Glenn is the founder and CEO of Global City Futures. Glenn Woodcock has more than 25 years of experience as a banker, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. Since 2008 he has been a Director of Oxygen House, which invests in projects that foster social, environmental and economic prosperity.
Glenn is a founder of Sparx, the UK’s most significant Education Technology Company for enhancing maths outcomes for young people.
He is a founding director of Low Carbon Group – a renewable energy investment bank, and City Science, a city analytical product company, as well as an investor in many social and technical enterprises.
He is also a trustee of the University of Exeter and a governor of Exeter College.
Roli is a Director at Global City Futures and leads our Finance and Professional Services offering. His work focuses on building investable business models that deliver on the city’s housing, energy independence and congestion-free vision.
Roli is a fellow of the ICAEW with experience in managing relationships between public sector and commercial finance, Roli previously spent 15 years in professional practice. Roli led a Big 4 Accountancy Firm infrastructure advisory team, with a focus on Housing, Energy, Transport and local government accounting and finance.
Elaine is Project Manager at Global City Futures. Her role is to provide project management support for the business and to drive progress on key projects once funding is in place.
She has experience within finance, project and change management, as well as procurement across industries in both the public and private sector. These include construction, financial services and facilities management. She is a CIMA associate and sits as vice-chair, and lead finance governor on a primary school federation governing board.
Andrew is currently seconded into Exeter City Council as director of the city transformation programme, Exeter City Futures and is leading the organisations’ delivery of the Net Zero Exeter 2020 Plan. Andrew is focusing on turning this roadmap into practical action and ensuring that the organisation effectively collaborates, co-ordinates, facilitates and delivers the city’s ambition of being carbon neutral by 2030.
Andrew has an extensive history of senior executive management, having previously spent 20 years across diverse business sectors, including: retail; hospitality; leisure; and not-for-profit. Specialising in transformational change, Andrew was a Regional Director for Tesco (Westcountry) before joining Global City Futures’ consultancy team. He has a wealth of experience of managing and delivering major projects and a reputation for building relationships across complex platforms and successfully delivering transformational change.
James Geer is the Communications Lead at Global City Futures, where he oversees everything from brand identity to managing relationships with media and key stakeholders.
With a background in PR and Marketing in the UK and abroad, James oversees the delivery of the communication strategy. James has been responsible for establishing a coherent narrative and brand awareness for both Exeter City Futures and Exeter Velocities.
Mandy is a Global City Futures Consultant within our innovation service line. With a focus on the long-term strategy and the building of strategic relationships within the public and private sector, Mandy’s role includes delivering coaching, investment readiness, and building ecosystems for our clients.
With over 8-years’ experience, from banking to start-up companies, and having worked with 100’s of entrepreneurs across various sectors including: FMCG, fintech, clean tech, medtech, foodtech, biotech; Mandy has successfully managed the scale-up of the Exeter Velocities accelerator, from idea to impact.
Kerry is a Global City Futures Consultant specialising in community and education engagement as well as supporting social enterprises. With a wealth of facilitation techniques, combined with her project management experience, Kerry brings people together over shared goals to unlock their potential.
Kerry’s background is based in community arts engagement, education and content creation. As well as being a qualified post-16 lecturer, Kerry has over 10 years’ experience delivering creative workshops and programmes with young people and communities, enabling her to support them in identifying opportunities for change.
Jemma is a Global City Futures consultant with significant experience in stakeholder and project management. In her role at Global City Futures, Jemma works closely with our key stakeholders to provide guidance and help shape their business strategies to align with core city objectives.
Jemma has a background in Forensic Criminology and sits as a trustee on various community enterprises.
George is a Data Scientist at Global City Futures with particular specialisms in geoprocessing, visualisation and programming languages, such as R.
George is also supporting Exeter City Futures as a specialist data analysis consultant. Here, George has taken the lead in building the Exeter Data Mill to generate key insights on how the city works and provide evidence for change.