The Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre team welcome enquiries from knowledge based businesses within sectors that support health and wellbeing and are wishing to accelerate the growth of their enterprise, discuss the opportunity to tenant, or engage with the Centre's meeting and conference facilities.
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John started his career as an apprentice in the construction industry in Cornwall before spending 2 years overseas in Hanover, Germany. On his return to the UK, he moved to the leisure industry working with Deborah Meaden’s family business located on the Lizard Peninsula.
Since joining Cornwall Innovation, John has undertaken his IOSH and NEBOSH International General Certification to enhance his knowledge of Health and Safety. In his spare time he’s a keen rugby supporter, spends time with his family and enjoys sampling some of the fine Cornish goods produced by local food and beverage artisans.Back to the team
Elaine joined the Cornwall Innovation team in February 2014 in the role of Events Administrator for the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre. Elaine was born and grew up in Cornwall, enjoying the beautiful beaches and country life.
Passionate about marketing and events, Elaine has experience working in the education and charity sector. Starting her career as a Marketing Apprentice for Truro and Penwith College Business Centre, she gained knowledge and skills in marketing and events management. Following the completion of her apprenticeship, Elaine undertook a six month internship with the British Red Cross, giving her the opportunity to put her event skills into action and fundraise for local and international appeals.
Elaine continued her career at Falmouth University, taking on the exciting and challenging role of Alumni Coordinator. In this role Elaine managed a variety of events involving graduates - from careers talks to an Open Day Alumni Lounge. She also developed her social media skills, copy writing skills and managed the launch of a new alumni website.
Elaine is currently studying for her Chartered Institute of Marketing Level 4 Certificate. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, reading and baking. You will often find her in the kitchen whipping up a batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies.Back to the team
Karen Murray joined the Cornwall Innovation team in April 2012 as the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre Manager.
Born to a military family in Cyprus, Karen spent her early years in Germany and attended a boarding school in the UK until the family returned to Hampshire when she was 16.
Karen has had a varied career to-date, including working in start-up businesses, public service and FTSE 100 companies. Following four years working in the State Education arena, Karen became the Operational Manager for a Dutch medical insurer, where she qualified as ACII. She has also worked for AstraZeneca at their head office in London and the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Karen also set up and ran her own company offering skiing holidays in France (despite initially being unable to ski or speak French) which she sold after 7 years of profitable trading.
Following relocation to Cornwall, Karen joined the NHS working at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as their Paying Patients Manager. During her time at RCH, Karen also managed various business and income generation projects, dealing with some complex healthcare issues gaining an understanding around healthcare commissioning, development and payment.
Karen has specialist knowledge and experience in contract management, dissemination of legislation and the writing of policies and procedures. She has also written and rolled out coaching programmes and trained colleagues in business reporting procedures.
Karen is a qualified Prince 2 Practitioner and achieved the Advanced Diploma in Management Studies and the Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications. She is a strong advocate of continued professional development as a means to improve team and personal effectiveness.
Karen also runs her own retail business in Truro, employing 7 staff.
Zoe joined the team in June 2013 as a Clerical Assistant at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre. She grew up in Cornwall, and returned home again in 2012 after completing her degree in Drama and Film Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton.
While studying, Zoe worked part time at Tesco initially as a Checkout Assistant, and was promoted to Customer Services Assistant. Here she gained solid customer service and problem solving skills, and an understanding of the importance of being a friendly, professional and flexible team member.
Since graduating, Zoe attended an employability skills course with Unlocking Cornish Potential which led her to become a Gateway Graduate; as part of Unlocking Cornish Potential’s Gateway Graduate Work Experience Programme. This consisted of two 60 hour projects in which she fulfilled marketing, communications and branding based roles. Through the programme she engaged with a variety of different businesses, and developed a keen interest in marketing, events and use of social media for business purposes.
Zoe loves being close to the beach, and is an aspiring surfer! She enjoys going to the theatre and cinema with family and friends, particularly seeing musical productions in London’s West End when she can.
Bernard was born and educated in Plymouth with strong family ties to Cornwall. He has started and successfully developed two businesses in Cornwall and Devon, exiting the last in 2001. He then engaged in Business consultancy and support as a mechanism of assisting others through the difficult journey of starting and running their own businesses.
Bernard has worked with the Business Link organisation in Devon and Cornwall developing programmes aimed at increasing business start-up success rates and minimising the impact of large employer closures with the community and supply chain. In particular he was engaged in supporting the staff of Compair Holman during the Camborne factories closure, developing four new business ventures and assisting over 46 supply chain enterprises to minimise the impact of the closure.
Bernard has most recently worked within the University of Plymouth looking at areas where the commercial experience he has gained can add value. These areas include the licensing of 'new knowledge' from research to business, engaging business in the exploitation of University research outcomes, identifying and managing intellectual property, engaging the academic community in commercial problem solving and enhancing the 'knowledge economy' by creating opportunities for true knowledge transfer. Most recently developing the business plans to deliver, on behalf of Cornwall Council, the Innovation Centres in Cornwall.
Bernard has a Masters level 7 certificate in Business Strategy achieved in 2007 and regularly delivers enterprise learning modules to graduate and postgraduate level students.
Bernard competes in motor sport, at a high level, achieving significant success in a variety of self-built and developed vehicles. Bernard enjoys golf despite not being very good and enjoys relaxing with friends and family.Back to the team
Having joined the Pool Innovation Centre the week after the building was handed over by the contractors, Leisha has been involved in the growth and development of Cornwall Innovation from the start.
Five years as owner/manager of a privately owned dental practice operating within the NHS and considerable experience providing support at board level to major blue chip companies gives Leisha a sound basis to provide support to clients of the Innovation Centre.
Through her work at PIC and as a consequence of running her own businesses she has a good understanding of the services and support available to growing SMEs and works closely with the individuals and organisations involved in providing this support locally.
Leisha is passionate about assisting the SME business community to develop and grow through offering support both to clients and new enquiries to the centres and through the conferencing facilities. She has been responsible for supporting businesses and entrepreneurs from initial enquiry thorough to tenancy and growth.
In her current role Leisha works closely with the management teams of each centre to facilitate uniformity of the administration function and ensure that all stakeholder audit and compliance requirements are met.
Leisha has two teenage sons who keep her on her toes and is a keen tennis player; she has been known to continue playing even after it has started to snow!