About us

Plexal is the innovation centre and coworking space that believes in the power of collaboration. We're a diverse innovation ecosystem tackling some of the biggest challenges facing society – starting with cybersecurity, mobility and inclusion.


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.

The campus is now home to everyone from University College London to Ford’s Smart Mobility Innovation Office, while its physical space is enabling new mobility solutions to be trialled in a uniquely diverse and controlled environment.

And Plexal is the campus’ innovation nerve centre.


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

We’re delivering LORCA: an innovation programme that scales the cybersecurity solutions needed most by industry and society to make the internet safer for everyone.

In the inclusion space, we ran the OpenDoor accelerator and are working with partners like UCL and Disability Rights UK to optimise our workspace for accessibility and champion disability-led innovation.

Most recently, we’ve delivered the Rapid Innovation Accelerator: a cross-border programme that brought innovators together in the UK and Oman to support Omani startups that are building solutions to pandemic-related challenges.


We’re home to over 700 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.

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Introducing DISH: our new innovation centre in Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council has appointed a consortium of partners led by Barclays Eagle Labs to create a cybersecurity innovation centre in Greater Manchester. Plexal will design the centre’s accelerator and

Shoppar’s pandemic pivot

Plexal member Shoppar helps brands harness the power of data to make smarter decisions. It specialises in delivering in-store analytics and capturing live customer data. But when shops shut for

Our new hot desking zone is optimised for accessibility

As a delivery partner of the East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone, which aims to support disability-led innovation, Plexal’s made a number of changes already to optimise our physical workspace for


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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

Ayan Osman
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 consultant

Mike Blair
Innovation consultant

Diane Gilbert
Innovation delivery lead

Ketna Hirji
Innovation programme manager

James Lamb
Innovation programme manager

Will Sayer
Innovation associate

Carly Saunders
HR manager

Robert Sun
Management accountant

Maame Arthur
Accounts assistant

Jen Parker
Head of marketing

Hana Gilbert
Designer and events planner