Our associates offer expertise in a wide-range of professional and academic disciplines. As leaders in their field, they provide specialised knowledge and support for our startups in the form of workshops, lectures, seminars and one-to-ones.
Partner, Positive Momentum
Based on his experience, he believes that the success stories of the future will be the organisations that look beyond shareholder value to deliver against the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. Ashley led the drive for Positive Momentum to become a B Corp, an accreditation that reflects a global culture shift to redefine success in business by balancing purpose and profit.
Ashley is a consultant with Positive Momentum and whilst he has a broad range of clients his sweet spot is businesses with sustainability at their core. He has helped a wide range of clients to achieve stellar success, including Flowgem, a water-saving start-up that grew from zero to a £13 million sale to Centrica in 18 months.
Personifying the Positive Momentum maxim of no-nonsense business expertise, Ashley helps organisations to make the complex simple for employees, customers, and shareholders. He has an awesome network and boundless energy that he will devote to empowering your teams and your business to become everything you hope for.
Addicted to business from an early age, Ashley got his first paper round aged 11 and a second after-school job at 13. At 18 he was doing business with farmers, and by his early twenties was selling mobile phones – when they were £3,000 each! Today he lives in the East of England flatlands with his wife Ros. He loves a sporting challenge and is currently focused on a channel swim in the next couple of years. Ashley’s alter ego is Ordinary Bloke, who blogs about the issues he believes are vital to keeping 7.5 billion people+ alive and well on a healthy planet.
Founder, Zyme Communications
Lorna founded Zyme Communications in June 2010 and has grown the business into a successful agency with offices in Cambridge and Manchester in the UK, providing strategic and specialist advice to life science and medtech organisations across Europe and the US.
With more than 20 years’ experience in PR and marketing in the life science sector, Lorna was previously Associate Partner at international communications agency College Hill Life Sciences (now Instinctif Partners), where she was responsible for the company’s largest portfolio of clients. She also gained in-house experience as Marketing Manager at NextGen Sciences and Consultant at Sagentia (formerly Scientific Generics) and TTP Plc.
Lorna has a degree in Natural Sciences, majoring in Biology and Biochemistry and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Head of Employer Engagement, Cambridge Judge Business School Careers
Sadia heads the Employer Engagement team which engages with recruiters, the wider network of alumni and business contacts for recruitment activities and projects on your behalf. Sadia started her career as a development consultant in South Asia. She also worked in Mexico at CIMMYT as part of a Rockefeller Foundation study into the Green Revolution. Prior to joining CJBS, Sadia worked in the City as an equity stockbroker for emerging markets with HSBC and Merrill Lynch for 12 years.
CEO and Founder, Orca Scan
We help companies track anything, anywhere – instantly, accurately and affordably. Whether it’s medicines, machine parts or medical devices; if it matters to your business, we’ll help you track it. We remove the need for expensive barcode scanners or tediously typing data into spreadsheets – just download the free Orca Scan mobile app and use the camera on your phone. It’s that simple.
Accelerate Cambridge Mentor, Cambridge Judge Business School
Reinhard Eschbach has more than 30 years’ significant practical experience, specifically focusing on digitalisation, digital marketing, business development, change management, and restructuring areas, such as e-commerce, product development and IT within several industries like travel, financial services, retail (food and other 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.
Partner, Taylor Vinters
Patrick is head of the commercial and technology team and works from both our London and Cambridge offices. He is a nationally recognised IP lawyer specialising in looking after IP-rich businesses’ commercial, IP and regulatory needs.
Patrick has a particular focus on the life sciences sector. He is ranked in the ‘Hall of Fame’ in Legal 500 for consistently being top ranked by clients as one of the region’s pre-eminent IP specialists.
Accelerate Cambridge Mentor, Cambridge Judge Business School
Now an independent consultant, Gaynor was previously Vice-President of Business Development at AstraZeneca. 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 AstraZeneca 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 startup 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.
Investment Manager, Cambridge Enterprise
Chris is an Investment Manager in the Seed Funds team focusing on spin-out opportunities emerging from the physical sciences.
Chris has spent over 15 years in UK high tech spin-outs and technology transfer. While Head of Engineering at CMR Fuel Cells in Cambridge, Chris led multi-disciplinary teams developing and delivering cleantech products to major multinational partners. He also co-founded Amalyst, a spin-out from University College London where, as Chief Technology Officer, he led its efforts in novel catalyst development for the energy transition. Chris joined UCL Business as a Senior Business Manager in 2016 where he helped commercialise a broad range of technologies from the physical sciences including the successful spin-out Bramble Energy.
Chris studied Chemical Engineering earning his BSc at the University of Tennessee with a magna cum laude distinction and his MSc from the University of South Carolina. He is passionate about the 21st century energy transition especially increasing hydrogen as an energy vector.
Chris joined Cambridge Enterprise in September 2020.
James Edward Goode
Founder, Cambridge Xyz
James is the founder of Google Ads and Google Analytics digital marketing agency, Cambridge Xyz, a Google Premier Partner which is ranked in the top 3% of Google Partners.
Cambridge Xyz has invested tens of millions finding traction by building Google strategies for brands including Mars Inc, Pandora, RAC, and University of Cambridge, alongside 100s of start-ups. James is Masters of Entrepreneurship alumnus of the class of University of Cambridge 2017-18.
Photographer, Cambridge Independent
Keith is a multi-National award winning Picture Editor and photographer. With over 40 years’ experience in the media supplying photographs and video for use around the world, he’ll be sharing some of that expertise to help you have the best chance in creating video and photography for your businesses.
Starting in weekly newspapers, then running his own business Keith then went into daily newspapers, coming to Cambridge 23 years ago to be Picture Editor of the Cambridge Evening News photographic team and managing the supply of photographs to 11 Daily Editions and 10 weekly newspapers and magazines. Keith then joined the start-up Cambridge Independent as Picture Editor with just four people growing to16 by Sept 2016 since then they have been voted the best weekly newspaper in the country for five consecutive years and have grown to own 40 newspapers from Scotland to Hampshire, a radio station, and TV station.
Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Cambridge Judge Business School
Peter is an experienced entrepreneur having co-founded fourteen new businesses of which I have sold ten. One of these businesses was Pod Point Ltd that launched on the LSE main market in 2021 with a market capitalisation of £350 million.
Peter has been working in the entrepreneurial community of Cambridge for over 40 years and set up the first Department of Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge in 2000. Peter has had the good fortune to work with and learn from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Europe – and to recycle some of this knowledge to his students over the past 20 years.
Director, Cambridge TV
Carl is an experienced producer, cameraman, audio specialist and editor. He’s worked on productions for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, etc and has filmed with some big names in the industry.
In 2015 he launched a local TV channel for Cambridge, managing a team who created 11.5 hours of original, local programmes every week. The channel supplied news stories to the local BBC news every day. The local TV channel was sold and became That’s West Anglia TV from 2017 onwards.
As a crew member, his work includes Blue Peter (BBC), Grand Designs (Ch4), Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir (BBC), Babies (Netflix), The Gunpowder Plotters and Churchill’s First World War (BBC) and Portrait Artist of the Year & Sky Movies specials (Sky).
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Cambridge Judge Business School
Manaz leads the equality, diversity and inclusion strategy at Cambridge Judge Business School and brings with her years of multi-sector experience of successfully developing and embedding diversity and inclusion practices.
Over her career, Manaz has enabled and facilitated much needed cultural change by including all stakeholders and prioritising inclusion from leadership right through to teams and staff.
CEO and Founder of Charco Neurotech
Founder of Charco Neurotech, a design engineer who focuses on projects for patient care. She completed a masters in innovation design engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art (Distinction), and a Korea University BA in industrial and informatic design.
She was a product designer at Samsung Design Membership and PDD London, and a marketing intern at Cheil Worldwide. She has carried out extensive research with patients to gain insights and develop prototypes through user testing.
Lucy’s team combines the skills of neuroscientists, design engineers, and medical professionals. Together they are developing the CUE1 device, with and for people with Parkinson’s, to improve their quality of life. They believe in simple, non-invasive technologies like CUE1 that can help improve quality of life for people with long term conditions, and to this end, they are continuously researching new treatment methods based in science.
Partner, Taylor Vinters
Chris is a partner and head of the emerging companies team at Taylor Vinters. He has over a decade of experience advising early-stage and fast-growth businesses, particularly in the technology sector. He practices both as a corporate lawyer and commercial and IP specialist, and splits his time between offices in the golden triangle of UK innovation; Cambridge (where he lives), London and Oxford. Taylor Vinters’ market-leading technology practice advises on over 150 fundraising transactions every year acting for both growth companies and angel, venture capital and corporate investors.
CEO, Cambridge Resolution
Chris Lamaison started in market research in the BOC Group (after a chemistry and geology degree at Exeter University) and has 45 years of market research and marketing roles in technology companies (such as BOC, Edwards High Vacuum, Hughes Aircraft Company, Smiths Industries and Perkin Elmer). After working in a life sciences Cambridge startup company, he started Cambridge Resolution, a specialist market research company, in 1998. He has worked with approximately 100 organisations over the last 21 years.
fr. Business Manager, Hambleton Equine Clinic Ltd
Lucy Malby is the Business Manager for Hambleton Equine Clinic, the largest purpose-built independent equine veterinary clinic in the North East of England. Lucy is responsible for managing the non-clinical and business aspects of the practice, including the rapid growth and profitability of the business. The practice offers first-class equine veterinary services to all market sectors including racing, stud, leisure and sports horses. Lucy started her career in clinical research immunoassay design and automation after graduating as a biochemist and an Associate of King’s College London. She then spent many years in the medtech, biotech and precision electro-mechanical sector where she gained significant experience in product design and development as well as business development. Lucy has a strong track record in the whole development process having worked in systems engineering, customer acceptance management, production line management, R&D project management and business development before going on to manage practices in the veterinary industry, including one of Europe’s largest equine veterinary practices.
Audit Partner, RSM
Andrew is an audit and assurance partner with over 25 years’ experience providing services to corporate entities, with a particular focus on early stage and growth companies notably in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Andrew has worked with a wide range of companies from owner managed and private equity businesses to large international groups in the mid-market, including those with US GAAP and IFRS reporting requirements. Andrew has a commercial and pragmatic approach to advising businesses, drawing on his extensive audit and assurance technical expertise.
Executive Business Coaching
Kevin has a really simple mission to help leaders and businesses to unlock their potential and grow faster.
Kevin is a global advisor, coach, and consultant with over 25 years of expertise in building, growing and scaling successful and market-leading companies. Kevin partners with ambitious and change-making boards, CEO’s, executives and teams who want to grow faster, and improve business, organisational, and personal performance.
Founder, Cambridge Capital Group
Struan McDougall is the founder of Cambridge Capital Group, the first private investment network in Cambridge, founded in 2000. He has led the growth of the network and its portfolio for the last 22 years.
We specialise in providing investment through our group of Members to promising early-stage hi-tech ventures emanating from Britain’s leading innovation clusters.
The Group has enjoyed successful exits with 10 exits in the last six years alone. Cambridge Capital Group are often the first external group of investors to invest in a start-up opportunity and we also co-invest with other leading groups. We are connected with many of the early-stage funds in the UK.
CEO and Founder, Solidi
Solidi is the only UK exchange with instant onboarding that has passed the high bar of FCA registration. We join just eight other firms (including two other retail exchanges) that have satisfied the FCA registration requirements, with 80 firms still with temporary permissions and over 60 firms having withdrawn their applications.
Cryptocurrency has experienced explosive growth over the last four years, but it has increasingly become the target of scammers promising untold riches. Our mission since 2015 has been to make investing in crypto as safe and simple as possible. Our full FCA registration provides investors with reassurance that they are dealing with a company that has passed the high bar set by the UK regulator.
Tax Partner, RSM
Phil is a tax partner focussed on UK and international tax for scaling tech businesses both at the corporate and shareholder level. He has over 20 years’ experience working in this field mainly within the Big 4.
Phil also worked as the in-house tax and treasury director for a UK AIM listed company headquartered in the UK but with significant operations in the US and Canada. Phil was based in Silicon Valley for three years. With his industry experience and tech focus he brings a pragmatic and holistic approach to advising his clients.
Darren Mitchell, Partner, Potter Clarkson
UK and European Patent Attorney, Patent Attorney Litigator
Darren is an experienced UK and European patent attorney adept at handling a wide array of engineering inventions, ranging from automotive transmissions to hand tools, medical devices and high voltage power distribution systems. In addition, Darren has a deep understanding of textile technologies, including in relation to both performance and intimate apparel.
As well as advising clients on design matters, both registered and unregistered, Darren also tutors trainee attorneys on these aspects of intellectual property law, both within the firm and externally.
In advance of joining Potter Clarkson, Darren was a design engineer with a leading product design consultancy in London.
In 2012, he successfully completed the Intellectual Property litigation and advocacy courses at Nottingham Law School to become a patent attorney litigator with extensive rights of audience in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), as well as rights to conduct some litigation and appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Darren leads the firm’s USA team, having spent more than a decade forging strong and trusted professional relationships in this jurisdiction.
Regional Hub Manager at Greater South East Energy Hub
Maxine leads the Greater South East Energy Hub providing local capacity support to bring investment into innovative energy infrastructure
projects. Before joining the Hub she worked in Economic Development and Waste Services at Ipswich Borough Council, developing and delivering economic growth and environmental projects. Prior to working in local government, Maxine spent 12 years as the Managing Director of Bright Green, an environmental social enterprise, working with business and communities on low carbon and circular economy initiatives. She was instrumental in setting the standards and securing the finance for the first
passivhaus building in England, the Centre for Disability Studies, led the first private sector energy efficiency retrofit scheme funded by the Community Saving Energy Programme and pioneered zero waste systems at some of the UK’s largest music festivals.
Maxine started her career as a Research Associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment at the University of East Anglia.
Phil O’Donovan, as co-founder and Managing Director, helped grow Cambridge-based CSR plc from a start-up of nine into a highly successful FTSE 250 listed fabless semiconductor company employing, in 2015, more than 2,000 people in 23 locations.
Within four years from 1999, CSR became the Bluetooth market leader and supplier of chips to hundreds of global high-volume consumer product manufacturers. By 2012, CSR had achieved annual revenue of $1 billion and, by 2015, had shipped close to four billion chips. CSR was acquired by US company Qualcomm in September 2015 for $2.5 billion.
Phil is an Engineer and a Cambridge-based mentor, coach and investor in technology start-ups where he takes a non-executive director or chairman role. He is also a speaker on entrepreneurial topics at universities and business schools and an advisor to organisations wishing to commercialise their IP.
Partner, Patent Attorney, Venner Shipley
Pawel is a UK and European patent attorney and has nearly 20 years of experience advising on intellectual property. He represents a wide variety of clients in the high technology sector including a significant number of start-up companies and firms based in and around Cambridge.
Pawel specialises in the fields of physics, electronics and computer software and inventions that are multi-disciplinary in nature. He is at the forefront of developments in European Patent Office (EPO) law regarding patentability of computer-implemented inventions: he is handling the appeal in which questions have been referred to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) in G1/19 (CONNOR/Pedestrian Simulation) regarding patentability of computer-implemented simulations.
Pawel has been singled out for recommendation in recent editions of Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000, Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars and JUVE Patent UK.
Associate, Taylor Vinters
Rebecca joined Taylor Vinters in July 2019 and thoroughly enjoys working in the dynamic and vibrant city of Cambridge. She qualified as a corporate lawyer at a niche agricultural firm which was recognised for its expertise in the sector. She then relocated to Chile and, as a fluent Spanish speaker, supported international technology companies (from start-up to multi-national) in their global expansion, as part of the Department for International Trade’s inward investment regional initiative for South America.
Rebecca acts for a range of diverse businesses across various sectors on corporate matters with a specific interest and experience in:
- Company reorganisations, demergers and capital restructures.
- Mergers and acquisitions.
- Corporate finance.
- Venture capital and private equity investments.
- Partnerships and LLPs.
- Corporate governance, board and shareholder issues.
As a solicitor Rebecca will take a practical and sensible approach, working closely with clients and others in their network such as financial advisors, accountants and agents, to deliver a connected, collaborative and completely focused service in order to achieve your objective.
One thing you probably didn’t know about Rebecca is that she is a keen amateur photographer – and with all the terminology, it’s almost like learning a third language (Spanish being my second)! Rebecca loves looking at life through a camera lens and seeing something from an entirely different perspective.
HR Manager, Cambridge Judge Business School
Kal manages a successful HR team at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) who are together responsible for all aspects of HR service delivery to the Schools 450 plus staff members. She leads the academic recruitment at the Business School, which remains internationally competitive in attracting the most talented academics to the Business School and is passionate about equality and diversity related issues, driving this agenda in all aspects of her work. Kal started her career with the Lloyds Banking group, moving into HR soon after joining upon realising her passions were more people orientated. Prior to joining CJBS six years ago, in true entrepreneurial style, Kal ran her own company, a website for parents with kids!
Founder, The Choral Hub
Xann is a full stack strategist and seasoned entrepreneur working at the intersection of startup tech and the arts. Creating accessibility to music and ‘singing with others’ has been the strand that ties most of her life’s work together and a core tenet of that has been celebrating and empowering diversity in music.
CEO & Co-Founder, o2h co-work group
Prashant is a serial entrepreneur having begun a career with the Strategy group of at Accenture followed by co-founding two companies in the technology and life sciences sector. The second of these companies focused on drug discovery was acquired by a public company. Prashant co-founded o2h Ventures, which is involved in seeding, incubating and investing in early-stage life science and technology companies. Prashant has a BEng, MSc and an MPhil in Management.
Dr Sachin Shende
1Point5 is a strategic consulting firm and a software solution provider to the agri-food industry accelerating the digital transformation, helping businesses improve efficiency and making the food supply chains fully transparent and sustainable.
Hannah Sore, is Founder and CEO of PharmEnable. A medicinal chemist by training, she is recognised for championing innovative methods for discovering much needed new drugs. She brings over 20 years of research expertise within the life sciences and drug discovery sector at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Astex Therapeutics and at the University of Cambridge, including 10 years consulting and business experience across healthcare sectors at Frost & Sullivan and HFS Scientific Ltd. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in Organic Chemistry and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and is an inventor on 13 patents.
Executive Director, AlgoDynamix
Jeremy has over a decade of business and technology commercialisation experience. His previous roles include CTO at an instrumentation company (technology acquired) and data analyst within the online transaction space. His ‘IP portfolio’ includes several granted patents and more than ten peer reviewed publications.
Jeremy has an undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees in engineering, including an Engineering PhD from the University of Cambridge and a Signal Processing MSc from University of Bristol.
Founder & Director, InoSens
Gordon is a management consultant, facilitator and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience, the last 17 with his own business, InoSens. He has worked across a broad range of industries, working with teams, to deliver innovative and practical solutions to thorny business challenges. Particular interests lie in business model and value proposition design and implementation. Gordon lives in Cambridge with his wife, two kids and three guitars.
Senior Associate, Potter Clarkson
UK and European Patent Attorney, as well as working with companies to obtain their intellectual property rights, Esmé often works with investors to perform IP due diligence on companies they are interested in investing in. This experience has been invaluable and has allowed Esmé to learn what investors are looking for in a company and use this knowledge to help start-up companies when preparing for investment rounds.
Investment Manager and Author
Howard lives in Suffolk in the UK. He loves research and going through academic papers. Health Mindset and Lifespan is Howard’s first non-fiction book and has been an eye-opening experience of learning during the COVID lock-down times in 2021. Howard is very optimistic about the future and the long-term prospects for humanity.
Educated at Woodbridge School, and growing up in the countryside, he has an affinity with nature as well as travel.
Howard has an MBA from the University of Cambridge. He was a Benavitch scholar at St Catharine’s College with key values for study set within social and community benefit. Howard specialised in Social Innovation with study on the circular economy, social enterprise, value-driven leadership, and incorporating the Sustainability Development Goals into investments and business.
As part of his study at Cambridge Judge Business School, he completed projects with Twitter and Unilever on user behaviour and sustainability. He also worked with Shell to better understand people’s perception of hydrogen fuel. After his MBA, Howard completed an internship at the Cambridge-based charity, Centre for Global Equality, working with social enterprises.
Howard also has a First Class Masters Degree in Mathematics from The University of Nottingham where he focussed on applied mathematics, quantum physics, fluid mechanics, and biological modelling. Howard wrote his dissertation on how neurons can form synchronous impulses and patterns. Howard spent part of his degree studying at the University of Melbourne where he was a member of Ormond College. Howard played hockey for college teams throughout his university career.
Alongside his interests in Lifespan, Howard works at Frank Investments, a private investment office in London, where he focuses on portfolio management and investment research. Howard is also a Trustee of The London Ballet Foundation with his wife Sophie. Howard has one son and one daughter, who both keep him on his toes.
Consultant, Organisation Effectiveness Cambridge
Felicity is a Business Psychologist with expertise in applying psychological principles and psychometric tools to improve individual, team, and organisational effectiveness.
Felicity specialises in leadership and team development and leads content development for OE Cam’s eLearning platform. Utilising a blended approach to learning, she is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to leverage their unique and collective strengths. She has a particular interest in personality interactions and decision-making processes for both individuals and teams.
Jeff Zucker is an experienced business executive, team player and innovator, relentlessly focused on organizations that are committed to consumer engagement and respecting the voice of the individual. Most recently CEO for 14 years and co-founder of healthcare disruptor ADVault and MyDirectives.com, he exited in 2021. Jeff is a frequent public speaker and advocate of the critical need for the individual’s voice in true problem solving, specifically in a person-centred, values-based healthcare system. Jeff sits on the HIMSS Global Innovation Committee, is a judge for Cambridge University’s Pitch & Judge entrepreneurial competitions and is active in other industry leadership groups and start-ups as an investor, advisor, and public policy influencer. A business veteran with two previous exits (one in digital consumer engagement and another in health and wellness), and a former bank officer who took a leave of absence to work on public policy and engagement strategies for a presidential campaign, Jeff earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of Michigan and his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.