Creativity and innovation agency, CidaCo has announced that Dr Ceri Batchelder will chair its board of directors.

CERI BATCHThe Leeds company made the appointment, following the departure of Ric Green, who held the role for more than a decade. He’s left to take up the post of technical director at the Royal Opera House in Oman.

CidaCo works across a range of business and arts organisations around the world, to help them grow through creativity and innovation.

Dr Batchelder trained as a PhD bioscientist, holding fellowships at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School in Boston, specialising in gene regulation. She then moved into innovation management at the University of Manchester before holding business development roles at biotech firm Epistem Ltd and then Smith & Nephew.

More recently she was business development director of Barnsley agency, HMA Digital Marketing.