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Mentors

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.

Ann Fisher

Ann Fisher

A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in business, in 2008 Ann founded Women 4 Technology, a business networking forum for 1,500 international entrepreneurs, investors and leaders now in Cambridge, London and Manchester. She has helped build leadership teams for entrepreneurial businesses across the UK, working in Cambridge, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.  Early in her career she founded a recruitment business which she built to a successful exit and worked as Head of Finance for an early stage software company, having trained with a top 10 Manchester accountancy firm. Ann was more recently nominated as one of the top 25 most influential business people in the Cambridge technology cluster,  and she coordinates ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK’, a series of events for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders.  She is a mentor on the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars and a business special interest group champion for Cambridge Wireless.

Mentors


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.

Siobhan Mulholland-Cox

Siobhan Mulholland-Cox

Siobhan is a BAFTA winner who has worked as a Producer and Commissioner for BBC Children’s, BBC ONE, Two Three and Four and as an Interactive Commissioner for ITV – helping some of the UK’s biggest brands develop meaningful partnerships with a stable of entertainment and drama programmes. Having also been an agency-side Creative Director, delivering propositions for entertainment, financial and tech clients, Siobhan is a skilled communicator and currently helps individuals and businesses to develop their voice and get their story across to their audiences and consumers. Outside of work, Siobhan runs Cambridge Vintage Bridal, an online marketplace selling original, vintage wedding dresses from the 1920s – 1980s.

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

Sophie Dufouler

Sophie Dufouler

Brand, Digital, and Media Specialist, Sophie is fascinated by the communications industry and its current state. She believes the digital revolution is creating endless opportunities for marketers and is excited to work in this field, and to continue to help build relevant brands. Sophie’s focus is on driving teams through transformation by ensuring strong integrated communication anchored in consumer insights, while assuring synergy between the online and offline world. Outside of work, Sophie is a keen cyclist, jazz lover, food & wine epicurean (born on a vineyard), (HOT) yoga practitioner & a champion of sustainable living!

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+).

Laura James

Laura James

Dr Laura James is entrepreneur in residence at the Trust & Technology Initiative, and is based at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is also an associate at Doteveryone, where she established the Responsible Technology programme for better tech businesses. Laura’s work explores cutting edge internet technologies and turning them into useful products and systems, in technology and leadership roles in diverse contexts. She was the first employee and VP Engineering at AlertMe, on the management team at Evi (an AI startup acquired by Amazon to become Alexa), CEO of Open Knowledge International, and COO at CARET. Laura co-founded Cambridge Makespace, the Digital Life Collective, and the Festival of Maintenance. She also helped develop Field Ready, a humanitarian NGO using local manufacturing to meet essential needs. She advises and supports a range of ventures and projects, holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Engineer.

Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie is an experienced Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience across a number of sectors. Bonnie’s trained at WSM Partners where she gained invaluable experience into SMEs and owner managed businesses, providing the full range of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services. Bonnie then went on to work in the City of London working at EY in Audit and Assurance, and RBS as an Analyst. Most recently she served as Finance Director at Hippeas, a high-growth snacking brand. Having joined Hippeas at the pre-revenue stage in 2016, Bonnie worked closely with the founders in successfully launching the brand nationwide in both the UK and US retail markets, which culminated in closing a $10m capital raise in late 2017. Following the success of Hippeas, Bonnie joined the founders in setting up a US based FMCG brand incubator, Green Park Brands Inc.  Bonnie currently leads on corporate strategy and provides support to a select group of brands working to introduce new products in 2018/19.

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 Dodds

Sam Dodds

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.

Peter Mason

Peter Mason

Peter is a solicitor with over 10 years experience, and works in the technology group at leading entertainment and media firm, Russells. Peter advises on all matters relating to technology, data management and copyright licensing. He is also an expert on collective licensing and has worked on policy, governance and regulatory matters in the sector. Peter has been extensively involved in music industry data management projects, including the multi-territory VRDB repertoire database

Neelendra Nath

Neelendra Nath

Neelendra is a strategy consultant, start-up advisor/mentor, global connector, co-creator and CEO at Innovitas.

Nathaniel Jowitt

Nathaniel Jowitt

Nathaniel is a management consultant to FTSE 100 corporates, global consultancies, International NGOs and high-growth tech ventures with expertise in growth strategy, go-to-market, investor readiness and operational performance improvement. His specialist focus is on early and growth stage technology companies. He has multi-sector experience across technology, telecommunications, financial services, real estate, international development, energy and healthcare.

Narada McKoy

Narada McKoy

Narada is a founder and marketing specialist experienced in driving revenue growth and customer engagement for a wide range of businesses using digital strategy, data analysis and testing methodologies. He has experience working for brands such as Amazon and Adidas and has started consulting for start-ups.

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.

Gary Fawdrey

Gary Fawdrey

Gary currently works for Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, within their Challenge Prize Centre. He coordinates an international consortium delivering the European Social Innovation Competition on behalf of the European Commission. This is a yearly competition with a changing theme, offering three winners €50,000 each, as well as providing mentoring and training to 30 semi-finalists. Prior to this, Gary worked in the youth social action sector, first for Generation Change and then vInspired, supporting young people to volunteer in meaningful ways. He also sits on the board of the youth and community development charity Hackney Quest, and founded the social impact career directory and mentoring scheme Progressive Careers. He holds an MA in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of York.

Francesca Pileggi

Francesca Pileggi

Francesca’s background is in start-ups, mainly covering finance and business development roles. In Berlin she worked for two years at Rocket Internet managing their fashion and food portfolios in term of investments, M&A and overall financial performance and controlling for the groups’ shareholders. Some of her current collaborations are with GIZ, setting up and running the accelerator for inclusive businesses in Egypt, and ClearlySo, doing impact assessments analysis on their client’s portfolios.

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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