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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.

Darren Disley

Darrin Disley

Bio

Darrin Disley is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor and enterprise champion. He is currently CEO of Horizon Discovery Group a company he has led from a $150,000 seed funding in March 2008 to a record $113 million IPO on AIM six years later and a current market capitalisation of over $500 million. He has been involved in the startup and growth of numerous business ventures securing over $425 million business financing as well as closing over $585 million of commercial deals. In 2012, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the European Life Science Awards, in 2014 Global Executive of the Year by Scrip, in 2015 was named UK Quoted Company Entrepreneur of the Year, Cambridge Business Person of the Year, one of the 175 Faces of Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2017 he was named UK Public Company. CEO of the Year at the Biotech and Money Awards Darrin supports education, entrepreneurship and mentoring programs in the UK via the Professor Christopher R Lowe Carpe Diem Enterprise Fund and has backed over 30 startup life science, technology and social enterprises. This led to him recently being conferred with a lifetime-held Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion in the 2016 birthday honours list. He is an Honorary Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School and Enterprise Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute of Biotechnology both at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Salford. He is currently Director and co-founder of Avvinity Therapeutics and GeoSpock, Chairman of Desktop Genetics, Director of Celixir and HealX, Board Member of the UK Bioindustry Association, Chairman of Trustees at Footprint Cafes CIO and serves on the advisory boards of Axol Bioscience, Biotech and Money, the Cambridge Science Centre, the Cambridge Phenomenon, Elpis Biomedical and SimPrints.

Ann Doberee

Anne Dobrée

Bio

Anne has worked in University technology commercialisation since 1999. Anne first joined the technology transfer team at the University of Cambridge in 2001, and has held a number of roles with Cambridge Enterprise and its predecessors including Head of Technology Transfer and Interim Director.

Anne joined the Seed Funds team in 2008 and was appointed Head of Seed Funds in 2011. During her time at CE, Anne has supported many early stage companies and served on the boards of Pneumacare, Cambridge CMOS Sensors, Aqdot and Cambridge Touch Technologies to name a few. Anne was a founding member of Praxis, the UK Technology Transfer Training Programme.

Away from Cambridge Enterprise, Anne has worked in technology transfer at Imperial College Innovations Limited, in pharmaceutical development at Evans Medical, and in pharmaceutical product training at Information Transfer. Anne holds a BSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in Immunology.

Alice Driscoll.

Alice Driscoll

Bio

Alice Driscoll is a leadership coach with particular expertise in re-engineering scaling leadership teams. As a partner at Horizon37, Alice coaches and facilitates ambitious founders, CEOs and their investors in Cambridge and London, and is accredited in a wide range of psychological, coaching and communication models. A qualified mediator, Alice also sits on the Berkley Square Mediation Panel and has extensive experience with work-place conflict resolution.

Prior to focusing on coaching, Alice was the managing director of two global marketing agencies where she lead transformational organisational change whilst working with FTSE 100 clients. She also has personal experience of the startup world having been a founding partner at health tech SaaS startup KareInn where she remains an advisor.

Alice regularly mentors early-stage business leaders and contributes to accelerators in both London and Cambridge.

Richard Green

Richard Green

Bio

Richard Green is passionate about innovation and helping teams to turn disruptive ideas into market leading products and sustainable businesses. A founder and CEO of award winning Ubisense the world leader in Real Time Location Systems, listed on the LSE in 2011 under Richard’s leadership. Richard was a founder of Smallworld, an enterprise geospatial software company which listed on Nasdaq in 1996 and was acquired in a trade sale by GE in 2000. Richard is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Science and Technology winner. Under Richard’s leadership Ubisense was awarded multiple DTI grants, featured multiple times in the Deloitte Fast50, and was awarded both the Queen’s award for Export and Innovation. In 2011 Ubisense was technology IPO of the year, and won Business Weekly International trade award in 2013.  

Richard is engaged with early stage companies as mentor, consultant and non-executive principally in the Location, IoT, and Mobility space.

Claire Johnsen

Claire Johnsen

Bio

Claire is an innovation adviser at St John's Innovation Centre helping companies place, fund and market new products. Claire has extensive commercial, operational and consultancy experience and has a track record for enabling businesses to reach their aspirations.

Previously Claire ran her own design and manufacturing business, which she successfully sold.

Chris Keen.

Chris Keen

Bio

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.

Chris Lamaison

CEO, Cambridge Resolution

Bio

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

Bio

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 medtec, biotec 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.

Paolo Moscuzza.

Paolo Moscuzza

Bio

Paolo Moscuzza is a founding Partner of OE Cam (Organisation Effectiveness Cambridge), Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered coaching Psychologist. He leads OE Cam's leadership development practice and advises, facilitates and coaches a broad range of clients in the UK and internationally.

Paolo has worked with early-stage companies both in assessing and developing capability. He has also carried out pre and post-acquisition people due diligence for FTSE and PE clients. Paolo has been working extensively with the University of Cambridge for over 10 years.

Pawl Piotrowicz

Pawel Piotrowicz

Bio

Pawel is a UK and European patent attorney and has nearly 20 years' 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 also in inventions which are multi-disciplinary in nature. His areas of expertise include semiconductor devices, embedded systems, power electronics, automotive electronics, nanotechnology, spintronics, printed electronics, RFID devices, telecommunications, computer networks, computer simulation, optical systems, sensors and medical devices.

In 2006, he took the lead in opening Venner Shipley’s office in Cambridge.

Pawel has been specifically singled out for recommendation in the past in the Legal 500 Directory which described him as "knowledgeable" and "hardworking". He was also commended in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Directory.

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Bio

Tom trained in the corporate tax department of KPMG Cambridge, working on a broad range of clients from VC-backed technology companies up to multinationals. He moved over to KPMG Enterprise in 2015 to focus exclusively on startups and fast-growing technology companies, helping them with a range of tax work (including EIS and R&D tax relief) and helping them with other business concerns.  He works closely with KPMG’s High Growth Technology Group, a team based in Shoreditch working exclusively with tech startups, to help bridge the gap between Cambridge and London. 

Hitesh Sanganee

Hitesh Sanganee

AstraZeneca mentor - Director of Emerging Innovations

Bio

Dr Hitesh Sanganee is currently a Director in the Emerging Innovations group. His main role is to participate and execute the open innovation strategy within the innovative medicines function in AZ. This involves collaborating with academic institutions such as MRC (UK) NIH (US) to identify novel uses for our medicines and hence build a portfolio of projects. He has also been involved in internal ideation events (open innovation within a large company setting) in AZ.

Previously his role was in the science function within AstraZeneca. His main role was as a chemistry cluster lead inputting into external and internal drug repositioning projects and potential in-licensing projects. Other roles also have included CDL (candidate drug leader) working on regenerative medicine, and a Team Leader in the respiratory & inflammation therapeutic area. He originally received his degree and DPhil from Oxford University in chemistry and subsequently held a postdoctoral research position at Florida State University. He joined AstraZeneca as a Medicinal Chemist in 1999 conducting research within respiratory & inflammation related disease areas and has led teams to successful milestone transitions in all phases of drug discovery. He has over 40 patents and publications.

Guy Shackleton.

Guy Shackleton

Bio

With 20 years' experience of leadership and management consulting in IT, banking and automotive industries, I collaborate with scale-up leaders and teams to set clear goals and work systematically to achieve results. My coaching process allows us to diagnose the current situation, clarify a specific outcome and create compelling goals.

Combining the most effective NLP techniques and Motivational Maps® provides a unique coaching experience with a big impact. You will get a clearer sense of direction, greater awareness of accessible resources, and feel motivated to take the next step!

I work best with pioneering subject matter experts who want to master new leadership skills. Especially those who relish the opportunity to develop themselves, inspire others, and make a positive impact in the world.

Coaching specialisms include:

  • motivation & performance
  • strategy & goal setting
  • problem solving
  • visioning & planning
  • communication & management style
  • team engagement & collaboration
  • plan implementation & measurement
  • relationship management & conflict resolution.
Alex Smeets

Alex Smeets

Bio

Alex Smeets is a materials scientist by education but over his career has gradually moved into the support of innovation and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles. He is currently an Associate of Cambridge Enterprise, for which he helps to deliver international entrepreneur training and mentoring programmes. He is also a mentor under the Royal Academy of Engineering's Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme. One of his areas of focus is to help entrepreneurs to decide whether grant funding is appropriate and, in suitable cases, to help them to prepare their grant funding applications.

Jeremy Sosabowski

Jeremy Sosabowski

Bio

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. Education: University of Cambridge Engineering PhD and Signal Processing MSc from University of Bristol.

Gordon Soutar

Gordon Soutar

Bio

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.