About us

Where science and business meet

Welcome to the Granta Centre – a spacious, purpose-built conference centre offering a premier experience for businesses seeking a light and contemporary venue for their events.

Situated in the East Anglian countryside just seven miles from Cambridge, the Granta Centre is close enough to the city to be easily reachable and yet sufficiently out of town to avoid congestion.

You can find us in the heart of the Granta Park science campus, a prosperous, technology-focused community that blends modern scientific architecture with open green space to create a backdrop sure to inspire focus and creativity.

Excellent transport links to London, the Midlands and Stansted airport mean we are easy to reach no matter how or from where your delegates are travelling. Those coming by car can make use of our hundreds of free parking spaces.

Our events team brings together industry professionals with more than 35 years’ combined international experience, who are committed to providing a premium service and building lasting relationships.

Meet the Granta Centre team

Every member of the team has had a role to play in the evolution of the Granta Centre, and is proud to welcome our customers every day.

Paige Welden - Receptionist

Paige Welden - Receptionist
Paige Welden - Receptionist

Paige Welden - Receptionist

When you walk through the door, the first smile you will see is Paige’s, directing you to your meeting room, but more importantly, to your first cup of coffee.


Paige has been an invaluable member of the Granta Centre team since August 2018. As well as answering any queries you may have, she is pivotal in looking after your guests and us!


When asked what makes the Granta Centre special, Paige remarked “The relationship we have, not only as a team, but with our customers is second to none!”

Andrew Evans - Front of House Manager

Andrew Evans - Front of House Manager

Andrew Evans - Front of House Manager

Andy has been with the team since 2018. He’s here to ensure that everyone in your group has an amazing time at the Granta Centre. Before joining us, he gained 20 years’ experience within the hospitality industry. Most recently, Andy ran the Hawks’ Clubhouse in Cambridge University for 5 years, and was previously the conferencing manager at Cambridge United FC.


If you’re the orchestrator of the event, Andy will meet you in your meeting room when you arrive and run through the housekeeping with you. He will also check that you are happy with the plan for your event throughout the day. Finally, he’ll make sure your presentation or teleconference is up and running before he leaves you to go and work his magic.


When asked what makes the Granta Centre special, Andy remarked “Teamwork!”, then disappeared to go help an orchestrator!

Andrew Bell – Conference Centre Manager

Andrew Bell – Conference Centre Manager

Andrew Bell – Conference Centre Manager

Andrew has worked in many worldly locations prior to settling in Cambridge. He brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to the Granta Centre shortly after it first opened in August 2016, when he took the helm.


He is passionate about ensuring your experience at the Granta Centre cannot be bettered elsewhere, so that you return to us time and time again.


When asked what makes the Granta Centre special, Andrew remarked “It’s all in delivering the detail that we promise!”

Joanna Nowosad – Event Coordinator

Joanna Nowosad – Event Coordinator

Joanna Nowosad – Event Coordinator

Joanna has worked in the Hospitality office at TWI (our parent company) for over 10 years, having started a career in party balloons which culminated in her own business. Previously based at Abington Hall, Joanna has lots of experience in planning and organising events and was instrumental in developing a fantastic place for people to visit when the new Granta Centre was designed and built.


Joanna is always interested to listen and understand what you would like to achieve from your event, offering advice and guidance to ensure that every aspect is covered.


When asked what makes the Granta Centre special, Joanna remarked “The People”

Jill Holmes – Event Coordinator

Jill Holmes – Event Coordinator

Jill Holmes – Event Coordinator

Jill started with a career as an airline stewardess for Japan Air Lines, before departing for various roles in office administration. Jill has now flown full circle, joining the Hospitality team in 2015 to cover maternity leave, and loved it so much she stayed!


Jill’s wide-ranging experiences in administration have taught her that thoughtful organisation and attention to detail is key to ensuring that every event runs smoothly.


When asked what makes the Granta Centre special, Jill remarked “the people, the rooms, the food … well the whole package!”

Stuart Trangmar – Head Chef

Stuart Trangmar – Head Chef

Stuart Trangmar – Head Chef

Stuart is a classically trained chef who came on board in January 2018. He previously ran his own restaurant, specialising in traditional British and classical cuisine.


He gained a wealth of experience in 2017, when he spent nine weeks travelling around the different regions of India, picking up lots of tips on the preparation of traditional Indian cuisine.


When asked what makes the Granta Centre special, he remarked “The fact that it is continually evolving, the skill of the service and everything being homemade is really quite impressive.”

The Granta Centre is affiliated with TWI, a research and technology organisation that provides engineering support to companies all over the world.