Ben has spent over 30 years in the IT and telecoms industry. During the 1990s he developed a small UK based mainframe software distribution company with offices in Watford into an international business with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Holland and Australia. Ben spent a number of years as Entrepreneur in Residence for the University of Surrey and the Satellite Applications Catapult as well as providing support to some of the UK’s leading business accelerators and is closely involved with angel investor networks and is an advisor to the Greater Manchester Authority’s Business Finance Service.
Guy Van Zwanenberg
Guy is a Chartered Director and Chartered Accountant with extensive commercial and professional experience with complex international technology, manufacturing and consultancy organisations. The breadth of experience that he has built up ensures that he is able to quickly understand the key drivers of a business and accordingly has become extremely adaptable. He has floated, and is on the boards of a number of PLCs.
Neil Muttock has over 30 years’ experience in managing and commercialising of new technologies with a particular focus on start-ups and fast growing companies. Neil is experienced in renewable energy, sustainable technologies, oil and gas, electronics and telecoms as well as consumer products and software. As a European patent attorney and registered UK patent agent, he is also experienced in developing IP strategies for a range of companies. In 2004 Neil acquired PPL Therapeutics plc (the transgenics company responsible for Dolly the Sheep technology) and QED (the IP arm of Scipher and Thorn EMI). Neil continues to work as a patent attorney and is a start-up technology company angel and invests in renewable energy and sustainable cleantech related companies.
Mark is a solicitor who specialises in corporate finance and company commercial work. He advises UK and international businesses and private clients. Mark works closely with lawyers in the UK who specialize in other disciplines and also with a network of lawyers in other jurisdictions. Mark speaks French fluently. He qualified in 2000 at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and in 2003 joined Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. He was a solicitor and then partner at Thomas Cooper from 2005 to 2012. Mark has direct experience of starting a business having started his own law firm, JPP Law, now a highly successful commercial practice.
Colin is a successful angel investor who demystifies what an angel investor looks for in a business. He is a private investor, advisor, mentor and speaker specialising in early stage and rapid growth business. Colin’s early career was in the energy industry before he moved into the wireless infrastructure sector. He was General Manager of one of the founding companies of the Freeview television service before becoming CEO of one of the others and ultimately leading it through a trade sale. Colin’s portfolio is focused on the technology, media and telecommunications sector including television, mobile and cloud computing.
A former director at Weatherbys she successfully led a turnaround activity for Weatherbys GSB Ltd, as well as being on the board of Weatherbys Thoroughbred. Prior to this, she was Sales Director of Spillers Speciality Feeds Ltd and part of the Management Buy Out team, which successfully executed its exit strategy when selling the business to Mars Inc. Areas of particular specialism include: external expert for a variety of employment issues including disciplinary, grievance and appeal hearings, workplace mediation, strategic planning and business development. As a Senior Business Mentor she applies her wide business experience, gained in a diverse range of sectors including Renewable Energy, Veterinary medicine, Engineering, FMCG, Agriculture and the Bloodstock industry.
Howard is an Angel investor with hands-on engagement with investee businesses. A highly experienced and innovative senior executive leader with a wide range of both hands-on and board-level involvement including taking a business from a UK start-up to NYSE global corporate employing more than 64,000 staff worldwide Having worked across a variety of industry sectors he has a track record of successful exits.
Rick is an American who has lived in Scandinavia for over 25 years. He has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and was one of the winners of the prestigious European Venture Contest in 2009. He has was co-founder in three successful technology companies; BlueSky Software (acquired by Adobe), Scala Inc. (current world leaders in digital signage www.scala.com) and RPR Technologies (www.rprtech.com). He has a corporate finance background and has worked with both IBM and Norsk Data. Rick is currently leading innovation & entrepreneurship programs for the European Space Agency (ESA), BP, ESPN, the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Innovate UK.