Our Expert Network

Getting the right investment is only one part of what makes a successful business. Just as important is the right expert advice when it is needed.

That is why every portfolio company will rely on the support of a network of independent experienced professionals with relevant expertise in the financial services and technology sectors.

A number of these individuals are active business angel investors who will bring funding to some of the portfolio companies in addition to their expertise which is exactly in line with the co-investment model of the Fund.

Steve Jones

Capital Markets & Finance & Operations

Steve is the COO for the Financial Services business at Clerx, a knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) company providing middle/back office operations support to over 30 Fortune 500 companies across Financial Services, Digital and Telecom sectors. Steve is a chartered accountant qualifying with Ernst and Young.  He was previously Business Manager for the fixed income trading division of Lehman Brothers and ran the finance team for derivatives trading at Barclays.

Damien Régent

Banking, Business Development & Insurance

Banker turned Business Mentor, Company Director and Entrepreneur. He is Non-Executive Director at Adthena and LaunchPad Recruits. He is a registered and approved Growth Coach at GrowthAccelerator. Damien has 16 years of experience in the City, where he was a financial institutions specialist in corporate bond markets.

Bhodi Sunth

Business Development & Corporate Finance

Bhodi is a business strategy advisor within Nortons Corporate Finance. His wide ranging commercial,business and professional experience includes: strategic advice, business planning, exit strategy, growth techniques, management change, helping companies move on from owner-managed to corporate, and helping SMEs achieve their key corporate milestones and debt and equity fund raising.

Susanne Chishti

Banking, Capital Markets & technology

Founder and CEO of FINTECH Circle, Susanne is an experienced Entrepreneur, Investor and Senior Capital Markets Manager. She has more than 15 years of experience across Tier-1 financial institutions in Asia and Europe.

Susanne is regularly named as one of the most influential voices in UK FinTech and is a frequent speaker at conferences all over Europe. She is an investor in and advisor to numerous startups and also mentors startups at various UK-based accelerators (e.g. Startup Bootcamp FinTech). As an experienced leader and Non-executive director for FinTech startups, Susanne is also a Registered Expert with the Business Growth Service.

Andy Yates

Business Development & Financial services

Andy is an experienced entrepreneur and his background includes co-founding, growing and successfully exiting from, Digital Look – one of Europe’s largest financial information businesses. He is an advisor / non-executive director in a range of growing businesses and mentors entrepreneurs on behalf of leading organisations such as the Royal College of Art, London Business School, The Accelerator Academy, Seedcamp, O2 Telefonica’s tech accelerator Wayra and Impetus Trust.

Alain Mandy

Asset Management, Operations & Risk Management

Alain is Senior Vice President at PIMCO on the European fund administration team in the London office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2008, Alain worked for 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the U.S., Luxembourg and Spain. Alain has made several investments in technology companies and is a non-executive director of Chored, a FinTech startup facilitating household payments in flatshares.

Benjamin Reid

Asset Management & Risk Management

President of Risk First: a successful UK Fin Tech company established in 2009 with offices in London and Greenwich Connecticut. Risk First provides risk analytics to the pension and investment community and Benjamin is responsible for corporate strategy with a keen focus on bringing new products and solutions to market. He drives thought leadership and steers the product commercialization process, with full P&L responsibility. Prior to this role, Benjamin has worked in structured finance, asset and risk management. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Brendan Bradley

Derivatives, Exchange Platforms & Innovation

Brendan serves as Chief Innovation Officer on the Eurex Executive Board. In his CIO role he advises and supports on group approaches to new ideas and approaches. The concept is to “broker new ideas” both internally and externally and seek new opportunities within the changing market environment, including leveraging investments and relationships within the FinTech community.

He has worked within the financial services/derivative industry for nearly 30 years, has played a major part in the development of most of today’s high volume European futures and options contracts and is well connected within the exchange and related member firm community.

Giuseppe Caltabiano

Private Banking & Retail Banking

Giuseppe is a seasoned leader with 15+ years of experience managing growth, transformational situations, significant regulatory engagement, and challenging operating conditions. Together with other bankers he started MeDirect Bank, a successful FinTech bank based in Belgium, designing the product offering and building from the ground floor up the infrastructure. Previously Giuseppe served in a number of senior management roles in both startups and large organisations (Mediterranean Bank, Barclays, European Resolution Capital Partners, Rothschild and HSBC). He started his career as a Finance teaching fellow at Bocconi University in Milan, and had the privilege to be a Visiting Scholar in the Accounting Department of the NYU Stern School of Business. Giuseppe received his PhD in Finance and MSc summa cum laude from Bocconi University.

Mark Tayler

Business Development & technology

Mark has co founded and exited FinTech startup Sazneo and has over 15 years experience within the Fund management industry (at Fidelity and New Star) managing multi-million pound projects across various IT functions. He is currently managing a new B2B lead generation service using LinkedIn. Mark has invested in several FinTech startups and is a Non-Executive Director at Pariti, a personal financial platform on mobile.

Russell Hart

Business Development, Digital Marketing & Strategy

Russell is CEO of EMR Digital – the holding company for Visibility IQ, a digital marketing agency and Entertainment Media Research, the foremost music research consultancy. Prior to this, Russell spent ten years in mergers & acquisitions specialising in originating and financing transactions in the leisure and entertainment industry before co-leading the management buy-in and strategic development of Leisure Link, Europe’s largest operator of electronic amusement machines. Russell has made several investments in technology companies and is currently a Non Executive Director of Musterpoint Solutions, a social media management tool for emergency services, public sector and government.

Rick Payne

Business Development, Finance and Accounting & Legal

Rick is the founder and corporate finance director of Bennett Brooks, a full-service accountancy and management consultancy practice. As a long-standing professional partner, director of the Startup Funding Club and business founder himself, Rick is best placed to advise entrepreneurs and early-stage startups on all things planning and operations.

Steve Lindsay

Capital Markets, Derivatives & Foreign Exchange

After graduating in Economics, wearing brightly coloured jackets and communicating with hand signals, Stephen worked on the open outcry futures and options markets.

His focus switched to advising funds and corporate customers on derivatives, for 10 years working abroad for the likes of Exane, UBS, HSBC and JP Morgan in Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong. He went on to set up a deliverable currency firm and also helped build a startup that offers private companies a listing on an alternative stock exchange.

Stephen Page

Business Development & Financial Software

Founder of the Startup Funding Club, Stephen is an entrepreneur and investor of 30+ years standing. A veteran of the software industry, Stephen is a director or advisor to over 15 early stage companies.

During his 30 year career, he has started and sold a number of businesses and has experience of doing business all over the world. Until recently Stephen ran the software company DataEase International which held the second best-selling desktop DBMS in the world. Stephen is a mentor to several startups and a coach on the Growth Accelerator programme.

He was also a mentor on the Accelerator Academy of Startups and is running the investor clubs in prestigious private members clubs in London such as Home House and The Club at The Ivy. He is also a founder member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

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