Top Influencers: 101 UK Chief Executive’s To Follow in 2022

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

Jonathan Seaton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Twinkl

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Jonathan Seaton is the co-founder and chief executive officer at Twinkl. Learn more about Jonathan Seaton on Crunchbase…

Twinkl is a provider of teacher-created lesson planning, teaching, and assessment materials. Read more aboutTwinkl on Crunchbase…

David K. Dingle

Chief Executive Officer , P&O Cruises (UK) @ Carnival Cruise Line

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David Dingle was appointed CEO of Carnival UK in June 2007. In this capacity, he has full operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard, and also is responsible for the UK sales and marketing of Princess Cruises. He is also Chairman of the Carnival plc Management Committee responsible for Carnival Australia. Dingle joined P&O Cruises (UK) in 1978 where, after holding a series of commercial positions, he became managing director in 2000. At the time of the merger of P&O Princess Cruises plc and the Carnival Corporation in April 2003, he became managing director of Carnival UK. Dingle is past chairman of The UK Chamber of Shipping and the European Cruise Council and continues to serve on the boards of both groups. In 2009, he joined the board of the European Community Shipowners Association. He has previously served as a director of the Association of British Travel Agents and The UK Passenger Shipping Association. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours. Dingle attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he attained a Master of Arts in Classics. Learn more about David K. Dingle on Crunchbase…

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Maria Raga

Chief Executive Officer @ Depop

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Maria Raga is the CEO of Depop. Since being promoted to the position in 2016 from VP of Operations, she has presided over every element of the business from finance and engineering to marketing and product. An open and collaborative CEO, Maria is dedicated to her team, which has grown to 150+ employees in 5 offices worldwide in the last three years alone. Perhaps most importantly, since she took over as CEO, she has raised close to $100M in funding, which has helped to grow and nurture the community on Depop – now 13 million users. Prior to Depop, Maria held successively roles at Groupon and Privalia. Having graduated from Insead MBA, Maria joined Bain & Company as a consultant. Born in Valencia, Spain, Maria now resides in London with her husband and 2 children. In her spare time, Maria enjoys connecting with Depop’s entrepreneurial Gen-Z constituency and promoting women in the workplace Learn more about Maria Raga on Crunchbase…

Depop provides a mobile application that allows users to buy, sell, discover, and explore various things. Read more aboutDepop on Crunchbase…

Rishi Khosla

Chief Executive Officer @ OakNorth

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Rishi Khosla is a serial start-up entrepreneur; and the co-founder of OakNorth – the next-generation credit platform that’s redefining lending to lower mid-market businesses globally (loans of $0.5m-$25m). Prior to co-founding OakNorth, Rishi co-founded and built Copal Amba into a 3,000 employee business providing outsourced research for investment banks, private equity funds and asset managers. Copal was fully acquired by Moody’s Corporation in 2014. Rishi is also an active venture investor and has provided early stage funding to two multi-billion dollar companies – Indiabulls and PayPal. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London and a Masters in Accounting & Finance from the LSE where he attended on a scholarship. Learn more about Rishi Khosla on Crunchbase…

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

Nigel Vaz

Chief Executive Officer @ Publicis Sapient

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Nigel is CEO of Publicis Sapient (SapientRazorfish, Sapient Consulting), he is also a member of the Publicis Groupe Executive Committee and leads Global Business Transformation for the Groupe. He is responsible for developing and executing business strategy and identifying market opportunities to drive the growth of the business. A driving force behind the company’s vision to partner with clients to help them realize a better future for their businesses and improve their customers’ lives, Nigel works closely with clients and teams to deliver transformative experiences and business models that make a significant impact on the success of leading global brands including Carrefour, Lloyds, Nationwide,McDonalds RBS/NatWest, Unilever, BNP Paribas and Fiat Chrysler. Nigel has held a variety of leadership positions with Sapient prior to its acquisition by Publicis Groupe, where he is now part of the Groupe Executive Committee Nigel drove the evolution of Sapient’s EMEA business, helping build Sapient Consulting into one of the premier digital consulting firms, and growing SapientNitro to be one of the largest agencies in the UK from a startup a decade ago. He led Sapient’s expansion beyond the UK to be a significant presence across Europe and in Asia. With roots in business strategy, Nigel has consistently helped clients to build businesses and create sustainable value propositions for their brands by operating at the intersection of strategic thinking, creativity and technology. Prior to Sapient, he was a successful entrepreneur – co-founding a public company with interests in consulting and connectivity solutions. Nigel is an inductee of BIMA’s Digital Hall of Fame (British Interactive Marketing Association), was named Individual of the Year at the DADIs, is a Fellow of The Marketing Society and is President Elect of the IPA, and provides mentoring to startups through the Publicis90 program. Learn more about Nigel Vaz on Crunchbase…

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Yves Guillemot

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Ubisoft

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Fresh out of business school, Yves Guillemot and his brothers embarked on an adventure in the nascent video game industry and founded Ubisoft in 1986. Early on, Yves understood that creating original content in-house and growing proprietary brands would be key to Ubisoft’s success. His vision to use technological breakthroughs as an opportunity to innovate, create brands and win over market share proved hugely successful over the years. With a strong focus on organic growth and efficiency, he has developed an organization recognized for its unrivalled collaborative mindset and for being highly competitive, with over two thirds of production based in cost-competitive countries. Yves has led Ubisoft’s evolution over the years with player engagement at the core of the company’s development. Ubisoft is one of the pioneers and a leader of the open world genre, which has become one of the industry’s most popular gaming segments. Ubisoft also develops successful multiplayer games and delivers state-of-the-art live operations that engage fans in the long term. Under Yves’ tenure, Ubisoft launched three of the world’s four best new videogame brands of all time ─ with Tom Clancy’s The Division leading the way ─ a remarkable achievement. The company’s unique capacity as a creator of blockbuster entertainment franchises has created massive value for Ubisoft’s shareholders. As the owner of its brands, Ubisoft today is in a unique position to broaden its franchises’ reach to a much wider audience through movies, TV shows, theme parks and consumer products. Under Yves’ direction, the company is taking an innovative approach by keeping creative control over its major projects ─ a first in the industry ─ to ensure consistency with the franchises’ DNA. Over the past 30 years Yves has led Ubisoft in its evolution from a local video game distributor, to a global entertainment leader. Yves has grown alongside the industry and has a deep understanding of what it takes to survive in a fast-moving, high-risk environment, at the crossroads of creation and technological disruption. His strong business acumen is sought out by multinationals such as Lagardère and Rémy Cointreau whose boards he sits on. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2009, and Glassdoor elected him one of the Top 3 most beloved CEOs in France in 2015. Learn more about Yves Guillemot on Crunchbase…

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Bernhard Niesner

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ busuu

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Bernhard Niesner is the CEO and Co-Founder of busuu – the world´s largest social network for language learning with more than 35m users. busuu provides language courses in 12 different languages combined with direct interaction with native speakers from the community. The London-based start-up received several awards and was named “Best Education Start-Up in 2011” by TechCrunch. busuu is backed by renown business angels like Martin Varsavsky and received investment from PRO-Founders Capital. Before founding busuu, Bernhard worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. In addition to busuu, he is Associated Professor at IE Business School in the area of online marketing. Bernhard graduated summa cum laude in International Business from the University of Vienna and holds an MBA (with honors) from IE Business School. In 2009 he was awarded “Entrepreneur of the year” in Austria. Learn more about Bernhard Niesner on Crunchbase…

busuu is a mobile app for language learning with the goal of breaking down language barriers. Read more aboutbusuu on Crunchbase…

Tim Sawyer

Chief Executive Officer @ Carnegie Clean Energy

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Tim has over 13 years experience in marine surveying, environmental impact assessment, management and mitigation of environmental impacts, permitting and approvals. Tim has an in depth knowledge of offshore renewable energy development including wave, wind and tidal stream energy. As Project Development Officer Tim is responsible for wave energy resource definition and commercial site identification and assessment. Tim’s role also encompasses stakeholder consultation and management of project permits and approvals. Learn more about Tim Sawyer on Crunchbase…

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Mark Bullingham

Chief Executive Officer @ The Football Association

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Mark Bullingham is Chief Commercial & Operating Officer of the English Football Association. He joined The FA in August 2016 and leads the commercial, marketing, digital and participation functions at the organisation. These include responsibility for all revenue streams across the FA and Wembley, such as broadcast, sponsorship, licensing, hospitality, and diversified revenue streams. In his time annual revenue at the FA has risen by over £100m. He previously held the position of CEO EMEA for Fuse Sports & Entertainment, responsible for running one of the fastest growing businesses in the sector. The team had grown quickly over five years to 245 across 17 offices with an annual fee income of over €28m. The client portfolio included 10 of the top 30 global brands. Mark joined Fuse in 2011 from his position as Director of Marketing, for the America’s Cup Event Authority in San Francisco where he helped transform the global event. Mark has negotiated over $2bn of partnerships across a variety of platforms in sports, arts and music and is a qualified Level One coach involved in grassroots football. Learn more about Mark Bullingham on Crunchbase…

English Football Association covering the England national teams and the Emirates FA Cup. Read more aboutThe Football Association on Crunchbase…

Matthew Moulding

Chief Executive Officer @ THG

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Matthew founded The Hut Group in 2004 and moved full-time into the business in 2006. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and spent 8 years as Chief Financial Officer of 20:20, the distribution division of The Caudwell Group, revenues increased from £70m to £1.5bn. Matthew also led the £365m sale of 20:20 to private equity in 2006, before moving full-time to The Hut Group. Learn more about Matthew Moulding on Crunchbase…

The Hut Group is an online retailing platform focused on fast moving consumer goods, specifically focused on health and beauty. Read more aboutTHG on Crunchbase…

Charles Nasser

Chief Executive Officer @ Claranet

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Charles Nasser founded Claranet in 1996 and has grown it into an international managed service provider operating in 6 countries. Charles has led the company through a strong period of organic growth as well as several acquisitions from public and private companies. Charles holds a Masters degrees in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College (University of London), a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA) and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School. A keen traveller, Charles has visited over 85 countries and participated in several expeditions, including a trek to the geographic North Pole in 2004. Learn more about Charles Nasser on Crunchbase…

Claranet is an expert in modernising and running critical applications and infrastructure. Read more aboutClaranet on Crunchbase…

Joe Giannamore

Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer @ AnaCap

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Joe founded AnaCap Financial Partners in 2005 as Europe’s first specialist private equity firm focusing on the financial services sector. Since inception, the partnership has grown from €300 million to more than €3 billion of assets under management, and AnaCap is now the leading financial services investor in Europe, owning three insurance businesses and banks in five jurisdictions. Before founding AnaCap, Joe co-founded auto finance company On:line Finance, which was the first investment grade rated start-up in Europe and the first lender over the internet in Europe. From launch, On:line grew to over a billion dollars in assets within five years, and was one of the ten fastest growing companies in the UK during that period. On:line was subsequently acquired by GMAC UK, the UK finance arm of General Motors, with Joe becoming CEO of GMAC UK. Previously, he was a Vice President at Salomon Brothers. Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington and an MBA from London Business School. Learn more about Joe Giannamore on Crunchbase…

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David Rutter

Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ R3

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David founded R3 in 2015 and in his role of Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the strategic direction of R3. With over 30 years of experience leading some of Wall Street’s top institutions, David is a longtime creative thought leader in financial markets and innovation, and has played a significant role in the adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives industry. David served for ten years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world’s largest interdealer broker, where he led the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforms. Prior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO (Americas) of Prebon Yamane. Learn more about David Rutter on Crunchbase…

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Michael Spencer

Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer @ NEX Group

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Michael Spencer is Chairman of the Intercapital Private Group Ltd and a director of Bordeaux Index Ltd. Michael is the chairman of The Conservative Party Foundation Ltd and stepped down from his role as Treasurer of the Conservative Party in October 2010. Michael is 61. His interests include running, wine, art, politics and military history. He founded ICAP Charity Day in 1993 where for one day each year the Company’s global revenue, including broker commissions, were donated to charity. Over 24 years, the event raised nearly £135 million for 2,200 charities worldwide. Michael was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and in April 2011, ICAP won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. As Britain’s most coveted business prize, the Queen’s Awards recognise outstanding achievement by UK companies. The award is formally conferred by a Grant of Appointment and is symbolised through a presentation given by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants as The Queen’s local representatives. This was the second time that ICAP received a Queen’s Award in this category, having been named a winner in 2005. Learn more about Michael Spencer on Crunchbase…

NEX is a technology-based services company that offers customers better ways to execute trades and manage risk. Read more aboutNEX Group on Crunchbase…

Alex Zhavoronkov

Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ Insilico Medicine

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Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine (, a leader in next-generation artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery, and biomarker development. He is also the founder and CEO of Deep Longevity, Inc, a global company developing a broad range of artificial intelligence-based biomarkers of aging and longevity. Since 2015 he invented critical technologies in the field of generative adversarial networks (GANs) and reinforcement learning (RL) for generation of the novel molecular structures with the desired properties and generation of synthetic biological and patient data. He also pioneered the applications of deep learning technologies for prediction of human biological age using multiple data types, transfer learning from aging into disease, target identification, and signaling pathway modeling. Under his leadership Insilico raised over $50 million in multiple rounds from expert investors, opened R&D centers in 6 countries and regions, and partnered with multiple pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and academic institutions. Prior to founding Insilico, he worked in senior roles at ATI Technologies (acquired by AMD in 2006), NeuroG Neuroinformatics, Biogerontology Research Foundation. Since 2012 he published over 130 peer-reviewed research papers, and 2 books including “The Ageless Generation: How Biomedical Advances Will Transform the Global Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He serves on the editorial boards of Aging Research Reviews, Aging, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Frontiers in Genetics, and co-chairs the Annual Aging Research, Drug Discovery and AI Forum (7th annual in 2020) at Basel Life, one of Europe’s largest industry events in drug discovery. He is the adjunct professor of artificial intelligence at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Learn more about Alex Zhavoronkov on Crunchbase…

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William Zeqiri

Chief Executive Officer @ Fresha

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William Zeqiri Passionate technology entrepreneur, product creator and angel investor. Learn more about William Zeqiri on Crunchbase…

Fresha provides an online platform for booking beauty and wellness appointments with local businesses. Read more aboutFresha on Crunchbase…

Christopher Tooley

Chief Executive Officer @ Lycamobile Group

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Chris Tooley is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the business in all its 23 operating countries as it continues to make in-roads to new markets. Tooley was appointed CEO in 2014, having already spent 10 years in senior leadership roles at Lycamobile. With decades of experience in the telecoms industry, Tooley has pioneered many of the technical, commercial and legal industry standards in the UK and Europe for prepaid products and has worked extensively with Government regulators and tax authorities. Tooley holds a MA in History and Economics from Oxford University. Learn more about Christopher Tooley on Crunchbase…

Lycamobile Group provides international mobile virtual network operator. Read more aboutLycamobile Group on Crunchbase…

Andre Pienaar

Chief Executive and Founder @ C5 Capital

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André Pienaar is Managing Partner, Founder and Executive Chairman of C5 Capital, a specialist venture capital firm focused on cloud computing, big data analytics, artifial intelligence and cyber security. He is also a Mentor for C5 Nebula which aims to empower women aspiring to engage in the tech space. André founded C5 in 2014, to provide long-term support, private equity and venture capital to innovative cyber security companies. The firm is made up of a varied international team of investors and entrepreneurs and has offices in Washington, London, Munich, Luxembourg and Bahrain. A recognised expert on cyber law and cybercrime, André Pienaar started his career with Kroll in 1996 where he went on to hold the position of the company’s youngest ever Managing Director and also built and lead Kroll’s Africa & Natural Resources Division out of London prior to Kroll’s sale in 2004. Following this success, André Pienaar went on to launch G3 (which stands for Good Governance Group), an advisory consultancy which provided advice on regulatory compliance, risk mitigation and cyber security to its global client base. André is also a member of: • USIP (United States Institute of Peace) International Advisory Council • The National Council on White House History Learn more about Andre Pienaar on Crunchbase…

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Tony Hall

Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief @ BBC

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Tony Hall is the 16th Director-General of the BBC. The Director-General is the Chief Executive Officer of the BBC, its Editor-in-Chief and chairs the BBC’s Executive and Management Boards. The Director-General is the editorial, operational and creative leader of the BBC, with responsibility for a significant global workforce and the Corporation’s services across television, radio and online. Tony Hall – Lord Hall of Birkenhead – was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. He is the 16th Director-General of the BBC. Prior to this, Tony was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013. He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and during a 28 year career at the Corporation he held roles including Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O’Clock News, Output Editor for Newsnight, culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001. While at the BBC he launched Radio 5 live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. He is passionate about education and skills within the cultural industries. He was the founder Chair of Creative & Cultural Skills and Chairman of the Musical and Dance Scheme.He spearheaded the development of the new High House Production Park in Thurrock, Essex. He has been Chair of Stratford East Theatre, and Honorary Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, a member of the Regeneration Through Heritage Steering Group, a board member of Race for Opportunity, a former non-executive director of HM Customs and Excise and was a member of the Council for Brunel University. In 2009 he was asked by the Government and the Mayor of London to set up and chair a board to direct the Cultural Olympiad and also joined the board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords. Learn more about Tony Hall on Crunchbase…

BBC is a large-scale broadcasting corporation that offers content to inform, educate, and entertain people. Read more aboutBBC on Crunchbase…

Jeff Kelisky

Chief Executive Officer @ Seedrs

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Jeff Kelisky is an experienced executive with a track record in building, leading and scaling successful technology businesses. Before joining Seedrs, Jeff was CEO for Picsolve, a Fidelity-backed $75 million image capture business in the entertainment space where he delivered the company’s transformation from analogue to digital. Previously, he was CEO of Multimap, Europe’s first and ultimate leader in online mapping service which he led for five years through the first dotcom crash to a successful sale to Microsoft. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, cinema, and trying to play COD with his kids. Learn more about Jeff Kelisky on Crunchbase…

Seedrs is a UK-based investment and crowdfunding platform. Read more aboutSeedrs on Crunchbase…

Jane Whittaker

Chief Executive Officer @ Athena Worlds

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Jane has been in the interactive entertainment industry for over 30 years, rising from the ranks of trainee programmer to Vice President levels in the industry. Jane has secured a number of accolades including multiple winner of the Programmer Of The Year Awards, Best Game Award, Best Licenced game and a slew of other achievements. “I remember very well the Alien vs Predator development for the Atari Jaguar game system!! Jane worked his ass off. He came through and we got a great game. Thanks Jane!!” – Sam Tramiel, CEO/President Atari “Jane Whittaker lead some of the key titles in our time together at EA. I am also well aware of his great track record before and after our time together. I consider him (like myself) a sage guru of the deep knowledge of the gaming industry!” – Richard Garriott de Cayeux “I was fortunate enough to work with Andrew (Jane) Whittaker on the Alien Vs Predator development crew. Andrew’s dedication to the project helped get us to the finish line, overcoming numerous challenges along the way. Andrew brought his unique vision and applied his engineering expertise to make AvP a better game… we achieved our shared goal to build an engaging game-play experience that raised the bar for console games ” – James Purple Hampton, Producer, Alien Vs Predator, Atari “It’s not often one gets the chance to work with a prodigy, but I believe Jane to be just that. Jane is an extraordinary force of nature and a towering talent. Of course he’s too modest to agree, but damn it, he’s Mozart to me” – Kevin Godley, multi award winning director, musician, technologist, founder 10CC, Godley and Creme. “Few games developers have been as simultaneously influential and unsung as Jane Whittaker” – RetroGamer Magazine “I want to add my recommendation and a big SALUTE! to a good person and very accomplished senior game designer and coder.I can recommend Jane as a person, as a game professional, and a very senior executive. I would love to work with Jane again…” – JW Wild Bill Stealey, co-founder (with Sid Meier), Microprose Software and Civilization franchise “At First Class Simulations and Excalibur Publishing we have had the pleasure of more than a decade of collaboration with Jane Whittaker, producing some of the finest and most popular simulation products in the world” – Robert Stallibrass, Managing Director Excalibur Publishing “Jane is a real games industry hero” – Pavel Sebor, CEO of SCS Software, developer of the smash hit Euro Truck Simulator “One of the finest minds in game design” -Jer Horwitz, Gamepro Magazine USA Learn more about Jane Whittaker on Crunchbase…

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Andrew Rear

Chief Executive & Digital Partners @ Munich Reinsurance

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Andrew Rear is the Chief Executive of Munich Re Digital Partners. He joined Munich Re in 2010, leading the Asia, Africa and UK life businesses until May 2016 when he took up his current role. Digital Partners is a global business working with, and investing in, start-ups, digital verticals and the sharing economy, with the ambition of building a more engaged proposition for insurance customers. Prior to joining Munich Re, Andrew was a partner and head of the EMEA insurance practice at Oliver Wyman. Learn more about Andrew Rear on Crunchbase…

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Gordon Sanghera

Chief Executive Officer, Co – founder @ Oxford Nanopore Technologies

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Gordon Sanghera was co-founder of Oxford Nanopore, together with Hagan Bayley and IP Group. He was appointed CEO in June 2005 having acted as a consultant since February 2005 whilst the Company was established. He brings over 15 years experience in the design, development and global launch of novel point-of-care biosensor devices. At Abbott Laboratories, Dr Sanghera held both UK and US Director level positions, including Research Director and Manufacturing Process Development Director. Before its acquisition by Abbott, Gordon led the R&D of Medisense Inc. where he was instrumental in the launch of several generations of blood glucose biosensor systems for the consumer and medical markets. He has also developed and validated market production processes to meet with the regulatory requirements for USA and Europe. Gordon has a DPhil in biosensor technology and a degree in Chemistry. Learn more about Gordon Sanghera on Crunchbase…

Oxford Nanopore Technologies develops nanopore-based electronic systems for analyzing single molecules, including DNA, RNA, and proteins. Read more aboutOxford Nanopore Technologies on Crunchbase…

Matthew Crummack

Group Chief Executive Officer @

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Matthew Crummack is currently Chief Executive Officer of Holdings Limited, a financial services price comparison website, forming part of esure Group plc. Previously, Matthew Crummack served as CEO of, the online travel and leisure retailer, from 2011 until March 2015 when the business was acquired by Bravofly Rumbo Group (subsequently renamed Group). He served as Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer until December 2015, following which he served as a member of its Strategic Advisory Committee. In addition, Matthew Crummack was formerly a Senior Vice President of Lodging at Expedia in Europe and the US, has previously worked for Nestle UK, and spent eight years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles. Matthew Crummack is also a Director of his own UK-based company, Interventus Limited. Learn more about Matthew Crummack on Crunchbase… is a British financial services comparison website provides comparison details for vehicle, home and pet insurance. Read more on Crunchbase…

Piotr Pisarz

Chief Executive Officer and Founder @ Uncapped

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Piotr joined DN Capital in 2017 as an Investment Manager. Previously he was a VC investor in Orange Growth Capital, where he focused on fintech. Piotr started his career in Citigroup, where he was an M&A Investment Banker covering an energy sector, and then spent several years in Google where he focused on Finance, Hardware and Sales areas. Piotr has a Masters degree from London Business School and B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics. Learn more about Piotr Pisarz on Crunchbase…

Uncapped is a provider of revenue-based financing that enables founders to raise growth capital without interest or equity. Read more aboutUncapped on Crunchbase…

Obi Nwosu

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder @ Coinfloor

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Obi leads commercial strategy and our team of finance and cryptocurrency experts. Since 2014, Coinfloor’s market share has grown over 5 times and now handles the majority of GBP exchange volume. Previously, Obi was Founder and CEO of Supalocal and held senior roles at and WeeWorld, overseeing the development of a virtual currency, used by 30 million users. Learn more about Obi Nwosu on Crunchbase…

Coinfloor is an established group of cryptocurrency exchanges for institutional or sophisticated investors and traders. Read more aboutCoinfloor on Crunchbase…

Matthew Lumsden

Chief Executive Officer/Founder @ Connected Energy

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With 20 years experience in the low carbon energy and transport sectors, Matthew founded Connected Energy to commercialise a range of energy storage and control systems developed by parent company Future Transport Systems. Learn more about Matthew Lumsden on Crunchbase…

A pioneer of 2nd life electric vehicle battery based energy storage systems. Read more aboutConnected Energy on Crunchbase…

Mike Laven

Chief Executive Officer @ Currencycloud

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Mike Laven is a Chief Executive Officer With more than 25 years’ experience at the helm of a number of high growth fintech and technology businesses, Mike is well-known for his ability to build venture-backed organisations and lead them to profitable growth. Having originally spent six years working for the United Nations, Mike has since gained a glowing reputation for fintech expertise, with executive roles at Infinity Financial Technology, Cohera, Coronet and Traiana. Mike joined Currencycloud in 2011, and as CEO is influential in growing the firm to become the world’s most trusted payment platform. Under his leadership, Currencycloud has established itself as a leading force in the digital financial services revolution and has raised $61m in funding (as of March 2017). Learn more about Mike Laven on Crunchbase…

Currencycloud specializes in a fully cloud-based platform for B2B cross-border payments. Read more aboutCurrencycloud on Crunchbase…

Michael Thamm

Chief Executive Officer , Costa Crociere S.p.A. @ Carnival Cruise Line

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Michael Thamm has been chief executive officer of Costa Crociere S.p.A. since July 2012. In this capacity, he has full responsibility for the following brands: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and Ibero Cruises. He previously served as president of AIDA Cruises from 2004 to 2012 and Senior Vice President Operations of AIDA Cruises from 1993 to 2004. Prior to joining AIDA Cruises, he held various management positions within the cargo shipping division of Deutsche Seereederei (DSR). Thamm, who holds a master’s degree in Economics, is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Cruise Council (ECC), which represents the interests of the world’s most important shipping lines in Europe. He was named North European Cruise Personality of the Year 2011, an award selected by Seatrade and V. Ships. In March 2012, the international cruise associations ECC and Cruise Lines International Association appointed Thamm spokesman for the cruise industry in Germany. Learn more about Michael Thamm on Crunchbase…

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Oliver Prill

Chief Executive Officer @ Tide

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Oliver Prill joined Tide from German online lender Kreditech, where he served as chief operating officer and helped to transform the business into a leading global fintech company. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in financial services, having worked across banking and insurance. In many of his roles he worked closely with small business owners and has always been inspired by their energy and passion but knows that for too long, they have been let down by traditional banks. Oliver is adamant to put founders at the forefront of Tide’s agenda and fix small business banking for good. Learn more about Oliver Prill on Crunchbase…

Tide is a business banking platform with a mission to save small businesses time and money on their banking and admin. Read more aboutTide on Crunchbase…

Sacha Deshmukh

Interim Chief Executive Officer @ Amnesty International

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Amnesty International is a global charity organization of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. Read more aboutAmnesty International on Crunchbase…

Arnold W. Donald

President and Chief Executive Officer @ Carnival Cruise Line

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Arnold W. Donald has been a director of Carnival Corporation since 2001 and a director of Carnival plc since 2003. Mr. Donald has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc since July 2013. He is also Principal of AWDPLC LLC, a private investment company. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Executive Leadership Council, a professional network of African-American executives of major U.S. companies, from 2010 to June 2012. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International from 2006 to 2008. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Donald was the Chairman of the Board of Merisant Company, a manufacturer and marketer of tabletop sweetener products, including the Equal® and Canderel® brands. From 2000 to 2003, he was also the Chief Executive Officer of Merisant Company. From 1998 to 2000, he was Senior Vice-President of Monsanto Company, a company which develops agricultural products and consumer goods, and President of its nutrition and consumer sector. Prior to that, he was President of Monsanto Company’s agricultural sector. He has been a member of the boards of directors of Bank of America Corporation since January 2013 and Crown Holdings, Inc. since July 1999. He was a member of the board of The Laclede Group, Inc. from January 2003 to January 2014, Oil-Dri Corporation of America from December 1997 to January 2013 and The Scotts Company from March 2000 to January 2009. Learn more about Arnold W. Donald on Crunchbase…

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Simon Denyer

Joint Chief Executive Officer @ Perform Group

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Simon is the CEO and founder of Perform Group, having joined the board in 2007. In his role as Perform Group CEO, Simon has overseen the strategic development of the leading digital sports content and media group from a product, geographical expansion, rights and commercial perspective. Prior to joining Perform Group, Simon founded Inform Group having previously held senior positions at IMG and Sporta. Simon holds a BA Hons in Economics and Geography from Loughborough University. Learn more about Simon Denyer on Crunchbase…

Perform Group is a digital media company that commercializes multimedia sports content across internet-enabled digital platforms. Read more aboutPerform Group on Crunchbase…

Alex Khein

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ BlueCove

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Alex Khein is a Chief Executive Officer at BlueBay Asset Management. Learn more about Alex Khein on Crunchbase…

BlueCove is a new scientific asset management firm. Read more aboutBlueCove on Crunchbase…

Richard Carr

Chief Executive @ Fortitudo Ltd

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Fortitudo Property brings a fresh and dynamic approach to developing property. Read more aboutFortitudo Ltd on Crunchbase…

Alex Hersham

Chief Executive Officer @ Zencargo

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CEO at Zencargo. Mostly recently spent 4 years building an international shipping and logistics platform at one of the largest Private Equity businesses in the world. Prior to the, he started his career at Goldman Sachs Learn more about Alex Hersham on Crunchbase…

Zencargo is a logistics company that simplifies global trade by offering digital freight services to help businesses thrive. Read more aboutZencargo on Crunchbase…

Chris Bayne

Chief Executive Officer @ The Access Group

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As well as holding the position of CEO for Access UK & Ireland, Chris is the CEO of Access Technology Group (ATG) – the parent company. In his position, Chris contributes to ATG’s growth targets with the aid of Access’ private equity partner, TA Associates. Chris is a product visionary and still gets involved in technical sales and product development. Because he works in close collaboration with the sales team and customers, he’s influenced by the customer demands. All of this helps him to foresee trends and brief the development team on new features and user requirements. Learn more about Chris Bayne on Crunchbase…

The Access Group is a software consultancy and developer company that provides fully integrated business management software. Read more aboutThe Access Group on Crunchbase…

Steve Cahillane

President & Chief Executive Officer @ NBTY

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Steve Cahillane joined NBTY in September 2014 as President & CEO. Since that time, he has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of NBTY. Prior to joining NBTY, Steve served as President of Coca-Cola Americas, which consists of both the North American and Latin American operations. Before assuming that role, he held positions as President and CEO of Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR), an operating unit of the North American business of The Coca Cola Company, and President of Coca-Cola Enterprise’s (CCE) North American business. Mr. Steven A. Cahillane, also known as Steve, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Kellogg Company since October 2, 2017 and has been its Chairman since March 16, 2018. Mr. Cahillane possesses particular knowledge and experience in a variety of areas, including accounting and financial acumen, risk management, innovation and research and development, branded consumer products and consumer dynamics, regulatory and government that strengthens the Board’s Learn more about Steve Cahillane on Crunchbase…

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William Reeve

Chief Executive Officer @ Goodlord

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William Reeve is a serial entrepreneur and business angel based in London. He serves as non-executive Director for a variety of high-growth businesses including, Graze, iAnnounce, True Knowledge, and Zoopla. William co-founded Fletcher Research in 1997, which rapidly became the UK’s leading internet research business. He sold it to Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) in 1999. William co-founded ScreenSelect in 2003. ScreenSelect grew rapidly and took over a variety of other businesses, before rebranding as in 2006. is now the leading international online film rental business. It is backed by, Arts Alliance, Balderton Capital, DFJ Esprit, and Index Ventures. Learn more about William Reeve on Crunchbase…

Goodlord offers a cloud-based software to help estate agents, landlords, and tenants manage the rental process. Read more aboutGoodlord on Crunchbase…

Ashley Almanza

Chief Executive Officer @ G4S

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Extensive board and executive management experience and strong track record working across international borders in complex businesses. Held a number of senior executive roles at BG Group from 1993 to 2012, including Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2011 and Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2012. As Executive Vice President he was accountable during 2009 and 2010 for BG Group’s UK, European and Central Asian businesses. He also led a consortium of global companies through complex government negotiations in Central Asia. He holds an MBA from London Business School. Non-executive director of Schroders plc and Noble Corporation. Board member of the Ligue Internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance. He retires from the board of Schroders on 28 April 2016. Learn more about Ashley Almanza on Crunchbase…

G4S is an international security solutions group, focused on BPO sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat. Read more aboutG4S on Crunchbase…

Del Titus Bawuah

Chief Executive Officer @ lili

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Del Titus Bawuah is a London based entrepreneur with a background in real estate management and alternative investments. Learn more about Del Titus Bawuah on Crunchbase…

Outdoor City pods offering flexible stay which can be accessed via smartphone or unique code on the move by the hour. Read more aboutlili on Crunchbase…

Aidan Cooney

Chief Executive Officer @ InCrowd Sports

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Aidan Cooney is a Chief Executive Officer at InCrowd Sports. Learn more about Aidan Cooney on Crunchbase…

Incrowd builds sponsorship activation platforms to give fans an in-stadia experience. Read more aboutInCrowd Sports on Crunchbase…

Jenny Griffiths

Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ Snap Vision

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Jenny Griffiths is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and Computer Vision engineer. She founded her company Snap Vision in 2011, which was the first in the world to offer visual search for fashion retailers and publishers across both mobile and web. Being so early in the journey of the development and commercialisation of today’s AI market, Jenny is a thought-leader not only in AI and computer vision, but also in how to innovate and how to drive markets into adopting new innovations. Her work has led to her winning a number of awards, from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver medal for personal contributions to UK engineering, to being awarded an MBE for Services to Innovation at the age of just 27. This year she was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 50 Women in Tech in the world. Learn more about Jenny Griffiths on Crunchbase…

Snap Vision specializes in the fields of AI computer games and machine learning. Read more aboutSnap Vision on Crunchbase…

Adam Share

Chief Executive @ RED Industries

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After a successful career, with over 25 years experience in the European and American Environmental Service Industry, Adam founded Red Industries in 2005. His previous roles included an executive level position at Safety-Kleen UK Ltd and responsibility for the £80 Million sale of Atlantic Waste Holdings Ltd. Learn more about Adam Share on Crunchbase…

Red Industries is the hazardous and non-hazardous waste management business Read more aboutRED Industries on Crunchbase…

Troy Collins

Chief Executive Officer @ Endource

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[custom-twitter-feeds screenname=”troyism”] is the pinnacle of curated fashion. We scour the most influential fashion sources to bring you the fashion that’s made the cut. Read more aboutEndource on Crunchbase…

Charles Dunstone

Founder and Chief Executive @ Carphone Warehouse

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Charles Dunstone is a Founder at Carphone Warehouse plc. Learn more about Charles Dunstone on Crunchbase…

Carphone Warehouse is a telecommunications retailer that sells mobile phones, tablets, wearables, phone accessories, and SIMs. Read more aboutCarphone Warehouse on Crunchbase…

Phillip Nunn

Chief Executive Officer @ Wealth Chain Capital

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Wealth Chain Capital specializes in providing customized finance and alpha-generating solutions. Read more aboutWealth Chain Capital on Crunchbase…

Michael Ioakimides

Chief executive officer @ Cambridge Education Group

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Michael Ioakimides is the chief executive officer of Cambridge Education Group. Learn more about Michael Ioakimides on Crunchbase…

Cambridge Education Group provides academic, creative, and English language programs in Europe and the United States. Read more aboutCambridge Education Group on Crunchbase…

Antonin de Fougerolles

Chief Executive Officer @ Evox Therapeutics

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Tony joined Ablynx as Chief Scientific Officer in October 2013. In this role, he leads the company’s discovery organization. Tony has more than 15 years of biotech R&D experience and expertise in building out pipelines and expanding platform technologies. Prior to joining Ablynx, Tony was CSO at Moderna Therapeutics where he led the science, helping to grow the company from a start-up to an established biotech with over 70 people and a $240M upfront pre-clinical deal with Astra Zeneca. Previously, Tony was CSO at Tolerx Incand prior to that he served on the management team of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals as Vice President, Research, Immunology, Metabolic, and Viral Disease from 2003-2010. He also served as a Principal Scientist at Biogen, Inc. (now Biogen Idec Inc.) from 1998-2003 where he worked on several immunology/inflammation-based programs and led research teams working to develop antibody-based therapeutics. Tony has been Principal Investigator on numerous grant awards totaling over $80M, and was named by Pharmaceutical Executive magazine as an “Emerging Pharma Leader” in 2009. Tony has over 60 scientific publications and is an inventor on over 30 issued U.S. patents. He earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from Harvard University, and was an Arthritis & Rheumatism Council (ARC) Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. Learn more about Antonin de Fougerolles on Crunchbase…

Evox Therapeutics is a biotechnology company that harnesses and engineer the natural trafficking capabilities of extracellular vesicles. Read more aboutEvox Therapeutics on Crunchbase…

Alex Mifsud

Chief Executive Officer @ Weavr

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Before founding Ixaris Alex worked as a senior consultant in the Cambridge-based tech practice of Arthur D. Little, a global management consultancy providing technology and innovation to blue chip clients. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Malta – where he later headed the computer science departments – as well as MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Edinburgh. Learn more about Alex Mifsud on Crunchbase…

Weavr is an online platform that creates, integrates, deploys, and runs digital payment flows. Read more aboutWeavr on Crunchbase…

Mark Oleynik

Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ Moley Robotics

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An accomplished Ph.D. mathematician, computer scientist and proven trailblazer. Results focused, his career to date is characterized by delivering demanding major projects to time and to budget. Prior to founding Moley Robotics, Mark was a co-founder and a major shareholder of a number of companies working in a healthcare sector in Russia and internationally. Earlier in his career, Mark exercised his passion for building successful products at Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University and smaller companies. Mark Oleynik is a driven leader and passionate robotics and healthcare expert. Learn more about Mark Oleynik on Crunchbase…

Moley Robotics develops robotic kitchen with oven, hob, sink, and two dexterous robotic arms that allow it to cook. Read more aboutMoley Robotics on Crunchbase…

Mike Wells

Group Chief Executive @ Prudential PLC

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Mike Wells has been Group Chief Executive of the international financial services group Prudential plc since June 2015. Founded in London in 1848 and based in the UK, Prudential provides long-term savings and protection products, retirement income solutions and asset management through its businesses on four continents – Prudential Corporation Asia and Eastspring Investments in Asia, Jackson National Life Insurance in the US, M&GPrudential in the UK and Europe, and Prudential Africa. Since becoming Group Chief Executive, Mike has overseen continued growth across Prudential’s key metrics, with the Group delivering record IFRS operating profit of more than £4.8 billion in 2018, and its assets under management reaching £657 billion. Mike joined Jackson, Prudential’s North American unit, in 1995, and became Jackson’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice-Chairman in 2003. In 2011 he was appointed President and CEO of Jackson and joined the board of Prudential. He has more than three decades’ experience in insurance and retirement services, having started his career at the US brokerage house Dean Witter before becoming a managing director at Smith Barney Shearson. Mike was born in Ontario, Canada, and earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics from San Diego State University. Learn more about Mike Wells on Crunchbase…

Prudential plc is an international financial services group with significant operations in Asia, the US and the UK. Read more aboutPrudential PLC on Crunchbase…

Gregg Sando

Founder & former Chief Executive Officer @ Kuur Therapeutics

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Gregg Sando is the founder and CEO of Cell Medica. After a career in investment banking based both in London and New York, he completed his Immunology MSc degree at the medical school of Imperial College. Recognizing the significant progress taking place in the field of cellular immunotherapy, Gregg formed Cell Medica in cooperation with a small group of the leading clinicians and immunologists who were pioneering this new mode of medical treatment. (B.A. Biochemistry, Harvard University; M.B.A. University of Chicago; MSc Immunology, Imperial College London). Learn more about Gregg Sando on Crunchbase…

Kuur Therapeutics is committed to transforming the lives of patients with cancer & is leading the development cell therapies. Read more aboutKuur Therapeutics on Crunchbase…

Simon Rogerson

Chief Executive and co-founder @ Octopus Group

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Octopus Group is a privately held financial services and energy firm company. Read more aboutOctopus Group on Crunchbase…

Michael Mueller

Chief Executive Officer @ Form3

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Michael set up Form3 after spending more than 25 years in various management positions with Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays. Most recently, he was Global Head of Cash Management and a Member of the Corporate Banking Executive at Barclays, where he had responsibility for the product management and distribution of the bank’s payment, corporate deposit and customer access products. For many years Michael has been passionate about driving digital change and innovation in global banks and has sponsored many key initiatives in this area, including white-labelling, biometric security, mobile payments (Pingit) and portal and mobile banking technology. More recently he has been actively involved in industry-level discussions about central bank digital currencies and the application of distributed ledger technology in financial services. Michael holds a degree in Organizational Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD. Learn more about Michael Mueller on Crunchbase…

Form3 is a cloud native payments-as-a-service platform that designs, builds, and runs the technology that powers the future of payments. Read more aboutForm3 on Crunchbase…

Calum Smeaton

Chief Executive Officer and Founder @ TVSquared

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For the past two decades, Calum has dedicated his professional life to starting and growing innovative software and e-commerce startups. After being entrenched in the world of data analytics for years and seeing firsthand how data can transform an industry, Calum founded TVSquared in 2012 to bring state-of-the-art analytical capabilities to TV advertising. Calum is recognized for building outstanding global teams; in fact, many of his employees have been with him for more than 10 years. He thrives on taking a company from idea to exit and is regularly tapped by journalists, analysts and event organizers to discuss his unique management strategies and his fervent belief that data-driven decisions need to be at the cornerstone of every business. Before TVSquared, Calum was the CEO of Sumerian, a provider of big data analytics for retail and investment banks. He was also the co-founder and CTO of Orbital Software, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange and merged with Sopheon PLC in 2001. Outside of work, Calum is an avid outdoorsman, who can frequently be found all over the world kite-surfing, snowboarding and sailing. Learn more about Calum Smeaton on Crunchbase…

TVSquared is the global leader in TV attribution. Read more aboutTVSquared on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Quin

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder @ WorldFirst

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Jonathan co-founded World First in January 2004. His career before this included two years as Head of Business Development within the Financial Markets division of RBS. Prior to that he was at Citibank, initially as a trader before moving to the bank’s global corporate sales desk. He then looked after the European sales of Citibank’s online FX trading products. Jonathan holds a law and accountancy degree from the University of Edinburgh. Learn more about Jonathan Quin on Crunchbase…

WorldFirst is an international payments business helping businesses and people easy move money around the world at great exchange rates. Read more aboutWorldFirst on Crunchbase…

Hassan Waqar

Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ MoneeMint

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Hassan Waqar has been recognised as one of the top 500 Global Leaders of the Islamic Economy 2018 by Islamica500. He’s a keen entrepreneur and pioneer whose establishing MoneeMint, a UK based digital platform that will provide shariah-compliant financial products and services to consumers. MoneeMint is built upon the foundations of ethical banking and accessibility for all. Fintech is changing the financial sector where Hassan and MoneeMint are helping write a new financial era. Learn more about Hassan Waqar on Crunchbase…

MoneeMint provides banking services. Read more aboutMoneeMint on Crunchbase…

Pieter-Bas Jacobse

Chief Executive Officer @ Rhubarb

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P.B. has over 20 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and is a respected figure in the community. After completing a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration at Maastricht Hotel Management School in the Netherlands, P.B. left for the US where he completed the Hospitality Summer Program at Cornell University. Upon graduation P.B. worked at the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York for 5 years. In 2005 P.B. was appointed as the first Managing Director and board member of rhubarb. In his tenure at rhubarb P.B. has been instrumental in developing and implementing rhubarb’s business strategy, driving the portfolio development from a single channel events business to a multi-channel business incorporating events and locations, significantly increasing the group’s revenue. As CEO, P.B. has an unwavering commitment to driving the company vision. Learn more about Pieter-Bas Jacobse on Crunchbase…

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Ralph Steffens

Chief Executive Officer @ Truphone

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Ralph Steffens is CEO at TruPhone. Steffens has held senior positions at some of the world’s leading telecoms companies, including NBN Co Limited, BT, Colt Telecom and most recently, Reliance Jio Infocom, heading up operations in various regions including Europe, India and Australia. Learn more about Ralph Steffens on Crunchbase…

A global leader in digital connectivity software Read more aboutTruphone on Crunchbase…

Phil Smith

Director & Chief Executive Officer @ Embark Group

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With special expertise in business transformation, Phil is our Chief Executive Officer and owner. He brings with him 20 years of global experience across wealth management, asset management, brokerage, insurance and consulting. Before joining us in 2013, Phil was Managing Director and Global Management Committee member at Barclays Wealth, where he played a major role in the inception and development of the global infrastructure of this business line for Barclays Plc. His previous roles include that of Global Chief Financial Officer of Fortis Investments. Phil previously held director-level roles at Arthur Andersen, Prudential M&G and Prudential Corporation Asia. During this time, he built up extensive experience of M&A, joint venture partnerships and greenfield business development across Asia, EMEA and the Americas. Learn more about Phil Smith on Crunchbase…

Embark Group provides retirement and financial services. Read more aboutEmbark Group on Crunchbase…

Charles Wiles

Chief Executive Officer @ Zzish

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Charles is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zzish, one of Europe’s leading new education technology ventures. Zzish is currently raising a new funding round. Zzish was selected as one of the “Future 30” at the Bett show and “EdTech 20” at EdTech Europe. Our own Quizalize app was ranked as the No.1 new app for schools by preeminent US EdTech site, EdSurge, last year. 15,000 teachers from more than 100 countries have signed up to use it so far! Our mission at Zzish is to enable almost anyone to create state-of-the-art education applications that have a real impact on student achievement. We help them do this far faster, better and cheaper than ever before. Our Zzish APIs let developers add important data driven features to their education applications in hours that would take them many months to implement themselves. Our templated app builder lets teachers create rich applications without writing any code at all. More broadly, Charles is an internet and mobile technology entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for creating and investing in deep technology businesses that have a strong social impact. As part of this Charles is a Venture Partner at Emerge Venture Lab, Europe’s leading accelerator for education technology companies and runs the monthly London based EdTech Developers meetup. As Google’s first Product Manager hired outside the United States, Charles co-led the mobile browser team in London that built the HTML5 APIs for the Android browser. Then as Managing Director at VisualDNA he reinvented the company to focus it on personalised advertising taking revenues from zero to $3m annual in just two years and helping to grow staff from 25 to 100. He’s an expert in mobile platforms, personalisation, big data and edtech. With a PhD in Computer Science and Robotics from Oxford and and an MBA from London Business School, he’s equally at home working on big data algorithms for deep learning or financial spreadsheets and strategy. Learn more about Charles Wiles on Crunchbase…

Zzish is a valuable classroom digital teaching tool for teachers that provides real-time feedback on the progress of their students. Read more aboutZzish on Crunchbase…

Daniel Saunders

Chief Executive @ L Marks

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Daniel Saunders is a technologist-turned-investor and an experienced advisor in applied innovation. He has worked with dozens of global industry leaders, identifying and implementing pioneering technologies. Trained as a software engineer with an MSc in Computer Science, he previously held senior roles at Symbian OS, acquired by Nokia, and Global Research and Consulting, acquired by ICAP plc. For almost 20 years, Daniel has designed, discovered or integrated the latest technological advances into large complex organizations. Immediately prior to L Marks, Daniel served as Chief of Staff for Economic Development at the Israeli Embassy. Having invested in thirty-five early-stage companies, Daniel is dedicated to enabling and supporting the next generation of business leaders. Through L Marks, he advocates for authentic digital transformation through embedding entrepreneurialism internally and integrating open innovation. Learn more about Daniel Saunders on Crunchbase…

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Eric Bommensath

Co-Chief Executive, Corporate and Investment Banking @ Barclays

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Eric Bommensath is Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays. He is a member of Barclays’ Executive Committee. Eric joined Barclays in London in 1997 as Head of Derivatives, Europe. He was appointed Head of Fixed Income in 2002. Between 2006 and August 2010 he was based in New York and held the additional position of Head of Trading, Americas. He relocated back to London in September 2010 as Head of FICC, responsible for the Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange, Commodities, Emerging Markets and Prime Services trading businesses globally. He also had responsibility for all trading in the EMEA region. In October 2012, he was appointed Head of Markets, responsible for trading and sales across all asset classes. Eric was appointed Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking on 1 May 2013, while maintaining his Markets responsibilities. He joined the Barclays Executive Committee at the same time. Prior to joining Barclays, Eric spent eight years at Bankers Trust in London, Tokyo and Paris, and was appointed a Managing Director in 1995. He studied Science at École Polytechnique in Paris, and Engineering at École Ponts et Chaussées. Learn more about Eric Bommensath on Crunchbase…

Barclays is a global financial services company that provides various financial products and services worldwide. Read more aboutBarclays on Crunchbase…

Mark Livingstone

Chief Executive Officer @ Pharmacy2U

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Mark became Pharmacy2U’s CEO following a merger with in July 2016. An entrepreneurial business leader who has held many senior positions across retail and technology. Roles include co-founder and CEO of LOVEFiLM, worldwide Managing Director of Lego Interactive and one of the people behind the startup, With a passion for understanding how things work, Mark is a keen engineer who has rebuilt three 1950s Austin-Healeys. Learn more about Mark Livingstone on Crunchbase…

Pharmacy2U are the UK’s leading NHS approved online pharmacy and also provide a confidential private online doctor service. Read more aboutPharmacy2U on Crunchbase…

Marc Warner

Chief Executive Officer @ Faculty Science

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Dr Marc Warner is the co-founder and CEO of ASI. He founded ASI in the belief that the benefits of AI should extend to everyone and has shaped the company so that it can support organisations of all shapes and sizes to take advantage of rapid advances in this field. In the two years since founding ASI, Marc has overseen its growth to more than 50 employees, and expanded its offer from a small fellowship scheme to a cutting edge range of software, training, project and advisory services. He has also led over 50 data science projects, with clients ranging from multinational companies like EasyJet and Siemens to the UK Government and NHS. His work has been covered by the BBC, the Telegraph, and the Independent and many more. Previously, Marc was the Marie Curie Fellow of Physics at Harvard University, specialising in quantum sensing. His research has been published in many high impact journals and cited hundreds of times. His PhD in Quantum Computing was awarded the Stoneham prize, published in Nature, and covered in the New York Times. Learn more about Marc Warner on Crunchbase…

Faculty provides data science and engineering training services. Read more aboutFaculty Science on Crunchbase…

On Yavin

Chief executive officer @ Cointelligence

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On Yavin is the founder and CEO at Cointelligence, a company that conducts data research and analysis for the crypto economy. On has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep, hands-on experience and knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for ICOs, crypto, and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association. Learn more about On Yavin on Crunchbase…

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Graham Barnet

Chief Executive Officer @ Sigma Capital Group

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Graham Barnet is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma. As Chief Executive Officer he sits on the boards of both Sigma Capital Group plc and Sigma Technology Management Limited and is responsible for the management of the Group through the development of objectives, strategy and standards of performance. Graham is also a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sigma’s property activities through its subsiduary Strategic Investment Management Limited Prior to founding Sigma, Graham had his own company, Merchant Investments Limited, which was a specialist consultancy involved in the management of businesses both in the traditional and technology sectors. Graham has been involved in technology investment for almost 20 years and leads the investment committee. Graham also leads Sigma’s funds activity. Learn more about Graham Barnet on Crunchbase…

Sigma Capital Group focus on the creation of communities by delivering new, good quality and well located family homes to rent. Read more aboutSigma Capital Group on Crunchbase…

Noel Quinn

Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking @ HSBC

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Noel Quinn was appointed Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking, in December 2015. He became a Group Managing Director in September 2016. Based in London, Mr Quinn is responsible for HSBC’s relationships with about 2 million small, medium and large business customers in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and Latin America. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Regional Head of Commercial Banking for Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. He joined Forward Trust Group, a subsidiary of Midland Bank, in 1987. He led HSBC’s acquisitions of Swan National Motor Finance and Eversholt Leasing Ltd, becoming General Manager of each business in turn. He has since taken up postings including Head of Specialised and Equity Finance at HSBC, Group Director of Strategy & Development at HSBC Insurance Services North America, Head of Commercial Finance Europe and Head of Commercial Banking UK (2008-2011). Learn more about Noel Quinn on Crunchbase…

HSBC is a banking and financial services organization that offers a comprehensive range of services. Read more aboutHSBC on Crunchbase…

Freddy Macnamara

Chief Executive Officer & Founder @ Cuvva

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Radically better insurance, fit for the future. Read more aboutCuvva on Crunchbase…

Charmaine Chow

Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ Get Harley

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Charmaine Chow Founder, CEO at Get Harley. Learn more about Charmaine Chow on Crunchbase…

Get Harley is an end-to-end skincare platform powered by practitioners. Read more aboutGet Harley on Crunchbase…

Stein Kruse

Chief Executive Officer , Holland America Group @ Carnival Cruise Line

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Stein Kruse has been Chief Executive Officer of the Holland America Group since December 2013. In this capacity, he has full operating responsibility of Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Holland America Princess Alaska Tours. He was president and chief executive officer of Holland America Line from 2004 to November 2013. Kruse joined Holland America Line in 1999 as senior vice president, fleet operations with overall responsibility for all Holland America Line’s operations. Kruse joined Holland America Line from “K” Line America, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also oversaw financial activities in seven U.S. subsidiary companies for the global Japanese shipping company and served on the company’s board of directors. Prior to that, Kruse held several executive positions in the cruise industry. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and president and CEO for Seven Seas Cruise Line. He is a former vice chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and presently serves as a director on the board of the United States Coast Guard Foundation and on the board of governors of the World Trade Center Seattle. Kruse, a native of Oslo, Norway, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Learn more about Stein Kruse on Crunchbase…

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Nick Katz

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ acasa

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Nick Katz has worked in the US and the UK for nearly a decade in just about every segment of the real estate industry possible. He’s bought and sold commercial buildings, improved the energy efficiency of hotels, and deployed software to large property portfolios. In 2013 Nick joined VC backed Honest Buildings as Head of Europe before launching Splittable. Nick loves the idea of leveraging technology to help people live better at home. He’s an expert at dealing with housemate issues having rented and shared nine properties in London. Learn more about Nick Katz on Crunchbase…

acasa is a household management tool and bill splitting package that helps students, sharers and couples. Read more aboutacasa on Crunchbase…

Peter Irikovsky

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder @ Exponea (acquired by Bloomreach)

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Peter Irikovsky is the CEO of Exponea, the leading customer data and experience platform (CDXP). Prior to heading up the Exponea team, Peter demonstrated his passion for entrepreneurialism as the CEO of Slevomat Group, where he helped grow revenue to €100m in fewer than four years. His past experience also includes LRJ Capital, McKinsey, and Groupon. Peter is a frequent speaker (Davos, Forbes, StartupGrind, US Embassy, EU commission), and serves as the head of the supervisory board at Duke of Edinburgh International Award in Slovakia, board member of National Monuments Foundation, and committee member at Millennium Calendar Prize. He is a Singularity University graduate and holds a degree in Computer Science. Learn more about Peter Irikovsky on Crunchbase…

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Mark Wrighton

Chief Executive Officer @ Huddle

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Huddle is the enterprise document collaboration company that helps organizations across the globe to collaborate intelligently. Read more aboutHuddle on Crunchbase…

Ilya Levtov

Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Craft

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Ilya is the founder and CEO ofCraft providing data and analytics on thousands of companies for free to professionals researching their next career move or conducting business development. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in London, then received his MBA from Stanford. Later he joined venture capital firm Venrock in Menlo Park, and then joined Venrock’s portfolio-company Crunchyroll, as EVP. Ilya believes that access to more and better information for professionals and candidates about employers and opportunities, is a key to solving the talent challenges we face today. Learn more about Ilya Levtov on Crunchbase…

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Benoit Durteste

Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer @ Intermediate Capital Group

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Beno​ît Durteste is Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer of ICG. He is also a member of the Board of ICG Plc and the Chairman of the BVCA Alternative Lending Working Group. Benoit joined ICG in 2002 from Swiss Re where he was a Managing Director in the Structured Finance division in London. Prior to Swiss Re, Benoit worked in the Leveraged Finance division of BNP Paribas and in GE Capital’s Telecom and Media Private Equity team in London. Benoit is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. Learn more about Benoit Durteste on Crunchbase…

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Melissa Di Donato

Chief Executive Officer @ SUSE

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Prior to SAP, Melissa was the Area Vice President of Analytics for EMEA at and has spent more than 20 years in technology as a leader in the digital space delivering innovative and transformative enterprise cloud solutions for customers around the globe. She is dedicated to building high performing sales teams, ensuring diversity across the business and developing multi-channel go to market strategies. ComputerWeekly’s 2015 Personality of the Year UK for Cloud Computing, one of 2016’s Top 10 most influential women in UK technology, awarded the Technology Woman of Achievement award by Women in the City and as head of the technology group of the 30% Club, she endeavours to ensure that more women are represented at the top of leading technology companies across the UK and globally. Learn more about Melissa Di Donato on Crunchbase…

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Damian Milkins

Chief Executive Officer @ Amplify Life

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Jan Reichelt

Chief executive officer @ Kopernio

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Jan is Co-Founder and President of Mendeley, one of the largest platforms for collaborative research in the world: through a suite of free tools cloud-based, Mendeley helps researchers to collaborate with each other and make the world of research academica more accessible and transparent . Jan has an MBA in Electronic Business, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship achieved at WHU, LUISS Rome and the School of Management of the ‘University of Bath. Learn more about Jan Reichelt on Crunchbase…

Kopernio is a free web-based software that enables access to academic journal articles. Read more aboutKopernio on Crunchbase…

Jan Amstutz

Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ Beem

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Beem provides key infrastructure for the future of spatial telepresence in the Metaverse. Read more aboutBeem on Crunchbase…

George Goldsmith

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder @ COMPASS Pathways

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George is a serial entrepreneur with significant experience in pharmaceutical regulation. George’s early training and experience was a multi-disciplinary blending of cognitive psychology, clinical psychology and computer science.His first company, The Human Interface Group, was a pioneer in collaborative software and acquired by Lotus Development. George led the Lotus Institute and developed software and services to support high-performance, distributed teamwork. George then created TomorrowLab, which provided strategic guidance to internet businesses in the late 1990s. At the same time, he became a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company’s leadership, and eventually joined McKinsey as CEO of TomorrowLab@McKinsey. Subsequently, as a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) and its International Board of Directors, George founded YPO Networks. In 2002, George founded Tapestry Networks, an organisation committed to improving leadership performance and governance effectiveness in regulated sectors. He still serves as Tapestry Networks’ Non-Executive Chairman. George also serves on the board of directors for AnaBios, a company redefining drug discovery. He and his wife, Ekaterina Malievskaia MD, live in London. Learn more about George Goldsmith on Crunchbase…

Compass Pathways is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Read more aboutCOMPASS Pathways on Crunchbase…

Daniel Najar

Chief executive officer @ Chi Chi London

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Co Director & Co Founder of Chi Chi London ( – Brand Creation – Wholesale – Manufacturing – Retail – Advertising & Marketing – Management – Strategic Planning – Business Structuring & Growth – Innovation – Design, Buying & Sourcing – Recruitment – Trend Analysis Successfully co-created the Chi Chi London brand which specialises in young, fast, high quality, affordable exciting womenswear, currently stocked by ASOS, House Of Fraser, Very, Zalando, Simply Be, Dorothy Perkins, Modcloth, Nelly and over 400 stores worldwide. The brand has recently launched it’s first successful national UK television advertising campaign & continues to grow strongly as it looks to expand into both domestic & emerging markets. Learn more about Daniel Najar on Crunchbase…

Chi Chi London provides women’s clothing online. Read more aboutChi Chi London on Crunchbase…

Mike Moran

Chief Executive Officer @ Rutherford Health

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Mike Moran MBE is a founder of the company and has 30 years of experience in strategic leadership, planning and programme delivery. He has held various executive positions in defence and healthcare in the UK and abroad and is the Former Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce & Learning & Skills Council in Hereford and Worcestershire. Learn more about Mike Moran on Crunchbase…

Rutherford Health is provides proton beam therapy/radiotherapy services for cancer treatment. Read more aboutRutherford Health on Crunchbase…

Duncan Painter

Chief Executive Officer @ Ascential Plc

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Duncan joined the company in October 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. In March 2012, he led a significant restructure of the group, which saw the creation of Top Right Group and its separate business units operating at the heart of the customer communities they serve. In December 2015, following a successful three-year turnaround, Duncan formed the new Group Company Brand – Ascential. As CEO, Duncan has a relentless focus on improving our products and services to ensure this drives greater customer retention. Ensuring our customers get improved value every year from our products; seeking constant feedback; adapting what our brands focus on and empowering our experts to have the confidence to be champions of insight or access to the markets we serve; have been the core ingredients to the strong results of the Group over the last few years. Before joining the Group, Duncan was an Executive at BskyB, where he supported their growth objectives to ten million customers. Prior to that, he was Global Product Leader at Experian plc, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of consumer intelligence company ClarityBlue, which was acquired by Experian in 2006, and European Systems Integration Director for Hitachi Data Systems. Learn more about Duncan Painter on Crunchbase…

Ascential is a global information company that enables smart decision-making for business. Read more aboutAscential Plc on Crunchbase…

Richard Downs

Founder and chief executive officer @ Iglu Cruise

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As Founder and CEO of Richard paved the way for Iglu to become the largest independent agent of ski and cruise holidays in the UK. Spearheading the company since 1998, Richard continues to motivate and inspire the growing and passionate teams behind Iglu’s UK and international presence. Learn more about Richard Downs on Crunchbase…

Iglu Cruise is an internet-based travel agency specializing in the sale of snowboarding and ski holidays, cruises and Christmas holidays. Read more aboutIglu Cruise on Crunchbase…

John Corcoran

Chief Executive Officer @ Global Switch

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John, who has an extensive background in both the property and finance industries, was appointed Executive Chairman of Global Switch in 2008, and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Previously he served as Chief Financial Officer of Multiplex Group, a large Australian diversified property group, where he was responsible for finance, treasury, administration, planning and major investments. Multiplex Group first became an investor in Global Switch in 2004 and subsequently sold its interest to the Reuben Brothers in 2006. John’s career in the finance industry began at Hambros Bank Limited where he served as a director of its corporate finance business in London, Hong Kong and Sydney where he helped lead the company’s expansion in Asia-Pacific. During this period, John was involved in the bank’s advisory, structured finance, capital markets and development capital businesses, where he worked on major transactions for leading companies around the world. An Australian, John received Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Laws from the University of Sydney. In 1983, he was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a solicitor. He has also attended a number of business management and other financial courses. Learn more about John Corcoran on Crunchbase…

Global Switch is an owner, operator, and developer of large scale network dense, carrier & cloud neutral multi-tenanted data centres Read more aboutGlobal Switch on Crunchbase…

Sharmadean Reid

Chief Executive Officer @ The Stack World

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The Stack World is a news, events and connections company. Read more aboutThe Stack World on Crunchbase…

Martin Murphy

Chief Executive Officer @ Syncona Partners LLP

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Martin is Chief Executive Officer of Syncona Investment Management Ltd. He co-founded Syncona in 2012 with The Wellcome Trust. Since then, Martin has been closely involved in the foundation and development of four Syncona companies: Achilles, Autolus, Blue Earth and OMass Therapeutics and continues to hold Board positions at these companies. Previously, he was a partner at MVM Life Science Partners LLP, a venture capital company focused on life science and healthcare, where he led their European operations. Martin has also held roles with 3i Group plc and McKinsey & Company. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Learn more about Martin Murphy on Crunchbase…

Syncona Partners LLP is a healthcare company focused on investing in and building global leaders in life science. Read more aboutSyncona Partners LLP on Crunchbase…

James Lloyd-Townshend

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer @ Tenth Revolution Group

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With over two decades of experience leading staffing firms, James Lloyd-Townshend is an experienced CEO with a strong track record of identifying under-served niche markets. He builds and scales highly profitable, market leading international cloud recruitment brands and training academies, all of which outperform their peers by several orders of magnitude. As Chairman and CEO, James has created a business that allows anyone with the ambition to succeed and reach their goals in an environment that is genuinely inclusive. James is an Economics and Accounting graduate from the University of Newcastle and has attended the executive program at Manchester Business School as well as several other business schools in Europe. Learn more about James Lloyd-Townshend on Crunchbase…

Tenth Revolution Group is the global leader in cloud talent solutions, uniquely equipped to deliver digital transformation through people. Read more aboutTenth Revolution Group on Crunchbase…

Lucienne Elms

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Horse Scout

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Lucienne Elms is a British, professional equestrian sportswoman Dr of Chiropractic, and equestrian specialist. Aluminum of BlackBoxVC Tech Accelerator Silicon Valley. As founder and CEO of Horse Scout, Lucienne is now utilising her 17yr deep Industry equestrian experience, tech understandings to fulfil her vision of creating the leading global equestrian commercial engines via Horse Scout Group. Learn more about Lucienne Elms on Crunchbase…

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Dan Sandhu

Chief Executive @ Sparx

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Dan has been involved in Technology and Services businesses as Investor/Founder and Executive. After stints at PwC and Mitsui, Dan co-founded a London based tech outsourcing business (7C), later backed by venture capital. Dan went on to become the CEO and Chairman of the Indian business The team exited to United Utilities plc and then again to Oak Hill Capital (New York). During his stint in India, Dan was one of the founding members of the Indian Angel Network. On returning to the UK, Dan ran a software business backed by Carlyle. After exiting to a trade buyer, Dan co-founded and funded a workforce management business (Swiftshift), where Dan chairman and stakeholder. Now CEO of Sparx, Dan has an extensive career in the education and technology sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Leading and guiding education teams around the world, Dan has previously been voted as one of Education Technology’s top 100 most influential leaders globally. As a member of BESA’s Executive Council (UK Education Industry Body) and having joined the Brooking Institution’s Center for Universal Education’s Leadership Council in the US, Dan is influencing the education and EdTech landscapes beyond his role at Sparx. He is a regular speaker at education and technology forums and has authored numerous articles. Dan’s breadth of experience in education is demonstrated through his role as an investor in a number of education ventures such as Youth4work (a global vocational assessment platform), Edurio, Ecovation as well as his work with Emerge Education and Teachers’ Media International. Dan was also Chairman and CEO of Digital Assess and sat on their advisory board, supporting the international partnership strategy. Dan is focused on ensuring that Sparx will achieve a sustainable impact in the delivery of maths education in the UK and internationally, focusing on the use of education technology to improve numeracy and therefore life opportunities for millions of learners around the world. Dan is very active in the Ed Tech space in the UK and Internationally as both an investor and an executive. ( Dan has been actively involved in mentoring early stage and growth stages business and is a Venture Partner at Emerge Education Learn more about Dan Sandhu on Crunchbase…

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