Top Influencers: 13 UK NED’s To Follow in 2022

2 years ago

NED & Co-founder play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the NED & Co-founder role. We have selected these NED & Co-founder’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative NED & Co-founder’s. The list is in no particular order!

John Taysom

NED & Co-founder @ Privitar

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John Taysom started the Reuters Venture Capital Fund in Palo Alto in 1995 making 82 investments in internet and web infrastructure and services including Verisign, UltraDNS, Digimarc, ZeroKnowledge and Intertrust. He was a member of the Board of Digimarc pre and post its Nasdaq IPO, a Board member at Intertrust and a Board member at TIBCO through its Nasdaq IPO. To date, seventeen of his investments have achieved an IPO.John acquired the Fund in an MBO in 2002. Now London-based with a seed portfolio of thirty US and UK start-ups; one has achieved an IPO and several have been acquired by Experian, Linkedin, Tesco, BMC and others. In 2011 and 2012 John took a Fellowship at Harvard to work on privacy issues and holds EU and US patents on a method of improving privacy online. For 2015 John is a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy and a Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science, at UCL. He is a member of the Board of the Web Science Trust; chairs Performance Horizon, a fast growing UK startup; is a Governor at Hurstpierpoint College; and runs a small farm in Devon. Learn more about John Taysom on Crunchbase…

Privitar offers a data privacy platform that protect their customers’ sensitive personal data and to deliver comprehensive data privacy. Read more aboutPrivitar on Crunchbase…

Henry Kenner

NED @ Curve

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Curve is a banking platform that consolidates cards and accounts into one smart card and app. Read more aboutCurve on Crunchbase…

Jamie Harwood

Founder and NED @ Comparison Technologies

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Comparison Technologies is a multi-channel price comparison enabler in home services. Read more aboutComparison Technologies on Crunchbase…

Davide Fioranelli

NED & Cofounder @ Freetrade

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Freetrade is a challenger stockbroker that offers free share trading in mobile phones. Read more aboutFreetrade on Crunchbase…

John Stier

NED & Audit Chair @ Red Burn

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John Stier joined the Group in 2015 from Northgate Information Solutions Ltd (“NIS”), the global software and outsourcing business, where he was the Chief Financial Officer for over ten years. NIS was a FTSE 250 organisation until 2007 when it was acquired by KKR, the US private equity firm. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Subterra Ltd, a subsidiary of Thames Water Plc which delivered engineering services to businesses across Europe. John is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a background in corporate finance. Learn more about John Stier on Crunchbase…

Red Burn is an independent equity broker that offers institutional financial services. Read more aboutRed Burn on Crunchbase…

Giovanni Rizzo

NED @ Clustermarket

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Giovanni Rizzo, PhD, MBA Board member and chief of innovation division of Zcube – Zambon Group. Previously joined Yaqrit Ltd as VP from Intercept Pharma (Nasdaq: ICPT) and his experience spans both drug and medical device development. Learn more about Giovanni Rizzo on Crunchbase…

One lab management platform that brings people, equipment and data together – no matter where they are. Read more aboutClustermarket on Crunchbase…

Ranjit Saggu

NED @ Blocksure

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Ranjit has spent the last 10 years working for technology hardware companies and is a founding partner of the business. He takes on a NED role ensuring the business continues to focus on the key objectives and does not wander. Learn more about Ranjit Saggu on Crunchbase…

Blocksure transforms the intermediated insurance industry, delivering benefits across the whole value chain with blockchain based platform Read more aboutBlocksure on Crunchbase…

Andrew Starkey

Head of e-Logistics (Retained) @ IMRG

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Andrew is the founder and lead consultant for the Spiral4…, a strategic solutions consultancy providing retailer and supplier organisations with advice on e-retail logistics strategy. He is a 40-year member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a recognised expert in parcels and postal logistics, calling on an extensive background from the corporate world, including senior commercial roles in Royal Mail, Executive Director of Postcomm and Commercial Director of Jersey Post. As the author of market leading reports and indexes, for 10 years he has been retained by IMRG as its Head of e-Logistics, leading its logistics research programme. Learn more about Andrew Starkey on Crunchbase…

The IMRG conferences provide access to a much wider range of retailers than we see anywhere else – both online and bricks & mortar. Read more aboutIMRG on Crunchbase…

James Thompson

Software Defined Data Centre Sales @ VMware

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James Thompson is a Software Defined Data Centre Sales at VMware. Learn more about James Thompson on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutVMware on Crunchbase…

Jason Farrell

NED @ Qudini – Retail Choreography

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Retail Choreography solutions to transforming customer experience, operations and data for retailers and banks. Read more aboutQudini – Retail Choreography on Crunchbase…

Bruce Gordon


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Read more aboutSandSIV on Crunchbase…

Shawn Rea

NED – CFO @ Findexable

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Shawn Rea serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Findexable. Learn more about Shawn Rea on Crunchbase…

Findexable is a real-time FinTech data company established to reinvent FinTech research by tracking its activity globally. Read more aboutFindexable on Crunchbase…

Gareth Jones

NED @ Properr

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Simplifying the property purchasing process. Read more aboutProperr on Crunchbase…

David Friedland

Bit of a gear addict.

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