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Supercharging collaboration: a new era of innovation – Andrew Roughan, Managing Director, Plexal

About This Episode

Joining Michael Hayman today is Andrew Roughan, the managing director of the innovation centre and co-working space in the heart of East London, Plexal.

Part of the Here East campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Plexal supercharges collaboration, working with government and the UK’s best and brightest start-ups and scale-ups, to foster a new era of innovation and solve the challenges that matter most to society.

Andrew Roughan, Managing Director, Plexal

Andrew was part of the founding team that secured Here East’s 200-year lease from the London Legacy Development Corporation to transform the former press and broadcast centre at the Olympic Park into an ecosystem and community that delivers on the legacy of the Games.

A decade on and the campus is now a home to almost 4,000 people working and studying on-site, changing the face of East London by opening up new opportunities to the wider community.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato

What are you watching at the moment?

Succession on HBO

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My 9 year old son, Samuel. Seeing him (and his younger brother, Aidan) grow up is like watching your own memories flash before your eyes whilst being able to help design and shape the outcome this time around.

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

New normal is back to the commute and enjoying the physical and mental separation between home and work.

Whats your quote for life?

 “You get what you measure”

What is your best tip for life?

Build a network of collaborators, be kind to them and ask for help every once in a while.

What five songs made up your lockdown soundtrack?

  • Under Pressure – Queen
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Boomerang – Imagine Dragons
  • Hello – Erato
  • Don’t Take the Money – Bleachers

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