Top Influencers: 41 UK Director & Co-Founder’s To Follow in 2022

3 years ago

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

John C. Drake

Director & Co-Founder @ iLOOKABOUT

FollowJohn C. Drake on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
John C. Drake is the President and co-founder of Drake Goodwin Corporation, a London, Ontario investment firm with diverse interests in financial services, real estate development and manufacturing. Mr. Drake is the Chair of the Board of Critical Outcome Technologies Inc., a TSXV company whose business is focused on the identification, profiling and optimization of targeted small molecules potentially effective in the treatment of human diseases through a proprietary computational platform technology. Mr. Drake is also the Vice Chairman of Children’s Choice Learning Centers, a leading provider of corporate childcare in the United States. Mr. Drake was the Chairman of DGM Bank and Trust Inc., a privately-owned offshore bank located in Barbados, from 2002 to 2008, and a director of Discovery Air Inc., an aviation services company whose shares are listed on the TSX, from 2006 until 2008. Mr. Drake is the co-owner of Redtail Golf Course, an exclusive private golf course located outside of Port Stanley, Ontario. Mr. Drake was appointed an Honorary Colonel of the 1st Hussars of the Royal Canadian Armored Corps. in 1999. Mr. Drake obtained his B.A. and LL.B degrees from the University of Western Ontario and was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1973 to 2012. Learn more about John C. Drake on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutiLOOKABOUT on Crunchbase…

Michael Holland

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ FE fundinfo

FollowMichael Holland on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Joint Managing Director Michael Holland – A graduate of Oxford University, Michael spent his early career with Citibank in the Middle East, New York and London, specialising in asset-based and off-balance sheet finance. In the late 80s with Craig Wilson he co-founded LSD Software Ltd which provided portfolio and pension administration software to advisers and institutions. LSD was successfully sold to a larger group in the mid 90s. At the same time, he and Craig co-founded Financial Express which has become an international provider of fund data, ratings and research. Learn more about Michael Holland on Crunchbase…

FE fundinfo is a provider of data, software and performance analytics to the financial services industry. Read more aboutFE fundinfo on Crunchbase…

Catherine Wines

Executive Director & Co-Founder @ Zepz

FollowCatherine Wines on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”cwineslondon”]
Spoiler title
Catherine is a qualified accountant with public company board experience and extensive commercial experience in the money transfer industry. Previously she was the Managing Director of First Remit, an international money transfer business subsequently acquired by Travelex Money Transfer where she became the Regional Director for UK, Ireland and Benelux as well as Operations Director. Catherine was one of the founding team members of WorldRemit. Learn more about Catherine Wines on Crunchbase…

Zepz is a money transfer service that helps migrants send money to their loved ones all over the world. Read more aboutZepz on Crunchbase…

Henry Graham

Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Wolf & Badger

FollowHenry Graham on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Henry Graham is Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Wolf & Badger. Learn more about Henry Graham on Crunchbase…

Wolf & Badger is a multi-channel retail platform for the finest independent, ethical and unique brands from around the globe. Read more aboutWolf & Badger on Crunchbase…

Cyrus Wadia

Payment Strategy Director & Co-Founder @ Modulr

FollowCyrus Wadia on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”cwcp”]
Spoiler title
Cyrus Wadia is the Co-Founder and Payment Strategy Director of Modulr. Learn more about Cyrus Wadia on Crunchbase…

Modulr is a fintech company that provides Payments as a Service API for digital businesses. Read more aboutModulr on Crunchbase…

Robert Jan Teuwissen

Company Director & Co-Founder – Head of Investor Relations @ Chelton Wealth

FollowRobert Jan Teuwissen on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”Teuwie”]
Spoiler title
A progressive investment professional with 29 years of experience in trading the financial markets, combined with running an independent trading & advisory business for the last 2 decades. Having a consistent track record including managing trading desks and advising globally on interest rates and FX risk. Furthermore specialist in taking risk to generate above-average returns. Head of Trading management team running two different currency investment processes: an Absolute return discretionary forex process and a higher vol target systematic forex strategy. Products included absolute return funds and managed accounts, as well as active and passive currency overlay mandates. As a 29 year veteran of the commodity future & foreign exchange markets, I have been responsible for currency strategy and trading for several high profile clients who are allocated within the currency space. I have managed an alpha driven portfolio of G10 currencies, as well as a number of other hedging programmes and strategies. I have been responsible building out the Currency Desk, including infrastructure, technology, and reporting. Having started trading commodities futures & currencies on the ICE, LME, CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX in the early 90’s, I have gained the expertise to manage risk through times of calm, as well as times of extreme market stress, My years of experience have helped me model and analyse risk in both short and long-term time horizons, studying market fundamentals, and correlations across currencies. Specialties: Commodity & Currency Strategy, Trader Selection, Multi Strategies. Knowledge of Modern Portfolio Theory & Behavioral finance, skilled in applying the investment process across portfolio structures and investment vehicles. Learn more about Robert Jan Teuwissen on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutChelton Wealth on Crunchbase…

Tarlochan Toor

Medical Director & Co-founder @ MedicSpot

FollowTarlochan Toor on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

MedicSpot gives patients convenient and quick access to healthcare using the latest advancements in telemedicine Read more aboutMedicSpot on Crunchbase…

Simon Deeny

Director & Co-Founder @ Conjura

FollowSimon Deeny on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Conjura is a company that draws on expertise in consultancy, software engineering, data science and analytics. Read more aboutConjura on Crunchbase…

Doug Kessler

Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Velocity Partners

FollowDoug Kessler on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”dougkessler”]
Spoiler title
Doug is a displaced Yank who started his career at Ogilvy & Mather, New York. Soap and fabric softener bored him rigid so he jumped ship to specialise in B2B. Doug is a content marketing junkie. He’s a copywriter at heart but with a secret jones for analytics. And Lagavulin. Learn more about Doug Kessler on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutVelocity Partners on Crunchbase…

BIlly Williams

Director & Co-Founder @

FollowBIlly Williams on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”CufflinkIo”]
Spoiler title
Billy has worked in the IT professional services and Sales arena for over 20 years primarily on customer orientated data projects. He has been a Company Director for 2 successful UK Startup consultancy companies and has full sales cycle experience Billy has worked globally (UK, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, UAE, Egypt, Australia) for some of the largest multi-national Organisations across multiple different business streams. Billy has been involved within the Ethereum and wider Blockchain community for the past 3 years having attended DEVCON1, DEVCON4, EDCON and has forged links with key individuals within the DLT (Blockchain) Ecosystem and the Ethereum community. His previous role was as both SME (Subject Matter Expert) and Programme Manager in executing the GDPR Programmes at a large UK Airport and multinational Legal Firm based out of London. Learn more about BIlly Williams on Crunchbase…

Cyber Security Software as a Service Read more on Crunchbase…

Jason Grima

Director & Co-founder @ Everly Wellness

FollowJason Grima on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Everly Wellness is a technology healthcare company focused on providing honest, expertly researched and personalised nutritional products. Read more aboutEverly Wellness on Crunchbase…

Béla Hanratty

Investment Director & Co-Founder @ Align17

FollowBéla Hanratty on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Read more aboutAlign17 on Crunchbase…

Peter Fraenkel

Director & Co-Founder @ Gravitricity

FollowPeter Fraenkel on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Gravitricity develops a novel storage technology which offers some of the best characteristics of lithium batteries and pumped storage. Read more aboutGravitricity on Crunchbase…

Andy Bell

Non-exec Director & Co-founder @ Boomf

FollowAndy Bell on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”bellomatic”]

Boomf is an initial product, Boomf is a quite simply a better way to send a sentiment. Read more aboutBoomf on Crunchbase…

Denis Lonergan

Director & Co-Founder @ Somnus Scientific

FollowDenis Lonergan on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Somnus Scientific develops a suite of products to measure blood propofol concentration in real-time and without blood sampling. Read more aboutSomnus Scientific on Crunchbase…

Hugh Hudleston

Commercial Director & Co-Founder @ FIXR

FollowHugh Hudleston on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Hugh is a founding Director of FIXR. He most recently spent a year doing his MBA at Cambridge University before joining FIXR full time in June 2014. Hugh started his financial career at Matrix Corporate Capital in equity sales. Following Matrix, Hugh became a partner of a corporate advisory boutique, Hawkwood Capital, raising money for private companies. He is also Director of a fast growing visual recognition company, WeSee. Past exploits included launching 2 magazines. He is a keen sailor. Learn more about Hugh Hudleston on Crunchbase…

FIXR is a leading ticketing and event management platform built for fans and organisers. Read more aboutFIXR on Crunchbase…

Dale Lovell

UK Managing Director & Co-Founder @ ADYOULIKE

FollowDale Lovell on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”Dale_Lovell_LDN”]
Spoiler title
Chief Digital Officer at Adyoulike – the European leader in native advertising. Successful track record in online start-ups and one of BIMA’s Hot 100 2015. Prior to Adyoulike Dale was co-founder of Content Amp, a content marketing service that merged with Adyoulike in March 2014. Proven at building creative content businesses, nurturing start-up teams, content development, developing brand content strategy and promoting the benefits of online content to all businesses and brands. An experienced content marketer, online editor, publisher and media professional. Experienced across the entire spectrum of online media with direct hands-on experience in numerous internet start-ups. Learn more about Dale Lovell on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutADYOULIKE on Crunchbase…

Tom Stapleton

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ TravelLocal

FollowTom Stapleton on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Tom is originally from Kent, in England and loves real ale and trains. In hindsight, TravelLocal wouldn’t have worked without this unique combination – he and Huw talked strategy on long train journeys and got creative at the local pub, all in the service of this travel revolution. Tom does many things for TravelLocal, but spends much of his day choosing and communicating with the amazing local travel companies with whom we work. He has worked in the travel industry since 2005 so knows where to look and what questions to ask. Tom’s favourite travel memory took place on the Trans-Asia express between Istanbul and Tehran where he shared a compartment and a bottle of wine with an Iranian couple. The scenery in Eastern Turkey was spectacular, and the train crossed Lake Van by ferry(!), but it was the mix of people on board that really made this journey special. Learn more about Tom Stapleton on Crunchbase…

Global managed marketplace for tailor-made holidays. Read more aboutTravelLocal on Crunchbase…

Melinda Kenneway

Executive Director & Co-Founder @ Kudos

FollowMelinda Kenneway on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Kudos offers web-based tools and services to help researchers, institutions, publishers, and funders increase the impact of their research. Read more aboutKudos on Crunchbase…

Paul Haslam

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ The Web Bureau

FollowPaul Haslam on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Paul is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Web Bureau. Paul has extensive expertise in Web Design, User Experience and Digital Marketing. As well as providing creative direction at The Bureau, Paul works closely with our clients, helping them to develop their digital strategy. Outside work Paul loves spending time with his two young boys Matt and Ollie. He also enjoys a spot of fishing, sea-kayaking, playing 5-a-side football and strives to BBQ at least once a week despite the unpredictable Northern Irish Climate! Learn more about Paul Haslam on Crunchbase…

An award winning web design & digital marketing agency based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Read more aboutThe Web Bureau on Crunchbase…

Charlie Rapple

Director & Co-founder @ Kudos

FollowCharlie Rapple on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
I’m a geek marketer, and have spent my whole career at the cutting edge of the scholarly communications sector. I have an insatiable interest in new techniques and technologies, about which I speak and write regularly. I’m passionate about breaking down barriers and improving relationships between everyone involved in research dissemination, and as such am an enthusiastic volunteer for the industry association UKSG. I am also an Associate Editor of Learned Publishing. I hold a BA from the University of Bristol and a postgraduate MDip in Marketing. Prior to co-founding Kudos, I was a strategic marketing consultant with TBI Communications, and had previously held various management roles at CatchWord, Ingenta and Publishing Technology. Learn more about Charlie Rapple on Crunchbase…

Kudos offers web-based tools and services to help researchers, institutions, publishers, and funders increase the impact of their research. Read more aboutKudos on Crunchbase…

Jan Berghe

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ Novalis Biotechnology Incubation

FollowJan Berghe on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Read more aboutNovalis Biotechnology Incubation on Crunchbase…

Paul Beech

Director & Co-founder @ Pimoroni

FollowPaul Beech on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”guru”]

Pimoroni is a U.K.-based company that designs, manufactures, and sells quality products for makers, geeks, and educators. Read more aboutPimoroni on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Williamson

Director & Co-Founder @ Pimoroni

FollowJonathan Williamson on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Pimoroni is a U.K.-based company that designs, manufactures, and sells quality products for makers, geeks, and educators. Read more aboutPimoroni on Crunchbase…

Andrew Williamson

Director & Co-founder @ Delv

FollowAndrew Williamson on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Delv is a management and advisory firm that address the real issue of late payments. Read more aboutDelv on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Burroughs

Director & Co-Founder @ Variable State

FollowJonathan Burroughs on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Game developer and co-director of Variable State, an independent video game studio based in London and Dublin. Learn more about Jonathan Burroughs on Crunchbase…

Variable State is an independent video game studio based in London and Dublin Read more aboutVariable State on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Stefani

Business Development Director & Co-Founder @ WeFiFo

FollowJonathan Stefani on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”jstefani”]

WeFiFo connects people that love to cook with people who love to eat. Read more aboutWeFiFo on Crunchbase…

James Miles

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ Liv-ex

FollowJames Miles on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
James Miles was born in Hong Kong and attended school and university in the UK. He started his career with Jardine Fleming Investment Management in Hong Kong in 1991, before becoming an equities analyst and strategist with Asia Equity (which later became Banque Paribas and then BNP Paribas). He moved to London in 1997 and left banking in March 2000 to set up Liv-ex. Learn more about James Miles on Crunchbase…

Liv-ex is the global marketplace for the wine trade, to whom we supply data, trading, technology and fulfilment services. Read more aboutLiv-ex on Crunchbase…

Phill Adamson

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ Paragon Rapid Technologies Ltd

FollowPhill Adamson on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

A leading product development and production support company, offering prototyping, manufacturing and supply chain management solutions. Read more aboutParagon Rapid Technologies Ltd on Crunchbase…

Ajan Reginald

Executive Director & Co-Founder @ Cell Therapy

FollowAjan Reginald on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”AjanReginald”]

Cell Therapy Ltd is a British pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Read more aboutCell Therapy on Crunchbase…

Rob Martyniak

Director & Co-Founder @ Meatcure Restaurants

FollowRob Martyniak on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Meatcure is a restaurant that provides fast food and is located in Harborough, England. Read more aboutMeatcure Restaurants on Crunchbase…

Helen Townley

Non-executive Director & Co-Founder @ Xerion Healthcare

FollowHelen Townley on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Helen Townley joined University of Oxford as Associate Professor in 2020. Learn more about Helen Townley on Crunchbase…

Xerion Healthcare is the technology commercialization company of University of Oxford. Read more aboutXerion Healthcare on Crunchbase…

Steven Anderson

Executive Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Future Kings

FollowSteven Anderson on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Responsible for all strategy and creative work, Steven oversees the output of the whole team to ensure the highest possible strategic and creative standards. A multi-award winning designer and creative director, he led the team that won the coveted Grand Prix Award at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. Learn more about Steven Anderson on Crunchbase…

Future Kings is a marketing and advertising firm. Read more aboutFuture Kings on Crunchbase…

Linda Howell

Director & Co-Founder @ iMetaFilm

FollowLinda Howell on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

iMetaFilm will create a new industry sector which will digitise the world’s film heritage. Read more aboutiMetaFilm on Crunchbase…

Niraj Shah

Director & Co-Founder @ Nueta Ventures

FollowNiraj Shah on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”WebNiraj”]
Spoiler title
Niraj Shah, co-founder and director, has over five years of experience in developing web sites and social applications, developing more than 100 different apps since November 2007, for brands including Paramount Pictures, Nissan, Volvo, MTV, MySpace, GlaxoSmithKline, LOVEFiLM, Samsung, The Guardian, and many more. Learn more about Niraj Shah on Crunchbase…

Bespoke web and hybrid application development Read more aboutNueta Ventures on Crunchbase…

David Courreau

Director & Co-Founder @ find’m

FollowDavid Courreau on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

find’m is the first hybrid recruitment business with a video proposition. find’m brings a unique methodology that goes far beyond a job spec Read more aboutfind’m on Crunchbase…

Ben Mott

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ Future Kings

FollowBen Mott on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spoiler title
Responsible for the overall smooth running of the business and building deep, long-term client relationships. Ben is the enabler, focussed on creating the perfect environment for the Future Kings team to deliver brilliant, effective work for their clients. Ben co-founded the company in order to build a great team, do great work with great clients and, more importantly, have fun doing it. Learn more about Ben Mott on Crunchbase…

Future Kings is a marketing and advertising firm. Read more aboutFuture Kings on Crunchbase…

Phil Stuart

Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Preloaded

FollowPhil Stuart on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”philstuart”]

They make games that do more than just entertain. Read more aboutPreloaded on Crunchbase…

Aris Spiliotopoulos

Director & Co-Founder @ LuxOlympus Mayfair

FollowAris Spiliotopoulos on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

LuxOlympus Mayfair is a boutique Travel Agency authorized and regulated by the TTA (Travel Trust Association). Read more aboutLuxOlympus Mayfair on Crunchbase…

Michael Schlotfeldt

Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Plaudit Design

FollowMichael Schlotfeldt on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Read more aboutPlaudit Design on Crunchbase…

Jacqueline Mautner

Director & Co-Founder @ Spannr

FollowJacqueline Mautner on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

Spannr is a B2B professional network for trades to connect to help share work, tools & advice and recruit & train their workforce. Read more aboutSpannr on Crunchbase…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.