Exeter Science Park is the South West’s centre of activity for businesses in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Park provides inspirational incubation and grow-on space, as well as support for innovative businesses specialising in STEMM.

With a record of proven growth and existing clients growing from hot desks to office space, our growth services will help your business to thrive.

Businesses at Exeter Science Park benefit from:

  • High quality office and laboratory space
  • Intensive business support
  • Conference facilities
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • Open innovation events
  • Resilient high bandwidth internet
  • Onsite café, open to tenants and the public
  • Bookable conference space and meeting rooms
  • Business and social activities

Exeter Science Park Ltd (ESPL), the park developer has four shareholders: Devon County Council, the University of Exeter, East Devon District Council and Exeter City Council. Its two strategic partners are the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone.

The building of the Science Park Centre has been made possible with shareholder equity from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, the University of Exeter; the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) which committed £4.5m loan from the Growing Places Fund; and a £1 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.

Exeter Science Park’s Grow-on Buildings are partly funded by £4.5m from the HotSW LEP Growth Deal Funding. The HotSW LEP has also provided £2.5m local Government funding towards the Environmental Futures Campus and £5.5m towards the Open Innovation Building, which will bring forward 20,000 sq ft of space for growing small and medium sized enterprises.

The Ada Lovelace Building is partly funded by £5.5 million from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Funding. East Devon District Council’s Cabinet has invested £1.1m in the development of the building in conjunction with Devon County Council as part of the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone programme.


The Story So Far

Exeter Science Park is the result of a vision to develop a science park in the south west of the UK to stimulate a knowledge-based economy delivering better jobs, higher productivity and economic growth.

Since the first building on site opened, The Park has grown rapidly:

  • 2013: Exeter Science Park opens to deliver over 2,500 high value jobs in science and technology on the 60-acre park.
  • 2015: Exeter Science Park Centre opens providing 30,000 sq ft of flexible workspace for high-growth business, start-ups and entrepreneurs in STEMM sectors.
  • 2017:  The Met Office’s high-performance computer complex opens, housing a £97million supercomputer – one of the most powerful computers in the world.
  • 2018: The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab opens to provide deep technical assistance to help businesses develop products, services and processes.
  • 2019: The three new Grow-on Buildings open – the Hedy Lamarr, Isaac Newton and Alan Turing buildings – providing 27,000 sq ft of flexible office and laboratory space for STEMM businesses, some of which have progressed from the Science Park Centre.
  • 2019: Construction of the University of Exeter’s VSimulators facility commences.
  • 2020: Construction of the Ada Lovelace Building begins.
  • 2020: The University of Exeter VSimulators facility opens.
  • 2021: Construction begins on Grow-out Building 3, a 14,000 sq ft, £5million specialist centre for fast-growth STEMM businesses.
  • 2021: The net-zero-carbon Ada Lovelace Building opens, providing 20,000 square feet of high-quality office and laboratory space for SMEs.

A growing STEMM community

Our aim is to grow a network of like-minded STEMM businesses with innovative ideas, a willingness to collaborate and a drive to succeed. 

To maintain a focus on STEMM business, we have a ‘Gateway Policy’ in place – some criteria your business must meet to become part of our network of passionate and driven professionals.

Companies taking up space at Exeter Science Park must be able to demonstrate one or more of the following: research and development of products or services; active collaborations with universities, higher education, institutes, research or similar organisations; that they are a technology based service.

If you’d like to find out if you’re a good fit for our community or if you’re unsure whether you meet these criteria, get in touch with our business support team on 01392 249222. We’d be happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

Enterprise Zone

The Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone comprises four sites – Exeter Science Park, Cranbrook town centre, Air Park and Skypark.

In place until 2042, the Enterprise Zone supports businesses via: business rate relief which could be worth up to £275,000 (until March 2022); a simplified planning process; and many other measures to encourage enterprise and job creation.

Unlike other areas, the Zone already benefits from a package of infrastructure investment, which includes a £12 million upgrade to Junction 29 of the M5, a new £9 million bypass linking Exeter Airport to Skypark, new train station in the new town of Cranbrook and upgraded bus, cycling and walking links.

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Meet the Executive Team

Based in the Science Park Centre, Exeter Science Park Limited is run by a core team of dedicated professionals.

  • Dr Sally Basker

    Chief Executive

    Dr Sally Basker is a qualified engineer with 15 years' senior level research and innovation experience in the aerospace, defence, energy, and navigation sectors. She has extensive business management experience, and has been responsible for crafting business cases, attracting funds and procuring multi-million-pound research facilities.

    Sally is responsible for developing Exeter Science Park as a hub for innovative STEMM enterprises across the region and beyond, to deliver new jobs, enhanced productivity and economic growth.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • Carrie Piper

    Head of Finance and Support Services

    Carrie is responsible for the overall management of the Park’s financial operations, working closely with the CEO and senior leadership team and collaborate with Board, Shareholders, Partners and other stakeholders to support the Park and its tenants in their continued growth.

    Carrie's role focuses on developing financial strategies, systems and processes to enhance Exeter Science Park's ability to facilitate growth, promote sustainability and make Exeter Science Park the region’s destination for ambitious, science-based organisations.

    A Chartered Management Accountant, Carrie’s senior-level, finance business partnering experience has supported growth in both the public and private sectors, including at South Devon College, the Met Office and the Environment Agency as well as the Duo Group and the Wrigley Company.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • Harvey Gardner

    Head of Property

    Harvey has over two decades’ experience in managing public and private property. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Harvey is a trained project management practitioner and holds a Diploma in Rural Estate Management.

    His role as Head of Property involves developing and maintaining Exeter Science Park's estate and property, meeting the demands of high-tech businesses, and encouraging national and international business relocations.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • James Carr

    Facilities Manager

    James is responsible for the facilities management processes across the campus and for ensuring the efficient operations of our buildings and services. Working closely with our Head of Property, James helps to provide the right space, support and environment for our tenants to thrive.

    James has over 15 years’ experience in the discipline and holds a foundation degree Facilities Management.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • Matt Semmens

    Management Accountant

    Matt supports the finance and accounts operation of Exeter Science Park. Working closely with our Senior Finance Manager, he is responsible for budgeting, forecasting, and the company’s strategic financial direction.

    Matt began his career as an accountancy apprentice with Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police, where he later became an Accountant Technician. He is an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualified accountant and is also studying towards a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • David Morgan

    Centre Support Officer

    David is the first point of contact for the Science Park Centre, greeting tenants, visitors and guests.

    As well as managing day-to-day enquiries and keeping all administration up to date, David also supports in organising and setting up events in our conference space.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 249 222

  • Grace Platt

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Grace works closely with our CEO to provide proactive, accurate and timely administrative support, as well as with the Science Park’s executive team, board of directors and shareholders, to ensure the smooth running of the business. She is responsible for office management, managing internal systems and processes, managing diaries, organising and minuting meetings, and is the first point of contact for enquiries to the office.

    Grace is highly experienced in office management, administration and secretarial roles, with a background in banking and finance, with the NHS and at University of Exeter.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

Meet the Board

Integral to its success is Exeter Science Park’s board of directors; a network of professionals experienced in a range of sectors, from finance to property, technology to business.

  • Nick Ames, Chair

    Chief Executive of the SG Group, which includes Supacat, SC Innovation, Proteum and Blackhill Engineering Services, Nick’s extensive private sector experience will help to steer Exeter Science Park towards achieving its vision of becoming a centre of excellence for 3,500 people working in science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) industries by 2035.

    Nick qualified as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge. Following his time at PwC, Nick spent five years as a divisional finance director and divisional managing director for Serco Group, responsible for clients such as the European Space Agency, European Southern Observatory and nuclear research centre CERN.

    He is also a former Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP).

  • Keri Denton

    Keri is the Head of Economy, Enterprise and Skills at Devon County Council, and has been in post since 2012. She has overall responsibility for implementing the Council’s strategy on economic growth, including investment in economic activity, enterprise, skills and development.

    Keri has been an Exeter Science Park board member since 2012.

  • Drs. Astrid Wissenburg

    Drs. Astrid Wissenburg is Director of Research at the University of Exeter, responsible for the delivery of its Research and Impact Strategy and overseeing major new initiatives, including new research institutes, research culture and integrity, and research infrastructure. She also supports academics in the bidding and delivery of research projects, as well as supporting early stage and post-graduate research students.

    She spent a decade at the Economic and Social Research Council, including leading on economic and societal impact strategies for all research councils nationally, as well as in senior management roles at various universities. She brings a sound understanding of the national research landscape to the Exeter Science Park Board, which will help to identify opportunities for alignment with ESPL and University of Exeter’s strategic goals.

    An experienced trustee and board member, Astrid is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of CRAC/Vitae, the UK's leading expert in career development for researchers.

  • Paul Chivers

    Paul Chivers is the Managing Director of Evergreen Capital, and brings more than 30 years’ experience of international corporate finance to Exeter Science Park’s board. Paul will advise on corporate governance and finance. Paul holds an honours degree from the University of Liverpool in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and is also an alumnus of London Business School.

    During his career, Paul was Global Head of Project, Structured and Commodity Finance for Credit Agricole Indosuez, worked for Deutsche Bank as a senior Managing Director in Structured Credit Trading, and was Head of Emerging Markets bond origination for BNP Paribas fixed income division.

  • Jane Dumeresque

    Jane Dumeresque is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with a distinguished career in finance and business; having worked as a CFO for public and private companies including Lawshare Ltd, Syndicate Asset Management PLC and later AFC Energy PLC.

    Jane was more recently Chief Executive of Folk2Folk, a leading FCA-regulated alternative finance lender. Jane was appointed to the ESPL Board in 2018 and is currently a Non-Executive Director a number of high profile organisations.

  • Ryan Knight

    Ryan is a Business Director at Roke Manor Research, providing consulting and engineering services to Public Sector clients, specialising in sensors, communications, cyber-security and artificial intelligence. Ryan has worked with Public and Private Sector clients for almost 25 years, delivering projects and professional services to clients around the World.

    Previously Ryan held several senior roles at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, a technology start-up (BuildOnline) and started his career as a management consultant at Accenture based in San Francisco. Ryan holds a First Class degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bristol.

  • David Richardson

    Lawyer David Richardson is a partner at the Exeter headquarters of Ashfords, specialising in  residential and commercial development, compulsory purchase and public law. David has been recognised as a leading specialist by the Legal 500, and in Planning Magazine’s nationwide top 50 list of planning lawyers.

    David’s expertise will support the growth and development of Exeter Science Park’s property portfolio.

  • David Rowe, Exeter Science Park Board Member

    David Rowe

    The founding Director of the University of Warwick Science Park, David looks to bring his experience and expertise to help Exeter Science Park. He believes it has the potential to become one of the leading initiatives of its type in Europe.

    In his 29 years as CEO of Warwick Science Park he drove innovative programmes in enterprise development and technology transfer, while increasing the park's geographical influence and establishing long-term financial sustainability. David received the 2006 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion – Lifetime Achievement, which is awarded annually to just one individual.

Greater Exeter

Greater Exeter is an exceptional place to do business. The historic city and the surrounding districts of East Devon, Mid Devon and Teignbridge offer excellent lifestyle choices too.   

The city has a thriving business community and is an integral part of a Devon economy built on solid foundations. The county has seen 67 per cent economic growth since 2004 – well above the UK average.

Among its thousands of companies, large and small, business survival rate is five per cent above the national average. 

Transport links to the capital are effective and efficient; three hours by car, just over two hours by train and a one-hour flight from Exeter Airport to London City Airport five days a week; leaving at around 7am, returning at around 7pm.   

It’s a fantastic place to live too. Around 96 per cent of organisations say they have no difficulty retaining staff.  The Met Office relocated to Exeter from Bracknell in 2003, John Lewis opened a city centre store in 2012 and Ikea opened an out of town store in 2018. 

Exeter offers some of the best state and independent schools in Britain and the University of Exeter is one of the UK’s leading Higher Education centres, investing £200 million in research and development in next generation science. 

20,000 new homes are being built in Cranbrook to the East of Exeter and in developments elsewhere in the county.

Close to both Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, Exeter is a gateway to some of the most picturesque beaches and coastal areas in the UK; a paradise for walkers, cyclists, surfers and sailors.