Mrs Rowena Burns

Rowena Burns 240

Non-Executive Director

Rowena took up the role of Chief Executive at Manchester Science Parks in summer 2012, and remains a Non-Executive Director at Bruntwood, and Chairman of Cityco.

Educated at the University of Wales and at University College London, and having trained in nursing, Rowena’s early career was spent with the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Manchester City Council, working in a variety of transport and economic development roles, including the first phase of Manchester’s Metrolink light rail system. Over 10 years she moved through a number of roles with the Manchester Airport Group, including latterly that of Group Commercial Director, where her brief included airport acquisitions, economic regulation and overall business strategy, as well as responsibility for revenue generation.

Rowena returned to the city in March 2008, as COO in commercial property company Bruntwood, a role which takes her into every part of the business, with a strong focus on service improvement and organisation development. She took up the reins at msp after Bruntwood acquired a 51% stake in the company earlier this year. She describes the role as perfect, a public/private sector partnership focused on driving growth and opportunity in the most vibrant and innovative sectors of the economy. Rowena’s professional feet are very firmly planted in city life, where she is active in several boards and initiatives, including the role of Chairman of CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management organisation. 

Away from work, she has a passion for all things rural, and is rarely found indoors other than round a dining table with family or friends.