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Appointment of new Managing Director

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The Møller Institute Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Richard Leather as the new Managing Director of Møller Institute from September. Richard joins us with a wealth of experience in international business development. He has held a broad range of posts in New York, Frankfurt and Sydney as an adviser to governments, corporations, investors and industry groups focusing on corporate strategy development, international trade and investment. He is a former Australian Chief Trade and Investment Commissioner to the European Union and to the USA and former Consul General in Frankfurt and New York. He is currently based in Copenhagen and will be relocating to Cambridge later this year.

Richard said “I am proud to have the opportunity to work with the team as we guide the Møller Institute through the next stage in its development. The Møller Institute has built a unique position at the intersection of academia and industry. This will prove invaluable at this time of unprecedented uncertainty and disruption and I look forward to working with our clients and our partners as we position for recovery and growth.”

The Board would like to thank Mr Tim How for guiding the Institute as Acting CEO during these particularly challenging times. The Board is also pleased to announce that Tim has agreed to take over as Chair with effect from 1 September so that we can continue to benefit from his experience and guidance. This opportunity will also be taken to refresh the Board, with Professor Tim Minshall joining. We will bid a fond farewell, along with our thanks to Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, Mr Chris Potts, Professor Sir Mike Gregory and Professor Danny Ralph for their service.

This is a challenging time for Møller Institute, like so many institutions, but Master Professor Dame Athene Donald said “The impact of the pandemic coupled with new leadership gives the Møller Institute a moment to reconsider its place within Cambridge and to grasp new challenges as the global economy starts to recover. There are exciting days ahead and I look forward to working with Mr Richard Leather.”