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Matt Harrington

Head of Cornwall Innovation Centres

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 the Head of Cornwall Innovation 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.