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Mentors from a wide range of backgrounds play a key role in supporting our programmes and provide workshop sessions, 1:1 mentoring and panel discussions. They work with ventures to advise, connect and encourage ideas using their expertise and knowledge.

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Future 20 Advisory Board


Tamsin Eastwood

Tamsin Eastwood

Tamsin has 25 years’ experience advising businesses and their owners across a range of sectors, working particularly with SME and OMBs and joined Stone King in 2013. Tamsin has a thorough knowledge of company and business law; corporate finance, banking and financial services law; as well as a good understanding of property, employment and general commercial law.

Shai Vyakarnam

Shai Vyakarnam

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam has been dedicated to enterprise education throughout his career having established entrepreneurship centres at Nottingham Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School and most recently been Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield. He has taught and mentored entrepreneurs in several countries, enabling founders of science and technology-enabled businesses to unlock hidden value in their ideas, turn them into full business proposals and have the confidence and self-belief to take their ideas forward. Shai continues to be curious in the mindsets, skills and knowledge and personal goals of entrepreneurs, which has led to conducting research, publications and books, alongside developing growth programmes for SMEs.

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes

Paul has worked for over 30 years with entrepreneurs, start-ups, scaling and multinational businesses around the world. He has worked in a range of industries including health, bioscience, agritech, cleantech, hardware, software and data driven businesses at CXO level and specialises in strategy, funding, value creation, mergers & acquisitions and corporate development. He currently serves as COO of BIOS, one of the world’s leading neural engineering innovators where he is driving its strategy and scaling it internationally. He is also an advisor to a number of the UK’s most exciting impact startups (particularly tech for good) and supports various start-up incubators and competitions. Prior to joining BIOS, Paul led the development of Allia’s entire start-up support, accelerator and incubator activity and continues to be an advisor to the organisation.

Mentors


Charlene Waterworth

Charlene Waterworth

Charlene is a fully qualified chartered marketer, with over 15 years experience, and has worked within the high-growth, venture-backed technology sector for most of her career. She began monitoring venture capital trends in Europe while employed at Library House, a Cambridge-based boutique consultancy founded by the Cambridge Angels. After leaving Library House, Charlene caught the start-up bug and embarked on her freelance career. During her time as a contractor, Charlene worked with some prestigious clients, including Silicon Valley Bank, where she launched their UK branch in London and developed the brand to become one of the most well known and iconic brands in venture-backed tech. Most recently, Charlene joined Ieso Digital Health,where she experienced first hand the challenges faced by a growing and scaling business. She supported Ieso’s management to achieve a successful Series A funding round, while growing both the marketing function and company brand. Charlene now provides consulting services to technology and venture capital businesses in the UK.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson

Jon is a professional life and leadership coach helping individuals and teams to find the sweet spot where performance and achievement meet joy, flow and adventure. He is passionate about helping people live a life aligned with their values and sense of purpose, especially around sustainability, climate change and supporting young people. He works with entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, private individuals, startups and small businesses. Jon has worked in the tech sector in Cambridge since 1993, first at Cambridge Consultants then at a series of telecommunications startups.  He was most recently at cellXica where he was co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer.  He has worked in engineering, team leadership, business development and customer support. With this background, he blends his strong logical and executive mindset with equally strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence to coach with purpose and compassion.

Flavia Popescu-Richardson

Flavia Popescu-Richardson

Flavia is Vice-President of Early Stage Practice for Silicon Valley Bank, managing a portfolio of early-stage and growth technology companies. Qualified as a lawyer with over 8 years’ experience of successfully investing and now banking technology portfolios, with a track record in portfolio management, end-to-end transaction management, including due diligence, valuation and structuring of deals. She is dedicated to unlocking the potential within the portfolios, supporting syndication of funding opportunities within the portfolio while collaborating with local and national institutions, late-stage VCs, and multinational organisations.

Claire Vane

Claire Vane

Director of Integrated Resources, Claire is an HR and search consultant with expertise in European search, resourcing, performance improvement and management, HR operations, process re-engineering and strategy execution and HR transformation through organisation restructuring and coaching. Prior to this, as a HR director, Claire focused on organisation transformation for business development and recruitment and developed rigorous processes and systems. Claire has held executive level senior resourcing posts in blue chip organisations including one of the world’s biggest search firms and one of the top city law firms, having trained originally in manufacturing at ICI. Claire is also an experienced coach and has helped many individuals achieve their personal and professional goals.  

Narada McKoy

Narada McKoy

A growth marketing expert with 10 years’ experience in business ranging from Amazon to Adidas and successful start-ups. Narada is the founder of Bravada, the ‘On-Demand marketing agency’ and have worked with startups across a range of verticals including, Fin-tech, Edu-tech, B2C apps and the non-profit sector, helping them find their first customers and grow sustainably. His areas of expertise include paid marketing strategy and execution, app marketing, customer engagement and data analytics. Narada was also part of a previous Allia incubator programme in 2018 and 2019 mentoring FirstHomeCoach, Local Buyers Club and Glow.

Annalisa Roy

Annalisa Roy

Annalisa has been building brands for over 15 years, initially as a graphic designer and then as a strategist. Her experience spans across multiple categories: she led the content development for Cartier, Braun and Footlocker, launched the first interactive HD live stream on YouTube for BT and lead strategic innovation on Eurostar and Sainsbury’s. She spent 4 years on the board of Abbot Mead Vickers, has led the global strategy on SCA at Publicis, has been consulting for Secret Escapes, Tandem Bank, SportPursuit and working with Bartle Bogle Hegarty to lead innovation projects on Samsung Europe.

Katherine Wiid

Katherine Wiid

Katherine has more than 23 years’ experience in recruitment and career management and has a deep understanding of what motivates people at work. As one of just 550 people in the world to have mastered a psycho linguistic conversational tool (the LAB Profile) she works with hiring managers to pinpoint what drives candidates, how they process information and how they make decisions. Her approach leads to her clients becoming very clear on how they can recruit with confidence and create an environment where their new hires operate at peak performance levels. Trusted and experienced, her profiling, coaching and mentoring is thought-provoking and facilitates awareness and understanding of differences in people in a non-judgmental way. Her unique skill set is used to resolve workplace situations, increase recruitment accuracy and coach professionals on their careers.

Rob Wilkinson

Rob Wilkinson

Rob has dedicated his career to helping large blue chip companies innovate, deciding where to focus, who to partner, and which path for development and commercialisation. He is passionate about the role of innovation in shaping a better society, as the process to advance human knowledge and sustainability, and the framework to ensure prosperity for future generations. These values he applies widely in his work with great clients such as Procter & Gamble, AB Inbev, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Boeing, Nokia and Nike. For over 16 years, Rob was a director of Innovia Technology, a Cambridge-based company with a strong track record for breakthrough innovation. As a first joiner, he’s enjoyed all the thrills and spills of moving from the start-up phase to the teenager years. Before Innovia, Rob worked at Procter & Gamble in FMCG production and Shell in the management of air quality and the carbon footprint of its operations. Rob started his career at Plessey Electronics and completed a PhD in semiconductor physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. Electronics and computing continue as an important thread in his life, now through a series of home IoT projects.

Jon Hale

Jon Hale

Jon is an investor at Mott MacDonald Ventures, a previous CFO-in-a-box consultant, and a trained engineer. His current focus at Mott is to support and invest in founders focused on tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, including urbanisation, climate change and infrastructure optimisation. His specific interest areas include technologies targeted towards smart cities, urban tech, clean energy, and construction (though, the list goes on). Previously, while running a consulting practice, Jon leveraged his financial expertise to help start-ups build robust financial models and navigate VC, angel and crowd-based fundraising. He is always eager to engage founders, from any industry, to provide casual advice or to simply chat technology.

Andrew Birley

Andrew Birley

Andrew ran “Different Hats” for 7 years, providing advice and support to startups and small enterprises in creative industries, tech, social enterprise and charity. The name was coined as a reference to Andrew as ‘the wearer of many hats,’ and it’s a term that fits his diverse experience. Often clients would need help with managing and developing people, building company culture and leadership coaching. Then lots of operational aspects including financial management and planning, organisational structure, hiring (and very occasionally firing) and performance management. And then the very important focus around really understanding a business or organisation; vision & mission, business strategies and theory of change.  

Esther Jolley

Esther Jolley

Esther has 17 years experience enabling globally recognised brands to extend into new product categories. Brands include P&G (Braun, Max Factor, Febreze, Fairy, Vidal Sassoon), Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Jaguar Land Rover, Harley-Davidson, Kodak, Disney, Warner Bros and Universal. Her expertise includes a range of disciplines including category, market and competitor analysis, strategic planning, sales, negotiation, brand/design, product development, manufacturing/QC, distribution, sales and marketing, financial analysis and reporting. Esther has broad knowledge of the retail landscape across multiple product categories in key markets worldwide, and has experience in project management, client management and problem-solving. She has managed agency teams in offices around the world, so has good knowledge of cross-cultural working practices and the need to establish good communication and clear processes.

Heidi Fisher

Heidi Fisher

Heidi is a multi-award winning specialist in social enterprise and social impact. Heidi is listed on the WISE100 (2017) as one of the 100 most influential and inspiring women in social enterprise in the UK, and her CIC is listed on the NatWest SE100 Index 2019. Heidi’s background is as a Chartered Accountant, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Heidi has worked with over 2,100 social enterprises, ranging from start-ups through to those with over £1 billion of income supporting them to become more sustainable, develop their trading income and to measure and report the impact they have. Heidi is the author of the best-selling book “Social Enterprise: How to successfully set up and grow a social enterprise.”

Andrew Hatcher

Andrew Hatcher

Andrew has a long history of identifying, developing and managing innovative solutions within corporate environments, and notably created and implemented a comprehensive and international innovation management system while working for Reuters, the European media group.  Subsequently working with Reuters Venture Capital, his career at the company culminated with a role as CEO of an Asian-based internet trading corporate spin-out in Singapore which he took through initial VC funding and on to a trade sale. He has created and runs a number of smaller companies since 2004. With a personal corporate history that includes journalism, software development, project management, marketing and strategic sales, Andrew draws on a wealth of experience in all aspects of business management gained through working internationally, predominantly in the US and UK.  He is a chartered marketer and lectures on strategic marketing, innovation, metrics and decision making at Cambridge Marketing College. 

Pradeep Debata

Pradeep Debata

Pradeep is the Managing Director and Finance Trainer at Accelerate East. He is an ex central banker with a decade of experience in markets and finance leadership at JPMorgan, Nomura and Merrill Lynch; Pradeep is a highly experienced global executive with a keen interest in fintech and innovation. He holds an MPhil and MBA from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Judge Business School and was awarded fellowships from of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Cambridge Trusts. Pradeep has undertaken up a number of strategy and investment consultancy assignments in the SME and high growth innovation space and conducts financial training for executives, entrepreneurs and bankers. He is available for discussions for non-executive director, key executive positions; and for mentoring and consultation.

Isabel Napper

Isabel Napper

Isabel is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience of advising a variety of businesses – from SMEs through to global PLCs in the technology and healthcare/life science areas. Starting her career at Hogan Lovells, she went on to become head of the technology group at a leading UK law firm, specialising in intellectual property. Now a NED on the board of three different tech companies Isabel therefore has a wide range of board experience in corporate governance and strategic matters as well as operational issues such as HR, business development, budgeting and training.  Isabel enjoys working with growing companies on strategy and commercial issues. She is currently a mentor for start-ups on the Pitch@Palace programme and also advises other high growth companies. Isabel has a particular interest in health, education and service sector businesses and enjoys the world of social media, marketing and PR.

Rose Lewis

Rose Lewis

Rose has been in the technology industry for all her 30-year career, working at both multinational businesses and startups. Much of her career has been dedicated to investing and advising startups and scale up’s bringing her commercial skills to help companies scale quickly through revenue generation. She is an entrepreneur, founding the accelerator Collider who invested in over 50 startups in the marketing, advertising and commerce sector. Understanding the startup journey from start to scale, she regularly advises startups on strategy, funding and sales. Her networks are strong in the media, FMCG and the London Seed Investors Community.

Preethi Sundaram

Preethi Sundaram

Preethi is the Head of B2B Marketing for LinkedIn in EMEA, where she leads the strategy for their technology companies. She also runs her own consultancy through The B2B School where she works with businesses that are scaling, supporting them in their marketing strategy, infrastructure and execution. She’s particularly passionate about educating businesses about how to build out a marketing plan and how to do their own marketing. She’s worked with SaaS companies, artists and even the government of Italy!

Pyarali Jamal

Pyarali Jamal

Pyarali has 27 years of international experience, of which 10 years was with EY in client-facing M&A and financing transaction advisory positions in Canada, and in internal strategy and operations roles in the EY Global offices in London and in the EY UK & Ireland firm. He was a corporate & commercial banker in the early part of his career. Pyarali was CEO and COO of London Re-use Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Big Issue Invest, Chair of The Social Enterprise Loan Fund, and a Member of the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for the UK. He was involved in launching the Retail Charity Bond plc platform, and has advised various mission-driven organisation in the UK and overseas. Pyarali mentors founders of early and later stage companies through his involvement with Startup Lisboa, Portugal Ventures, and with the Columbia University Business School’s Social Venture Advisory Network.

Janet Fernihough

Janet Fernihough

Dr Janet Fernihough is a consultant at PwC and enjoys finding solutions to challenging problems, particularly for companies in the Life Sciences sector. Her expertise is understanding what makes scientific projects succeed or fail as strategically valuable commercial products. Janet’s career to date spans the diverse environments of academia (Oxford and Bristol Universities); small Biotech start-ups (Arthromics and Ribostem); the pharmaceutical industry (Vertex and Novartis) and a not-for-profit independent research organisation (SBL UK c.i.c.).

Ypatios Moysiadis

Ypatios Moysiadis

Ypatios started as a management consultant, specialising in assisting pre-seed and growth phase start-ups and SMEs across different organisations. Since 2006, he capitalized on the legislative introduction of renewable energy incentives and expanded his scope into the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets. This work led to posts at major British and international organisations like Galliford Try Group, Grupotec, Foresight Group, BayWa r.e. and Greensolver across several EU countries. Today, Ypatios focuses on sustainability and innovation, mostly in the Greentech and Cleantech spaces. He is the BDD & UK Country Manager in Greensolver Group, a visiting lecturer at City University Cass Business School, helps coach start-ups and invests in cleantech companies himself. He is also the Vice-Chair in the O&M Task Force for Solar Power Europe and the Innovation Ambassador for the Solar Trade Association.

Kirsten Corrigan

Kirsten Corrigan

A versatile brand strategist and agency founder, Kirsten knows the highs and lows of starting and running a fast-growing business. With more than a decade leading teams and delivering strategic insight for clients across multiple sectors, she is acutely aware of the challenges that entrepreneurs face and is used to guiding and advising across the entire operational spectrum. A former journalist, she is a skilled communicator and knows how to ask the right questions to bring about ideas and collaboration among teams.

Helena Kim

Helena Kim

Dr Helena Kim is an experienced executive coach, an interpersonal dynamics expert, and a Cognitive Behavioural specialist, who is currently writing a book on challenging conventional wisdom in leadership skills training.  Her clients include CEO’s, senior executives and leaders from UBS, The National Gallery, Anson, Horta, Hays, NHS, Undo and the University of Cambridge in the UK; Baxter in Belgium, and the U.S. Air Force. Helena started her career working with clients with depression and anxiety, moving onto teaching and researching at the University of Virginia: Consulting Psychology, Career Development, Leadership Development, Communication and Group Dynamics. She also trains post-graduates at the University of Cambridge in interpersonal dynamics in groups.

Jelena Aleksic

Jelena Aleksic

Dr Jelena Aleksic is a geneticist turned entrepreneur. She is currently the Director of European Partnerships at Raremark, working to accelerate therapeutics development for patients with a rare disease. She is also the director of a life sciences consultancy, SparkBio Ltd. She is passionate about the potential of biotechnology to improve patients’ lives. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University in Genomics and Computational Biology, followed by a postdoc position researching the Epigenetics of a rare genetic disorder, Dubowitz Syndrome. She is the founder and former CEO of GeneAdviser, an online marketplace for clinical genetic tests (now owned by the NHS). Having learned about the challenges in diagnosing rare diseases, she co-founded GeneAdviser to make it easier for doctors to find and order tests for their patients. She is also a director of TReND in Africa, a charity supporting scientific research in Africa

Elena Carpenter

Elena Carpenter

Change management specialist making people and process change work for humans. Elena helps your team to build trust and buy-in for the change you’re seeking, observe and understand your current challenges, and design and implement solutions for process improvement. With over 25 years’ experience in training, coaching, process improvement, support and operational management, Elena’s career has taken her to Lloyds, The University of Cambridge and a number of national and local charities. Most recently at non-profit impact consultancy New Philanthropy Capital, where she led the organisation through key operational changes including financial management systems and process improvements. Elena’s experience allows her to focus on both systems and behaviour change, getting to the nexus of people, process and culture – the three areas crucial for effective change management.

Liam Eves

Liam Eves

Liam is an experienced entrepreneur and executive specialising in growing SME’s in the Life Sciences and MedTech sectors with a track record of business growth in both private and public companies. He is experienced in all stages of the business cycle from start-ups to corporate, strategy, business planning, operational implementation, business development, M&A, flotation (IPO) and fundraising (£100m+).

Rob Precious

Rob Precious

Rob Precious is a technology entrepreneur, mentor and advisor with 2 exits via trade sale behind him. Rob currently runs Incubyte ltd, a technology incubator in Cambridge which focuses on a number of key areas of rapid technology evolvement including Fintech; Media and entertainment; AI, Deep learning and Computer Vision, Sustainability and Agritech. He also sits on the board of directors of Wrnch, a deep learning, AI and computer vision technology company based in Montreal, as well as several other companies he has invested in. Rob joined Geomerics, a start-up realtime radiosity lighting rendering company to launch their flagship product Enlighten, and as a crucial part of a 3 strong executive team, managed the sale of Geomerics to ARM plc having navigated the company to profitability following 2 investment rounds led by Trinity Hall College, Cambridge and nVidia Corporation. Rob’s second exit came with his first endeavour as an angel investor with a start-up, cloud rendering engine company called Playcanvas who went on to a highly successful trade sale to Snap Inc. Rob mentored and advised Playcanvas through their start-up and graduation from the Microsoft Ventures London accelerator program. 

Steven Kear

Steven Kear

Specialising in embedded systems and electronic product development, Steven has over 15+ years’ experience working in the electronics and technology industries with a range of clients (from fledgling start-ups to multinational corporations, higher education institutions and government) – helping them to harness technology, drive innovation and ultimately bring a product to market. Steven has been a technology industry adviser to UK Government’s BEIS Smart Meter HAN Advisory group, a Mentor to both the Digital Catapult’s, IoTUK ‘Boost’ and ‘Mentor Network’ programmes. Currently, he is Founder of Kear Technology Solutions, a Digital Business Advisor to Nottingham Trent University’s Business School (The Big House Programme), a visiting Consultant to AND Technology Research Ltd and Initiator of The Things Network, Chelmsford – aiming to establish an open, free, Internet of Things network for the benefit of everyone in the City of Chelmsford. 

Sonia Rehill

Sonia Rehill

Sonia is a highly experienced senior public relations professional with a multi-disciplinary background of strategic communications predominantly across the financial services/FinTech sector, personal/consumer finance, stock market investing, peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding, digital banking, robo-advice, and recently in venture capital funding and blockchain technology. She has considerable expertise in creating compelling content for different audiences and proven ability to grasp complex issues quickly and turn those into clear, concise, and measurable PR campaigns using both traditional and online media platforms. She has considerable experience in managing PR on a small budget and projects in excess of £100,000, developing strategy, overseeing agency support, and building in-house teams.

Sam Dods

Sam Dods

Sam has over 20 years’ experience in starting, growing, selling, operating in and integrating companies ranging from a small start-up to a Euronext Amsterdam listed, €2+ Billion multinational. Former Technical Director, Managing Director and Head of Organisational Development, Sam is a values driven leader who has lived and worked on 4 continents and developed a profound awareness of the importance of psychodynamics in today’s workplace.

Mitali Chopra

Mitali Chopra

Having spent majority of work life in leadership roles at Microsoft, GE and GoDaddy, Mitali now helps business leaders to scale profitably and run efficiently. She has led businesses to scale teams from 12 to 460 team members and has rich experience in business strategy & planning, operational excellence, HR, finance, IT, and sales & marketing of multi-million businesses.

Adam Greenwood-Byrne

Adam Greenwood-Byrne

Adam is CEO at Cambridge remote access SaaS business, RealVNC. Responsible for seamlessly transitioning from a perpetual software product to a subscription service model, as well as single-handedly building an OEM license revenue stream, Adam’s combination of deep technical knowledge and business acumen is driving significant value, with MRR growth over 50% in 2018. With a background in Mathematics & Computation, and a career spent growing tech companies from the ground up, Adam brings both business and product development skills. He is passionate about bridging the perceived gap between engineering & commercial teams, and is an agent for change who is particularly allergic to the phrase “because we’ve always done it like that”.

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