Deputy Director of Accelerate Cambridge
A versatile and enthusiastic business executive with a 30+ year pedigree gained within the aerospace, marine and defence sectors.
Chris has particular expertise in dispute resolution and in strategic, commercial, contract, purchasing, supplier and project management within the UK and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Academy of Experts, and accredited Qualified Dispute Resolver.
Specialties: strategy, operations, funding, marketing and business development.
Shiri is an advisor, mentor and investor in the start-up space.
Shiri has over 15 years' experience in the technology sector, in various roles including marketing, strategy and business development, project and product management. Currently Shiri is a business development manager at Broadcom - a Fortune 500 technology company. Shiri has an engineering degree as well as an MBA (from the University of Cambridge).
Shiri founded two companies: a (failed) payment app business and a (moderately successful) tea business.
Shiri has been advising start-ups since 2011, helping companies achieve over $2m in seed funding. Her main interests are technology, mobile, biotech and fintech. Shiri's strengths are operations, marketing and strategy. She currently has three live investments and is a non-executive director of one of these.
‘Big Picture' Personal Trainer in Residence
Richard Bridgwood, 51, was educated at Stowe School and Edinburgh University and after graduating in 1988 worked for US commercial bank Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Company (now part of JP Morgan) in New York and London, before moving into the TV business in 1991.
He was until July 2010 the managing director of Eone Entertainment UK Ltd, formerly the Contender Entertainment Group (CEG), which was acquired by then AIM listed EOne in July 2007 for £50m, making a return of 11,000 per cent for its founder shareholders.
Richard founded CEG in 1995 to distribute filmed entertainment in the UK and developed and marketed children’s TV programmes such as Tractor Tom®, and current preschool phenomenon Peppa Pig®.
Richard Bridgwood oversaw the profitable growth of the company he founded from inception to its present size, turning over more than £100m in its last financial year under his stewardship and employing more than 100 people at its London offices.
Since 2010 Richard has become director and majority shareholder in children’s spy themed action adventure centre Si5 Spy Missions®, a Cambridge based leisure business, which has expanded to include centres in Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham and Croydon, and is planning a nationwide roll out. He has a significant shareholding in and chairs the board of Ginmeister Ltd (producer of Pinkster® gin), which recently won the East of England Business Champion of 2015 award. He is a current member of the Cambridge Capital Group of angel investors.
‘Coach' in Residence
Now an independent consultant, Gaynor was previously Vice-President of Business Development at Astra Zeneca. Her UK and US teams were responsible for identifying, evaluating and negotiating opportunities in the areas of Oncology, Infection, Personalised Healthcare and Science & Technology Licensing.
Gaynor joined AZ in 2007 from Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) where she was the Vice-President of Business Development. Before joining CAT she worked at Bespak and at Bio Products Laboratory.
She has a wide range of experience in healthcare organisations, including licensing, merger, disposal and company acquisition. She has worked for large and small organisations, public and private sector and has established start up and joint venture businesses.
Gaynor has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She lives near Cambridge with her husband and has three children.
‘Inquisitor ' in Residence
Chris has over 40 years of experience in pharma, biotech and healthcare, and is an experienced Company Director with a sustained record of achievement in global pharmaceuticals, healthcare technology and marketing consultancy. He was UK Sales and Marketing Director at AstraZeneca before joining Dendrite as Vice President, where his focus was on optimizing commercialization.
Since 2002, he has provided commercialization and brand consultancy to global pharma as Marketing Partner (and currently Company Director) at Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd, an internationally renowned HealthScience communication consultancy. His expertise includes global launch excellence and strategic brand planning for more than 15 brands across a wide range of therapy areas, driving commercial excellence through analysis and sharing of global and local performance and new selling models, and providing management and communication coaching on a one-to-one basis with senior executives.
Chris has hands-on experience in growing and shaping businesses of all sizes and at all stages – new or early ventures, SMEs or top 20 pharma – and supporting them in realising commercial opportunities and developing business models for scalable growth to achieve maximum commercial success and shareholder value.
Chris has an MBA from INSEAD and specialises in coaching in pharma, biotech, healthcare, wearables and healthcare technology.
In 2015, Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Outstanding Achievement in International Trade), the UK’s most prestigious business accolade.
'Common Sense' in Residence
Enabling the strategic growth of businesses in the East of England, focusing on achieving personal and business aspirations for clients.
As an experienced consultant/adviser Charles has worked with innovation in start-up ventures and mature companies, guiding them through the whole business life cycle. His experience includes working at board level, nationally, with international companies and assignments in the overseas market.
His specialties include business planning; business strategy, growth, improvement and development; succession planning; quality and interim management.
'Ideas-meister' & Technology Business Veteran in Residence
Tony is a seasoned entrepreneur and inventor with a 35-year background in business and technology. His expertise spans international corporate governance and business development, product management, technical sales and international exporting, as well as systems software development and intellectual property management and licensing.
In 2007 Tony successfully exited an international software company which he co-founded in 1989. The company won four Queen's Awards, appeared in The Times' 100 FastTrack and ProfitTrack and had offices in three continents. Twice a finalist for Ernst & Young's 'Entrepreneur of the Year', he appeared on USA and UK television, was profiled by The Sunday Times and received a Prince of Wales award for technological achievement.
Since 'retiring' Tony has won a BA (Oxon) in English Language & Literature, an MA in Medieval Studies, qualified as a national rowing umpire and is currently working on a PhD at Cambridge. When he's not getting a significant buzz out of mentoring and developing entrepreneurs, he likes to cycle, umpire at rowing events and fly helicopters and light aircraft, although not all at the same time!
'Common sense' in Residence
Reinhard Eschbach has more than 30 years’ significant practical experience, specifically focusing on change management, digitalisation, business development and restructuring areas, such as IT, e-commerce within several industries like travel, financial services, retail and consumer goods.
He has worked in several senior executive roles up to board level, implementing cultural and organisational change with a strong focus on business improvement combined with key strengths include setting strategic directions, problem solving combined with sound technical understanding and the ability to translate business requirements into technical solutions. A subject matter expert with the skills, knowledge and confidence, to lead and implement highly complex and sophisticated projects from start to finish being able to make effective judgement and prioritisation calls and influence at all levels. Several developments and implementations from new business ideas into a proper operation.
'Detective' in Residence
Monique leads the EVER project which is a longitudinal qualitative study of the teams within Accelerator Cambridge. This project aims to understand the strategic decision making of early ventures and how teams pivot over time.
Monique is constantly intrigued by understanding the deeper underlying processes behind the way things are. For this reason she has spent the last few years understanding the impact of entrepreneurship education and the role of gender on entrepreneurial practice. Her original background was within Archaeology and after a number of years of spending summers excavating and the completion of a PhD at University of Cambridge, she took the opportunity to change fields and apply her unique insights to the field of entrepreneurship. Alongside her research, Monique is also a tutor and teaching associate on the Postgraduate Diploma in entrepreneurship. When she is not working, Monique is either cycling on the road or on the polo court.
Accelerate Cambridge Coordinator
Luther's day job is to be the coordinator at Accelerate Cambridge, the CJBS "in-house" accelerator supporting venture creation out of Cambridge. Luther is a social entrepreneur and an environmental activist at heart.
Over the years, he has led many environmental initiatives around the river, combining volunteering and a social enterprising approach to organise many successful region wide river clean-ups events, attracting over 1,200 volunteers.