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Exeter Innovation Division Teams

Themes, teams and structure

Themes, teams and structure

Themes, teams and structure

Exeter Innovation Division staff are divided into three teams:

Aslo see: Office locations

Sector Development & Corporate Partnerships

This team supports the promotion and funding of impact, engagement and project development. The team works in interdisciplinary, thematic groups, addressing Faculty priorities for project development and/or income generation.

Exeter Innovation supports our internal academic community and external businesses, government bodies, and other external organisations in sector-facing teams and corporate partnership teams.

These teams work to accelerate partner engagement by brokering relationships and facilitating discussions and by building a community of industrial and government connections. By connecting academics and businesses more effectively, they support the development of new knowledge, technologies and solutions for businesses and identify multidisciplinary opportunities and stimulating research questions.

Brigid Howarth Assistant Director (Sector Development and Corporate Partners)

Isabel Gonzalez ESE Lead 

Hannah Williams Health & Life Sciences
Jess Hurrell Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Security
Jim Grant Energy Futures & Engineering

Alex Huke Environment and Clean Growth
Ben Clifford Kitching Business School Programmes
Sophie Smith Corporate Partnerships

Enterprise & Innovation Programmes

This team supports the organisation and delivery of projects relating to Intellectual Property (IP) exploitation, consultancy, commercial tenders, contract research and Knowledge Exchange programmes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). They also keep track of investments in projects, proof of concept, commercial projects, licences and shareholdings. They provide training and support for academics seeking to set up a spin out or exploit their IP. The team is responsible for due diligence processes, manages the Division’s CRM and is responsible for the distribution and management of translational funding. The team is also responsible for the delivery of the Ideas Hub, KE Accelerator and training and development.

The team includes SETsquared Exeter which delivers business acceleration services for start ups, spin outs and external companies that are innovation driven. We manage collaboration spaces at Exeter Science Park (the Hive) and a new Innovation Hub in Exeter City Centre. The team includes Student Start Ups, including a pre- incubator and incubator programme.

Neil Hayes Assistant Director (Enterprise and Innovation)  
Ruth Stansfield Portfolio & Programmes  
Sophie O’Callaghan Knowledge Transfer Partnerships  
Joe Pearce Business Support
Emily Davies Student Start Ups
Tori Hammond Research Commercialisation  - Health and Life Sciences Humanities & Social Science
Jim Williams Research Commercialisation -  Environment, Science and Economy
Carrie Rye Consultancy & Contract Research
Rebecca Adams New Programmes

Skills & Regional Engagement

The Skills and Regional Engagement Team brings together the key teams within EI delivering and supporting skills and regional economic development. The Degree Apprenticeship Hub leads the delivery of the University's Degree Apprenticeship operation, working with employers to attract learners, and with Departments to create new courses, manage performance and compliance. The team is responsible for supporting the delivery of CPD and Executive Education in parts of the University and developing systems and processes which support this. The team leads work on regional innovation and R&D. This includes bidding for funds from regional funders, managing innovation support services and providing an access point for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Exeter and Cornwall. The team manages the University’s civic relationships including delivery of Civic University Agreements in Exeter City, Devon Couty and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, supporting community engagement and publicly engaged research.




Louise Osborne Assistant Director Skills and Regional Engagement
Dan Hallam Degree Apprenticeships
Andy Dean Regional
Kara Bogus EI Cornwall

Office locations

Exeter - Streatham

Innovation Centre
University of Exeter
Streatham Campus
Rennes Drive
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723456

Exeter Science Park

The Hive
Exeter Science Park Centre
6 Babbage Way
Phone +44 (0) 1392 241455

Cornwall - Penryn

Tremough Innovation Centre
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9TA
Phone: +44 (0) 1326 259238