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Estates Director

Wellcome Genome Campus Ltd (“WGCL”) is seeking to recruit an Estates Director to play a leading role in the development and operation of its renowned scientific research campus.

The Wellcome Genome Campus (“WGC” or the “Campus”) is a leading genomic research campus and home to the Wellcome Sanger Institute (“Sanger”) and the European Bioinformatics Institute. Sanger is Wellcome’s largest charitable initiative, having founded and funded the Campus and Sanger since 1992. Today, over 2,500 people work at the Campus that comprises c.1 million square feet of space set within a 135-acre estate in Hinxton, 9 miles south of Cambridge.  The range of facilities include laboratories and associated research facilities, offices, recreational space including a restaurant, gym and nursery, a hotel and conference centre, residential accommodation and a data centre.  The estate is set within a beautiful campus environment.

A major expansion of the WGC is underway with planning consent obtained in 2021 for c.1.6 million square feet of gross research and development space (laboratories and offices) primarily to be used for genomics and bioinformatics related activities, which are already core to the Campus. The planning consent also provides for 335,000 square feet of supporting uses (nursery, conference centre, health club, hotel etc.) and 1,500 homes. The expansion is expected to take 10-15 years to fully develop with the first buildings delivered in Phase 1 to become income generating in 2-3 years’ time.  “WGCL” will be responsible for the Estate Management of the whole Campus.

The Estates Director will join at a transformative time with a remit to lead all aspects of the estate management of the buildings, grounds and services within “WGCL”, and for the development of the Estate Management plan for the new development.  Key aspects of the role include estate management and placemaking; capital and lifecycle investment; and crucial input into the development of the new campus.

The role provides direct access to WGCL’s C-suite, and an unprecedented opportunity to shape the existing campus and the future phases. We are looking for someone with a proven track record in estate leadership roles across a diverse portfolio, who can work at both the strategic and operational level, and that will thrive on the chance to work in a startup environment and contribute to its growth in the early stages.  To learn more, visit the candidate brochure at

To arrange a confidential briefing conversation please contact our advisor Stephanie Howe (07932 717 431 / or Daniah Williams (07989 435 960 / MRG.  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and can be sent to and 

The closing date for applications is 2nd June 2024.  Final interviews will take place on 1st July 2024.

Estates Director

Cambridge, UK
£120k plus excellent benefits

Published on 8 May 2024

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