BUSINESS centre operator Oxford Innovation has named Jo Willett as its new managing director.

The firm, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, has promoted Ms Willett from her former role as business development director.

She joined Oxford Innovation17 years ago when it had 30 employees and it has since grown to a team of nearly 130.

Ms Willett takes over from Chris Allington, who retired earlier this year.

The company has 24 centres in the UK.

Ms Willett said: “We have developed a niche in making buildings work by helping to attract and support communities of SMEs.

“My role will be to ensure Oxford Innovation stays true to its roots.”