The Pool Innovation Centre team welcome enquiries from local start-up and existing businesses within a range of sectors wishing to accelerate the growth of their enterprise, discuss the opportunity to tenant, engage through affiliate membership 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
Lorna joined the team in September 2014 as a Clerical Assistant at the Pool Innovation Centre. She grew up in Cornwall and completed her degree in BSc Geography at the University of Exeter, where she studied at the Cornwall campus and gained a First.
Whilst studying for her A-Levels, Lorna worked as a Student Ambassador at Cornwall College and undertook an internship at South Crofty Mine as a Research and Archive Assistant whilst studying for her degree.
Lorna then worked at Careers South West as a Career and Information Assistant, where she worked across a number of branches throughout Cornwall providing careers help, support and advice. Remaining in this area of work, Lorna was employed as a Student Ambassador Coordinator at Cornwall College, where she managed Higher Education Student Ambassadors across the campuses.
Following this employment, Lorna worked as a Tenant Liaison Officer at Northwood Limited, a Letting Agents in Truro, and was then promoted to Maintenance Manager. Lorna was then later promoted to Office Manager; responsible for managing and resolving all maintenance issues, managing the company accounts, overseeing and improving office processes, before joining the Cornwall Innovation team.
Lorna enjoys keeping herself busy in her spare time, with going to the beach, shopping for a bargain (particularly at the car boot), going to craft fairs, eating Philps pasties, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Lorna is also a fan of the Carry On Films and enjoys collecting minerals and gemstones, as well as painting and drawing, which she has less time for these days, with spending as much free time as possible with her daughter, swimming, crafting and having fun.Back to the team
Having grown up in Cornwall and trained in Food & Beverage at Camborne College, she worked within the busy catering industry. Following a career change she now has many years Administration and Customer Service knowledge and experience.
Having travelled and worked in Australia and America she returned to England to work in a large independent school in Somerset for the marketing department managing and developing their website and parent portal.
She has recently moved back to Cornwall and is excited to be working in the Pool Innovation Centre. Enjoying the busy and varied work of conferences and events, whilst around flourishing businesses within this part of the county.
Carla loves being close to the beach, and back home! She still enjoys travelling as much as possible whilst supporting her husband in his new business venture.Back to the team
Bonnie first joined Pool Innovation Centre in June 2010 shortly after it opened and then rejoined the team in June 2012 as the Project Administrator.
She moved to Cornwall from Surrey when she was 12 and has spent most of her career working in retail and administrative roles within a variety of organisations ranging from Network Rail to local charities.
Bonnie decided to return to education in her late twenties and graduated from Plymouth University in 2009 with a 1st class honours degree in Combined Social Sciences. She then embarked on a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education which enabled her to work with unemployed adults in the local area to help them achieve qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy.
This experience, along with the support she provided to her husband while he ran his business means that Bonnie is passionate about supporting local businesses and the regeneration of the CPR area.
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!