Growth & Innovation Forum 2018
Thomas Beergrehn

Thomas Beergrehn, CEO - EU-Supply


Thomas Beergrehn founded the Group, having spent five years with McKinsey & Company where his expertise was in strategy under uncertainty. Prior to McKinsey, Thomas was Commander in the Swedish Navy, following graduation at the Swedish Navy Academy. Thomas holds a PhD and an MSc in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, as well as an MSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Uppsala. Thomas has been elected a member of the European Commission’s eTendering Expert Group.

Martin Boddy

Martin Boddy, Executive Chairman - Jaywing


Martin is a high profile entrepreneur and experienced marketing practitioner. He founded the original Jaywing data analysis consultancy business in 1999 and has been the driving force behind its growth into complementary digital marketing services and data science led products.

Prior to Jaywing, Martin worked in start-ups including Guardian Direct where he was Marketing Director and Firstdirect where he was Customer Development Manager.  He began his career at Barclays.


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-focused events and has appeared on BBC Radio and TV, ITV, Sky, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and was a regular commentator on LBC radio.

Oliver Brown

Oliver Brown, Lead Manager - MFM UK Primary Opportunities Fund


Oliver is an Investment Director at R.C. Brown Investment Management having joined in 2006 and became Lead Fund Manager of the MFM UK Primary Opportunities Fund in May 2013. Oliver has in-depth knowledge of the UK equity market and a specialist knowledge of IPOs and other event driven transactions.  Prior to this, Oliver qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton, where he worked with listed clients in a variety of sectors, specialising in the construction, leisure and IT industries. 


Simon Cleaver

Simon Cleaver, CEO - CloudCall Group


Simon is a highly experienced and passionate tech-focused entrepreneur with a history of successfully building and developing companies in both the private and public arenas. As CEO, Simon has led CloudCall to continued year on year turnover growth, with run-rate revenue now reaching £10m p.a. Employing more than 150 people in four countries, CloudCall is now a business recognised as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK.

Daniel Coatsworth

Daniel Coatsworth, Editor - Shares


Daniel Coatsworth is the editor at Shares and has written for the publication since 2005. He previously wrote for Teletext about the UK stock market and money matters, and his work has also appeared in many of the UK's leading newspapers, news websites and personal finance magazines. He is an expert on equities and funds and is also one of the leading commentators in the field of financial education for the retail investment market.

Jonathan Copus

Jonathan Copus, CEO - Getech


Jonathan has extensive industry, corporate finance and capital markets experience having worked as an exploration geologist at Shell, as the top-rated Exploration & Production sell-side equity analyst at a number of City companies, including Investec and Deutsche Bank and most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Salamander Energy plc, which was acquired by Ophir plc in 2015. Jonathan has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a First Class BSc in Geology from the University of Durham.


John Cronin

John Cronin, Executive Chairman - CyanConnode


John is a highly successful Chairman, CEO and MD in International markets (Europe, Americas, SE. Asia) in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

John is a successful professional with experience in raising equity, debt facility and vendor finance funding, as well as setting up operations in international markets. He has created significant value for shareholders with four company exits in Picochip, Azure Solutions, i2 and Netsource Europe, totalling $600m. He has been instrumental in mergers and acquisitions worldwide, including Cyan’s recent acquisition of Connode.


Steven Frazer

Steven Frazer, News 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.

Stuart Gall

Stuart Gall, CEO - MedaPhor (MED)


Stuart was a joint founder and executive director of Fusion IP plc, the AIM listed university IP commercialisation company, before its purchase by IP Group plc in 2014. Stuart has over 25 years' experience in both small company start-ups and public companies and previously worked at British Airways plc, The Promotions Partnership Limited, Anvil Limited and Toad plc (now 21st Century Technology plc). Stuart is currently Chief Executive Officer of AIM listed MedaPhor Group plc.

Dr. Stuart Green

Dr. Stuart Green, CEO - ZOO Digital Group


Stuart brings over 25 years’ of experience of team building and executive management in the software industry to his role as CEO. Stuart established ZOO’s business strategy and difference in the marketplace by using technology to innovate. This is now adopted by the world’s leading TV and movie businesses to bring their content to market around the world faster and more efficiently.  Previously he founded three software companies. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is responsible for securing over 30 patents in the ZOO intellectual property portfolio.

James Hickman

James Hickman, CCO - FairFX Group (FFX)


James has been involved in financial markets for 25 years, initially joining Investment Management firm Williams de Broe and moving on as Investment Director at Brewin Dolphin Securities. Within the past 10 years, he served as Managing Director of fintech FX business, Caxton, where he developed and ran several successful prepaid currency card programmes, as well as a leading online money transfer platform. James joined FairFX at the end of 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer where most recently he was involved in a fundraise and subsequent acquisition of CardOneBanking and City Forex.

Anthony Hotson

Anthony Hotson, Chief Executive - Cenkos Securities (CNKS)


Anthony Hotson is Chief Executive of Cenkos Securities plc. Anthony worked at the Bank of England during the 1980s, including a secondment at the Building Societies Commission. He was employed by McKinsey & Company before joining S.G. Warburg where he worked as a corporate financier and director during the 1990s. Thereafter, he has served as a non-executive director on a number of company boards in the insurance, fund management and banking sectors. Dr Hotson is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Financial History in Cambridge. 


Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson, CEO - Duke Royalty (DUKE)


Neil Johnson is Duke Royalty’s founder and CEO.  Mr. Johnson has 25 years of experience in investment banking and fund management in the Canadian and UK capital markets. During his 19 years at Canaccord Genuity, he was Head of Corporate Finance for 7 years in London and raised over £3 billion for Canadian dual-listed companies, and Canaccord became AIM’s #1 Broker.

Bobby Kalar

Bobby Kalar, CEO - Yü Group (YU)


Bobby is the founder and major shareholder of business energy supplier, Yü Group PLC. Bobby has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with previous roles at Marconi PLC and COLT Telecoms. He subsequently invested in the care home sector, eventually owning and running a group of four care homes. In 2013, he sold the care home business so that he could focus on the market opportunity presented by the deregulation of the energy sector. 


Wendy Lawrence

Wendy Lawrence, CEO - Totally


Wendy’s NHS career spans some 20+ years. She was Chief Executive of three large Primary Care Trusts with a combined budget of £460m, where she successfully delivered 100% within budget and target deliveries. Wendy led a number of projects on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority including the establishment of new commissioning models for ambulance services and NHS Direct, as well as contributions to national projects including Reforms of Urgent Care Provision and Taking Healthcare to the Patient.

Andrew Lloyd

Andrew Lloyd, President and EVP Sales & Marketing - Corero Network Security

With 30+ years of experience of the global IT industry in sales and marketing leadership roles, Andrew’s passion is delighting customers. He has held executive roles with companies from modest start-ups to industry-leading brands such as Oracle, CA/Netegrity, and WorkForce/Workplace.
Prior to transitioning to his current Executive role in January 2017, Andrew spent 4 years as one of Corero’s Non-Executive Directors.  During this time, he was Workplace’s Chief Customer Officer and is actively applying his experience to drive Corero’s growth.
David Martell

David Martell, Founder & Chief Executive - Chargemaster


Pioneer in the electric vehicle sector, David started Chargemaster in 2008 to provide reliable, convenient and sustainable charging for electric vehicle drivers. David was recently ranked the 10th most influential person in the world in shaping the low-carbon fleet industry. He also founded Trafficmaster in 1989, one of the first nationwide traffic sensing and satnav companies, which was floated in 1994. 

Scott McGregor

Scott McGregor, CEO - redT energy


Scott McGregor leads the effort to commercialise redT energy’s industrial-scale, non-degrading, liquid energy storage technology. Scott has developed over $1bn of energy projects globally with Camco Clean Energy and has extensive experience in the environmental, mining, finance and technology industries, having advised leading corporations in North America, Asia and Europe. Scott holds an MBA from the London Business School and a B.Econ from Monash University. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a respected commentator on energy, technology and innovation.


Tim Mortlock

Tim Mortlock, MD of Asset, Data & Energy Management - Smart Metering Systems


A Chartered Director, Tim has 20 years’ experience in the energy/utility industry across utility connections, smart metering, data and energy services having been part of the UPL business almost since its inception and is now Managing Director of SMS’s Asset Management, Data and Energy Management businesses.

Tim has expert knowledge of electricity and gas smart metering having been responsible for setting up the SMS electricity metering business following deregulation in 2004, now a fully accredited HH and NHH MOP/DCDA, specifically to provide AMR services to the I&C supplier market. Health and safety has always been at the heart of the electricity metering business, which is recognised for its quality of service delivery and installation activity.

Russ Mould

Russ Mould, Investment Director - AJ Bell

Russ Mould has 26 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.
Dave Mutton

Dave Mutton, COO - PrimaryBid


Dave is COO of PrimaryBid, directly responsible for the day-to-day business operations as well as Marketing and PR.  He has more than 20 years of experience working for Internet businesses, including senior marketing and operational positions at Amazon, Yahoo, StepStone and Zattikka. In addition to his role at PrimaryBid, Dave’s capital markets experience also includes being part of the team that raised $20m on AIM in April 2012 for Zattikka, a mobile and social games company.


Dr. Mark Payton

Dr. Mark Payton, CEO - Mercia Asset Management (MERC)


Mark is CEO of Mercia Technologies PLC, having led the flotation in December 2014 and before that the management buyout of its precursor Mercia Fund Management in 2010. Latterly he led the acquisition in 2016 of Enterprise Ventures. Mark chairs the executive committee and the boards of Mercia’s wholly owned fund management businesses (Mercia Fund Management, Enterprise Ventures and EV Business Loans). In addition he sits on the board of portfolio company Oxford Genetics and has portfolio responsibility for PsiOxus Therapeutics.


Dr Steven Powell

Dr Steven Powell, CEO - Cambridge Cognition (COG)


Dr Powell graduated in microbiology from the University of Wales and was awarded a PhD from the University of Aberdeen. He has over thirty years operational and investment experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in the UK, USA and Scandinavia. Including his current role at Cambridge Cognition, he has held five CEO roles, three in public companies. In 2003, he joined Gilde Healthcare, a pan-European life sciences investment fund as a partner and remained an adviser to the fund until 2016.

Faisal Ramatallah

Faisal Ramatallah, Chairman - Plastics Capital


Faisal is a founder shareholder of Plastics Capital and Director of the Company. He has worked for and with manufacturing companies for over 20 of the last 30 years. He spent 7 years working in private equity with Capricorn Ventures International and prior to that was a partner at Deloitte & Touche, and was a managing director of a specialist consulting subsidiary of Deloitte & Touche. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nick Searle

Nick Searle, Equity Sales - Cenkos Growth Companies


Nick Searle has over 20 years of equity markets experience.  He is currently a member of the Cenkos Growth Companies Team focusing on delivering capital solutions to UK listed and private businesses.  Nick joined Cenkos just less than three years ago from a similar role at Investec.  Prior to finding his passion to support UK growth companies Nick gained a wealth of experience in specialist biotech/healthcare equity sales and equity trading. Nick started his career on the emerging markets team at Pictet Asset Management.

Elaine Warburton OBE

Elaine Warburton OBE, CEO - QuantuMDx


Elaine is CEO of British life sciences, tools and diagnostics company QuantuMDx Group. She is an entrepreneur with over 25 years’ healthcare and biotechnology experience with an eclectic background in nursing, genetics, chartered accounting and running hospitals. Elaine has taken QuantuMDx from concept to product raising around $50m in both equity and grants. She has overseen strategic collaborations with established Life Science companies, blue chip academic organisations and NGOs. She was awarded an OBE for services to innovation in healthcare.

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