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Meet the team

Rachel Davis - Director of Warwick Enterprise

As Director of Warwick Enterprise, I lead the education portfolio for innovation and entrepreneurship across the University of Warwick. This includes growth and integration of curricula and co-curricula provision as well as graduate start-up as a viable career option and broader support for alumni. As part of the senior leadership team for the Innovation Group I am also lead for the Creative Futures initiative; delivering inspiration, education, incubation and industry partnerships for the Creative & Digital Sector in the Coventry & Warwickshire region.

I am experienced educational developer and authentic leader with 21 years education management and leadership experience in the FE and HE sector. I categorize myself as an ‘intrapreneur’ focussed on the creation of high quality innovation in teaching and learning solutions. I have applied my expertise within and outside of the curriculum; in the creation of physical and digital space to support learning, teaching & research; and through the development of strategy and leadership for institutional initiatives.

I’m creative, flexible and motivated by the potential to support positive outcomes for others and society. Launching and building Warwick Enterprise will be a significant vehicle for delivering such value and I’m passionate about working in partnership with students, staff, individuals or organisations who share this mission, in order to make this happen. I am also a devoted parent to my daughter, a gender equality advocate, water sports enthusiast, more recently a runner and lover of tapas.

Richard Groves - Enterprise Pathway Manager

I have worked at the University of Warwick for the nearly ten years and my role, as the Enterprise Pathway Manager, is to create and build opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship at Warwick and to support our entrepreneurial students and graduates in developing their enterprise skills, entrepreneurial mind-set and the growth of innovative ideas.

Our team offer one-to-one support and guidance for enterprising ideas, access to Warwick’s Innovation District and opportunities for development, funding, mentoring and networking.

Prior to working at Warwick, I spent the first part of my career working in student advice and guidance at the University of Birmingham before becoming Business Development Manager for the UK's leading provider of employment and support services for people with barriers to work, where my main focus was developing business and partnership opportunities within the learning, skills and education sector in the West Midlands.

Alexander Mcleod - Graduate Enterprise Officer

I am responsible for managing the Start-up Scheme and Graduate Accelerator Programme for Warwick Enterprise. I provide guidance and support to University of Warwick graduates who want to start their own enterprise. I am an experienced professional with corporate and entrepreneurial experience. My corporate experience, gained at Deloitte and NEXIA SAB&T, is in managing projects that focus on operations and business process strategy. I have managed projects for clients in education, transport, tourism and commercial fishing. As an entrepreneur, I have been active in the secondary school and university entrepreneurship education and innovation space. I have developed and implemented extra-curricular and digital initiatives that advocate entrepreneurship and foster entrepreneurial activity among youth. I have experience in entrepreneurship and innovation education, start-up support, operations and business process project management.

Clare Green - Creative and Digital Communities Manager

I specialise in building networks and communities of creatives and artists. I currently lead Creative Futures, an initiative designed to connect the University of Warwick with the region’s creative sector. Creative Futures will inspire students and graduates about creative and digital careers and support start-ups and companies in a new business incubator in the heart of Leamington Spa.


I have extensive experience of managing creative industries networks and running events, hackathons and festivals such as Brains EdenLink opens in a new window festival – UK’s largest student Game Festival as well as R&D projects on play, behavioural change and social impact.

David Voss - Learning Technologist

I am passionate about using technology to improve delivery and engagement of learning to students. I work as the team's Learning Technologist supporting colleagues and students with the technology that supports our programmes.


Peter Ptashko - Entrepreneur in Residence (Social Innovation & Enterprise)

Peter Ptashko FRSA is a social entrepreneur, funder and supporter of social entrepreneurs and currently an independent entrepreneurship change management consultant working with a range of clients in both the Public and Private sectors, holding a series of leadership and Board-level positions across these two sectors (with a focus on the sectors of Education, the Arts and Music).

He has over 10 years experience working in the field of social enterprise globally, having launched his first venture in 2005 at the University of Warwick - raising £25,000 in only 7 hours. Since then he has worked for UnLtd: the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs, supporting thousands of social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses across (in particular) the Education Sector, securing an investment of over £10m from universities across England.

He is the former Director of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN), coordinating its 60 members in over 70 countries to better support social entrepreneurs around the world - providing them a voice and expertise to flourish wherever they may be. Before this he was based previously in their Mexico office, with a focus on Impact Investment in Latin America.

He launched 'Cambio' in 2019 as a response to the growing need for mainstream, high quality, internationally-informed, tailored and boutique support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, and beyond. He regularly works with a range of entrepreneurs, charitable and corporate clients to help them deliver their work more impactfully and entrepreneurially; leading through an environment of constant change.