Summit Speakers

Presented in Speaking Order

Conference Moderator:

Mike Southon - Journalist and Professional speaker

Mike Southon is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and co-author of four books on starting and growing businesses.

During the 1980s he co-founded The Instruction Set, a computer services company, which he later sold to what is now Cap Gemini. He worked with 17 start-up ventures during the 1990s, two of which, Riversoft and Micromuse, later listed on the stock exchange.

Mike is co-author of several best-selling business books, including The Beermat Entrepreneur and Sales on a Beermat . He is a visiting fellow in innovation and entrepreneurship at London South Bank University and a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Professional Speakers’ Association.

He is a very experienced conference facilitator and moderator, having interviewed over 100 top business people. He now has a weekly column every Saturday in the Financial Times called “My Business”.

Anthony Clarke

Chief Executive, Angel Capital Group; Managing Director, London Business Angels; President Emeritus, European Business Angels Network (EBAN); co-Chair, World Business Angels Association (WBAA).

Anthony qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1977 and a Chartered Accountant in 1980 whilst with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PWC). Thereafter, he worked on a full time basis as a Finance Director and Chief Executive of a number of SME companies and since 1995 he has been a Business Angel Investor/Non Executive Director of many start up/early stage businesses.

Anthony was a Main Board Director of GLE Group and Managing Director of its early stage fund management arm GLE Growth Capital from 2002-2009. During this time he set up with Government the UK’s first angel co investment fund in 2002 being London Seed Capital. Anthony founded Angel Capital Group in 2009 which includes fund management activities as well as London Business Angels, the UK’s oldest Network having been operating in various guises since 1982.

Anthony is a co founder and Advisory Board Member of the UK’s first Enterprise Capital Fund being the £30m Seraphim Capital Fund. He is a member of the BVCA’s Venture Capital Committee, is President Emeritus of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), and co founder and co Chair of the World Business Angels Association (WBAA).

David Petrie

David Petrie, former PwC M&A director and most recently financial director with an entrepreneurial alternative energy business, is currently head of the Corporate Finance Faculty in ICAEW. An extremely experienced M&A practitioner, he has advised on £4bn of deals, from small management buyouts to large, complex outsourcing arrangements, the majority in the business services sector. He leads the 5,000-strong network of professional services, specialist advisory, banking, private equity, broking and law firms.

Prof. Rob Wiltbank

Dr. Wiltbank is Associate Professor of Strategic Management for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, a program dedicated to management principles that are core to creating value in For Profit, Not For Profit, and Government organizations.   He teaches courses on Industry Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Governance, and Venture Finance. 

He is also a Partner at Montlake Capital, a growth stage venture investment firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington.  He serves on the board of directors for Veriwave Inc. as well as the Angel Resource Institute.  In addition, he teaches governance and strategy to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. as part of National Arts Strategies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing managerial expertise in non-profits.

Dr. Wiltbank’s research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to growing new organizations.  He is a leading researcher in the field of angel investing, and has published research in top tier academic journals covering topics from change in top management teams, to non-predictive strategies; from entrepreneurial expertise in marketing, to formal venture capital investment practices.  He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing.

Rob is co-author of the 2009 book The Catalyst from Crown Publishing, based on his research as a Batten Institute Research Fellow with the Darden School at the University of Virginia, selected by Business Week as one of the top 10 books on innovation and leadership in 2009.  He is also co-author of Effectual Entrepreneurship, from Routledge Publishing, a text on entrepreneurial expertise based on 15 years of academic research on the topic. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, and a degree in finance & accounting from Oregon State University.

Alex Hoye

Alex Hoye , a London-based entrepreneur and angel investor and in Internet, media, and consumer markets. He is CEO of Latitude Group, a European digital marketing agency, and before that co-founded GoIndustry plc, an online industrial auctions firm. Hoye invested in Seedcamp and is chairman of Skimlinks and BraveNewTalent. Alex's background offers a range of entrepreneurial, media, retail and internet expertise matched with institutional and global experience.

Stefan Glaenzer

Former Executive Chairman and first investor in until it got sold in 2007 executive chairman of, seeing that company through to its sale to CBS (2007 USD $), he is one of the most active business angels in Europe’s digital space with 35 current investments.

Stefan has been a serial entrepreneur since he left university: in 1998 he founded, Germany’s biggest online-auction company, which he took to an IPO at Neuer Markt in 1999. The company merged to QXLricardo in 2000 before it was sold to Nasper in 2008, for USD 1.8 billion. Glaenzer was also the first investor and executive chairman of, seeing that company through to its sale to CBS (2007 USD $270 million). Stefan was recently named the best angel investor in Europe by readers and editors of TechCrunch Europe.

David Bott

David Bott was appointed as Director of Innovation Platforms in the Technology Strategy Board in July 2007. He was then made Director of Innovation Programmes in July 2008. David graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc in Polymer Science. He stayed on to do a PhD sponsored by ICI Plastics, spending the summers working in their laboratories at Welwyn Garden City. As a result of this experience, he joined the British Petroleum Research Centre at Sunbury-on-Thames where he led a team working on electrically conductive polymers, polymer batteries and non-linear optics. 8 years later he joined Courtaulds to set up and run their Strategic Research Group. In addition he spent separate years responsible for Carbon Fibre Research (1989) and Performance Films (1992)(in America). After another 8 years he left to join ICI Acrylics as Research Director. He then joined National Starch, where he was responsible for research in their Specialty Synthetic Resins Division for 2 years and then became a Director of Group Technology for ICI.

Throughout this time, he has sat on the UK Governments Technology Foresight Panel for Materials, was President of the Industrial Affairs Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002-2004) and the Co-Chairman of the Strategy and Implementation Board of the Crystal Faraday Partnership on Green Chemistry (2001 – 2007). He is Chairman of Oxford Biomaterials and a Director of Apaclara and Spineless Design. He is also an advisor to FirstVentures, a Venture Capital Fund focusing on advanced materials and nanotechnology. From 2006 until 2008 he was part time CEO of Materials UK, a organisation set up to implement and develop the work of the Materials Innovation and Growth team.

Hugh Morgan Williams

A significant figure in entrepreneurship and management of businesses in the UK. He has also been involved in national and European business policy over the last twenty years. Founder and Chairman of award winning Canford Group plc, Hugh has developed a portfolio of private and public sector appointments. He has been a director of ten successful private sector businesses over the last ten years, with a media and technology focus.

He is a former chairman of the CBI SME Council, a former CBI regional chairman, a former chairman of The Northern Way and a former board member of the north east regional development agency. He is a board member of Durham University. For the last five years he has been involved with BUSINESSEUROPE’s Entrepreneurship & SME Committee and has been its Chairman since September 2009.

Over the last ten years Hugh has developed a Europe wide expertise in Access to Finance. He is Chairman of North East Access to Finance, a JEREMIE funded vehicle for SME investment. He participated in a high level European working party on Access to Finance in 2009. He is an ardent exponent of language learning and was awarded an OBE for services to business in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008.

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell is one of the Founding Partners of GP Bullhound. Hugh has an extensive experience in M&A and capital transactions in the Technology, Cleantech and Digital Media sectors, involving recent mandates such as 4energy, Interactive Investor, and Figleaves. Hugh is a frequent speaker at events and conferences including CEBIT, the Mobile Web 2.0 Summit and the Mobile Games Forum. He started his career with Citibank in M&A before moving on to Goldman Sachs where he worked in Equity Research.

Hugh is from an entrepreneurial publishing family who sold John Murray Publishers, founded in 1769, to Hachette in 2002 and founded an e-learning business, Pastest Limited, in 1970 where Hugh still sits on the Board. In 2000, Hugh left Goldman Sachs and spent most of the year working and living in Beijing, China before going back to his investment banking roots by co-founding GP Bullhound. Hugh graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford and holds a BSc in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy.

Luke Raskino

Luke is an experienced business leader and innovator with a career history that includes roles Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and L’Oreal. He is currently responsible for building new businesses for Unilever in the Health and Wellness space, reporting to Unilever’s Global Chief Technology Officer.

Given that Unilever products serve 1 in 2 of the world’s households; there is a significant opportunity to address some of the health and wellness challenges faced by at risk populations around the world via breakthrough solutions.

Rob Wylie

Dr Rob Wylie has focused on the clean technology investment area for over 20 years and is a Founder Partner of WHEB Partners. WHEB began as an award winning clean technology incubator and corporate finance group in 1995 before evolving into WHEB Partners (formerly WHEB Ventures), raising the UK’s first cleantech VC fund. WHEB now manages two specialist cleantech VC funds with total assets under management of £130m.

Rob is also a co-founder of other companies within the WHEB Group all of which focus on environmental markets: WHEB Asset Management for investment in quoted sustainable stocks, WHEB Infrastructure Partners for investment in renewable energy projects, and RUSTON wheb, the cleantech executive search company.

A chemist with an MA and PhD from Cambridge University, Rob spent ten years in Shell’s agrochemical business before working in the 1980s with Rothschild’s Bioscience unit looking at clean technology investment opportunities. He then joined KPMG, where he advised on the development of a variety of environmental funds in Central and Eastern Europe.

Rob has been an active participant on numerous Industry, UK Government and University cleantech advisory boards including the Cleantech Network European Advisory Board, the DTI’s Environmental Innovation Advisory Group and the commercial advisory board for a consortium of the main London Universities (Imperial, King’s and UCL).

Michael Sippitt

Michael Sippitt is Chairman of Forbury Investment Network, established to facilitate investment in environmental businesses and Michael spends much of his time promoting the need for early stage investments, particularly in environmental technologies.

Michael is active in the search for and preparation of suitable environmental technology proposals and in building links in the UK and internationally with investors, universities and organisations interested in green technologies. He has contributed to high level conferences and other enquiries into the state of investment in the industry and has overseen conduct of valuable environmental industry surveys, reporting on issues concerning investment in the sector.

Michael is currently focusing on the development of a Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform, in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society and several Commonwealth nations. The platform will enable environmental entrepreneurs and companies all over the world to access international investors and act as a means of giving investors controlled exposure to emerging markets, particularly in developing countries.

Concurrently, Michael is Managing Partner of Clarkslegal LLP, which has a strong environmental practice covering professional services to the public and private sectors, especially in waste management. Michael’s broad legal experience has included significant work for clients in the automotive, educational, logistics, construction, business services, health and media sectors. Michael is also Chairman of Forbury Environmental, Clarkslegal’s subsidiary environmental consultancy, which provides technical consultancy and business support services in the environmental sector.

Michael has particular interest in the international sharing of innovative technologies and investment opportunities, with special focus on meeting environmental needs in developing countries. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and for five years was on the Advisory Board of TAGLaw, the major international legal network, of which Clarkslegal is a founder member.

Jonathan Jenkins

Jonathan Jenkins, Director of Ventures at UnLtd, has over 15 years experience in fundraising for SMEs from his City career, which included time at a UK merchant bank, and culminated in his role as managing director of Plus Markets, a stock exchange created by his family to enable access to capital for smaller companies. In his time at Plus, over 500 companies raised a total of £2bn.  He joined UnLtd in September 2008 as Director of Ventures, specifically tasked with creating the investment readiness programme and team, to meet the clear requirement for such intermediary support within the social investment market.

UnLtd holds a £100 million endowment to invest in UK social entrepreneurs. Established in 2002 by 7 leading not for profit organisations, UnLtd's mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live. UnLtd provides individuals and informal groups with cash awards and practical support that includes coaching, training and networking opportunities to help them develop community projects. UnLtd has the biggest network of social entrepreneurs in the world and has invested approx £40 million of financial and non financial support in some 16,000 individuals, impacting on many thousands more.

 You can also follow Jonathan on Twitter.

Sally Goodsell

Sally Goodsell come from a background in investment banking, having spent a number of years in corporate and structured lending with major financial institutions in the City of London.  She joined Finance South East as Chief Executive in November 2002 and has led the organization through a period of rapid growth.  Finance South East helps ambitious companies in the South East of England to grow through direct investment and associated support.  Finance South East provides funding through a number of innovative mechanisms from proof of concept, seed and mezzanine funding.  The organization also manages mentoring and investor networks, including the South East Capital Alliance (EBAN Network Manager of the Year, 2007)

Karen Wilson

Karen works in the Structural Policy Division of the Science, Technology & Industry Directorate at the OECD in Paris. She also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, representing them in Europe.She is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) and serves as a member of the European Leadership Council for Harvard Business School.

In 2004, she founded GV Partners, a firm working with both start-ups and initiatives to facilitate the development of a broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Focus areas include finance, policy and entrepreneurship education. Prior to founding GV Partners, Karen worked with a leading pan-European venture capital firm. Previously, she was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and, before that, served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her past experience also includes management consulting, primarily in financial services, as well as investment banking.

She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John May

The Managing Partner of the New Vantage Group, which has organized five angel investing organizations in the Washington, D.C. area since 1999, placing funds into more than 50 companies.

May is the co-author of two books on angel investing, Every Business Needs an Angel and State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing. May is Chair-Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association and Co-Chairman of the World Business Angel Association. He is a lead instructor for the "Power of Angel Investing" seminar produced by the Angel Capital Education Foundation and supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Batten Fellow at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a Managing Director of Seraphim, a UK-based venture capital fund. May served on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, the trade association for the venture capital industry in the Mid-Atlantic region.

May began his work in angel investing when he co-founded the Investors' Circle, a network of over 200 investors who use private capital to fund businesses that address social and environmental issues. May co-founded The Dinner Club, an investment group of 60 Washington, D.C. angels who collectively invest in regional early stage ventures. A larger private investor pool, the eMedia Club with 75 members, followed it, and in 2000, the Washington Dinner Club with 75 members was started. In 2003, May started Active Angel Investors fund and in 2008 he created D’ArchAngels a group of accredited investors in the Mid-Atlantic region with significant expertise in the intelligence and defense industries.

Washingtonian Magazine named May one of its 100 Tech Titans of DC. At the Angel Capital Association Summit in San Francisco, CA on May 6, 2010, May was awarded the 2010 Hans Severiens Award for the contributions to the angel investing industry.

Stephen Pegge

Head of External Affairs, Lloyds Banking Group Commercial/Chairman, Small Firms, British Bankers’ Association

Stephen’s been involved in banking and finance for small and medium sized businesses for most of his 27 years in the industry having been responsible nationally for risk management, international services and training as well as management of local business centres.  Stephen is now responsible for external affairs for the commercial side of the Group. He is a member of Lloyds Banking Group  Commercial’s executive board with responsibility for both Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland.

Stephen read Economics at University College London and has professional qualifications in banking and marketing. He participated in the  Treasury’s Financial Management Working Group, Foresight Panel on Financial Services for SMEs, the SME Task Force for the Council  for Excellence in Management and Leadership and in the steering group for small firms training reporting to the Chancellor.

He has been a director of the National Business Angels Network, National Centre for Work Experience and Business Commission for the London Development Agency. He is chairman of PRIME Cymru, one of the Prince of Wales’ core charities that helps people over 50 become economically active and is on the banking advisory panel to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Since January 2004, he has chaired the British Bankers’ Association Small Firms Panel.

Rory Earley

Rory Earley was appointed CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Capital for Enterprise in April 2008 following 4 years of advising the UK Government on the development and implementation of its venture capital programmes. Prior to that, he was Senior Investment Manager at Westport Private Equity Ltd, designing and investing in venture capital funds around the world. Rory was previously responsible for developing and implementing the UK Government’s first interventions in venture capital funds in the 1990s. He has been Chair of, and investor in a successful University spinout company, chair of an EU expert group on risk capital, member of the Investment TaskForce advising UK Government and was until recently also a Director of Greece's first venture capital investment company (TANEO).

Richard Anton

Richard is a partner at Amadeus, where he specialises in software and IT-related cleantech opportunities. Since joining in 1998, Richard has taken the lead in many investments. Today he serves as non-executive director on the boards of Celltick(mobile marketing), Clearswift(email and web content security), ForeScout(network access control), GreenRoad(service for reducing driving accidents and saving fuel) and Openbravo(open source ERP). Richard also serves as Chairman of the BVCA.

Prior to Amadeus, Richard worked as a management consultant, a hands-on finance and business development executive and a turnaround manager. Entering venture capital in 1994 he joined Apax Partners, where he made a number of early stage investments, the best known of which was software company Autonomy. Richard subsequently became director of business development and finance at Autonomy. Richard holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA and MA in Mathematics from Christ’s College, Cambridge.