Opening up opportunities
It’s all very well working in your own space, but sometimes it’s helpful to think outside the box and exchange or discuss ideas with other people. Collaboration is made so much easier when there are opportunities literally on your doorstep. With knowledgeable like-minded people working all around you, networking at WCFI is easy.
When you join the Wood Centre for Innovation in Oxford, you also have access to our expert business support service run by our in-house Innovation Director, Wendy Tindsley.
Wendy has many years’ experience in providing practical business support for our science and tech community and can connect you with relevant sources of help and initiatives. We have one common goal: to see your business thrive.
Meet the innovative businesses already part of our growing community.
The Oxford Centre for Innovation
Located in the heart of Oxford, our sister centre, the Oxford Centre for Innovation offers affordable and flexible workspace solutions for start-up and early-stage businesses specialising in science and technology. Perfectly positioned, the centre is just a five-minute walk away from the main rail and bus transport hubs and close to many of the University of Oxford’s physical sciences facilities, the Saïd Business School and social entrepreneurship centres.
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.
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.
Karen is an experienced administrator who has worked with us for the last 3 years and now works across both of our sites. She has worked within science and technology companies and also in the customer service industry. Karen is always happy to help with any queries and in her spare time, Karen enjoys cycling, dog walking and swimming.
Interested in joining?
Speak to our team to find out more about becoming part of our science and technology community.