Belfast Telegraph

'Visionary' new Catalyst Inc CEO is sought after retirement

Stepping down: Dr Norman Apsley
Stepping down: Dr Norman Apsley
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

The search has begun for a "visionary" new chief executive at Catalyst Inc - home to many of Northern Ireland's most successful tech companies.

A new chief for the organisation formerly known as the Northern Ireland Science Park will succeed Norman Apsley upon his retirement.

Catalyst Inc announced Dr Apsley will retire in the winter, and praised his efforts as head of Catalyst Inc over the last 18 years.

"Dr Norman Apsley has devoted his career to enterprise promotion... and is a man at the heart of stimulating innovation in Belfast and wider Northern Ireland," a statement said.

"He is an advocate of the talent and ambition of innovators and inventors and his focus is unashamedly on the development and growth of what we term the knowledge economy; that is an economy built upon innovation, entrepreneurship and the intellectual capital within NI."

Dr Apsley received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The Science Park started out on a disused site in the Titanic Quarter but has grown into an enterprise centre housing 200 companies employing over 3,000 people.

Dr Apsley said: It has been a real privilege to be part of the process that is bringing this land, which we all love, back to life and vitality." US executive search consultancy Korn Ferry is dealing with the recruitment of his successor. As well as Catalyst Inc's Belfast headquarters, it also operates centres in Londonderry and Ballymena.

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