UK tech awards

2017 voting panel

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Jass Sarai (Voting Panel Chairman)PwC

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Jass is PwC's UK Technology Sector Leader. In this role, Jass leads the services PwC provides to its clients within the sector, ensuring that PwC offers insight, analysis and value, and helping clients develop and implement strategies. Jass has worked in the sector for over 15 years, during which he has been based in Boston and London. He has significant experience with high growth companies, SEC and UK Listings and the issues facing companies as they grow rapidly in a market dominated by change.

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Rosh WijayarathnaSilicon Valley Bank

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Rosh leads Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Banking team in the UK, focusing on providing support and financing for technology and innovation businesses predominantly in the public markets.

With 15 years of financial services experience (including Barclaycard and Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank TMT Team), Rosh has worked across a broad spectrum of growth and technology businesses including many high profile acquisition financings, LBOs, IPOs and public to privates. Since joining SVB in 2014, Rosh has built a team devoted to later stage businesses and has since supported a number of key clients with debt and global treasury solutions (including The Hut Group, Mimecast, Learning Technologies Group PLC, CentralNIC PLC, Idox PLC).

Rosh has a BSc in Accounting & Finance from Southampton University and is a Chartered Marketer.

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Haziel BambergerRothschild & Co

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Haziel is an Assistant Director (VP) at Rothschild & Co, focused on the Technology sector.

He has been with Rothschild for seven years of which half in London and half in Tel-Aviv. Haziel gained extensive experience the UK/Europe and in Israel across all types of transactions including: acquisitions, disposals, public and private M&A, IPOs, and debt advisory mandates.

Haziel has a Masters in Financial Economics (Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Sam BrooksHighland Europe

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Sam Brooks is a co-founder and Partner with Highland Europe focusing on investments in growth stage internet and software businesses. Sam represents Highland Europe on the Boards of adjust, Brandwatch, MatchesFashion.com, Outfittery, Condeco, Maropost and is involved in the investments in GetYourGuide.com, ContentSquare, StarLeaf and NewVoiceMedia.

Before joining Highland, Sam was a Vice President at Insight Venture Partners in New York where he spent over 6 years investing in expansion stage software and internet-enabled businesses. While at Insight Sam was involved with several investments including 3P Learning (ASX:3PL), Beatport (acquired by SFX), Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital), OverDrive (acquired by Rakuten), PerTrac Financial Solutions (acquired by eVestment), Primavera Systems (acquired by Oracle), Privalia (acquired by Vente-privee.com) and Photobox (acquired by Exponent Private Equity and Electra Partners).

Sam holds a Dip. Computer Science from University of Cambridge and an A.B., Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College.

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Harry ChathliLuther Pendragon

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Harry is a financial PR and media strategist. Over the past fifteen years, he has designed and implemented successful communications campaigns to raise the profile of public and private companies in a variety of sectors, with a particular strength in technology-led businesses. Harry has been the key PR adviser in over 30 IPOs on the London Stock Exchange (Main List and AIM), NASDAQ and other global bourses, as well as in other transactions and corporate events such as M&A, MBO, crisis communications, boardroom disputes and shareholder activism. Harry’s strength in PR strategy is built on his previous experience as a management consultant advising foreign Governments on their economic reform programmes.

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Ian CluettWilliams F1

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A graduate in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Bath and with an MBA from Warwick University. Ian has held several roles since joining Williams Advanced Engineering in 2012 and is currently Head of Programmes and Commercial. Prior to joining Williams, Ian worked for Ricardo managing projects in a variety of technology areas including hybrid and electric vehicles, battery packs, battery management systems, vehicle and powertrain electronics in many regions including Europe, China, South Korea and India. He joined Ricardo from Motorola where he held a variety of commercial, project and strategy positions within the Automotive Electronics business.

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Fraser ElmsHerald Investment Management

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Fraser has nearly 18 years' experience in investing in technology companies, the last 15 years of which have been with Herald Investment Management – a specialist TMT investment manager. He has lead responsibility for the Herald portfolios' Asian exposure. He also has analytical responsibility for the semiconductor industry. Immediately prior to joining Herald, Fraser was a technology analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he covered the European technology sector. He also spent three years at Prudential as a UK unit trust fund manager. Fraser has a degree in Economics from Lancaster University, an MSc in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling and is an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK.

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Arun George

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Arun has over 13 years’ experience covering the technology sector. During this time, he has worked with technology startups and as an equity analyst in investment banks and independent research firms.  He was formerly a Technology Analyst for Canaccord Genuity, Altium Securities, Espirito Santo Investment Bank, Noble Group and Clear Capital. He has a dual Masters in Financial Engineering and Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He obtained his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is also a CFA charter holder.

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Chris GodsmarkOakley Advisory

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Chris co-founded Oakley Advisory, formerly Oakley Capital Corporate Finance, in 2007. He specialises in mid-market TMT deals, including everything from mergers and acquisitions, through fundraisings to public markets deals including IPOs and take-privates. Oakley has completed around 100 corporate finance deals since formation and its average deal size is typically between £50m and £300m. Chris previously worked at Investec Investment Banking for ten years, as Head of Telecoms Media and Technology in the Corporate Finance team, where he led numerous M&A deals and IPOs, and, prior to this, as Head of Telecoms Equity Research. Prior to this, Chris had a ten-year career as a financial journalist, starting with the BBC as a trainee journalist, moving to a variety of business reporting roles there before spending two years as Business Correspondent at The Independent . Chris has a MA in History from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.

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Colin HannaBalderton Capital

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Prior to joining Balderton Capital, Colin worked at SoundCloud in Berlin where he led Emerging Market Growth and worked as a Business Analyst. Prior to SoundCloud he was at ProSiebenSat.1 building out their media for equity business in Asia and investing for their Berlin-based E-commerce incubator. Colin began his career with three years at Goldman Sachs in New York where he worked on several Chinese internet IPOs, including Qunar (NASDAQ: QUNR), Vipshop (NASDAQ: VIPS) and Tarena (NASDAQ: TEDU).

Colin has a B.A. from Princeton University in Political Science where he was also a Captain of the Men’s Swimming Team. He has competed in the United States Swimming Olympic Trials and spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hong Kong.

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Max HerrmannStifel

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Max joined Stifel in September 2013 as head of European healthcare equity research. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of Silence Therapeutics plc. Max possesses more than 20 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience, having held key management positions with leading development stage companies, as well as establishing several highly-rated equity research teams at a number of investment banks.

Max holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Kent and qualified as a Chartered Account with Arthur Andersen.

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Fatima Iu Polar Capital

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Fatima is a Technology Fund Manager at Polar Capital, with a focus on European and US technology companies. Prior to joining Polar, she was an analyst at Citigroup Asset Management. Fatima has an MSc in Chemistry from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and is a CFA charterholder.

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Eric Lawson-SmithArma Partners

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Eric leads Arma Partners’ Media practice and is one of the most experienced advisers to the media and internet sectors globally. Arma Partners is Europe’s pre-eminent mid-market M&A advisory firm focused exclusively on Communications, Media and Technology. The firm has completed 26 transactions with a total value of over $10bn since January 2014. Eric’s 27-year career has spanned both New York and London, during which he has advised on numerous high profile M&A transactions and private financings with a total value in excess of €15bn. His recent transactions at Arma have included strategic buyers such as leading Asian e-commerce group Rakuten, US Internet giant Aol, as well as information groups Markit and Thomson Reuters. He has extensive relationships with pre-eminent growth and Private Equity investors; recent transactions have included Providence Equity, Great Hill Partners and BC Partners. Prior to Arma, Eric was Managing Director and Head of European Internet/Digital Media at Jefferies; a founder and Managing Director of LongAcre Partners; a principal at Broadview; and Vice President at JPMorgan.

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Paul McGloneZeus Capital

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Paul joined Zeus Capital in February 2016 as Business Development Director.

With over 12 years of business development and deal origination experience in professional services, Paul has previously held senior level business development roles for leading national and regional law firms. 

Paul works with the Zeus team and the wider business community to identify and help Zeus build relationships with a range of prospective owner managed and corporate clients.

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Fati NaraghiNewton Investment Management

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Fati is the Global Technology Analyst at Newton Investment Management, where she is responsible for close to £4bn of investments in the global technology sector.

Fati has spent her entire career in the technology sector. Prior to Newton, she was a founding partner of ACN & Co, a successful strategic advisory company. ACN’s clients included leading global telecom companies in Europe and Asia. Before starting ACN, Fati was a senior systems engineer at AT&T Network Systems in the UK and AT&T Bell Labs in the US.

Fati has a DPhil from the Department of Engineering Sciences at the University of Oxford. She has done post-doctoral research in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London. She was also a visiting Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Milan Radia2020 re:think

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Milan Radia is a leading equity research analyst focusing on coverage of European data centre of operators, software vendors, payments processors and IT services providers. He has 24 years of equity market experience and has won a number of awards in recent years. In 2017, Milan was ranked the No.1 earnings estimator in the UK for his sector in the Thomson Starmine Awards. This followed No.1 Starmine rankings for Europe in 2010 and 2011 and a No.2 ranking in the UK in 2011. In 2015, Milan's team was ranked no.1 by corporate management teams for UK small & mid-cap technology research in the Extel Awards. Milan has also been techMARK Analyst of the Year and achieved top 3 Institutional Investor sector rankings for his coverage of the software and telecoms sectors. Milan started his career at Prudential Portfolio Managers where he was latterly a fund manager responsible for portfolios worth in excess of £350m. Milan is a regular presenter and panellist at major industry conferences. He is married with three children.

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Ian RestallFlathill Communications Group plc

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Throughout his career, Ian has been involved in the quoted growth companies sector. 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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Steve RigbyRigby Group plc

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Steve Rigby is Chief Operating Officer for the Rigby Group.

Steve heads up the group’s Real Estate and Financial Services divisions. He is also responsible for finance, M&A and the family office investment portfolio.

Steve sits on the boards of Technology and Airport businesses and chairs the boards of Rigby & Rigby, Rigby Technology Investments, Rigby Private Equity and Rigby Capital, the group’s financial services business.

Steve has three children and splits his time between London and his home in the Midlands and is a keen polo player.

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Stephen ShanleyKKR

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Stephen Shanley joined KKR in 2014 as the first person dedicated to KKR’s technology growth equity strategy. He is actively involved with KKR’s investments in GetYourGuide, Darktrace, Ivalua, Trainline, ClickTale, Optimal+, Arago and Travelopia. Prior to joining KKR, Stephen was with Technology Crossover Ventures in Palo Alto, California and subsequently London. Prior to TCV, Mr. Shanley was with the TMT investment banking group of Needham & Company and started his career in the transaction services group of KPMG. Mr. Shanley holds a BS and a BSC from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Matthew SiebertToscafund

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Matt joined Tosca in 2008 and is responsible, amongst other things, for overseeing TMT investments in the UK Mid Cap portfolio. He also runs the Tosca Micro Cap fund which brings him into contact with a host of UK-listed tech names. Matt started his career with Hoare Govett’s research team and covered sectors that included Utilities, Retail and e-commerce, and IT Hardware. In 2005, he left to establish a data consultancy business which was then rolled into Toscafund three years later.  His current role provides a perfect platform to spend time with both listed and privately owned companies.

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Andrew SkinnerBarclays

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Andrew Skinner is a Relationship Director in the Technology, Media and Telecoms team at Barclays. The team has been at the forefront of providing support, funding and specialist advice to technology and telecoms companies for over fifteen years. Andrew has over 30 years' banking experience across a variety of roles and has a particular focus on managing relationships with some of the largest telecoms and technology companies in the industry.

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Nick WestMishcon de Reya

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Nick is the Firm's Chief Strategy Officer and Director of MDR LAB, a programme for tech start-ups in the legal space.

Nick is one of the foremost experts in LegalTech and the application of AI to the legal market, having spent the majority of his career working at the forefront of innovation in the legal industry. Formerly Managing Director of Axiom in the UK and Director of LexisNexis's UK Legal Business, Nick's expertise lies in the field of technology, knowledge and new business models in the legal sector. Nick began his career as a competition lawyer at Linklaters and then as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Nick is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law, where he lectures on Law, Business and Technology and an Advisor to BPP Law School on LegalTech Innovation.

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Tom WrennECI Partners

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Tom is a Partner at leading Private Equity firm ECI and heads their tech sector team. Over its several decades of working with great management teams and founders, ECI has supported businesses across the technology sector – recent investments include IT Lab (IT Managed Services), Auction Technology Group (online marketplace), Wireless Logic (M2M platform), CliniSys (healthcare IT), Kelvin Hughes (marine navigation systems), XLN Telecom (B2B telecoms), Fourth (SaaS), Ascribe (healthcare IT) and CarTrawler (travel technology platform). ECI raised £500m, its tenth fund, in 2014, of which a substantial proportion will be invested in growth tech companies.

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