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Accelerate Cambridge associates

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.

Sophia Bishell

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Cambridge Judge Business School

Sophia is a marketing and communications professional working within the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Cambridge. Her former arts industry background has been a major influence in her life and brings creativity to her work. She enjoys creating interesting and engaging materials and content across digital platforms and supports all programme teams within the Entrepreneurship Centre.

Ashley Blackmore

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.

Richard Carey-Evans

Senior Innovation & Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE

Richard lived overseas for over 20 years and has a background in supply chain and working capital management consultancy. Whilst abroad he set up and managed companies in digital marketing and sustainable construction. On his return to the UK in 2016 Richard was an Export Growth Advisor at the Department for International Trade where he helped business’ grow their exports. He is a Senior Innovation & Growth Specialist working with a wide range of companies focusing on innovation management, internationalisation and business growth.

Bob Coates

Chief Executive, Cambridge TV Training

Bob is founder and Chief Executive of Cambridge TV Training, Cambridge TV’s partner organisation. He is also a director at Cambridge TV. He has held senior executive positions in the world of education (City & Guilds, Open University) and technology (Acorn).

He has significant experience in education innovation, from putting computers in schools in his early career to online learning platforms at the Open University.

In the media sector, Bob specialises in storytelling, producing and interviewing. His mission is to train people in valuable skills that will help them to work in online video and TV. He believes that learning by doing, in a demanding but supportive environment, is the key to a career in today’s creative industries.

John Doherty

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.

Reinhard Eschbach

Accelerate Cambridge Coach, 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.

Gaynor Fryers

Accelerate Cambridge Coach, 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.

Chris Gibbs

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.

Anthony (Tony) Harris

Accelerate Cambridge Coach, Cambridge Judge Business School

Anthony (Tony) Harris is a business angel, entrepreneur, technologist, and thirty-year tech-industry veteran. He co-founded Software 2000/Software Imaging in 1989 and the company’s OEM software revolutionised colour desktop inkjet and digital copier printing worldwide. After exiting in 2007 he completed an MA at the University of Oxford and an MA(Res) and has recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Tony’s areas of business expertise cover intellectual property, corporate finance, development team structure and management, and international export. He is a Cambridge Angel, a member of Cambridge Capital Group and Henley Business Angels, and sits on the Investor Committee for Oxford Capital Partners. In terms of charitable/unremunerated work he is the honorary Treasurer of Regent’s Park College (Oxford), sits on the finance committee of Kellogg College (Oxford), and is the Registered Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats (National Party), a non-executive unremunerated role, focusing on finance and compliance.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys skiing, cycling, and is a keen private pilot of helicopters and light aircraft including floatplanes. He is also a National Rowing Umpire.

Andrew Hatcher

Mentor in Residence, Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Specialties: Strategy development; proposition development; communication and implementation; innovation management; strategic marketing

Andrew is Head of Practice and Mentor in Residence at the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also the Managing Director of The Applied Knowledge Network, a marketing and strategy consultancy that also develops physical and digital products.

Andrew has a long history of identifying, developing and managing innovation within corporate environments and notably created an implemented a comprehensive and international innovation management system while working for Reuters, the European media group. His career at Reuters culminated in a role as CEO of an Asian-based internet trading corporate spin-out in Singapore which he took through initial VC funding and on to a trade sale.

Andrew is an accomplished author of seven books on subjects that include Inventuring, strategy innovation, marketing and metrics which demonstrate that his extensive experience in the areas of business startup and growth and in the specialist areas of marketing, strategic innovation management and corporate venturing.

With a personal corporate history that includes journalism, software development, venture investment, marketing and strategic sales. Andrew draws on a wealth of experience in all aspects of business management gained through working internationally, predominantly in the US and UK.

Andrew received both a BSc in engineering and an MBA in international business from the University of London and is a Fellow of Cambridge Marketing College.

Zizi Hollander

Programme Manager: Venture Support, Cambridge Judge Business School

Zizi Hollander has been managing the Santander grant programme for the past three years. She is passionate about helping founders achieve their goals, having become the accidental co-founder of a football newspaper in South Africa. The practical experience of growing a venture from a mere idea into a wildly popular and successful publication stands her in good stead to provide support to ventures on their entrepreneurial journey.

Carl Homer

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).

Lucy Jung

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.

Chris Keen

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.

Chris Lamaison

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.

Lucy Malby

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.

Nathan March

Innovation & Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE

Nathan is a highly-experienced business professional with over 10 years of business advisory experience with a background in the public sector and corporate banking.

His role in Innovate UK EDGE is to support high-potential, innovative businesses achieve their growth ambitions through tailored innovation management, commercialisation, internationalisation and access to finance support.

As an Innovate UK EDGE, Innovation & Growth Specialist within the St John Innovation Centres Projects Team, he delivers Innovate UK EDGE business growth support to the East of England, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire region.

Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in the innovative businesses that drive economic growth. It complements Innovate UK project funding with intensive, specialist-led support for such ambitious businesses.

Each high-potential, innovative business in our portfolio benefits from the objective perspective of a dedicated innovation and growth specialist local to them. Our specialist considers a business in the round and, working closely with its leadership, identifies the most productive ways to accelerate its growth.

Toni Marshall

Senior Business Psychology Consultant, Organisation Effectiveness Cambridge (OE Cam LLP)

Toni is a Business Psychologist and Senior Consultant. She specialises in Leadership and Team behaviours, Coaching and Positive Psychology. She heads up the Learning and Development proposition at OE Cam, integrating fresh psychological research and practical application.

Toni has a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Occupational Psychology and is CIPD certified in HR Management. She is BPS qualified (A&B) in a range of aptitude assessments and personality profiles (Saville and Hogan). She is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the British Psychological Society (including Division of Occupational Psychology). Toni is a trained facilitator of Appreciative Inquiry techniques (including coaching and individual feedback). Before moving into consulting Toni worked in HR and is experienced at dealing with capability, conduct and absence issues.

Roger Porthouse

Senior consultant, VA Consultants

Roger Porthouse is a senior consultant with VA Consultants, having moved into consultancy after 30+ years working across a variety of industries including Advertising, Engineering, Computer Software and Pharmaceuticals.

He’s really looking forward to our time together as we explore what it means to Lead with Resilience and look at some of the neuroscience behind how you can make more use of your brain’s limited resources. We will then explore some simple techniques that you can use in-the-moment to be more aware, take more control, achieve greater focus and make more effective, more resilient decisions that will support you, the people around you, and your business.

We will be using an online interactive whiteboard to explore these themes called Miro (www.miro.com). You do not need to create an account and can sign on as a guest on the day

Rebecca Quick

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.

Dr Sachin Shende

1Point5 Technologies

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

CEO, PharmEnable

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.

Jeremy Sosabowski

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.