We are led by a highly experienced and accomplished team of business people who have been instrumental in shaping British business. They share a passion to help develop entrepreneurship in the UK.
Founder and Chairman
Oliver is the London-based Chairman of Korn Ferry’s Board Services Practice, focusing on chairman, non-executive and executive board appointments, succession management and leadership development. Prior to his current position, he was a Vice Chairman of UBS for 10 years. Oliver began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, moving into corporate finance with Barings in London and New York.
Co-founder and Trustee
Dee is senior advisor to Amitis Partners – an international family office – and to the founders of a number of world-leading tech companies. She previously founded two businesses after an early career in executive search.
Carolyn Dawson is Chief Executive of Founders Forum Group, a global community and group of businesses supporting entrepreneurs at every stage of their journeys. Prior to Founders Forum, Carolyn was President at Informa Tech, a FTSE 100 UK company championing specialists in their core markets. Carolyn also serves on the board of 01 Founders, a free-to-access coding school; Grip, AI-powered networking solution; and is a member of the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council.
Andrew was a founder of Cinven, where he spent 21 years as a senior partner. He is chair of the Biotech Growth Trust, former chairman of the British Venture Capital Association, and director of its European equivalent, the EVCA. He is now a senior advisor to Stonehage Fleming, the largest international family office in EMEA.
Joanna is a chartered accountant, and chartered tax advisor. She is currently Audit Committee Chair for Octopus Future Generations VCT plc. During a career spanning 25 years at Ernst & Young, she was a member of the London Markets Board and played key roles in transactions in the UK and Europe. Joanna also co-founded the EY Womens Network and led the EY UK Entrepreneur of The Year Programme. She currently co-chairs The Women’s Network Forum, a cross industry best practice group.
Joseph is managing director (Northern Europe and Global Academy) for ISTARI, a Temasek-owned cybersecurity investment portfolio company. He is a former McKinsey partner, company MD (Keller Group (UK and Nordics)) and spent 10 years with ICI at the start of his career.
Masha is a founder and co-CEO of Cardo Health, delivering high quality digital healthcare to millions in the emerging markets. She is also a mentor at Oxford Foundry and Zinc. Until recently (2020) Masha was a partner at McKinsey. Having joined the firm in 1997 she focused on growth and building new businesses both internally and externally, leading Fuel in Europe, a McKinsey company supporting founders and funders.