About us

Plexal is the innovation company and coworking space that turbocharges collaboration.

FIND US AT THE HERE EAST CAMPUS

Our story started back in 2012, when the Olympic Games created an opportunity to build a new technology hub for east London – with a difference.

The vision for Here East was to enable creatives, universities and technology-led businesses of all sizes to not just sit side by side, but create and innovate together. A place where differences aren’t tolerated, but exploited.

And Plexal is the campus’ innovation nerve centre.

INNOVATION CONSULTANCY

Our innovation team forges connections between industry, academia, investors, startups and scaleups.

From enabling Transport for London procure innovation from startups more quickly to helping 72 startups raise over £200m through our LORCA cyber accelerator, learn more about our projects.

 

HOME FOR INNOVATORS: OUR WORKSPACE

We’re home to over 800 innovators who are working in areas like mobility, AI, healthtech, cybersecurity, fintech, the Internet of Things, VR and more.

They enjoy community events, access to the Eagle Lab at Plexal makers’ space and services designed to help them scale.

Sign up to our newsletter

Get all the latest news and views from our innovation community in your inbox every month

NEWS AND VIEWS

Plexal is exploring the role of SMEs in the UK’s telecoms market with a 12-week sprint

Plexal is working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to support the diversification of the UK’s telecoms market and stimulate the creation of products and services

NCSC For Startups is tackling a new challenge: malvertising

Plexal and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have chosen malvertising as our next challenge for NCSC For Startups. Our director of innovation Saj Huq explains why… The online ad

Welcoming LORCA Ignite

Plexal launched LORCA in 2018 with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to accelerate the growth of British cyber startups. Over the last three years, LORCA

WORK AT PLEXAL

Learn more about our culture and check out our latest job openings…

MEET THE TEAM

Andrew Roughan
Managing director

Brandon Hucq
Chief financial officer

Kate Pearman
Chief operating officer

Saj Huq
Director of innovation

Tracey Bedford
Executive assistant to Saj Huq

Emily Merritt
Executive assistant to Andrew Roughan

Hollie Saville
Head of operations

Phoebe Dunning
Community manager

Reece Morris
Operations and project manager

John Herbert
Facilities manager

Jennifer Underwood
Workspace sales manager

Amraj Chana
IT manager

Alex Jackevics
Infrastructure support engineer

Russell Gundry
Director of innovation programmes

Dave Rowley
Commercial director,  cyber

Bruno Sussat
Innovation lead

Robert Kearney 
Innovation ecosystem lead

Jason Mollring 
Innovation programme and ecosystem lead

Ruby Motabhoy
Innovation lead

Mike Blair
Innovation consultant

Diane Gilbert
Innovation delivery lead

Ketna Hirji
Innovation programme manager

James Lamb
Innovation programme manager

Arutyun Arutyunyan
Innovation associate

Holly Smith
Innovation associate

Matt Miller
Innovation associate

Carly Saunders
HR manager

Robert Sun
Management accountant

Maame Arthur
Accounts assistant

Jen Parker
Head of marketing

Maria Barr
Content and communications lead

Hana Gilbert
Designer and events planner

Chris Newman
Content marketing coordinator

BECOME A MEMBER. BOOK A TOUR.