, the FLIER: Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research programme will be designed for people working in the life sciences sector and managing projects or teams, who increasingly undertake interdisciplinary working.
The programme will equip these emerging leaders with skills to help solve the biggest health challenges we will face, and enable them to seize opportunities afforded to us by new discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Read about how the FLIER Future Leaders will transform the landscape in a blog from our President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci.
The two-year programme will bring together a cohort of emerging leaders drawn from across academia, industry, the NHS and government/policy organisations and will include:
- Residential and one-day meetings to expose participants to current national and international leaders across the wider scientific and health ecosystem
- Face-to-face and virtual workshops
- Regular tailored coaching sessions from professionals at the forefront of leadership development
- Mentorship from a leader in the life sciences sector
- Bespoke financial management training
- Cross-sector immersion experiences with an array of other organisations
- A cross-sector project. This will take place in the second year and will be an opportunity to apply acquired strategic and higher-level operational skills to a work-based project while being supported by colleagues, a coach and a mentor.
The FLIER Programme is generously supported by the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation and the Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ‘Investment in Research Talent’ fund.
FLIER is aimed at individuals in the middle of their career, established within their own sector, with the seniority to effect organisational change and undertake a cross-sector project currently or in the near future.
Participants will have an emerging vision of how cross-sector working and collaboration could help maximise opportunities and solve the future challenges of research and healthcare. They will be looking to explore and shape their vision in dialogue with colleagues across sectors.
We are looking for key characteristics including motivation, vision and potential to make a difference and lead change across the sectors, learning agility, and creative, innovative and radical thinking.
We are pleased that for the first round of applications, 43% were from women, and 8 of the 17 participants taking part are women. The Academy is committed to working towards diversity and equality of opportunity and for the second round of applications we actively encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and candidates with disabilities.
Please contact the office if you are able to help us connect with diverse communities to promote the FLIER Programme, if you have any questions, or to discuss ways we may be able to support your application.
The programme was developed by a cross-sector Task Force of current leaders, and is delivered in partnership with bespoke leadership, talent and engagement specialists Cirrus.
Task Force members:
Professor Martin Humphries FMedSci (Chair), Professor of Biochemistry, University of Manchester
Professor David Adams FMedSci, Professor of Hepatology, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Dean of Medicine, Director of NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Unit, University of Birmingham
Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford University Hospitals
Professor Jackie Hunter FMedSci, Chief Executive Officer, BenevolentBio
Dr Melanie Lee FMedSci, Chief Scientific Officer, BTG plc
Professor Jane Norman FMedSci, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Director of the Edinburgh Tommy's Centre, Deputy Director Centre for Reproductive Health, Vice-Principal People and Culture, University of Edinburgh
Dr Duncan Richards, Head of Translational Medicine Future Pipeline Discovery and Director of Clinical Unit Cambridge, GSK
Dr Christopher Yau, Reader in Computational Biology, University of Birmingham
For further background on why we developed the programme read a blog from our President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci 'Why the future needs a new kind of leader'
In June 2018 we were delighted to announce that the programme would be supported by the UK Government’s Investment in Research Talent - read more on the £11.2 million pounds for innovative schemes the Academy will receive through this 'Talent fund'.
We are also delighted to have received a pledge from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation in September 2018 - read more about their support for leaders in medical science.