Roderick Collins has made his career in merchant banking and asset management. His degree was in Modern History at Oxford. He worked as an investment analyst in London and Paris. He was an investment manager at N.M. Rothschild Asset Management before being responsible for investment management businesses at Trade Development Bank, American Express and James Capel. He was a director of Matheson & Co. Limited, responsible for creating and managing its private banking business. Latterly, he was a director of JP Morgan Income and Capital trust, undertaken charity work and managed money in the alternative space. He is a director of Solent Systematic Investment Solutions and of Plain English Finance.
Tofiq Qureshi is a serial entrepreneur with twenty years of business experience and ten years of investment experience. Focused on startup and early-stage opportunities in Fintech, Edtech and general technology with a global footprint, he also has a personal investment focus with close friends and family on UK based ventures and overseas passive co-investment. Tofiq has an MBA from Imperial College, London, and BS in Electronic Engineering. He has been involved with financial institutions such as Bank of New York Mellon and Accenture.
Amir Kazmi is a chartered accountant with a BS economics from LSE. An experienced finance professional with extensive commercial experience both in the UK and globally. He is a non-executive director for a number of private companies in the technology sector and has extensive long-term expertise in the enterprise software and clean energy sectors. He has been investing in start-ups since 1999 and recently exited a gaming technology start up with twenty times return to investors in two and half years. He has invested in sectors such as clean technology, cyber security, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and medical devices.
Chris Buchanan BS in education, Edinburgh university, MS applied computing from Manchester University and MBA from Guildhall. He is member of British Computer Society. He has held senior technology positions within the wholesale Banking, commodities and insurance sectors. He was Global CIO for Noble Group based in Hong Kong, Global CIO for Deutsche Bank Treasury & Derivatives Division, Director of Strategy & Development for Aviva as well as being CIO for UFJI (Europe). He has a strong track record in providing advisory services regarding technology and organisational strategy to major international financial services organisations.
John Marsden is a founder director of Innvotec. He has spent nearly forty years in early-stage venture capital, of which the last thirty have been in fund management. He qualified as a chartered accountant. His involvement in venture capital started as a director of a venture backed media-technology business and then as part of a company doctoring team undertaking assignments in under-performing venture investments. John Marsden headed up the private equity technology team at Baillie Gifford.
Malcolm Burne started his longstanding career as an equity analyst with a leading firm of London stockbrokers, and was an investment columnist with the Financial Times. He has started several City-based corporate finance, broking and investment management firms from which he subsequently obtained profitable exits. He has also established publicly quoted groups in Hong Kong, Australia and North America as well as the UK with a focus on financial services, technology and resources. He is founder chairman of the Golden Prospect investment fund and remains an active chairman or director of various companies involved in venture capital and early-stage investing.