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Meet the Team

Tracey Smith
Chief Executive Officer

Tracey leads the team, networks extensively both locally and nationally is always on the look-out for improvements and new ideas. She works closely with the Board setting strategy and ensures our shareholders are happy with our performance.

The door is always open if there is anything you would like to discuss. With access to extensive networks if there is any individual or an organisation that you need an introduction to, just let Tracey know.
Sarah Savage
Operations Manager

Sarah is central to the smooth and efficient operation of the business. She is responsible for HR, project manages and ensures the smooth running of our quality management system and was instrumental in YSPL attaining Gold status with Investors in People Award in 2017.

Sarah is a great problem-solver and looks into any issues which may arise as the Complaints Champion.
Darrell Hooper
Business Development Manager

If you are interested in an office or laboratory in any of our centres please contact Darrell. He will be delighted to show you around and discuss what York Science Park has to offer your organisation. Darrell also arranges interesting and useful business support programmes so please let him know if you can contribute.

Darrell has extensive contacts in our centres and in the local business community ensuring every opportunity for collaboration and knowledge exchange is taken forward.

Call now on 01904 435100 or email
Nick Sutton
Facilities Assistant

Nick Sutton is one of York Science Park's dedicated Facilities Assistants. 

Nick comes with a wealth of experience, and his work as Facilities Manager within the Forensic Science Service has given him the skills to help support the work of over 100 resident companies. 

Day to day Nick will assist with any facilities matters that arise, and generally support the facilities team in ensuring buildings run smoothly.
Call now on 01904 435100 or email
Catherine Conolly
Brand Manager
Catherine is the Brand Manager for York Science Park, and her role includes providing marketing support to resident companies, assisting with awards entries, promoting the work carried out on the park, and she manages projects including our annual surveys and 25th Anniversary project. 

If you have any news or a story you think might be worth promoting, get in touch with Catherine to talk about it more!

Catherine also provides cover for all of the receptions.

Call now on 01904 435100 or email 
Olivia Chatten
Business Development Assistant
Olivia helps support our business development and is involved with Sales and Marketing.

Olivia handles sales enquiries, carries out showrounds, manages relationships with resident companies and she is keen to arrange events that help support our residents. 

Olivia also provides cover for all of the receptions.

If you'd like to know more about the services we can offer at York Science Park call Olivia now on 01904 435100 or email
Call now on 01904 435100 or email
Adam Douglas
Facilities Assistant

Adam is part of York Science Park's dedicated Facilities team. 

Adam has over five years’ experience in the facilities team, which has given him the skills that enable him to ensure the smooth running and maintenance of the buildings that make up York Science Park.

Adam is keen to ensure that as a team we continually strive to improve facilities to keep York Science Park as the place to come and run your business. 

Rachael Spink
Centre Coordinator
Rachael is the Centre Coordinator for the Innovation Centre, providing great customer service to her residents and guests. She greets visitors, handles deliveries, deals with phone calls and greets everyone with her great smile and positive personality. 

Rachael also deals with incoming accounts and finance queries, along with providing diary management assistance to our CEO, and supporting our range of virtual office residents. 
Robert Bebbington
Facilities Assistant

Rob is another important member of the facilities team who assists with the facilities management in all of the centres ensuring excellent levels of service are maintained.

Rob has expertise on health and safety processes and is keen to ensure high standards are continually met.

Wendy Redfern
Centre Coordinator
Wendy is based in The Catalyst, where she will meet and greet visitors and service the meeting rooms in the centre. She will issue your parking permits, handle all your post and provides support to the YSPL team.

Wendy always ensures a friendly welcome.
Rosemarie Brannan
Centre Coordinator

Rosemarie is primarily based in the IT Building in the mornings, where she will meet and greet your visitors whilst servicing the three meeting rooms in the centre.

Rosie regularly receives great feedback and loves providing great customer service.

Annie Chaplin
Centre Coordinator
Annie is mainly based in the IT Centre in the afternoons. When she's not servicing any of the four meeting rooms in the IT Centre she provides assistance to residents, handles post and greets visitors. In addition to her daily duties Annie also provides support for the YSPL team and deals with credit control tasks. 

Annie enjoys providing great customer service and is always happy to help. 

Board Members

Prof Saul Tendler

Chairman/ Director

Saul is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of York. He has executive oversight of the effective delivery and co-ordination of the University’s academic strategy and planning activities. He contributes to policy and strategy formulation and ensures the effective resourcing, management, and future strategic direction of the University.

Professor Tendler has significant experience of research and technology transfer. He was a founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd. He has served on many funding council and research council boards and committees and was Chair of the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC Discipline Hopping Panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2000.

Tracey Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Tracey is the Chief Executive Officer of York Science Park, and has occupied this role since 2010. Prior to becoming CEO Tracey was the General Manager, and Operations Manager of the Science Park. She has over 13 years’ experience of incubating science, technology, creative, media and IT businesses, and is passionate about facilitating growth for the 130+ businesses based at the Science Park.

Tracey is involved in a wide range of organisations, including being a Member of the Company of the Merchant Adventurers, a Trustee for the Two Ridings Community Foundation, a Founding Member of the Guild of Media Arts, a Director of York Professionals and a Committee Member of the Institute of Directors. 

Alan Millard


Alan was the Chief Operations Officer for Hiscox UK from 2005 to 2017, responsible for the companies 2020 strategy, all organisational initiatives and projects along with all operations. He was also the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Hiscox Underwriting subsidiary and Hiscox Futures.

He currently sits on the board of a range of organisations, including The Table Group and DueDil, and lecturing on Innovation and Ethical Leadership at York St Johns University. 

David Key


David is the Managing Director of E Squared Group, creating business software to empower teams to deliver enterprise-wide, positive change. Their flagship product, Isoma, is utilises their unique Kinetic Code to accelerate change and increase competitive advantage.

He was previously Managing Director of Steljes Markets, the marketing and innovation arm of Steljes Group, and prior to this he was the Managing Director of Brand New Ventures, his own technology marketing business. 

Jenny McAleese


Jenny is a Pro-Chancellor of the University of York, a lay member of the University of York Council, lay member of the Audit Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Non-Executive Director of York Teaching Hospital.

Jenny studied at Oxford, and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant, going on to be appointed Finance Director and subsequently Chief Executive of The Retreat from 1997 to 2015. 

Jon Greenwood


Jon is the Director of Commercial Services at the University of York, and is responsible for income generation for the University of York through a range of streams, including conferencing, catering, hospitality, retailing, accommodation sales and sports facilities. Jon also sits on the board of several spin out companies and student startups.

Jon specialises in retail development, change management negotiation, company start up, marketing, business consultancy and cost analysis. 

Jon Timmis


Jon is a Professor of Intelligent and Adaptive Systems in the Department of Electronics, Director of the York Robotics Laboratory and Co-Director of York Computational Immunology Lab. Jon is also CEO and co-founder of SimOmics, a spin out from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Biology and the Hull York Medical School at the University of York.

Jon is an Engineer with extensive experience of computational modelling, software design and interdisciplinary working. He is a former Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder and a former Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow and is now a member of the Enterprise Hub

Philip Callow


Philip is the Head of Asset and Property Management at the City of York Council, where he heads up the team which manages the Council’s operational and commercial property portfolio. He is the lead representative on the One Public Estate programme, and the property team representative on the Council’s major projects, including York Central, Southern Gateway and Local Plan. 

Michael Slade

Financial Controller

Michael is the Management Accountant for the VAT and Companies office of the University of York. His role includes the preparation of VAT returns for the University of York, the provision of VAT advice to departments and the administration of Pension Funds including the preparation of annual accounts. 

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