Growth & Innovation Forum 2017
Nick Ball

Nick Ball, Group FD - Plastics Capital


Nick, who is the Group Finance Director of Plastics Capital, joined in October 2005. Previously he spent 10 years working at Deloitte & Touche, initially in Audit and then in Corporate Finance, where he principally worked on financial due diligence for manufacturing businesses and lead advisory work for the private equity industry. He has also worked in leveraged finance at ScotiaCapital. He is a graduate of Bath University and is an ACA accountant.

Harry Berry

Harry Berry, Non-Executive Director & COO - CyanConnode


Harry joined the Board in May 2014. He has over 30 years’ experience in the technology and telecommunications industries and has held a wide range of senior positions and responsibilities in sales, global product management, change management, and development programs.

Harry joined BT in 1970 and was responsible for the creation of BT Brightstar, a corporate incubator focussing on BT’s R&D portfolio to create technology venturing. Harry is currently European Partner with New Venture Partners, a global venture capital firm dedicated to corporate technology spinouts with over $700 million under management.

He is also the Chairman of the Eastern Enterprise Hub, which is an organisation responsible for delivering entrepreneurship into academic establishments working with the University Campus Suffolk and colleges across the eastern region of England. Harry is also the Chairman of New Anglia Capital, which helps to provide funding for early stage businesses.

Martin Boddy

Martin Boddy, Executive Chairman - Jaywing (JWNG)


Martin is an entrepreneur and experienced marketing practitioner. 

As Customer Development Manager at Firstdirect he achieved the highest cross-product holding ratio in the sector. He made Guardian Direct the UK’s fastest growing direct insurance brand after being appointed as its Marketing Director at the age of just 29.

In 1999 he founded Jaywing as a data analytics consultancy. Now CEO of Jaywing plc his focus is on the innovative use of data science and on creating a highly collaborative operating model

Mike Boydell

Mike Boydell, MD - Shares


Mike is Managing Director of AJ Bell Media and has overall responsibility for the business, covering print, online, events and third party solutions. He was previously founding MD of ADVFN plc, which was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2000. He has hosted and presented at hundreds of investment focussed events and has appeared on BBC Radio and TV, ITV, Sky, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and was a regular commentator on LBC radio.

Mark Braund

Mark Braund, CEO - RedstoneConnect


Mark was appointed CEO of RedstoneConnect plc in January 2016, following ten months as a Non-executive Director. He is a former director of IBM (EMEA), founded and sold Barker Personnel Services to Carlisle Holdings and subsequently led the turnarounds of TAC Europe, Lorien plc and First Advantage, all of which saw rapid increases in profitability before being sold to private investors. Mark was CEO of InterQuest Group plc, a leading digital technology recruitment specialist, from April 2011 to December 2015.

Keith Butcher

Keith Butcher, CFO - Blancco Technology Group


Keith Butcher joined Blancco Technology Group as Chief Financial Officer in September 2016.

Keith is responsible for leading worldwide financial operations, investor relations and M&A opportunities. Over the course of his career, Keith has held CFO roles at several high-growth technology and e-commerce companies, including PaySafe Group, Flomerics and DataCash Group. In each of these positions, he played an instrumental part in streamlining costs, improving investor relations and guiding the companies through successful mergers and acquisitions. 

Simon Cleaver

Simon Cleaver, CEO - CloudCall


Simon joined CloudCall in April 2011. He is an entrepreneur and highly experienced director who has built, developed and sold a number of successful companies in both the private and public arenas. He has an in depth knowledge of companies in the technology sector. Businesses that he has built and sold include Serve Logic plc, Business Serve plc, ERP Ltd and Dalehart Ltd. 

Daniel Coatsworth

Daniel Coatsworth, Editor - Shares


Daniel Coatsworth is the editor at Shares and has written for the publication since 2005 where he has become one of the best known writers on the mining industry. He previously wrote for Teletext's finance and money pages and many of the UK's leading personal finance trade magazines. 

Neil Crabb

Neil Crabb, Chief Executive - Frontier IP Group


Neil Crabb is Chief Executive of Frontier IP. He has considerable experience as an investor and director of a wide range of technology and university spin-out companies. He was previously an investment manager at Duncan Lawrie Ltd. with responsibility for a range of managed portfolios investing in smaller UK companies and unquoted technology companies, prior to which he was an investment analyst managing investments in UK small companies and larger stocks in the electronics sector with Equitable Life Assurance.

Rachel Elias-Jones

Rachel Elias-Jones, CFO - Bango


Rachel is responsible for overall financial management of Bango, for corporate financial functions and Bango’s financial relationships with partners.

The global reach of Bango requires a wide range of financial and taxation models, Rachel ensures the smooth running of the team delivering this commercial flexibility. She has responsibility for innovation and management in critical finance functions, and is closely involved in product development to ensure the Bango Payment Platform can scale and handle complex requirements.

An experienced finance leader and Chartered Accountant, Rachel has spent 10 years in industry and practice at ‘top 5’ audit firms, specializing in the technology sector.

Steve Flavell

Steve Flavell, co-CEO - LoopUp


Based in London, Steve oversees global commercial activities and is accountable for setting and delivering LoopUp’s financial plan. Prior to LoopUp, Steve was EVP and main board director at GoIndustry, an online industrial auctioneering platform. As part of its founding team, Steve was involved in GoIndustry’s organic growth and several acquisitions. Previously, Steve spent time at Monitor Company, Mars & Co, and Mobil Oil. Steve has an MBA from Stanford and MEng from St. John’s College, Cambridge.

Steven Frazer

Steven Frazer, Online Editor - Shares


Steven Frazer is Shares' online editor and technology writer, covering all the big tech themes from big data to mobile, microprocessors to new energy, with an investment slant. He's been writing about technology, business, investment and markets for 15 years and his off-diary stories, deeper think features and daily Tweets often move share prices.  Find him at the Shares magazine website ( or tweeting at @SharesMagSteve.

Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison, CEO - Bioventix


Peter Harrison has worked in the field of antibody technology since 1986 and has extensive experience of the development and commercialisation of antibody technologies.  In 1991 he joined KS Biomedix Ltd and helped to establish sheep monoclonal antibody technology at their Farnham research laboratory.  Following the acquisition of KS Biomedix Limited by Xenova plc in 2003, he led a management buy-out that resulted in the formation of Bioventix and he has led the subsequent commercial development of the Company.  

Terry Hart

Terry Hart, CFO - CityFibre


Terry Hart has over 20 years’ experience in Financial, Commercial and Operational roles, and since 2000 has specialised in telecoms and technology.  As UK FD of Easynet Group plc, Terry provided the financial leadership to manage the business through high growth, including the management of the investment programme for the first national roll-out of unbundled broadband and its launch to consumers and businesses. Terry later became UK MD and prepared the business for the successful sale to BSkyB. 

Simon Kings

Simon Kings, Executive Director - TP Group


Simon joined TP Group in 2014 as Managing Director of Atmosphere Control International, and was appointed to the Board in April 2015. Simon joined from Raytheon UK, where he was Business Development Director following a 30 year naval career including active service as Commodore and with responsibility for the UK’s naval shipbuilding programme, ship sensors and weapons. 

Julian Morse

Julian Morse, Head of Growth Companies - Cenkos Securities


Julian is Head of the Growth Companies Team.  He is one of the founding members of the Cenkos Growth Companies team. 

He has over 22 years’ experience in the City and he has been involved in 100s of successful fundraisings and IPOs. 

Previously Julian was a Director at Beeson Gregory and Evolution Securities. 

Russ Mould

Russ Mould, Investment Director - AJ Bell

Russ Mould has 25 years' experience in the capital markets. He started at Scottish Equitable in 1991 as a fund manager and in 1993 he joined SG Warburg, now part of UBS investment bank, where he worked as an equity analyst covering the technology sector for 12 years. Russ joined Shares in November 2005 as technology correspondent and became Editor of the magazine in July 2008. He was appointed as Investment Director in summer 2013 following AJ Bell's acquisition of Shares' parent company, MSM Media.
Andrew Newland

Andrew Newland, Chief Executive - ANGLE


Andrew Newland is the founder and Chief Executive of ANGLE plc.

Andrew has an MA in Engineering Science from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Andrew has co-founded and led eleven technology companies in partnership with world class research organisations, both in the UK and the US.

Andrew was a founder of ANGLE’s Parsortix non-invasive cancer diagnostics and has lead ANGLE’s team building this business since 2005.

Richard Penny

Richard Penny, Senior Fund Manager - Legal & General UK Alpha Trust

Richard started his investment career in 1992 and has been a fund manager since 1994. Most recently he has been the manager of the Legal and General UK Alpha Trust, winner of the Money observer best UK Growth fund award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Fund is an aggressive stock picking Fund looking for investments that can double or more over three years. It uses a mix of deep value and strong growth strategies.
Philipp Prince

Philipp Prince, CFO - Defenx


Appointed in July 2015, Philipp has over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, having qualified with Stoy Hayward (now BDO LLP) in 1995. He spent 16 years in corporate finance, becoming a partner in 2002, during which time he led over 50 capital market transactions. Prior to joining Defenx, Philipp was CFO at Enecsys, a Silicon Valley solar technology business. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a fellow of the ICAEW.

Phil Reason

Phil Reason, CEO - Instem


Phil is an experienced chief executive who has developed a number of IT businesses in the life sciences and nuclear industries, organically and through acquisition. He joined Instem’s former parent company in 1982 and was appointed Managing Director of the Life Sciences division in 1995 and CEO following a demerger in 1998. Given the importance of the North American market to Instem’s organic and acquisitive growth, Phil relocated from the UK to the US in 2003, establishing a new headquarters in the Philadelphia area.

David Richards

David Richards, Interim Chairman, President, CEO & Co-founder - WANdisco


David co-founded WANdisco in Silicon Valley in 2005 and has led the Company on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David has over 15 years’ executive experience in the software industry, and has established and successfully exited several highly successful Silicon Valley technology companies. David was the founder & CEO of Librados, an application integration software provider, and led the company’s acquisition by NASDAQ listed NetManage, Inc. 

Jamal Rushdy

Jamal Rushdy, CEO - Collagen Solutions


Mr. Rushdy is CEO of Collagen Solutions Plc (AIM:COS) and brings over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry in successful entrepreneurial and high growth public companies. Prior to joining Collagen Solutions he served in senior commercial and operational leadership positions leading global orthopedic and biologics product marketing teams at DJO and Tornier. He has helped achieve successful exits for private equity and angel investors as a founding member or senior executive of four medical device companies.

Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith, CEO - Avacta (AVCT)


Alastair has been Chief Executive of Avacta since its inception in 2005. He has a degree and PhD in Physics from Manchester University and, following a period of working in the U.S., took up a position at Leeds University in 1995. At 38 he was awarded a Chair of Molecular Biophysics and grew one of the leading biophysics research groups in Europe. He left his academic career in 2007 to focus full time on delivering value to Avacta shareholders.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith, CEO - One pm Finance


Ian has 30 years’ experience in Business as a board level Finance Director and Chief Executive following qualification as an accountant.  Previously, Ian was a member of the management team which successfully sold Q Chip Ltd to Midatech plc in 2014 and also sold UDEX Limited on behalf of 3i plc in 2006.  As Finance Director of Surface Technology Systems plc, he was instrumental in its floatation on AIM in December 2000, subsequently leading the business as Chief Executive through the technology sector downturn from 2001 to 2003.  Prior to that Ian was Group Finance Director to LSE –listed UK Safety Plc.

Ian is responsible for all of the Strategic and Operational activities of the group in the CEO role and also sits on the Nominations, Remuneration and Risk Committees of the Board of Directors.

Simon Strong

Simon Strong, Head of Research, Growth Companies - Cenkos Securities


Simon has worked in financial markets for twenty three years, as both a UK equity fund manager and a sell-side analyst.  His analyst background is in the Technology sector. He has formally covered Technology equities since 1999 and been involved in numerous successful fundraisings and IPOs.   He currently acts as Head of Research for the Growth Companies Team at Cenkos.

José Luis Vazquez

José Luis Vazquez, CEO - Mirada (MIRA)


José Luis Vázquez, founder and CEO of Mirada PLC and the Chairman of the Spanish Association of Interactive Television Companies (AEDETI) has almost 20 years of experience in Telecommunication and Interactivity sectors, in which he is a broadly recognised professional.

José holds a degree in Advanced Telecommunication Engineering (UPM) and an MBA (IESE). He is one of the most important personalities in the Spanish Digital TV Industry and a frequent conference speaker.

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