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


Founders @ Plexal

May 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

We host a meetup for the leaders, founders and C-suite members of our community on the third Tuesday of each month at 12pm.

Yoga @ Plexal

June 16, 2021 | 8:00 am - 8:45 am

Join us at 8am every third Wednesday of the month for Yoga @ Plexal. Set your mat down and log in remotely via Zoom.


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


Andrew Roughan
Managing director

Brandon Hucq
Chief financial officer

Kate Pearman
Chief operating officer

Bruno Sussat
Innovation lead, mobility

Saj Huq
Director, LORCA

Ketna Hirji
Innovation manager

Tracey Bedford
Executive assistant, LORCA

Alanna Murphy
Innovation associate, cyber

Will Sayer
Innovation associate

Dave Rowley
Commercial director,  cyber

Grant Wade
Client manager

Russell Gundry
Director of innovation programmes

Diane Gilbert
Innovation associate

Hana Gilbert
Operations and community manager

Christian Rossi
Membership manager

Phoebe Dunning
Community manager

Jennifer Underwood
Workspace sales manager

John Herbert
Facilities manager

Reece Morris
Facilities manager

Jen Parker
Head of marketing

Carly Saunders
HR manager

Emily Merritt
Executive assistant

Robert Sun
Management accountant

Amraj Chana

IT manager

Ruby Motabhoy 

Innovation consultant

James Lamb

Programme manager

Maame Arthur

Accounts assistant