Pastures new for the CEO

Published on: 16 August 2016

Dr Robin Jackson is leaving the University of Exeter after 16 years.

This month we say a fond farewell to one of the most recognised contributors to the Exeter Innovation scene, Dr Robin Jackson.

Robin has been at the University of Exeter since July 2000 where he began in the role of Innovation Manager, responsible for identification, development and exploitation of intellectual property at the University. Robin has also supported academics throughout the Colleges at the University and helped them to foster various commercial and developmental opportunities.

In 2007, Robin became involved in the Innovation Centre from its early days as a pilot project and was instrumental in getting it to where it is today: the culmination of a £10m project to create a long-term self-sustaining business and technology support initiative. As well as managing the Innovation Centre, in his role of CEO of Peninsula Innovations Ltd, Robin also manages the Exeter Science Park Centre, an £8m building housing the development of a collaborative cluster of high-tech companies.

Robin has over twenty years’ experience of new technology development from research in Biotechnology at Imperial College London, in advising and helping to form a number of spin-out companies and setting up ExIST - an initiative aiming to optimise interaction between science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) businesses trading in the Exeter area.

Robin also sits on the Boards of several companies and participates in local economic development initiatives.

With his wealth of knowledge in technology and business development, Robin has been exceptionally well equipped to inspire high growth and high tech businesses at The Innovation and Science Park Centres.

Darren Westlake, CEO of Crowdcube Ltd, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform and current clients at the Innovation Centre said: “I've worked with Robin for over five years and he has been a key supporter and contributor to Crowdcube throughout that time. He is always there as a sounding board and as a source of support and wisdom whenever it’s needed. I'll miss him!”

Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter said: “The University’s engagement with business is simply unrecognisable from those first days and a lot of that is down to Robin.  He has always brought new insight, perspective and challenge.”

We wish Robin all the best for the future and thank him for his endless support, energy and enthusiasm.

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