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 founded by clients of specialist real estate investment advisory company Delancey.


Our innovation team delivers programmes for clients like Innovate UK and Transport for London, and specialises in forging connections between industry, academia, investors, startups and scaleups.

We’re also 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 run 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.

Our team is also bringing about a mobility future that’s sustainable, personalised, accessible, smart and secure. We’re working directly with government and industry to test, scale and deploy solutions that will radically transform the way we move.


As well as hosting events – anything from meetups to large conferences – we’re home to over 900 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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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

Folu Fabowale-Makinde
Innovation associate, mobility

Saj Huq
Programme director, LORCA

Tracey Bedford
Executive assistant, LORCA

Kushal Puri
Innovation lead, LORCA

Alanna Murphy
Innovation associate, LORCA

Will Sayer
Innovation associate, LORCA

Dave Rowley
Head of commercial sustainability,  LORCA

Russell Gundry
Head of innovation strategy

Diane Gilbert
Innovation associate, inclusion

Tommy Ekman
Innovation lead

Phil Styles
Head of events

Daniel Ukandu
Events coordinator

Joshua Carr
Events operations manager

Hana Gilbert
Lead ops squaddie

Christian Rossi
Membership squaddie

Kasey Long

Phoebe Dunning
Community manager

John Herbert
Facilities manager

Reece Morris
Facilities manager

Nick Ross
Workspace sales manager

Jen Parker
Head of marketing

Carly Saunders
HR manager

Nik Patel
Head of IT

Kyan Belger
IT apprentice

Emily Merritt
Executive assistant

Robert Sun
Management accountant