A hub for science & tech business

In the heart of Headington’s Health and Life Sciences District, the Wood Centre for Innovation offers more than just serviced offices. We offer flexible, COVID-19 secure workspace solutions for start-up and early stage businesses specialising in science and technology. Set in 15 acres of beautiful woodland, our state-of-the-art office space, R&D laboratories, technical workshop space, socially distanced co-working space and meeting facilities create an inspiring business environment and a great community.

A hub for science & tech business

In the heart of Headington’s Health and Life Sciences District, the Wood Centre for Innovation offers more than just serviced offices. We offer flexible workspace solutions for start-up and early stage businesses specialising in science and technology. Set in 15 acres of beautiful woodland, our state-of-the-art office space, R&D laboratories, technical workshop space, co-working space and meeting facilities create an inspiring business environment and a great community.

Fully serviced office space in an easy location

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The Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) is partnered and fully integrated with the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI), already a well-established hub in the heart of Oxford. So this enables our businesses to tap into a larger network of science and technology companies, and allows the sharing of expertise and resources. Our resources include access to meeting rooms in a city centre location.

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The Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) and the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI) are both owned by The Oxford Trust; an independent charitable trust founded in 1985 by entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood. The Trust’s mission is to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise.

Both innovation centres encourage enterprise by providing cost-effective, flexible office space, meeting and conference facilities and business support for tech entrepreneurs and start-ups. They have enabled hundreds of innovative companies to begin, develop and grow, including; Mirada Medical, Perspectum Diagnostics, Natural Motion and Oxford Computer Consultants.

The Trust’s sustainable business model means that income from WCFI and OCFI is reinvested in the Science Oxford Centre at Stansfeld Park and their Science Oxford education and engagement programmes. The strength of the Trust’s business model is that it supports both ends of the innovation ecosystem, from inspiring young children about the wonders of science, to helping start-ups develop and grow.

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Our centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, who ran Europe’s first ever innovation centre set up by The Oxford Trust – and now manage a growing network of over 20 centres across the UK.

As a high-growth business itself, the Oxford Innovation team understands the challenges that innovators, start-ups, entrepreneurs and emerging businesses face. They know what works and how best to support your business. Being a part of their network allows you to connect with over 1,000 businesses and gain access to facilities in any of their locations (subject to availability).

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Meet the team

Our team at the Wood Centre for Innovation are here to make your life easier. They’re experienced, friendly and they genuinely want to help.

Michelle Antonie

Centre Manager (Operations)

Michelle was born in South Africa where she lived and worked until 2019. Her career at one of the big South African banks spanned several roles including administrative, technical, operational and customer service. She moved to Panama in Central America in 2019 where she lived with her family for 8 months before moving to the United Kingdom to settle. She’s been with Oxford Innovation for the last 2 years and has moved amongst a few of the Oxfordshire centres to gain insight and experience.

Graham Monger

Centre Manager (Commercial)

Graham has a leisure background of multi-site management turning poorly performing facilities into profitable sites. Over the last 10 years Graham created and ran a start-up Health Tech business across the UK and Sweden. During his time in leisure he worked with professional athletes such as Watford Football Club’s first team, Universities - Hertfordshire and Gothenburg University, and he even won a Men’s Health Trainer of the year award.

Wendy Tindsley

Innovation Director

An experienced business support professional, Wendy has a scientific background and experience of running several businesses. She a wealth of experience in obtaining funding for R&D and capital investment. With extensive knowledge of innovative technologies across different sectors, Wendy’s passion is helping ambitious businesses to achieve rapid and sustainable growth.

Karanjit Das

Laboratory Supervisor

Karanjit is from Assam, India. Assam is in the North-East of India and is known for Assam Tea and Assam Silk. He is well versed with specialist lab techniques and have experience teaching laboratory diagnostics to MSc students. He also has experience lecturing M.Sc. students. Karanjit has worked in several laboratories and with various multi-disciplinary teams. He is a very friendly person and is always ready to help others. In his leisure time he plays badminton and cycles. He also enjoys cooking.

James Braddock

Centre Administrator

James has worked in the finance and tech industry for over four years. He is a Xero Certified Advisor and led an initiative to transition companies to Making Tax Digital while working for one of the longest established accounting firms in the country. James now works across both OCFI and WCFI as the Centre Administrator. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and playing racquet sports.

 

Cleopatra Chapple

Customer Experience Assistant

Cleo has a wealth of experience in customer service. She has worked in the energy industry for over 10 years, managing corporate and SME customers. Has also worked in a business centre managing offices as an assistant manager. Cleo is married with two boys. Likes driving out to the countryside with the family and going for walks. Enjoys shopping and eating out.