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Top Influencers: 101 UK Investment Director’s To Follow in 2022

Investment Director play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Investment Director role. We have selected these Investment Director’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 Investment Director’s. The list is in no particular order!

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Henry Ropner

Investment Director @ FPE Capital

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Henry joined the team in September 2008 from the M&A division of Lehman Brothers International. Henry has 9 years’ experience working with unquoted companies and is responsible for origination of investment opportunities, due diligence coordination and post investment portfolio management. Henry sits on the boards of portfolio companies Sohonet and Kallidus. Henry holds a First Class degree in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment from Edinburgh University Management School. Henry qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in 2007 and is an IMC holder. Learn more about Henry Ropner on Crunchbase…

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Sakshi Chhabra Mittal

Investment Director @ SoftBank Vision Fund

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Sakshi is a member of the SoftBank Vision Fund’s investment team and has played a driving role in the Fund’s investments in some of the world’s most transformative companies. Working across a range of sectors but with particular experience in healthcare and life sciences, she has a focus on the huge opportunities presented through the intersection of computation and biology and the role that the genomic revolution can play in addressing some of the largest issues facing society. Last year Sakshi led a $1bn equity investment into Roivant Sciences and serves on the board of a number of Vision Fund portfolio companies. Sakshi sees businesses from both a corporate and entrepreneurial perspective. She began her career at Pfizer before launching her own textiles brand and has since moved into investment. This experience enables her to often transition into operating roles within portfolio companies to help reinforce their growth strategy. Sakshi joined SoftBank Investment Advisers in 2016 and is passionate champion of women in asset management. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a degree in Biotechnology from the University of Birmingham. Learn more about Sakshi Chhabra Mittal on Crunchbase…

SoftBank Vision Fund specializes in growth capital and social impact investments. Read more aboutSoftBank Vision Fund on Crunchbase…

Jonno Elliott

Investment Director @ Virgin Management

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We support the Branson family and the growth of the Virgin brand by developing and nurturing valuable Virgin businesses. Read more aboutVirgin Management on Crunchbase…

Jessica Jackson

Investment Director @ GC Angels

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Jessica Jackson serves as an Investment Director at GC Angels. Learn more about Jessica Jackson on Crunchbase…

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Eyal Malinger

Investment Director @ Beringea

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Eyal is responsible for sourcing investments, executing deals and monitoring portfolio companies. He currently sits on the boards of Poq, Smart Assistant, MPB.com, Simple Stream, TV Player and Perfect Channel. Prior to joining Beringea, Eyal was director of Corporate Development at Countrywide PLC where he oversaw investments in the Property Technology sector and helped set up Countrywide’s analytics division and asset management operations. Prior to this, he was Vice President with Oaktree Capital’s European private equity fund and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Eyal began his career as a software engineer developing advanced telecommunication solutions. Eyal has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya. Learn more about Eyal Malinger on Crunchbase…

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Alun Williams

Investment Director @ Parkwalk Advisors

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Alun Williams joined Parkwalk Advisors as Investment Director in 2014. Learn more about Alun Williams on Crunchbase…

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Edward McCabe

Co-Founder and Investment Director @ Seven Spires Investment

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Mr. Edward McCabe co-founded Seven Spires Investments Ltd. in 2003 and serves as its Investment Director. From 1992 to 2005, Mr. McCabe was the first Chief Executive, and later, the Chairman of Hartwell PLC. His early career was in banking at Barclays Bank. He serves as Non-Executive Investor Director of Metalysis Limited and served as its Non Executive Director. Mr. McCabe serves as a Non-Executive Director of Oxsensis Ltd, Radiation Watch Ltd, Advancesis Ltd, and Lein Applied Diagnostics. He holds an M.B.A. from Henley Management College and studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College Oxford. Learn more about Edward McCabe on Crunchbase…

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Peter Carway

Investment Director @ Praetura Ventures

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Ashwin Kumaraswamy

Investment Director @ Mercia Asset Management PLC

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Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional businesses to achieve their growth aspirations. Read more aboutMercia Asset Management PLC on Crunchbase…

Kevin Iermiin

Investment Director @ Agilitas Private Equity

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Kevin Iermiin started his private equity career at Agilitas. Prior to joining Agilitas, he held investment banking roles in London and Copenhagen and served as a First Lieutenant in the Royal Danish Army. Kevin holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and speaks both Danish and English. Learn more about Kevin Iermiin on Crunchbase…

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Rupert Wingate-Saul

Investment Director @ AXM Venture Capital

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Alex Buchan

Investment Director @ Northstar Ventures

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Alex leads on our life science and bio-tech investments. As an Investment Director, Alex makes and manages investments into a wide range of technology businesses and oversees our activities in the health-tech and green-tech sectors. He is an observer on the board of several companies and is a Non-Exec Director at Femeda, a company which produces medical devices. Alex has been interested in the life-sciences industry since completing a PhD in Microbiology/ Biotechnology at the University of Kent. He went on to hold a number of senior commercial roles in biotechnology companies, including Compugen, SDI Europe and EnSys Europe. Prior to this, Alex worked as a Stockbroker in London. Alex is also responsible for Northstar’s partnership with Ignite, one of Europe’s leading angel-led accelerator programmes. As part of this, Alex works as a mentor and advisor to start-up companies taking part. He also sits on the Newcastle University Equity Committee, supporting with its commercialisation activities. Outside of Northstar, Alex is a Trustee for North East charity The Lit and Phil – the largest independent library outside of London. Learn more about Alex Buchan on Crunchbase…

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Fred Mendelsohn

Investment Director @ AXM Venture Capital

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Mr. Fred Mendelsohn is the Managing Director at Axiomlab PLC. Mr. Mendelsohn co-founded lab PLC. in 2000. In 2000 he co-founded Axiomlab Group PLC. Mr. Mendelsohn is a Partner at MST Capital. Previously, he worked for McKinsey & Co. in London, Scotland, and Dublin, and then founded a corporate finance boutique in 1995. He also worked for Arthur Andersen. In 1998, Mr. Mendelsohn was instrumental in the launch of Sibson & Co. in Europe. He is the Chairman of AXM Venture Capital Limited and The North West Fund for Digital & Creativ. He serves as a Director at Axiomlab. He is a Director at The Creative Capital Fund , ARC International Cambridge Limite and Tenison Technology. He served as a Director at Image Metrics, Inc. He is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Mendelsohn was also admitted to the Institute of Taxation and gained an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He also received an M.A. from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. Learn more about Fred Mendelsohn on Crunchbase…

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Alexander Bokhove

Investment Director @ Montagu Private Equity

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Alexander joined Montagu in 2015 and is based in London. He previously worked for Gilde Buy Out Partners and UBS Investment Bank. He holds a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University and MSc in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management Learn more about Alexander Bokhove on Crunchbase…

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Richard Lewis

Investment Director @ Downing Ventures

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Richard joined Downing in January 2017 where he focusses on supporting businesses seeking growth capital. Richard has 15 years’ venture capital and private equity experience. He started his career at Manchester-based North West Equity Fund, working within a team to complete 30 investments over a five-year period. He then moved to London and spent nine years at Mitsui & Co, completing growth and venture capital investments in the UK, USA and Israel. Prior to joining Downing, Richard worked at Radius Equity as the Head of Investment. Richard has an MBA from Manchester Business School. Learn more about Richard Lewis on Crunchbase…

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Bala Nagarajan

Investment Director, Equinor Energy Ventures @ Equinor

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Bala Nagarajan is an Investment Director at Statoil Energy Ventures (SEV), a USD 200MM corporate venture capital fund. SEV was set up in 2016 to identify and invest in startups in the clean energy sector. Bala has led SEV’s investments in distributed generation and energy storage. He joined Statoil’s business development team in 2012 and has originated and executed transactions across the globe. Prior to joining Statoil he was an investment manager/entrepreneur-in-residence for a family office fund investing in clean energy and technology start-ups following on from experiences with Arthur Andersen, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. Bala is a Chartered Accountant from India and MBA graduate from IESE Business School, Spain. Learn more about Bala Nagarajan on Crunchbase…

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Cassie Doherty

Investment Director, Life Sciences @ IP Group Plc

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Cassie joined IP Group in June 2008 and she specialises in the life science sector. She has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a PhD from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining IP Group, Cassie worked in an early-stage pharmaceutical company where she led drug development programmes from basic research into several successful Phase 2 clinical trials. Cassie also spent a year working in a technology transfer office where she was responsible for raising finance to exploit early-stage opportunities, patent protection and licensing. Learn more about Cassie Doherty on Crunchbase…

IP Group is an IP commercialization company specializing in evolving great ideas into world-changing businesses. Read more aboutIP Group Plc on Crunchbase…

James Tootell

Investment Director @ Eos Venture Partners

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We are delighted to partner with Twelve Capital to provide venture growth capital to mature InsurTechs from our portfolio, complementing Eos’ earlier stage venture funding while leveraging Twelve’s specialist platform
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James joined Eos in January 2017 and focusses on the sourcing, evaluation and execution of investments. Prior to joining Eos, James was an Associate Director at KPMG within the Insurance Deal Advisory team where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. James has extensive transaction related experience in the insurance sector, including general, life, Lloyds and distribution. Learn more about James Tootell on Crunchbase…

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Chris Hogg

Investment Director @ Amber Infrastructure

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Chris is an Investment Director at Amber Infrastructure, a leading UK-based infrastructure fund, with a focus on digital infrastructure businesses operating in the UK. He was previously an investment banker at Arma Partners, where he covered the Internet Infrastructure and Communications Services sector. Learn more about Chris Hogg on Crunchbase…

Amber Infrastructure is a sponsor, developer, fund and asset manager of infrastructure, real estate and sustainable energy projects. Read more aboutAmber Infrastructure on Crunchbase…

Richard Moore

Investment Director @ Calculus Capital

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Andrew Muir

Investment Director @ Midven

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Andrew joined Midven in 2004. He is a Director of the Company and Fund Principal of the Rainbow Seed Fund and the Early Advantage fund. After an initial scientific career at Zeneca he went on to roles in research and business development at the medical device company Biocompatibles and then Vice President of Technology for a US start-up in disinfection of medical equipment. He started his career in VC with the £4m per annum Invention and Innovation seed capital fund at NESTA (the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). He has a degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Andrew combines a strong scientific and technical grounding with a real commercial pragmatism developed from his operational roles. Learn more about Andrew Muir on Crunchbase…

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Kate Ronayne

Investment Director @ Longwall Venture Partners

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George Krempels

Investment Director, Infrastructure @ Oxford Capital Partners

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George is part of the infrastructure investment team, sourcing, evaluating and executing transactions to expand and enhance Oxford Capitals growing infrastructure portfolio. Prior to joining Oxford Capital George was a fund manager at specialist real asset investment manager FIM, where he oversaw a £130m fund investing in UK renewable energy, specifically onshore wind and solar PV, and commercial timberland. He previously worked for specialist investment manager Triple Point, focusing on infrastructure style investments in a tax efficient environment. George graduated from Oxford Brookes University in Real Estate Management Learn more about George Krempels on Crunchbase…

Oxford Capital is a technology venture capital investor based in London and Oxford. Read more aboutOxford Capital Partners on Crunchbase…

Maria Wagner

Investment Director @ Beringea

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Maria is responsible for sourcing investments, executing deals and monitoring portfolio companies. She is currently a board observer for Monica Vinader, Watchfinder and SwitchmyBusiness. Maria was previously Managing Director of Birchbox UK, a beauty ecommerce and subscription business. Prior to this, she was on the investment teams at Virgin Group and GMT Partners, where she made investments and monitored portfolio companies, mainly in the digital and media sectors. Maria began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey in New York. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from MIT. Learn more about Maria Wagner on Crunchbase…

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Martin Glen

Investment Director @ Parkwalk Advisors

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Before joining Parkwalk as an investment director in 2016, Martin was a hedge fund manager for 15 years. He has been an extel-rated analyst and an investment banker at various institutions including Lazard and Jeffries. Martin sits on the Parkwalk Investment Committee. Learn more about Martin Glen on Crunchbase…

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Paul Denvers

Investment Director @ Endless LLP

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Endless is an investor that specializes in supporting management buyouts, acquisition of non-core businesses, and turnaround investments. Read more aboutEndless LLP on Crunchbase…

Simon Fox

Investment Director @ White Horse Capital

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Corporate capital raising and M&A Read more aboutWhite Horse Capital on Crunchbase…

Tim Hazell

Senior Investment Director @ Mercia Fund Managers

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Co-founder of MFM and Senior Investment Manager. He has been involved in investment work since 1985, first with UBS Phillips and Drew and thereafter with 3i PLC, WM Enterprise and the Baring English Growth Fund where he headed up the Central England team. He has been extensively involved in actively appraising and executing venture capital investment opportunities (including start-ups, buy-outs and acquisition funding). He has made over 30 investments himself including New Degree Limited and Eurobrake Limited where he managed the complete process from initial appraisal to exit. Tim is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, has a Masters Degree in Science Technology and Industrialisation, an MBA and is fully FCA accredited. Tim has particular expertise in Advanced Materials and ICT & Digital Media. Learn more about Tim Hazell on Crunchbase…

Mercia Fund Managers helps to scale innovative businesses across the UK regions by providing debt, equity and growth capital. Read more aboutMercia Fund Managers on Crunchbase…

Mark Wyatt

Investment Director @ Mercia Asset Management PLC

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Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional businesses to achieve their growth aspirations. Read more aboutMercia Asset Management PLC on Crunchbase…

Richard Riggs

Investment Director @ Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

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Dave Furlong

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Based in our Manchester office, Dave is responsible for the execution of new investments for the NPIF Equity Finance fund, and also works with portfolio companies across the region. He joined Maven in 2017 from Infinity Debt Capital Management LLP, where he oversaw the launch and overall management of a new SME/mid-market regional debt fund and originated new private equity opportunities. Previously, Dave held senior positions at HSBC across London and the UK regions, and ultimately ran the Leveraged Finance business in the North West, responsible for the origination, execution and monitoring of a £500m portfolio of leveraged facilities across a wide range of transaction sizes and types. He also held a similar role at Lloyds Banking Group in Manchester. Dave completed an MBA at the University of Liverpool in 2013. Learn more about Dave Furlong on Crunchbase…

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Allen Martin

Investment Director @ Techstart Ventures

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Craig Hopwood

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Based in our Manchester office, Craig is responsible for new private equity investments across the North of England and also works with portfolio companies in the region. He joined Maven in 2017 from HSBC‘s Leverage Portfolio Management team where he was a Relationship Director responsible for a portfolio of larger private equity-backed businesses across the region. Prior to this, Craig worked at Northstar Equity Investors where he set up and ran the Leeds office with overall responsibility for a new £48m Equity Investment Fund. Craig also previously worked with Aberdeen Asset Managements’ Private Equity team, where he was a colleague to a number of current Maven executives, prior to that Aberdeen team leading a buy-out to form Spirit Capital Partners LLP. Craig has a degree in Business Management from Bradford University and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand before working within the Audit, Transaction Services and Corporate Finance practices at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, based in Leeds, Denver and London. Learn more about Craig Hopwood on Crunchbase…

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Rachel Muzyczka

Investment Director @ dmg ventures

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Venture Capital Tech Investor, previously Tech M&A Learn more about Rachel Muzyczka on Crunchbase…

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Hilary Weatherstone

Investment Director @ Beringea

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Hilary works in Beringea’s Growth Finance team, providing debt-based finance to fast growing companies. Hilary has over 20 years’ experience lending to clients, predominantly in the technology sector. As a tech financier, she has helped a broad spectrum of clients, having previously worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Barclays, Ernst & Young and Lloyds Banking Group. Hilary has a law degree from Glasgow University. Learn more about Hilary Weatherstone on Crunchbase…

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Menno Kremer

Investment Director @ Zegona

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Menno was an Executive Director in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (“TMT”) Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs, and has more than 12 years of experience in investment banking. During this period, he worked on a broad range of M&A transactions and debt and equity financings for leading European TMT companies. Menno received a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Learn more about Menno Kremer on Crunchbase…

Zegona has been established to execute a ‘Buy-Fix-Sell’ strategy in the European TMT sector. Read more aboutZegona on Crunchbase…

Sandy Reid

Investment Director @ Mercia Fund Managers

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Sandy joined the Group in 2017, originally in the University Team focussing on the North of England she has now moved to the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) team with responsibility for the East Midlands; this fund focusses on proof of concept and early stage opportunities. Sandy has hands-on experience of early stage companies having founded and worked as CEO for a university spinout for eight years. She also has experience of acting as a consultant on spinout formation in the HE sector as well as most recently managing the spinout portfolio at the University of Leicester. In addition, Sandy has acted as both director and observer on a number of early-stage company boards, and holds the Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. She has a technical background with a PhD in Chemistry, and started her career in corporate research and development. Learn more about Sandy Reid on Crunchbase…

Mercia Fund Managers helps to scale innovative businesses across the UK regions by providing debt, equity and growth capital. Read more aboutMercia Fund Managers on Crunchbase…

Béla Hanratty

Investment Director & Co-Founder @ Align17

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Anuj Bhardwaj

Investment Director UKI & EMEA @ Experian Ventures

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Anuj is the Investment Director at Experian Ventures. Based in London, he is responsible for investments in the UK&I and EMEA region. Previously, Anuj was part of the Strategy team at Experian, where he was responsible for driving the Strategic Planning process and big-bet strategy projects across UK&I and EMEA. Prior to Experian, he was part of the Group Strategy team at Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and also worked for BMR Advisors, a mid-market Investment Banking firm, as part of their Technology M&A team. Education: London Business School. University of Delhi Learn more about Anuj Bhardwaj on Crunchbase…

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Jane Reoch

Investment Director @ Mobeus Equity Partners

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Jane has worked in private equity for the last ten years and set up the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund from a standing start in 2010. Jane qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she spent five years, predominantly in transaction advisory and previously worked with the Business Growth Fund. She also holds a first class Business degree from the University of Edinburgh, and is a mentor for the Prince’s Trust. Jane is based in Panoramic’s London office. Learn more about Jane Reoch on Crunchbase…

Mobeus Equity Partners is a venture capital that funds U.K.-based SMEs through equity and debt finance. Read more aboutMobeus Equity Partners on Crunchbase…

Alan Robertson

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Based in our Edinburgh office, Alan is an Investment Director responsible for new private equity transactions in Scotland. Alan joined Maven in July 2012 from Quayle Munro, where he helped establish a Debt Advisory and Corporate Finance business in Scotland. Prior to this Alan spent seven years with RBS predominately working in the Aberdeen Structured Finance team financing mid-market private equity transactions. He latterly had responsibility for a portfolio of large corporate and leveraged clients. Alan holds an Honours degree in Accountancy from the University of Glasgow and is a Chartered Accountant – qualifying through the TOPPS scheme during his time with RBS. Learn more about Alan Robertson on Crunchbase…

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Alastair Weinel

Investment Director, South @ LDC

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Alastair joined LDC in September 2012. Prior to LDC he was the co-founder and managing partner of the SME growth capital fund Minority Capital Partners. Alastair previously spent ten years at RBS/NatWest where he was a Managing Director of RBS Equity Finance and a co-founder of the highly successful RBS Debt Ventures business. At RBS he completed several successful private equity investments including Towergate, Wightlink, Sporting Index, Morris Homes and Cygnet Healthcare. Alastair is a Chartered Accountant and spent ten years at Ernst & Young, advising entrepreneurs and private equity businesses. Alastair’s investments and exits include Rush, ByBox, CIPHR, Property Software Group and United House Developments. Learn more about Alastair Weinel on Crunchbase…

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Aaron Lawson-Clark

Investment Director @ Mercia Asset Management PLC

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Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional businesses to achieve their growth aspirations. Read more aboutMercia Asset Management PLC on Crunchbase…

Philip Weston

Investment Director, London @ LDC

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Philip joined LDC in September 2017 from special situations investor Kelso Place Asset Management. Philip joined Kelso Place at its inception and was a partner for 16 years. He completed approximately 20 platform and bolt-on acquisitions including Sepura, MDNX, Anya Hindmarch, Smythson and M86 Security. Philip qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, after which he held various corporate finance and operational roles at British Gas plc and Kvaerner ASA. Philip has a BSc in Chemical Physics from the University of Bristol. Learn more about Philip Weston on Crunchbase…

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Keno Gutierrez

Investment Director @ M Ventures

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Keno Gutierrez, PhD, MBA, joined the Healthcare team as an Investment Director in 2017. Previously, he worked at Omega Funds, where he invested in public and private healthcare companies, participating in direct investments and secondaries. Before joining Omega in 2014, Keno was an associate at Piper Jaffray’s Healthcare Investment Banking group, advising biopharma and medtech companies on corporate finance, cross-border M&A and licensing. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray in 2010, he spent four years as a consultant at IMS Health, advising pharma clients on portfolio strategy and commercial operations. Keno is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, holds a PhD in Genetics from University College in London and an MBA from INSEAD. His research in lipid metabolism has been published in the top scientific journal Nature. Keno is based in Amsterdam. Learn more about Keno Gutierrez on Crunchbase…

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Kiko Duffy

Founder and Investment Director @ Spark Ventures

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Kiko is an Investment Director at SPARK and was part of its founding team in 1999. Prior to SPARK, Kiko spent two years with NewMedia Investors assisting clients such as Lastminute.com, Silicon.com and System C Healthcare in raising more than £30 million in venture capital. While at SPARK, Kiko has executed a number of investments in the digital media and enterprise software sectors. Kiko currently represents SPARK in investments in Firebox, Elateral, Academia and Community Internet and also assists Tom Teichman in Mydeco.com, Notonthehighstreet.com and We7. Kiko was also responsible for SPARK’s investment in Touch Clarity (sold to Omniture), and managed the sales of Secerno (sold to Oracle), Synaptic Systems (sold to Capita) and Identum (sold to Trend Micro). Kiko holds an MBA in Finance (ESADE 2005) and a BA in Philosophy (University of Manchester). Learn more about Kiko Duffy on Crunchbase…

SPARK Venture is an early-stage venture capital investor in Europe. Read more aboutSpark Ventures on Crunchbase…

David Fisher

Investment Director @ Edge VC

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David is an experienced private equity and venture capital specialist and an Investment Director at Edge Investments, with a focus on technology and disruptive companies David led the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund’s first investment in video marketplace platform Newsflare and sits on the board of that company and of Antidote Productions. David has 20 years’ experience in consulting, corporate finance, private equity, venture capital and VCTs, including investing in innovative UK companies in media and media technology. Between 1993 and 2000, he worked in strategy consulting and corporate finance at Deloitte and KPMG, following which he moved into venture capital fund management at Elderstreet Investments, where he invested in a range of technology, services, telecoms and new media companies. In 2004, he joined the South East Growth Fund, where he invested in similar small enterprises, including businesses in areas such as embedded advertising in video and mobile content management for the music industry. Learn more about David Fisher on Crunchbase…

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Clive Downward

Investment Director @ Mercia Asset Management PLC

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Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional businesses to achieve their growth aspirations. Read more aboutMercia Asset Management PLC on Crunchbase…

Susie Fisher

Investment Director @ Kelvin Capital

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Susie has over 15 years experience in event co-ordination and business development management with high profile businesses. Susie has vast experience of working with other Angel Syndicates managing all aspects of the investment process. At Kelvin Capital, Susie maintains relationships with their growing private investor members and works with potential new investee companies, ensuring their proposals are investor ready in advance of showcase events. Learn more about Susie Fisher on Crunchbase…

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John Pearson

Investment Director @ Parkwalk Advisors

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John joined Parkwalk in 2018 having worked in equity fund management as a Partner at Adelphi Capital LLP and prior to that as Head of Global Capital Goods equity research at Merrill Lynch. John has a Double First in Engineering from St John’s College, Cambridge and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. John sits on the board of Spectral Edge, Bodle Technologies, CGD, Flusso and SMG. Learn more about John Pearson on Crunchbase…

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Emilio Llorente Cano

Quantitative investment Director @ Aberdeen Asset Management

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Emilio Llorente-Cano, Head of Systematic Asset Solutions, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC. Emilio was hired by Aberdeen Asset Management to construct the quantitative asset allocation decision process for the Solutions business. His career in the industry is entirely focused on the implementation of advance quantitative techniques to client-centric portfolio management for the institutional and retail customer. From 2007, Emilio introduced Machine Learning methodologies in his investment framework. Through these new set of quantitative tools, he found a more robust way of (a) identifying market drivers and link the behaviour of those to the expected future performance of a multi-asset portfolio, and (b) building tailor made solutions for clients with different return targets. Emilio is a member of the AAM Innovation Committee Board since its inception, nominated due to his proposals for the use of Artificial Intelligence as a new line of business for the Company and leadership in the project of Industry-Academia collaboration. His pioneering work for years in the implementation of an end-to-end Artificial Intelligence investment process has attracted the interest of the main international quantitative conferences, where Emilio has been invited to present his work in this field. Learn more about Emilio Llorente Cano on Crunchbase…

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Alexander Sleigh

Investment Director @ Newable Ventures

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Alexander is the commercial manager for Angel Capital Group which includes the LBA network. Alexander plays a key role in the sourcing and assessment of investment opportunities. He then works closely with the selected entrepreneurs in preparation for each Company Presentation Event, and beyond as they look to secure funding. Further responsibilities include management of investor relations, communications, marketing, events and administration for the whole of ACG. Alexander holds a MA (Hons) in Economics and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews, and a Masters in Management from the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School. Alexander joined ACG from Jendens Securities where he worked as a junior TMT analyst. Learn more about Alexander Sleigh on Crunchbase…

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Thomas Pinks

Investment Director @ AURELIUS Equity Opportunities

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Paul Johnston

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Paul joined Maven in early 2016 as an Investment Director to support the growth of the property business. He brings to Maven a wide range of experience in corporate finance, private equity, property investment and fund management, and has been a Director of a number of public and private companies. Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 with Ernst and Young and holds an MA (Hons) in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen. Prior to joining Maven he spent 12 years as a partner and director with The Hamilton Portfolio group, a diverse investment and advisory company based in Glasgow, before establishing his own advisory business, Bowmont Capital Partners, in 2013. Learn more about Paul Johnston on Crunchbase…

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Mike Hayes

Investment Director @ Mercia Fund Managers

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As head of Mercia Fund Management’s (MFM) Digital and E-commerce Division, Mike’s main focus is to build a portfolio of digital media, gaming and e-commerce EIS and Seed EIS investments. Mike brings over 23 years’ experience in interactive businesses and at multinational games company SEGA, he was CEO for Europe and America presiding over a turnover in excess of £400 million. He was responsible for the re-birth of SEGA as a multi-platform software company and managed the acquisition of several development studios including Sports Interactive, (maker of the Football Manager series) and Creative Assembly, (maker of the Total War series). Mike led the team that transferred Sonic successfully onto digital platforms and launched one of the first ever games for the iPhone – Super Monkey Ball. MFM has a solid track record in supporting businesses in a number of technology sectors, and Mike will channel this expertise and his experience into building a strong digital division to support and mentor innovative young businesses. Mike’s expertise ensures that MFM can offer enviable support to ambitious and dynamic start-ups that require expansion and development capital of £100k to £500k or up to £2 – 5 million as part of an investment syndicate. Learn more about Mike Hayes on Crunchbase…

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Tom Tyler

Investment Director, Property Funds @ Bridges Fund Management

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Mark Volanthen

Investment Director @ Mercia Asset Management PLC

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Mark Volanthen heads Mercia Fund Management’s Electronics, Hardware & Telecoms division, supporting existing portfolio companies in the operation and growth of their businesses, whilst also sourcing new investments within these sectors to build Mercia Fund Management’s growing portfolio of EIS & SEIS investments. Mark has extensive experience in growing and supporting businesses across a wide range of sectors, including: oil & gas, energy, defence, instrumentation and communications. Mark currently holds various positions on several boards, including Chairman of Oxifree Global Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Rawwater Engineering Company Ltd, and Non-Executive Director of Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Ltd. He is also on the Advisory Board for Synaptec Ltd and Spectrum Corporate Finance LLP. Previously, Mark held the position of Managing Director Oil & Gas at Guralp Systems, and has also been Chief Executive Officer for WFS Technologies and Insensys Aerospace & Defence. Mark has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, a PhD in Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton, and an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Outside work, Mark enjoys spending time on the water and is a keen windsurfer and kitesurfer. He also regularly takes part in triathlons. Learn more about Mark Volanthen on Crunchbase…

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Melanie Goward

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Melanie is responsible for transacting new early-stage and technology private equity investments across the South and South West of England and Wales. She joined Maven in 2016 from Finance Wales, where she was part of the Technology Ventures team and fund manager for the Wales Technology Seed Fund, providing funding to help businesses commercialise and bring to market innovative products and services across a range of sectors. Prior to this she worked as an Investment Director with Nesta Investments, focusing on early stage healthcare investments as well as in technology sector finance at Lloyds TSB Corporate, providing debt finance to high-growth companies. With over 15 years’ experience as a specialist in early-stage investment, Melanie has completed a range of investments in technology, life science and biotechnology businesses. Melanie has a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, and a PhD in Genetics from Cambridge University, which included research as part of the Human Genome Project. Learn more about Melanie Goward on Crunchbase…

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Ryan Wagner

Investment Director @ CDC Group

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Ryan focusses on investments across Asia for CDC Group. Prior to joining CDC in 2014, he worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch within the Alternative Investments Group in London. He also held the role as Head of Private Equity for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Ryan started his career as an Analyst with Goldman Sachs in Chicago and spent his later years with the firm at the Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group in New York. Ryan earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor degree in Business and Finance from the University of Illinois. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Learn more about Ryan Wagner on Crunchbase…

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Helen Reynolds

MD & Investment Director @ Cass Entrepreneurship Fund

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Helen has spent over 15 years in UK early-stage finance. After beginning her career in management consultancy, she worked on the Oxford Technology VCTs and then at YFM Equity Partners. Helen has board-level experience at a wide variety of high-growth UK businesses, including 3 years as a NED of IXICO, an AIM-listed medical image management and analysis business. She has also spent time working with Crowdcube on the London Co-Investment Fund, as well as with Grant Thornton and Clearly So, an impact investment advisory firm. Helen joined Cass as Investment Director of the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund in September 2015. Learn more about Helen Reynolds on Crunchbase…

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Simon Braham

Investment Director @ LDC

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Simon has over 16 years experience in advisory, banking, restructuring and private equity. He graduated from UCL before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Manchester where he specialised in due diligence for private equity transactions. He joined JP Morgan Cazenove’s Equity Capital Markets team in 2004 covering the small/mid-cap space before joining Bank of Scotland where he provided acquisition finance to support private equity transactions. More latterly Simon was a Director in Lloyd’s Banking Group’s restructuring team leading the restructure/workout of a portfolio of private equity assets. Simon joined LDC at the start of 2011, transactions to date include WRG, Kirona, Metronet and Angus Fire, in addition to a number of bolt-on acquisitions for portfolio companies. Learn more about Simon Braham on Crunchbase…

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Stephen Chadwick

Investment Director @ Chadwick Capital

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Steve Carle

Investment Director & Chief Investment Officer @ Edge VC

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Steve is an experienced private equity and venture capital specialist and an Investment Director at Edge Investments, where he focuses on investment opportunities through Edge’s largest fund raising to date, the GBP40 million Edge Creative Enterprise Fund, launched in November 2015 with backing from the British Business Bank. Steve is also Chief Investment Officer of Edge Performance VCT. He sits on an Edge investment committee, and also sits on the boards of Coolabi Group, TRX and represents Edge’s interests as an observer of IntentHQ and deltaDNA. Prior to Edge, Steve enjoyed a successful 20-year career with the UK’s two leading mid-market private equity companies. Between 1991 and 1999, Steve worked in the Edinburgh and Cambridge offices of 3i Group plc where he invested in businesses as widely disparate as PPL Therapeutics (who famously cloned Dolly the Sheep), and Greenvale Produce the UK’s largest potato packing business. In 1999 he left 3i to join LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group which, when Steve left the company, had grown to become the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor. While at LDC, Steve was responsible for some of its most successful deals, including Penn Pharmaceuticals, Insys and Dennis Eagle. The transactions with which he was involved at LDC have already delivered near 100% capital gains. Learn more about Steve Carle on Crunchbase…

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Richard Briault

Investment Director @ Equistone Partners Europe

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Richard Briault joined Equistone in 2016 from Duff & Phelps, where he worked in the M&A team. Prior to this he spent seven years at DC Advisory (formerly Close Brothers Corporate Finance) in its Leisure, Retail and Consumer M&A team. He has experience advising corporates and private equity funds across a number of geographies and sectors, with particular experience of the travel sector. Richard graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Economics. Learn more about Richard Briault on Crunchbase…

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Javier Gonzalez

Investment Director @ OpCapita

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Javier Gonzalez joined OpCapita in March 2015. He is engaged in the evaluation and execution of new investments as well as in the monitoring and implementation of operational initiatives at portfolio companies. Prior to joining OpCapita, Javier was an Associate at PineBridge Investments where he focused on analysing, structuring and monitoring primary and secondary private equity investments. Prior to that, he was an M&A Senior Associate at Deloitte (Barcelona) where he covered a broad range of industry sectors and transaction structures. Javier has a Masters in Finance, with Distinction, from London Business School and a BBA from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is a Spanish native and speaks Catalan. Learn more about Javier Gonzalez on Crunchbase…

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Joshua Green

Investment Director @ Arts Alliance

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Joshua is responsible for a variety of analytic, financial and deal making processes for Arts Alliance’s activities in Europe. Joshua helped to set up Lovefilm where he served as its interim CFO. Joshua previously held the role of Associate Director of Strategic Development for Arts Alliance Media. Before joining Arts Alliance Joshua was involved in a number of start-up companies as a founder, which followed a background in Intellectual Property and IT Consultancy with PA Consulting Group. Joshua has an MA from Cambridge (Theoretical Physics) and an MSc from the University of London (Finance). Learn more about Joshua Green on Crunchbase…

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Oliver Hoenich

Investment Director @ G Square

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Prior to joining G Square in 2016, Oliver had worked for a year at Rothschild’s Five Arrows Principal Investments in London and one year at Langholm Capital, where he participated in investments, portfolio monitoring and exits. Prior to that, he spent four years at Rothschild’s Global Financial Advisory division, working on cross-border healthcare M&A transactions. Oliver is ACA Qualified Accountant holds a BSc from the University of Leeds (UK). Learn more about Oliver Hoenich on Crunchbase…

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Colin Granger

Investment Director @ YFM Equity Partners

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Based in London, Colin is responsible for the sourcing, execution and management of new investments principally across London and the South of England. Colin spent nine years as an Investment Director with Milestone Capital focusing on making new investments in the UK lower mid-market. Prior to this, he spent 4 years with PwC latterly within the Transaction Services Deal Team. Interests: All things sport with a focus on playing golf and cricket (equally badly) and a season ticket holder at Harlequins Rugby. Learn more about Colin Granger on Crunchbase…

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Stephen Delaney

Investment Director @ Bowmark Capital

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Ryan Bevington

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Great interview with Maven #NPIF investee @Summize_it in the latest installment of Insider's Q&A series on the #NorthernPowerhouse Tom Dunlop, chief executive of Manchester-headquartered tech firm, outlines what the initiative means to him:

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Ryan is responsible for new investments in the north of England. He joined Aberdeen Asset Management in January 2007 having previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manchester where he spent over 8 years in their Corporate Finance Private Equity team working as an Assistant Director on a wide range of transactions. Ryan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers having graduated from Leeds University with an LLB (Hons) Law degree in 1998. Learn more about Ryan Bevington on Crunchbase…

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Melanie Hayes

Managing Partner and Investment Director @ Bethnal Green Ventures

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Melanie leads on our operations and helps our ventures raise further investment. She was previously an investment manager at Octopus Investments and Channel 4’s Innovation for the Public (4iP) Learn more about Melanie Hayes on Crunchbase…

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David Isaacs

Investment Director @ Endless LLP

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Endless is an investor that specializes in supporting management buyouts, acquisition of non-core businesses, and turnaround investments. Read more aboutEndless LLP on Crunchbase…

Michael Hill

Investment Director @ Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

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Richard Elliott

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Richard is based in Glasgow and is an Investment Director in Maven’s property team. He joined Maven in 2011 from Bank of Scotland, where he spent seven years in a variety of corporate banking roles including the Joint Ventures Equity team managing a portfolio of investments in joint venture companies across the UK real estate sector. Whilst at Maven Richard has been responsible for sourcing and executing new private equity and Scottish Loan Fund investments as well as supporting a number of companies in the Maven portfolio. He moved into Maven’s property team in early 2016. Learn more about Richard Elliott on Crunchbase…

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Gavin Roberts

Investment Director @ Arts Alliance

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Gavin joined Arts Alliance in October 2008 and shares his time between deal-related activities and internal management processes. Gavin is a chartered accountant with a Masters of Applied Finance and over a decade of experience in professional services. Gavin spent seven years with Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory and was instrumental in developing the Sydney private equity team, where he was a Principal and worked closely with Ironbridge Capital, and then its sister-fund Bridgepoint Capital when he took a secondment to London in 2005. Since arriving in London Gavin’s life has been enriched by the addition of three children as well as an MA (UCL) and a research masters (Birkbeck) in philosophy. Learn more about Gavin Roberts on Crunchbase…

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Jonathan Lowe

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Based in Nottingham, Jonathan leads Maven’s MEIF team for East & South East Midlands, with responsibility for delivering new investments and portfolio management of existing MEIF holdings. Jonathan joined Maven in 2017 having spent his career in SME equity investment, finance and banking, primarily in and around the East Midlands. Most recently Jonathan was an Investment Director and Head of Investor Relations at Catapult Ventures. He had previously worked as a Portfolio Director at Capital for Enterprise Ltd, and spent nine years as Head of Business Investment at East Midlands Development Agency, where he led the development of new loan and equity funds and the delivery of two major SME grant programmes. Jonathan began his career at NatWest in Nottingham, where he managed head office credit teams and was a business relationship manager. Learn more about Jonathan Lowe on Crunchbase…

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Ramsay Duff

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Ramsay is a Partner in Maven Capital Solutions, which has been established by Maven Capital Partners following the acquisition of the business of HM Corporate Solutions (HMCS), previously run by Ramsay in partnership with Glasgow based Commercial Law Firm Harper Macleod. Maven Capital Solutions focuses on developing structured tax-efficient investment opportunities for sophisticated private investors looking to take advantage of tax allowances such as BPRA (Business Premises Renovation Allowance) and EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme). Ramsay is a chartered accountant and corporate financier, well known in the Scottish market. Prior to setting up HMCS in 2003, he worked with ING Barings and Charterhouse Securities in Edinburgh. Ramsay graduated with a B.Acc. from The University of Glasgow, and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Learn more about Ramsay Duff on Crunchbase…

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James Hurrell

Investment Director @ Bridges Fund Management

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James is a member of Bridges’ Sustainable Growth Funds team, working with portfolio companies and on deal investment opportunities. Prior to Bridges, James worked at ISIS Equity Partners where he was an Associate Director. During that time he made investments in Create Health, a provider of fertility services and YSC, a firm of business psychologists. James began his career in mergers and acquisitions at DC Advisory where he helped set up the firm’s Manchester office and then worked as an Associate in the consumer team in London. He graduated with a BA from Oxford University. Learn more about James Hurrell on Crunchbase…

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Louise Chapman

Investment Director @ Praetura Ventures

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Louise Chapman is an Investment Director at Praetura Ventures. Learn more about Louise Chapman on Crunchbase…

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Richard Altoft

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Based in Nottingham, Richard has responsibility for new MEIF investments across the East Midlands, as well as managing portfolio investments across the region. He joined Maven in 2018 following a 37-year career with NatWest, Co-op and Handelsbanken, primarily in the SME commercial and corporate banking sectors. During his career, Richard has managed broad portfolios of commercial customers across a wide variety of B2B sectors including manufacturing, engineering and technology. Most of his banking career has been in the East Midlands region. Learn more about Richard Altoft on Crunchbase…

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Rebecca Todd

Investment Director @ Longwall Venture Partners

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Rebecca Todd is the investment director of Longwall Venture Partners. Learn more about Rebecca Todd on Crunchbase…

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Julie Glenny

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Julie Glenny is an Investment Director based in Glasgow with responsibility for the Scottish Loan Fund team and for transacting new investments across Scotland. She joined Maven in May 2011 following a career with Bank of Scotland where she held a number of roles in the corporate arena, including that of Director of Corporate Banking which involved working with a diverse portfolio of SME connections and on a variety of transactions. Julie is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and has an MBA from Strathclyde University (1997). Learn more about Julie Glenny on Crunchbase…

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Roddy Green

Investment Director @ Inflexion Private Equity

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Rob Johnson

Investment Director @ Mercia Fund Managers

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Investment Associate. Rob has had an extensive career in the digital and e-commerce sector, holding numerous high profile positions in leading organisations, most recently as joint MD at Buyagift PLC which he helped grow from £3.2m turnover to over £20m prior to the sale of the company to Smart&Co. Prior to this Rob was Managing Director and a main board member at ilion plc and was responsible for the turnaround of the fortunes of the UK organisation. When Rob joined the company the share price was 52p. The entire share capital was bought by Landis at 160p per share. Learn more about Rob Johnson on Crunchbase…

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Manjari Chandran-Ramesh

Investment Director @ IP Group Plc

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Manjari Chandran-Ramesh is an Investment Director, Technology Partnership at IP Group plc. He is also Non-Executive Director and Acting Chair at Quantum Motion Technology and Non Executive Director at Edgetic, Zeetta Networks, Arkivum, and Concirrus. Ms. Chandran-Ramesh previously Acting CEO from Jan 2017 leading Company to exit; Investor Representative and Non-Executive Director at TheySay Limited. Manjari graduated from the University of Madras with a B.E. in Electronics and Instrumentation and received a DPhil in Mobile Robotics Group and Information Engineering at the University of Oxford. Learn more about Manjari Chandran-Ramesh on Crunchbase…

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Karun Dhir

Investment Director @ AURELIUS Equity Opportunities

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Tom Purkis

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Tom is based in our Birmingham and London offices and is responsible for sourcing and executing new Private Equity investments across the Midlands and the South of England. Tom joined the team in 2015 from Grant Thornton where he was an Associate Director in the M&A team in London. At Grant Thornton Tom advised on a wide range of private and public company transactions for both private equity and corporate clients. Prior to this Tom started his career in Business Restructuring before moving into Transaction Services. Tom graduated from the University of Durham with a BA (Honours) in Business, and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Learn more about Tom Purkis on Crunchbase…

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John Green

Investment Director, Midlands @ LDC

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John joined LDC in 2012 as an experienced commercial professional with experience of significant M&A transactions. A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, John began his career in 1992 at PwC in Birmingham where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent three years in their Corporate Finance team. John has spent a large part of his career in industry in senior finance roles in both public and private companies including Wagon plc, Assa Training & Learning and Worldwide Clinical Trials. John also spent two years at Catalyst Corporate Finance, advising on numerous private equity and M&A transactions. He has experience of a wide range of sectors including technology, life sciences, construction and manufacturing. John’s recent investments and current board positions include Node4 and TXM Plant. Learn more about John Green on Crunchbase…

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Will Clark

Investment Director @ Enterprise Ventures

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Will joined EV in 2011 as an Investment Director. He works from EV’s Liverpool office and is focused on the £30million North West Fund for Venture Capital, which provides support for entrepreneurs to build high growth companies in the form of risk capital for new and early-stage start-up companies located throughout the North West of England.He was previously a Director with 3i, based in the North West with responsibility for a £500million portfolio of investments across the UK. The earlier part of his career was spent with Ernst & Young as a member of its corporate finance team in Liverpool. Will has been working with growth and venture capital-backed companies in the North West region since 1989 and in that time has been involved in more than 100 transactions. Learn more about Will Clark on Crunchbase…

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Andrew Levitt

Investment Director @ Bridges Fund Management

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Andrew is responsible for investments into Social Impact Bonds, and is a Director on the board of Children’s Support Services ltd., Triodos New Horizons ltd. and IAAM Services Ltd. He has over 12 years of experience in financial services and operational management. Andrew previously worked for MicroCred Groupe, initially as Group Strategy Director, and subsequently as CEO of MicroCred Banque Madagascar, where he led a successful performance turnaround for the fund’s largest portfolio company. Prior to his work in social investment, Andrew spent 8 years in the UK banking and insurance industry delivering mergers, de-mutualisations, and major operational restructuring programmes. Andrew has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and Company. He read Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford, and holds an MBA from INSEAD. Learn more about Andrew Levitt on Crunchbase…

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Gareth Price

Investment Director @ Maven Capital Partners

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Gareth is responsible for transacting new early-stage private equity investments across the South and South West of England and Wales. He joined Maven in 2018 after eight years at the Development Bank of Wales, where he latterly managed the equity portfolio team, providing equity and debt funding to SMEs in Wales to finance their growth plans. Prior to this Gareth spent 14 years as a Corporate Financier in London. While working at NatWest Markets (Hawkpoint), ABN AMRO and Landsbanki he advised on many UK and cross-border M&A transactions, fund-raisings and IPOs across a wide range of industry sectors, including acting as Nomad to a number of public companies quoted on the AIM market. Gareth has a BA in Chemistry and an MA from Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, having qualified while working at PwC. Learn more about Gareth Price on Crunchbase…

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Andy Hallett

Investment Director @ SThree PLC

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