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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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Pool Innovation Centre
Pool Innovation Centre
Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3PL

Reception: 01209 714676


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Meet the team

  • Sharna Devine-Forbes

    Operations Manager

    Cornwall Innovation

    Sharna can’t remember the last time she dreamt of anything other than work, spreadsheets and the new Innovation Centres’ shared drive!! 

    Sharna’s remit is pretty broad, managing the day to day operational delivery and continuous development of the services delivered through the Cornish Innovation Centres. Sharna has a to do list as long as her arm but enjoys every minute of it as she likes lists – a lot.

    She drinks wine on good days and mead or port on all others. She enjoys eating ALL foods, just not cooking them, in fact she’d go as far as to say she’s allergic to kitchens. She aspires to be a sporty/exercise addict but is building up to it slowly by watching keep fit DVDs from her comfy sofa… wine in hand. In her spare time, (ha-ha, what spare time?), she has energetic kids and so plays the doting swim coach/rugby mom type!

    Away from the office, Sharna loves spending time with her family, is currently busy renovating her house and likes to support the local economy by paying local gym memberships but not attending.

    Loving life!

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    Sharna Devine-Forbes
  • Mark Lawther

    Business Development Manager

    Cornwall Innovation

    Mark joined the Cornwall Innovation Centres as Business Development Manager in the spring of 2017. Originally from North London, Mark moved to Cornwall with his family in 2012 following stints in Eastern Europe and Guildford. 

    With a background in the travel industry, he brings extensive National and Multi-National Sales and Account Management experience having worked on the sales teams of major international airlines – Mark’s former customers include American Express, McDonald’s, Ernst and Young and Johnson and Johnson.

    Mark is responsible for bringing new clients into the centres, maintaining a strong product offering to ensure we remain focussed on business incubation and overseeing the meetings/events part of the business.

    A plane fanatic who is ‘at his happiest with a Jack Daniel’s at 38,000 feet’, Mark loves the various excellent real ales that Cornwall produces, is partial to wine (primarily New World), other whiskies and can usually be found at the side of a rugby pitch with his sons at weekends. He realises he needs to make better use of his Golf Club membership.

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    Mark Lawther
  • Matt Harrington

    Centres Manager

    Cornwall Innovation

    Matt has maintained strong links with Cornwall for the past 20 years before moving here permanently in 2015 to take up a commercialisation role with Cornwall Council prior to being appointed by University of Plymouth to manage their three Innovation Centres in Cornwall.

    Matt qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1991 and has over 25 years’ experience in the Commercial property industry working in senior sales and management board roles primarily in the managed office space and Innovation Centre arena.

    Matt has extensive experience in managing both the financial and contract performance of numerous private and public sector owned Innovation Centres up and down the country. This combination of property and business expertise has provided a valuable insight into how collaborative and supportive environments can accelerate the growth of SMEs and start up enterprises. Matt is passionate about creating commercially sustainable Innovation Centres that provide consistent quality business support and contribute to the long term economic value of a region.

    Matt was appointed to his current role as Cornwall Innovation Centres Manager in May 2017 and is primarily responsible for ensuring that each of the Innovation Centres achieve both their financial and contract outputs whilst managing and developing the Centre teams.

    Matt enjoys travelling as well as exploring the nooks and crannies of the wonderful Cornwall coastline by walking sections of the South West Coast path in his spare time.

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    Matt Harrington
  • Lorna Sutton

    Administrative Assistant

    Pool Innovation Centre

    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.

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    Lorna Sutton
  • Carla Hickmott

    Events Assistant

    Pool Innovation Centre

    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.

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    Carla Hickmott
  • Bonnie Wright

    Centre Administrator

    Pool Innovation Centre

    Bonnie first joined Pool Innovation Centre in June 2010 shortly after it opened and then re-joined the team in June 2012 as the Project Administrator.

    She moved to Cornwall from Surrey when she was 12 and has worked 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.

    Bonnie is a big fan of horror movies, coffee and foreign holidays.

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    Bonnie Wright
  • Bernard Curren


    Cornwall Innovation

    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.

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    Bernard Curren