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Thomas Ableman is the founder of Sn-ap, the on demand travel marketplace revolutionising intercity travel in four UK cities. Sn-ap matches people wanting to go places with the UK’s top coach operators. A 14 career in transport revealed consumers desperate for quality and a supply side with massive potential for digital disruption. Sn-ap is backed by Kindred Capital, Oxford Capital and ADV.
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PRIVATE EQUITY FOR EMEA, SS&C
Kamran Anwar joined SS&C from Citigroup where he spent in 23 years in variety of roles and several geographies. He commenced his Citi career in Mergers and Acquisitions at Salomon Brothers’ Investment Banking division in New York where he focused on deals for large cap companies with a focus on sell side transactions (Salomon Brothers later merged with Citibank NA). With Salmon/Citi he moved to several regions including South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. As Corporate Finance head in Pakistan, Kamran led notable privatization mandates in the banking and power sectors. He was the Relationship Manager for the Pakistan Privatization Commission where we he worked with its Secretary and Chairman in helping develop the enabling legislative and regulatory framework for privatization in the country. He also actively worked with the Board of Investment and Citi’s global network to facilitate foreign direct investment in Pakistan.
He was subsequently given additional responsibilities as the M&A Advisory Head for the Middle East based in Dubai where he worked closely with a number of regional governments on deregulation and private sector participation including leading some notable privatization and corporatization deals in the GCC and Levant. Whilst in Dubai, Kamran led Citi’s expansion efforts in Iraq which culminated in the formation of the Iraq Desk in Dubai as well as the landmark Trade Bank of Iraq mandate for Citi.
In 2005 he moved to London to lead Citi’s Corporate Strategy and proprietary M&A efforts in EMEA where he led a number of acquisitions by Citi in the region. Working closely with Citi’s regional CEOs and Global Business Heads, Kamran also spearheaded many of Citi strategic initiatives in the region and most notably supporting the expansion of the Global Transaction Services business. Kamran has worked closely with several private equity firms across the EMEA region. He has also held senior positions in corporate finance, strategy and cash management.
During his vast career at Citigroup, he has participated in numerous executive management and strategic leadership courses including being invited to attend Citi’s CCO leadership training program one of the most rigorous and challenging training mandates at Citi, designed for exclusively for existing and future in-country CEOs. Kamran led the winning team of this course.
At SS&C, Kamran is the Managing Director responsible for the PE business in EMEA.
Kamran is an Advisory Board member of JRBH Consulting and the Hub School Project and actively advises many of the leading auction houses on South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art. Kamran and his wife live in London with their two children.
Rob Caul has been CEO of Kallidus since January 2002. In 2009, he led a management buyout of the company backed by Westbridge Capital. Then in January 2015, he led a secondary buyout with the support of FPE.
Kallidus is an award-winning supplier of learning and talent management solutions. It provides software and services to help organisations ensure they have the right people in the right roles with the right skills, knowledge and competence.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE CARLYLE GROUP
Fernando Chueca is a Managing Director with Carlyle Europe Technology Partners focusing on buyouts, growth capital and strategic minority investments throughout Europe in the technology, telecommunications, software and business services sectors. Mr. Chueca is based in London.
Fernando holds an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
Fernando is a member of the Board of Directors of Itconic (formerly Telvent Global Services), Expereo, ITRS Group, and Nature Delivered (Graze), and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Arsys Internet S.L., Bigmouthmedia GmbH and FRS Global.
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, FELIX CAPITAL
Frederic is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felix Capital ("Felix"), a London-based venture capital firm operating at the intersection of technology and creativity. Felix’s first and second funds closed oversubscribed at $120m and $150m respectively, with a strategy to invest in digital lifestyle, backing new digital brands and related enabling technologies. The investment strategy is in line with Frederic's track-record in these markets with investments such as Farfetch (a global online marketplace for the fashion and luxury industry, where he was the first investor and is still on the board), Zong (mobile payments, sold to eBay for $240m), Vitrue (social media marketing SaaS, acquired by Oracle for $310m), Dailymotion (online video platform, now part of Vivendi), or Olapic (SaaS for the CMO, sold to Monotype for $130m, just 13 months after Felix’s investment).
At Felix, Frederic works closely with Farfetch, goop, The Business of Fashion, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui, Yoobic, and Mirakl.
Frederic has worked in the technology industry for nearly 20 years. He was General Partner with Advent Venture Partners in London, which he joined in 2001. Previously he was an entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry, and before that a technology banker in London and New York with Lazard. Frederic was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by his peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event. Frederic was on the Midas List Europe 2017.
A graduate of ESSEC in Paris and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
PARTNER, FROG CAPITAL
Shirin Dehghan founded, expanded and subsequently sold mobile communications business Arieso. A University of Southampton Engineering alumna, she has over 20 years’ experience in the software and mobile communications industry.
She is a senior partner at Frog Capital, a leading European VC focused on the scale up stage and Non-exec Chairwoman of Opensignal, a UK based company that sets the gold standard for mobile experience globally.
She is a passionate advisor and board member to companies wishing to transform their business.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, LENDINVEST
Christian Faes is Co-founder and CEO of LendInvest, Europe’s largest online marketplace platform for property finance and one of the UK’s biggest non-bank mortgage lenders. Christian started his career as a real estate lawyer in Australia with Allens Arthur Robinson. He was subsequently a partner at a boutique law firm and founded a mezzanine mortgage finance business. He has also practised as a securitisation lawyer at Clifford Chance and in-house legal counsel at Deutsche Bank, both in London. In 2008, Christian co-founded Montello, the leading UK bridging finance lender, before spinning it out to create LendInvest in 2013. To date LendInvest investors have invested £1.2 billion in loans to property professionals buying and building more than 4,000 homes around the UK. The company now manages £760m / $1 billion of lending capital on behalf of its investors and is backed by Atomico. Christian is a keen advocate for the FinTech sector as well as an active supporter and early investor in several startups, including Seedrs, Crowdcube, Plentific and Onfido.
FOUNDING PARTNER, ESO CAPITAL
Walid is responsible for the overall operations of the firm and is responsible for TMT coverage. Prior to joining ESO, Walid co-founded Core Capital in 2004, having had past experience in operations, strategy consulting and investment banking. Prior to that, Walid founded and sold one of the largest ISP’s in the middle east. BSc. Mechanical Engineering, BSc. Finance & MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, BOWMARK
Kevin Grassby is a managing partner of Bowmark and co-chairman of the Investment Committee. He has jointly led the business with Charles Ind since 2000 and has over 25 years’ experience as a private equity investor. Prior to Bowmark, he was a founding partner of Nash, Sells & Partners, the mid-market private equity firm, and previously worked in strategic management consultancy with Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has a degree in chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
DIRECTOR GENERAL, BVCA
Tim Hames is the Director General of the BVCA. He started his professional career as a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford University where he obtained a doctorate and specialised in American and British Government. He became a journalist at The Times assuming the roles of Assistant Editor, chief leader writer and columnist. He regularly edited the newspaper as a whole between 2006 and 2008 as part of his duties. He has also served as Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009-2010. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism.
HEAD OF GROWTH CAPITAL, SANTANDER CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL BANKING
After graduating in Modern Languages & European Economics, Darren joined NatWest where ultimately he co-founded their last mezzanine fund in the late 1990’s. Since then, Darren has led mezzanine businesses at Legal & General Ventures and Barclays, giving him over 20 years experience in subordinated debt and a high profile in the market. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on the mezzanine asset class.
Darren has worked in credit risk as well as on the front line and his roles have spanned origination, debt and equity structuring, distribution, portfolio fund management, workouts and risk strategy, both in the UK and across Europe. The common theme is partnering with entrepreneurial management teams and investors in expanding businesses, from SME’s to mid corporates.
Darren was invited to join Santander in 2011 to create and lead the Bank’s Growth Capital proposition which is aimed at supporting high growth SME’s though development capital and M&A projects. To date, the team has completed very nearly 200 investments, supporting 130 businesses who are in the process of creating well over 7,000 new jobs through their growth. Total new debt facilities committed through the programme are now approaching £600m.
DIRECTOR, BRITISH BUSINESS INVESTMENTS
Christine joined the British Business Investments team in 2017 to focus on equity funds, having previously spent over two years in the Venture Solutions team at the British Business Bank where she was involved in investing the VC Catalyst programme and delivering the Enterprise Capital Fund Programme. She has an investment, corporate finance and commercial background having worked at Bank of Scotland, PwC and BOC Industrial Gases.
PARTNER, MOBEUS EQUITY PARTNERS
Trevor Hope is a Partner at Mobeus Equity Partners where he leads the firm’s growth investment strategy and team.
Mobeus invests in fast growing businesses across industries whilst Trevor has a particular interest in application & systems software, marketplaces, enabling technologies and technology related professional services.
He has been a growth capital investor for over two decades, previously with 3i and Beringea.
Board positions and investments have included Paragon Software, Cambridge Industries, Mondus.com, Achilles Group, Fjordnet , MyOptique and Preservica.
Trevor is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, an MBA and Governor of the University of Westminster where he Chairs the Finance & Property Committee.
PARTNER, INFLEXION PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS
As Partner, Flor is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and leading investment opportunities with a particular focus on financial and business services. She led Inflexion’s investment in Ocorian and British Engineering Services (the carve-out of the Engineering Inspection & Consultancy division of RSA Plc) , where she sits on both boards. Flor also led the investment and subsequent successful IPO of Sanne Group plc, and co-led our investments in Alcumus Group and CMO.
Before joining Inflexion in 2011, Flor worked for five years at HgCapital, where she was an Associate Director focusing on business services across Europe. Prior to that Flor spent two years at Bain & Company advising private equity clients on commercial due diligence engagements and two years in JP Morgan’s investment banking team in New York.
Flor has significant international experience having lived and worked in Argentina, New York, Philadelphia and London. She is a specialist within niche business services sectors, including fund administration.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, SMEDVIG CAPITAL
Joe Knowles is a Senior Associate at Smedvig Capital, having joined in 2015. He is currently a board member at Infinity and My Home Move, and was on the board of Picture Production Company prior to exit in 2017. He works across deal sourcing and execution, but spends at least half his time working with portfolio companies to help them achieve their ambition (the fun part).
Joe is interested the application of technology to any sector, and enjoys learning about new categories and niches. He has spent a lot of time with B2B SaaS companies, which is probably the area he knows best and gets most excited about.
Prior to Smedvig, Joe was a consultant at OC&C, where he worked with management teams on strategy projects across retail, consumer, media and B2B services, and on buy-side and sell-side due diligence for some of the UK’s top private equity firms. He has also worked in debt capital markets at JP Morgan and in engineering at Airbus.
Outside of work Joe enjoys trying (and usually failing) to look in control on the slopes and in the sea. His current activities of choice are surfing, kite-surfing and skiing, with a bit of yoga thrown in for good measure.
PARTNER, PANORAMIC GROWTH EQUITY
Malcolm is one of the founding partners of Panoramic Growth Equity. Panoramic are one of the leading equity investors in fast growing, entrepreneurial companies. They invest between £1m and £5m in companies that have a turnover of more than £1m and the potential for fast growth across a range of sectors.
Having initially pursued a career as a professional footballer with Aberdeen FC, Malcolm qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Malcolm has over 15 years private equity experience gained in the UK and overseas. He has worked across a range of sectors and has a specific interest in the energy and media sectors. Malcolm is a graduate of Aberdeen University and has studied the international private equity and venture capital market at Harvard Business School. Malcolm also sits on the board of Scottish Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in Scotland.
PARTNER, WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
Michael Labriola is a partner working out of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Washington, D.C., and New York City offices, where he counsels public and private technology and emerging growth companies through all stages of their growth. Michael also frequently represents investment banks, venture capital funds, and private equity firms in a broad range of investment transactions.
Michael’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He has assisted clients with matters ranging from formation and early-stage venture financing to listings of publicly traded securities on U.S. and foreign exchanges. He also has considerable experience in counseling publicly held companies on disclosure matters, SEC compliance, NASDAQ and NYSE listing matters, and other securities laws issues.
Prior to law school, Michael was a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP’s Chesapeake-region growth, services, and products assurance practice and later with Ernst & Young LLP’s assurance and business advisory division. While at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, Michael audited public, private, and not-for profit entities in several sectors. Michael is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR, DOWNING
James has been involved in venture capital for the last 6 years, both in sourcing and evaluating transactions and also managing an ever expanding portfolio. He trained at PwC in London and Hong Kong before leading the finance and operations of a start-up energy drink business in UK. Downing invests in businesses from Seed to Growth stages in a wide range of sectors.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, STRUCTURED FINANCE GROUP, SANTANDER CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL BANKING
Sean Longsdale joined Santander in June 2012 to help build out the Structured Finance business in the Corporate & Commercial Bank. The team now incorporates a Financial Sponsors team, who manage Private Equity backed transactions; a Growth Capital team who provide debt solutions to high growth SME’s; a Corporates team who support businesses with complex and/ or leveraged funding needs and a Renewables and Infrastructure team, who focus on the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining Santander, Sean was Managing Director of the Corporate Banking business in the South of England for RBS.
CVO & CO-FOUNDER, CAPTIFY
After dropping out of university, Adam founded his first digital media business from a computer in his mother’s hallway at just 21. Two years on at 23, Adam co-founded Captify, an advertising technology business that uses its Search Intelligence to power media and marketing decisions for the globe’s biggest advertisers including; Apple, Amex, Microsoft and Nike. Raising £10 million with Panoramic Growth Equity and Smedvig Capital, Captify is now one of the most widely adopted technologies in its space. At the heart of their rapid growth story is a truly unique and electric culture that is embraced and championed by their global team of 200+ across Europe and the US.
PARTNER, VESPA CAPITAL
Matt Lyons is a Partner at Vespa Capital, having joined in 2009. He is an Economics graduate of the University of Bristol and Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Matt spent two years in Mizuho’s leverage finance team, prior to joining Montagu Private Equity in 1999 where he worked on deals in the UK, France and Germany before running the Nordic team from 2003 to 2007. He led Vespa Capital’s investments in WSP Textiles, Chase and Com Laude.
PARTNER, CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS
Malcolm MacDougall is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity and mergers & acquisitions.
His experience includes a wide range of both UK and cross-border M&A and private equity work including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reorganisations, private equity investments and exits.
Malcolm heads up the wider Private Equity team at Charles Russell Speechlys, who advise on all aspects of private equity transactions including MBOs, MBIs, buy-and-builds, secondary buy-outs and exits. As a firm, we have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs, which enables the team to originate deals and refer transactions to Private Equity houses.
CHAIRMAN, OCTOPUS VENTURES
Alex is Chairman of Octopus Ventures. Alex has been in the same position as many entrepreneurs having started, built and sold his own business. He founded Katalyst Ventures with his colleagues in 2000, creating the private angel network prior to its sale in 2007 to Octopus and rebranding as Octopus Ventures. Over the following ten years Alex led Octopus Ventures as CEO building assets under management from under £20 million to in excess of £700 million, growing the team from 4 to 30 with offices in London and New York as well as representation in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Singapore.
Alex remains actively involved in new deal transactions, portfolio management, exits and new fund creation. Under Alex’s leadership, Octopus Ventures has established itself as one of the leading European venture capital houses.
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR, BERINGEA
Eyal is an Investment Director at Beringea where he leads venture and early growth transactions. He currently sits on the boards of Poq, Smart Assistant, MPB.com, Simplestream, 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 working at a number of venture backed start-ups.
Eyal has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya.
CEO, PROFILE PENSIONS
Jordan Mayo joined Profile Financial as CEO in 2016. He is responsible for business strategy and ultimately making sure that our customers have the best possible pensions.
Prior to Profile Financial, Jordan was a Managing Director at Smedvig Capital, the $500m London-based venture capital fund. During his 11 years in venture capital he joined the boards and supported the scaling up of a range of technology businesses, including: myhomemove, Streetcar (now Zipcar UK), Tuskerdirect, Ocean Outdoor, Quill Content, Veeve and Antidote. Before this, he was a consultant at Bain & Company and the co-founder of two education start-ups.
CEO, ASPINAL OF LONDON
Lisa Montague took up her role as CEO of Aspinal of London, the English leather goods brand, in September 2017, bringing extensive experience in international fashion and luxury brand management.
Aspinal has a growing national and international reputation, with 24 UK stores and concessions, with a flagship store now on Regent Street St James. Along with an established presence in the Gulf and a substantial, fast-growing online business in China. Lisa is taking the brand to new heights at a time of unique opportunity.
Lisa’s previous role was with LVMH, as President of Loewe in Madrid, where she spent a total of seven years, leading the business with Creative Director Jonathan Anderson and his predecessor Stuart Vevers, with whom she was reunited from their Mulberry days.
Hailing from Cheshire in the North-West of England, Lisa has always worked in international roles and moves around the world with ease, having spent many years working in both Germany and the USA. Married with three children, her relocation to Aspinal has brought her family home to London. Together they are enjoying rediscovering home-territory following their time in Spain.
MANAGING PARTNER, V | T CAPITAL
Nazo Moosa has spent 20+ years in the technology sector with the past eighteen years as an investor.
She is the Managing Partner of v|t partners, a specialist technology growth capital fund. Prior to v|t, she helped to launch C5 Capital, Europe’s first cybersecurity fund. Nazo began investing in technology buyouts with the first European tech fund of The Carlyle Group in 2000.
She currently serves as Senior Strategic Partner at Paladin Capital Group and on the Investment Committee of RTF, a GCC focussed venture fund. Outside her investment duties, Nazo has served on a number of public sector boards including The Charity Commission and Arts Council England.
Nazo has a Bachelors Degree in International Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia University.
MANAGING PARTNER, OXFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS & BVCA VC COMMITTEE CHAIR
David leads the firm’s investment management activities across its specialist investment strategies. David is passionate about investing in and building businesses. During his career as an investment manager, he has led numerous investment and exit transactions, including both IPOs and acquisitions. In 2017, David was appointed Chairman of the BVCA Venture Capital Committee to promote the long term sustainability of the UK’s venture capital sector and support the thriving enterprise economy. He is a member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization, London chapter. David has also advised the government and the European Commission on investment policy.
Prior to establishing Oxford Capital, David worked in London, Switzerland and Germany with Result Ventures, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and in Hong Kong with Jardine Fleming. David has a BA in Economics and Japanese from the University of Durham and completed the Private Equity leadership development programme at Harvard Business School.
David speaks French, German and Japanese. David is a passionate collector of contemporary art and has represented Great Britain at masters level in Modern Pentathlon.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, SPEKTRIX
Michael Nabarro is the CEO of Spektrix, the business he co-founded in 2007 after experiencing first hand the lack of great technology on offer to the arts industry. He's passionate about the role that the arts and entertainment can play in making the world better, and while he initially worked as a theatrical lighting designer, he quickly realised that his calling was instead to support arts organisations by providing them with the tools and support needed to build strong relationships with their audiences and develop their revenue streams. Spektrix has become the leading provider of cloud-based ticketing, marketing and fundraising software to the arts industry and currently works with more than 350 organisations across the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada.
Michael has a degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University and previously trained at RADA as a lighting designer. He also sits on the Council of Management of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust and is a Trustee of the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER, FIRST ALPHA ENERGY CAPITAL
Osman Qureshi and several colleagues founded First Alpha Energy Capital, an energy-focused private equity firm, in 2017, with its first fund focused on European oil & gas. He has 14 years of private equity experience, nine years of which were as a founding member of Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Limited (MIP), an infrastructure-focused private equity firm co-sponsored by Mubadala, GE, and Credit Suisse. At MIP, Osman originated, executed, and led post-investment management and exits. Osman continues as an Advisor to MIP as a member of its Operating Board. Before MIP, Osman was the Head of the Industrial Vertical in private equity at Istithmar, the Government of Dubai investment company, and Emerging Markets Partnership, the pioneer emerging markets private equity firm. Osman has led over 10 private equity deals involving leveraged buyouts, take-privates, growth capital, and structured investments in sectors including energy, utilities, transportation, infrastructure, and services in Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
Prior to his 14 years in private equity, Osman worked for 10 years as an investment banker, mostly at Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank, where he specialised in U.S. power and utilities M&A, and corporate and project finance. Osman received his M.A. from Columbia University and B.A. from Lafayette College.
MANAGING PARTNER, SCOTTISH EQUITY PARTNERS
Calum Paterson is Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), a leading UK investor in innovative, high-growth technology companies. Calum co-founded SEP in 2000 and has been responsible for managing the firm since then. He chairs SEP’s investment committee and works across its offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Calum sits on the boards of a number of SEP portfolio companies. He was previously a member of the board of directors at the global travel-search company Skyscanner, prior to its £1.5 billion acquisition by Ctrip at the end of 2016.
Calum has worked in the private equity and venture capital industry since 1991. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with the international professional services firm, Ernst & Young. He has BA and MBA degrees from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and was named ‘Alumnus of the Year’ in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy of science and learning.
In addition to his responsibilities at SEP, Calum is Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) for 2018/19 and sits on the BVCA Council.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, INMOTION VENTURES
Sebastian Peck is Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility business and corporate venture capital arm.
Sebastian started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined the TMT advisory team of UBS Investment Bank, providing corporate finance services for telecoms, media and technology clients.
For the past seven years, Sebastian has been involved in early-stage technology businesses as an investor and operator. As CFO / COO of Digital Science, a fast-growing provider of scientific software, he successfully built a business with corporate backing from the ground up. He also established Digital Science as a leading corporate VC, developing its signature investment approach and completing more than fifty early-stage transactions.
Prior to joining InMotion, Sebastian worked with London-based digital healthcare startup Health Bridge as CFO, drawing on his experience as an investor to prepare the company for its next financing round.
Sebastian holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge, an MSc with Distinction in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from London Business School. He is married and lives with his wife and daughter in South-West London.
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR, MAVEN CAPITAL PARTNERS
Tom Purkis is an Investment Director at Maven Capital where he is responsible for leading new deals ranging from earlier stage ventures to larger buy-outs. Tom has backed a number of growth businesses spanning a broad range of sectors. Prior to joining Maven, Tom advised on a large number of mid-market private and public company transactions for corporates and private equity investors.
Giles Rhys Jones has spent 20 years in advertising, the last 10 at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Specialising in global digital strategy his clients included Unilever, Dove, IBM, HP, British Airways, Cisco & Philips. With them, he won awards for ground-breaking integrated, digital, mobile, social and outdoor campaigns, and developed a brand-inspired prime time entertainment TV show. He loves taking innovative approaches to help set up teams, divisions and agencies, including Saatchi Vision, Agency.com, AgencyRepublic, Ogilvy Labs UK, Ogilvy Entertainment UK.
PARTNER, SCOTTISH EQUITY PARTNERS
Jan Rutherford is a Partner at Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) and leads the firm’s London office and investor relations. With 17 years of technology investment experience and a background in the pharmaceutical industry, Jan oversees SEP’s healthcare investment activities and was heavily involved in SEP’s investment in BioVex, a cancer therapeutics company sold to Amgen in a $1bn deal. She also led SEP’s investment in Exco InTouch and co-led its recent investment in Dotmatics, both providers of innovative software to the life sciences industry.
MANAGING PARTNER, FPE CAPITAL
Henry Sallitt is joint Managing Partner and co-founder of FPE Capital. He is passionate about building businesses and has spent all his career with growth companies both as an investor and as an operator. Prior to FPE Capital he was a Director of Quester, one of the largest growth capital investors in the UK. This followed eight years at AFA Systems, a financial services software company which he co-founded and joined full-time immediately prior to its IPO in 1996. From its foundation, Henry was part of a small team that drove the development of the group, both organically and by acquisition, resulting in an 8-fold increase in revenues. He returned to private equity, following the sale of AFA in 2004 to a trade buyer.
Outside the office, Henry has a large competitive family who keep him on his toes. He is rarely happier than when with them all on the south coast of Cornwall.
OPERATING PARTNER, GENERAL ATLANTIC
Pierre Samec is an Operating Partner and part of General Atlantic’s Resources Group, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s EMEA investment team and portfolio companies with a focus on technology and digital transformation. He has been closely involved in helping to drive strategic growth initiatives at the firm’s portfolio companies including Argus Media, ControlExpert, Flixbus, Hyperion, MeteoGroup, and Network International.
Before joining General Atlantic in 2014 Pierre was Chief Technology Officer at TriZetto Corporation, leading the upgrade of the company’s healthcare payer suite to support the Accountable Care Act. Prior to that, Pierre was Chief Technology Officer at Expedia, Inc., beginning in 2006 when he led the rebuilding of the company’s core software and infrastructure. He also led technology for Business Objects and Cartesis in Europe from 2002 to 2006, delivering major enterprise releases prior to the rollup of those companies into SAP. Pierre began his career in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur by founding PetroVision Inc., a petroleum engineering consultancy. He participated actively in the emergence of Internet technologies as Senior Vice President of Retail Technologies at Charles Schwab and as Chief Information Officer of Chemdex.com from 1998 to 2000.
Pierre earned a General Engineering Degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University.
PARTNER, VOLPI CAPITAL
Marco Sodi has over 30 years’ private equity experience in Europe and the US in information and technology companies.
He led the European investing activities of Veronis Suhler (VSS) from their inception in 1999, until 2010. He was a General Partner and member of the Firmwide Investment Committee and has served on numerous portfolio companies' boards. Marco joined VSS in the USA in 1988. Prior to this, he spent 5 years in operating roles in the technology industry and 3 years in venture technology investing.
Between 2010 and 2016 he was an investor in, and chaired or served on the boards of ITE Group plc, EDSA, Autovista, Metro SA, The Racing Post, Antenna Group and Data Centrum. Marco has a BS from Cornell University and was born and raised in Florence, Italy.
MANAGING PARTNER, PRINCIPAL, TRUE
Oskana Stowe is Principal at True, Europe’s only retail and consumer sector specialist, that operates across the entire investment vertical. Before True, Oksana worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Moelis & Co within M&A investment banking, and Oakley Capital where she advised fast growing disruptors such as The Hut Group and Just Eat. She is leading True’s Growth fund.
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VALUE STRATEGY TEAM, LIVINGBRIDGE
Amy works in the Value Strategy Group at mid-market private equity firm, Livingbridge. She works with their investee companies to help management teams figure out the right strategy and deliver sustainable growth. Amy currently sits on the board of Exclaimer, rhubarb and Ten10.
She joined Livingbridge in 2011, having previously worked advising private equity and corporate clients on due diligence and strategic option developments.