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Top Influencers: 23 UK Advisory Board Member’s To Follow in 2022

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

Greg Reeve

Advisory Board Member @ Growth Street

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Greg is the CEO for TranssNet Payments, a new entrant into the African Payments scene, backed by Transsion Holdings, Mediatek and NetEase. TranssNet is introducing a full suite of financial services, accessed directly from and embedded in the handset, providing an out of the box experience. Transsion Holdings are the manufacturers of Tecno, Itel and Infinix mobile Phones. In the African Business most admired Brands in Africa 2018 they were ranked 7, 16 & 28 – three brands in the top thirty! NetEase is valued at $43Bn and is China’s largest games company. Learn more about Greg Reeve on Crunchbase…

Growth Street is fast, flexible overdrafts for growing businesses. Read more aboutGrowth Street on Crunchbase…

Anton Kaszubowski

Advisory Board Member @ Betfect

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James Alexander

Advisory Board Member @ LANDBAY

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James has been one of the main revolutionaries of British financial services over the past decade. He radically transformed the notion of financial intermediation as co-founder and UK CEO of Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lending platform. Prior to that, he was Strategy Director of Egg, the groundbreaking online bank, where he launched the company’s digital TV and mobile services and the UK’s first and most successful account aggregation service. James is currently a Partner of The Foundation, a leading growth and innovation consultancy, where he has worked with clients including M&S, O2, Just Giving, Barclaycard, Tesco, Eurostar, The Guardian, Save the Children, A&n Media, Friends Life, Old Mutual and HSBC. He is also a Trustee for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a Trustee and former CEO of Green Thing and a Chair of GEN Community, an industrial provident society that delivers low carbon investments as well as social impact. Learn more about James Alexander on Crunchbase…

Landbay is a specialist Buy to Let mortgage lender using peer-to-peer technology to fund its loans. Read more aboutLANDBAY on Crunchbase…

Costis Kompis

Advisory Board Member @ DMR

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DMR owns proprietary AI technology that adds intelligence to unstructured data from any source and language, to produce invaluable insights. Read more aboutDMR on Crunchbase…

Shaun Springer

Advisory Board Member @ Bink

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Shaun Springer, is a dynamic and seasoned global commercial marketer with experience gained across a wide range of industries, sectors and brands from MasterCard, Sky, BT to Sainsbury’s. He has been heavily engaged in building successful programmes and brands and most recently MasterCard’s Iconic Priceless Brand & Priceless Programmes as Head of Brand, Digital, and Consumer Marketing. Also, from his entrepreneurial and creative approach throughout his career, in defining and understanding consumer insights and their passions he has significantly driven business value across key business areas such as, Loyalty, ARPU, Sponsorship and Retention. Learn more about Shaun Springer on Crunchbase…

Bink develops a mobile application that links card payment to loyalty schemes. Read more aboutBink on Crunchbase…

Liv Boeree

Co-founder and Advisory Board Member @ Raising for Effective Giving – REG Charity

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Marco Taricco

Advisory Board Member @ Satispay

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Mehdi Mahfoud

Advisory Board Member – MScPM, PRINCE2, MPM, CSMA @ MyTrustedWill

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Mehdi has a Masters Degree in Project Management from the famous 6 stars Lancaster Management School in UK. He holds an Engineering degree in Petroleum with 11 years of extensive Project Management experience and Business Consultancy in UK, MEA and North Africa region. Mehdi is a PRINCE2 Certified Practitioner, CILC – Certified Coach, MPM and Certified Strategic Management Analyst. Before launching his own private business: Tassili Training Center, Mehdi was the Special Advisor to H.E. Ambassador of South Korea to Libya on Economy and Public Diplomacy Strategy. He is a Dev. Consultant and Advisor for various governmental bodies and the President of LY-Chapter of the American Academy of Project Management. Learn more about Mehdi Mahfoud on Crunchbase…

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Lord Francis Maude

Advisory Board Member @ OakNorth

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OakNorth is the creator of the ON Credit Intelligence Suite – proven cloud software that transforms commercial lending Read more aboutOakNorth on Crunchbase…

Bill Edwards

Executive Advisory Board Member @ Kennet Partners

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Bill Edwards is Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and has served on the board, advised and/or invested in several Kennet portfolio companies including Revolution Prep, Intelepeer and Daptiv. Bill was part of the founding executive team at Siebel Systems, serving as vice president of engineering and later as chief technology officer. During his tenure, from 1993 to 2005, Siebel grew rapidly achieving revenues of almost $2 billion in just six years, went public and ultimately was acquired by Oracle for $6 billion. Siebel was one of the most capital efficient high value exits in enterprise software having raised only $8 million prior to its IPO. Prior to Siebel Systems, Bill worked with three other Silicon Valley companies that had successful IPOs during his tenure. He was responsible for graphical authoring systems at Macromedia, was senior vice president of engineering, research and development at Frame Technology, and held engineering management positions at Convergent Technologies and Apple Computer. Bill began his career at Intel. He received an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Learn more about Bill Edwards on Crunchbase…

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Ed Matthews

Advisory Board Member @ Bink

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Investment Banker being lead advisor for FTSE100 and 250 companies and is a specialist in the Retail and Luxury Sector Learn more about Ed Matthews on Crunchbase…

Bink develops a mobile application that links card payment to loyalty schemes. Read more aboutBink on Crunchbase…

Dean Johnson

Advisory Board Member @ Continuous Ventures

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Neira Jones

Chairman of the Judges, Advisory Board Member @ Merchant Payments Ecosystem

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Prof Andrew Zisserman FRS

Scientific Advisory Board Member @ Optellum

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Optellum develops an imaging biomarker for smart lung cancer detection. Read more aboutOptellum on Crunchbase…

Heiko Schilling

Technology Advisory Board Member @ Gousto

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Heiko Schilling launched his first startup in 1989. Since then, his passion for algorithms, data, and software has led his to start two more business ventures at the same time that he was completing four academic degrees and working for several large corporations. He had joined TomTom in 2007, where he has lead TomTom Navigation – with his team they are responsible for delivering the software components (APIs,SDKs,Apps) for the TomTom products that are used by several hundred million people every day. Learn more about Heiko Schilling on Crunchbase…

Gousto is an online meal-kit manufacturer and retailer, using AI and automation to provide extensive choice and personalisation. Read more aboutGousto on Crunchbase…

Sheree Atcheson

Advisory Board Member @ Women Who Code

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Helena Ward

Scotland National Advisory Board Member @ Creative Skillset

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Helena Ward is Portfolio Manager at Creative Scotland. Learn more about Helena Ward on Crunchbase…

Creative Skillset is the creative industries’ sector skills council that works across film, television, fashion, games, and many more. Read more aboutCreative Skillset on Crunchbase…

Simon Guild

Executive Advisory Board Member @ Kennet Partners

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Simon works with a wide portfolio of early stage European media and technology businesses which have the ambition to become international market leaders. Simon is the Chairman of: Bigpoint, a German browser video-games company, WAYN, a UK-based travel and lifestyle social network, and Diffusion Media Group, a UK viral marketing business. In addition he is a Director or advisor to: Eyeka, a France-based engagement marketing company; Digicompanion, a French digital promotion business; Freerunner, a UK free WiFi startup; Xing, a Hamburg-based business social network; Horizon Media Group, an African content business; Twig, an online educational project and Spreadshirt, a Leipzig-based Kennet III portfolio company offering personalised apparel. From 1993 to 2007 he was at MTV Networks Europe, latterly as President & CEO. From a single MTV-branded channel in the mid 90’s the network grew to 75 channels, numerous online offerings and a market-leading mobile business, all spanning a variety of music, children and comedy brands. Simon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the MTV Europe Foundation and a member of Pilotlight, the organisation that supplies executive time to charities. He also participates as a mentor at Seedcamp, the annual week-long programme for young entrepreneurs. Simon holds an MBA from Insead and an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge. Learn more about Simon Guild on Crunchbase…

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Michael Portillo

Advisory Board Member @ Portland Communications

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Michael Portillo was a minister for eleven years and held three positions in the Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Defence. He worked for the Conservative Party and for government ministers between 1976 and 1983. He entered the House of Commons in 1984. He lost his seat at the 1997 election, and began to develop a career in the media. He returned to the Commons between 2000 and 2005, was Shadow Chancellor, and contested the leadership of the party in 2001, unsuccessfully. Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He writes for the Sunday Times and is a regular on both BBC 1’s This Week programme and Radio 4’s Moral Maze. He has made documentaries on subjects as diverse as Richard Wagner and the death penalty. In 2008 he chaired the judges of the Man Booker prize. He attended Harrow County grammar school and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history. Learn more about Michael Portillo on Crunchbase…

We design and deliver communications strategies for some of the world’s highest profile organisations, governments and individuals. Read more aboutPortland Communications on Crunchbase…

Derek Southall

Advisory Board Member @ NAVA

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David Solomides

Advisory Board Member @ NAVA

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Conan Buideagan

Radvisory Board Member @ Threatbutt

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Hywel Wiliam

Wales National Advisory Board Member @ Creative Skillset

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Hywel Wiliam is Wales National Advisory Board Member at Creative Skillset. Learn more about Hywel Wiliam on Crunchbase…

Creative Skillset is the creative industries’ sector skills council that works across film, television, fashion, games, and many more. Read more aboutCreative Skillset on Crunchbase…

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