2015 Voting Panel

Ruby ParmarPartner – PwC

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Ruby Parmar is a senior partner at PwC and among her various roles, she leads the Private Business practice in London across all their lines of service.

She is an active client service partner spending the majority of her time in the market building relationships and advising on her specialist area of corporate and personal taxation.

Charlie HoffmanManaging Director – HSBC Private Bank

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Charlie runs a team dedicated to the largest clients of HSBC Private Bank, advising individual clients and family offices on all aspects of their personal banking and wealth management needs, involving the appropriate specialists wherever necessary. He joined HSBC in 2005.

Charlie is a qualified lawyer, his background grounded in corporate finance at Freshfields, before moving to structured finance and then private wealth management.

Charlie is an MBA, Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute, voted Private Banker of the Year (Spears 2013 & 2010), Top 10 UHNW Index (Spears 2014 and 2015), nominated Private Banker of Year (Spears 2012, 2008/ Citywealth MagicCircle 2010); Top10 Rising Stars in European Wealth Management/ Top100 in European financial markets (Financial News). He also chairs the judging panel for the UK’s Private Business Awards.

Brian HendersonPartner – PwC

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Brian is co-chair of the Private Business Awards and a Partner in our London audit practice who specialises in working with private businesses, leading our London audit offering in this space.

He has extensive experience of the Technology and Media sectors and has supported a number of his clients through acquisitions and capital market transactions as they have grown and expanded, including AIM, Main Market and US IPOs.

Brian also leads PwC’s Fast Growth Companies programme for entrepreneurial businesses, a number of which are Venture Capital backed (www.pwc.co.uk/fastgrowth) and writes a regular SME Surgery column for the Times online.

Duncan CheatleThe Supper Club

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Duncan Cheatle is currently founder and CEO of Rise To, a digital platform designed to improve employability in young people.

He is founder of the Prelude Group which delivers a range of initiatives that support high growth and advanced learning for entrepreneurs. At the forefront of that is The Supper Club, an exclusive membership club with around 350 of Britain’s most innovative, high growth entrepreneurs.

In addition to these Duncan also co-founded StartUp Britain, a private sector initiative to inspire start-up entrepreneurs, backed by the Prime Minister, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the government funded Start Up Loans Company, the Sheffield University Management School, the Legatum Institute funded Demeter Network and the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Duncan is FCA qualified (PwC), Fellow at the RSA and a Companion of the CMI.

Stuart AndrewsHead of Corporate Finance – finnCap

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Stuart joined finnCap in March 2012 and was appointed Head of Corporate Finance in July 2012.

Stuart originally qualified as an accountant with PwC before joining Beeson Gregory which was acquired by Evolution Group in 2002 where he worked until 2012. He has extensive experience of all aspects of public company work including fundraisings, Takeover Code work, the Listing Rules and AIM Rules. He is a member of the AIM Advisory Panel.

Jonathan BiggsChief Operating Officer – Accel Partners, London

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Jonathan is Chief Operating Officer at Accel Partners in London. The London team manages $2bn, focused on investing in early stage technology companies across Europe and Israel.

Many of Accel’s portfolio companies have defined their categories, and investments made by the London team include Atlassian, Avito, Etsy, Kayak. QlikTech, Spotify, Supercell, and Varonis.

Accel Partners was founded in 1983, and has a long history of partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class businesses. Accel today invests globally with offices in Palo Alto, London, New York and Bangalore. 

Prior to joining Accel, Jonathan held a strategic role at AXA Investment Managers, and before that worked at Deutsche Bank and Mirabaud & Cie in London. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant from PwC having focused on asset management. Jonathan holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol.

Vivion CoxCo-founder and CEO – Klood

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Vivion is co-founder and CEO of Klood (a leading SaaS tool designed to help organisations optimise their digital presence). Prior to setting this up, Vivion worked for and with some of the world’s leading strategy consultancies, financial institutions, and technology companies. He has a track record in setting up successful technology ventures and has headed up some of the world's largest technology-based projects such as the extraction of Skype from eBay. Vivion has an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, where he received the award for excellence as the top-ranked student on the 06/07 Executive MBA Programme.

Miriam González DurántezCo-Chair of International Trade and Government Relations – Dechert

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Miriam González, co-Chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Relations practice, advises clients on trade compliance, international and European trade. As a partner of the firm’s White Collar Crime group she specialises on trade (sanctions and export control) investigations, compliance with UK/EU financial sanctions and embargoes, export controls, foreign investment proceedings and EU internal market regulations and infringement proceedings. Miriam has provided compliance advice and led some of the most complex EU sanctions investigations in the European market. She is also the co-Chair of the Women Diversity Committee at Dechert LLP.

She previously served seven years as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for EU External Relations Commissioners Chris Patten and Benita Ferrero-Waldner (1998-2005). She was the leading Middle East and North Africa adviser to Commissioner Patten (notably on Middle East Peace Process, relations with Iran, Syria and Iraq as well as Neighborhood policy) and she was also the lead US trade adviser to Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner. Miriam’s responsibilities in this role included trade, competition and EU internal market rules.

Mark HastingsChairman – Institute of Family Business

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Mark is Director General of the Institute for Family Business (IFB), the UK’s largest and leading organisation representing and promoting the interests of Britain’s family business sector – which generates a quarter of UK GDP and provides over nine million jobs.

He is a strategic communications and public affairs professional, with a track record of leading and delivering high profile agenda-setting public policy, media and stakeholder programmes that have significantly enhanced the reputation and results of organisations.

Before joining the IFB he spent ten years as director of communications of The British Beer & Pub Association and five years as head of policy for the Institute of Management.

Prior to this, Mark spent ten years in management consultancy focusing on the delivery of public policy and communications counsel for senior management in a range of blue chip companies. He has an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B Soc Sc in Political Science from Birmingham University.

Nick HungerfordFounder and CEO – Nutmeg

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Nick is the founding CEO of Nutmeg. Following a business degree at Exeter University, Nick worked at Barclays in the areas of product, banking and wealth management. He was a Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin and has an MBA from Stanford University in the United States. Nick's industry and investment views are respected globally and he frequently appears on Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC and has been quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and many international publications. Nick has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions including Harvard, Stanford and London Business School and has represented UKTI around the world, promoting the benefits of doing business in Britain. He's a non executive Director at Innovate Finance, the movement helping highlight the need for customer-orientated progression in financial services.

Richard JosephManaging Director and co-founder – Joseph Joseph

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Twin brothers Richard and Antony Joseph founded Joseph Joseph in 2003, combining their respective experience in product design and business. Specialising in contemporary kitchenware, Joseph Joseph is now internationally recognised for producing some of the most stylish and technically innovative products available, and has become one of the fastest growing companies in the worldwide homewares market.

Richard studied business at Cambridge University and is currently Managing Director at Joseph Joseph. His qualifications include a 2:1 in Industrial Design (Loughborough University); Masters in Advanced Design Manufacture and Management – The Institute of Manufacturing Cambridge University; and Honorary Doctor of Technology – Loughborough University (2014). In earlier roles, Richard was at The Body Shop and Dyson. 

Amanda MurphyHead of Corporate Banking – HSBC UK Commercial Banking

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Amanda Murphy joined HSBC in 1995 on the Bank’s Graduate Training Programme. Her first role at the Golders’ Green retail branch in London encompassed everything from lending to local businesses, helping customers buy their first homes, to cashiering at the till.  

Since then Amanda has worked in many areas of HSBC's Global business including as a Relationship Director in the UK, Canada and Dubai for Corporate Banking, a Senior Risk Manager in Hong Kong, and within our Group Learning and Development Department.

Having enjoyed assignments all over the world, in 2011 Amanda took on the role as Head of Commercial Banking in Indonesia, a fast-growing and exciting emerging market, where she led the business to double digit sustainable growth for three consecutive years.

In October 2013 Amanda returned to the UK to lead the Group’s largest Business Banking segment, before taking on the role of Head of Corporate Banking for the UK in November 2014.

Rob MyersManaging Director and Head of UK – Equistone Partners Europe

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Rob Myers is a Partner in the London office and leads the UK investment team. Rob graduated in Economics and Politics from Durham University and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters. Prior to joining the firm he gained experience in Corporate Finance with Close Brothers in London and Paris. He joined Equistone Partners Europe (formerly Barclays Private Equity) in 2000 and is a member of the Management Board and Investment Committee.

Rob has led a number of private equity transactions across a range of sectors including the buy-outs of Salter Housewares, Deb, Hydrasun, MRH and Bounty Group. In 2004, Salter Housewares was successfully sold, generating a money multiple of 3 times and an IRR of 65%. In 2010, Deb Group was sold generating a money multiple of over 5 times and an IRR of 35%. In February 2013, Hydrasun was sold generating a money multiple of 2.6 times and an IRR of 22%. Rob remains on the boards of Bounty and MRH.

Mark Pears CBEThe William Pears Group

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Chief Executive of The William Pears Group since 1984.  The William Pears Group is a private family investment group founded in 1952. The Group’s principal activities are real estate investment on a global basis and asset management.

In 1992, Mark founded the Pears Foundation with brothers Trevor and David; currently the ninth largest giving foundation in the UK. Since inception in excess of £150m committed to numerous UK and global causes.

In 1995, Mark established Talisman Global Asset Management, an international fund manager with assets under management in excess of £3.0bn. A substantial seed and private equity investor; and notably founder investor in Palantir Technologies and Facebook. 

In 2000, Mark founded Telereal – the UK’s largest property outsourcing company.

Michael Pritchard MBEFounder – LIFESAVER systems Ltd

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Inventor and entrepreneur Michael Pritchard is the founder of LIFESAVER systems. LIFESAVER uses unique patented technology, originally developed by Pritchard, to produce safe sterile drinking water anywhere. His company has been chosen by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to be part of the UK’s Rapid Response Facility for short-notice deployment of LIFESAVER technology to any future international disaster. The LIFESAVER bottle is standard issue for all British military personnel in Afghanistan, is NATO recognised and is used by many other militaries around the world.

Last year Michael consulted for BP’s Chief Technology Office on innovative solutions to prevent another ‘Deep Water Horizon’ catastrophe and has recently recorded a program for the BBC2’s  flagship program ‘Horizon’ on nano-technology. Michael is passionate about his work and is immensely proud that his technology is used by many international agencies including The Red Cross, Oxfam, MSF and Shelternow. Michael’s views on ending water poverty are now becoming better understood by the wider world.  Michael’s TED video is used as an educational tool by hundreds of schools and colleges around the world.

Ian RestallChairman – Flathill Communications Group plc

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Throughout his career, Ian has been involved with growth companies, both public and private.

His early career was as a stockbroker, analyst, broadcaster and financial journalist in this area, and since founding The Design Portfolio Marketing Services in 1991, he has been active in helping many companies in this sector with their investor communication and corporate reporting requirements. Ian is also Chairman of Flathill Communications Group plc, President of The Design Portfolio Marketing Services Inc. and a member of the Investor Relations Society.

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