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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.
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.
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.
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 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 graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Masters degree in Accounting and Finance and has worked in the finance and tech industry for over three years. He is a Xero Certified Advisor and led an initiative to transition companies across Oxfordshire 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.