Investment Committee

The Investment Commitee is made up of 14 independent, experienced angel investors with either entrepreneurial or institutional investment backgrounds (or both). The Investment Committee is quorate at three members, but up to five could consider any single investment proposal.

Alan is a Founder Partner of private equity firm GHO Capital, a specialist investor in the healthcare sector. His prior roles were at 3i Group and at Hermes GPE. He is a former chairman of the BVCA, and previously chaired its Responsible Investment Advisory Board. In 2018 he served on the advisory groups to the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Private Companies. He has been an angel investor since 2010.
John Bates is a Fellow and former Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School and the founder of Sussex Place Ventures Ltd, www.spventures.com. For over 10 years he led the School’s practical initiatives in developing entrepreneurial firms including €50m of ‘pre seed’ and ‘seed’ venture capital funds.   John is currently Chair of www.futurevisual.com, www.fresh4cast.com and  www.sfrmedical.com and is board advisor to a number of early stage ventures and growing businesses in the service and technology industries.
Matt Mead is a Venture Partner at Mobeus Equity Partners and was previously CIO at Mercia Fund Management. Matt is an ACA qualified accountant and was Chief Investment Officer at Nesta and a Partner at 3i.
Neil is a Co-Founder of Vine Street Capital. Formerly, he was one of the three Founder Partners of Close Brothers Private Equity and has been a private equity investor since 1986. Neil is Chairman of Lymington Precision Engineers Ltd and PetroMedia Ltd, a non-executive member of the Investment Committee of Albion Ventures and a director of two angel backed businesses.
Nick is a Director of The North East Fund and an active private investor. Beginning as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance Nick became UK Senior Partner of 3i’s buyout business, and then set up and ran an innovative Centre for Entrepreneurship  at Cass Business School. Nick has Chaired a variety of organisations involved in both entrepreneurial business and impact investing.
Simon is a Director of two Venture Capital Trusts managed by Triple Point, and Chair of Powervault. He was previously Managing Director of Quester and was a Director of the British Business Angels’ Association. Simon is a Trustee of Plantlife, a wild plant conservation charity and is a published author.
Stephen is a Northern Ireland based technology investor with the Halo – the Northern Ireland Business Angel Network. He is Executive Chairman of QuizFortune and Lead Angel Investor for the Volcano Syndicate. Stephen is a mentor with Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme and was the first recipient of the Halo Angel Investor of the Year Award.
Alistair is a serial entrepreneur in the hospitality sector and a Board member of Seraphim Capital and Hotspur Capital.. He is Chair of Steelite PLC, and an NED at S. A. Brain Ltd. In 2006 Alistair was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to the regeneration of the North East of England.
John is Operating Partner at Angels4Angels LLP and former Chair of SWAIN (South West Angel Network). John is currently Chair of Kallidus, Zeta Compliance Group and Etech. John has an MBA from London Business School and was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to entrepreneurship.
Michael ran a printing business for 12 years. He has been a Chair, Director and investor in many early-stage companies. He is a mentor for The Prince’s Trust and a Trustee of The Cranfield Trust. Michael studied Law at Cambridge University and has a Sloan Masters from London Business School.
Nelson is a Chartered Accountant and Chair of Firth Ventures. He is Special Projects Director for LINC Scotland and advises a number of organisations, including the World Bank, on the development of angel activity internationally. In 2008 Nelson was awarded European Business Angel of the Year.
Peter had an entrepreneurial career and is now the Investment Director of Martlet, the Marshalls of Cambridge fund and is on the Board of Cambridge Angels. He has Founded over 12 companies and has invested in over 30 startups, and is, or has been, Chair, Treasurer and Trustee of several charities. Peter is the 2014/15 UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year.
Simon is the CoFounder of Avonmore Developments and Non-exec at Playfair Capital. He has been an full-time angel investor for 20 years and backed over 35 businesses. Simon is also  on the Board for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual arts and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Valerie is an NED of Baronsmead VCT and CEO of Stratagem Corporate Finance & Strategy. She is an NED of Fusion Lifestyle, Treasurer of the British Science Association, and past Chair of the Council of the University of Kent. Valerie holds an Economics degree from Cambridge and an MBA from London Business School.

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