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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Anton BlackRothschild & Co

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Anton is a Managing Director at Rothschild & Co, heading Rothschild’s Technology team out of London.

He has been with Rothschild & Co since 2004 and has extensive experience across all types of transactions including: acquisitions, disposals, public and private M&A, IPOs, and debt advisory mandates. Anton has a broad technology remit with a particular focus on software companies.

Rothschild is one the leading global financial advisers, providing independent, expert advice on many high profile transactions.

Anton earned a BBusSci (Hons) in Finance, Economics and Accounting from the University of Cape Town in 1999 and is a Chartered Accountant.

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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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Stefan HamillNumis Securities

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Stefan is a Director of Equity Research in the Healthcare & Life Sciences team at Numis Securities, which is currently the No.1 Extel (2017) ranked team in the UK sector and provides the broadest coverage of over 30 UK-listed mid- and small-cap healthcare and life sciences companies, including all of the FTSE250-listed companies in the sector. Prior to joining Numis in January 2016, Stefan spent five years at Peel Hunt where he helped build the healthcare and life sciences team to achieve the No.1 Extel sector ranking for three years in a row over 2012-14 and to raise over £1bn for both listed and private companies in the sector. Stefan has 14 years of experience as an equity analyst and was previously a founder of Clear Capital (now part of Haitong Securities), where he led the life sciences franchise through several acquisitions over 2003-10. Prior to becoming an analyst, Stefan spent several years in strategy consulting. Stefan has a PhD in antibody engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA charterholder.

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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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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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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 £3bn 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 Radia

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We are delighted to welcome Milan back onto the Voting Panel this year, and further information will be available in due course.

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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 is Chief Operating Officer of the Rigby Group. He joined the group in 1989 and assisted in the creation of Byte Computer Superstore, where he operated as Managing Director from 1996–1998. This business was subsequently sold to Dixons Stores Group and integrated into the PC World brand. From 1998–2001, he managed and led the group’s distribution businesses, which doubled in size and tripled in profitability during this term. He later went on to transform SCC, the group’s IT services business, and run the group’s UK operations and, latterly, the  Dutch, Italian, German and Spanish businesses.

In 2006, Rigby & Rigby was launched and quickly became a top three developer of prime London residential property, working in the super prime markets of Knightsbridge and Mayfair. Through recent years he has led a substantial change in the nature of the group by selling a number of subsidiaries, acquiring a series of businesses and, in November 2012, successfully selling the SDG division.

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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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