Nexus Appoints New Director to Support Continued Growth

The University of Leeds’s state-of-the-art innovation hub, Nexus, has appointed Gareth Scargill as Director to support the continued growth of the community and enhance connections within its business network.

The role will see Gareth lead Nexus’ operations as it looks towards international expansion, as well as supporting its community of start-up businesses, which span the technology and academia sectors with securing funding and partnerships.

Prior to joining Nexus, Gareth was Business Development Director at Oxford Innovation Space where he supported inspiring businesses and innovators.

Headshot of Gareth Scargill, Nexus Director smiling to the camera.

He joined Nexus in 2023 as Deputy Director, to support the next stage of its expansion while the community continues to grow at pace, including new members from across the UK, Europe, the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, before replacing Dr Martin Stow as Director.

Martin Stow, Pro-Vice Chancellor: Business Engagement and Enterprise, University of Leeds commented “I’m delighted to have appointed Gareth in the Nexus Director role. He brings a wealth of experience in innovation hub and community management, ultimately helping businesses to scale and succeed.

Under his leadership I’m confident that Nexus will continue thrive and scale and deliver impact for the University, city region and beyond. I look forward to working with Gareth to ensure that engaging with business sits at the heart of the University of Leeds.”

Speaking on his new role at Nexus, Gareth said: “The Nexus success story is something that is well recognised across the UK and is now increasingly being heard on an international scale as companies look for the right UK base to accelerate their growth.

“As part of my new role, I will be working closely with our experts within Nexus, particularly our cluster leads, to evolve the support that we can provide our members and encourage them to give back to our local community too. I’m excited for this next stage of growth at Nexus, particularly now as we enter a new academic year with the University.”