New Director at M-SParc

M-SParc will welcome Sarah Ellwood to the board of Directors in October, with her industry experience and a passion for seeing the region’s economy grow a perfect match for the company’s ambition.

Originally from Conwy, Sarah studied at the University of Northumbria before moving on to work for Soap giant Procter & Gamble. She was headhunted by a local corrosions engineering company in Abergele and after three years she left to join Supertemps, the family company, and never looked back.

Sarah has worked in recruitment in North Wales since 1998. She says “My world is all about people and skills and growing our economy here in North Wales. This will help us develop and retain the talent we have on our doorstep.” This fits perfectly with M-SParc’s ethos; the Science Park was developed in order to help diversify and grow the region’s economy and create well paid careers. Having board members who fully understand the skills requirements of industry in the region helps drive that goal.

Sarah’s experience in recruitment, especially through S2 Recruitment – the science and technology brand of Supertemps - means that she also knows the people and the skills that exist in the region, and what employers are looking for. With 22 years of hands-on industry experience working with small and large companies in the region, the challenges and skills shortages they face are something she’s well aware of. “It’s absolutely vital to inspire young and old alike to embrace STEM subjects. Anyone can become the innovators of tomorrow. M-Sparc is great for the region, to have this inspirational space and community propagating ideas, developing solutions and joining people to deliver the STEM solutions of tomorrow – how important to our region is that? ! Extremely exciting and I’m thrilled to be involved.”

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, Managing Director of M-SParc, said “The skills gap is something we are well aware of; our tenant companies often ask for our help to recruit new staff, and worry they won’t be able to attract the right people locally. We are working with Bangor University and other HE colleges in the region, to change this. We already provide STEM resources for children and young people on the ‘Young Dynamos’ section of our website, run a monthly coding club with Technocamps Bangor, and work closely with projects such as STEM Gogledd in order to promote STEM subjects to children.

This work is all to provide more opportunities for young people, as the careers at M-SParc are already proving to be exciting and diverse, and the average salary at M-SParc is £32,632; almost £5,000 more than the Wales average. Having Sarah on board gives us further support to continue with this work. We welcome her to the board, and look forward to working with her.”

To learn more about the type of careers available at M-SParc, tune into ‘Still going Strong’; the first ‘Open Doors’ webinar M-SParc has hosted. You’ll hear from all M-SParc tenants as they give an overview of what they do.

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