Category Archives: CEO Dinner

Richard Baker, serial entrepreneur and adviser

Richard is a serial entrepreneur, CEO, board member and adviser to businesses at the cutting edge of technology, with extensive experience of growing businesses and leading teams to achieve their full potential. Richard led discussion around ‘Share options: how to incentivise your team’ alongside Neil Pearson, Partner at Mills & Reeve specialising in advising on share incentives for employees.

Andrew Williamson – Investment Director, CIC

Andrew joined Cambridge Innovation Capital from True North Venture Partners in Chicago where he was a partner in its $300m venture fund.  Previously he spent ten years leading materials science and semiconductor research in US government research laboratories, followed by managing director positions at Physic Ventures in San Francisco and MalibuIQ in Los Angeles.

Richard Gibson, investor & adviser

Richard is an investor, director and adviser to growth businesses. Richard played a leading role in the growth of SwiftKey, firstly as CFO and then as Executive Chairman, leading the investment rounds and subsequently working with the founders, executive team, board and shareholders on the acquisition by Microsoft in 2016.

Simon Calver – Head of BGF Venture Fund

Simon heads BGF’s £200m fund dedicated to earlier stage UK tech. Former LOVEFiLM CEO, leading growth from a series of small start-ups into a multi-million pound enterprise & negotiating successful sale to Amazon. Subsequently CEO of Mothercare, kick-starting turnaround plan to improve UK profitability & growth and accelerate international expansion.

Alex McCracken, MD Venture Services – Silicon Valley Bank

Alex works closely with the VC community and venture backed companies and leverages Silicon Valley Bank’s global network to help early and growth-stage businesses succeed. Alex has over 20 years’ experience financing technology companies at all stages of growth, and prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, was an Investment Manager at TTP Ventures.

William Reeve – serial entrepreneur & investor

William Reeve co-founded LOVEFiLM.com (acquired by Amazon) and Secret Escapes and has helped grow numerous other success stories, including Graze.com, Zoopla and Evi Technologies (acquired by Amazon). He is currently Co-CEO of Hubbub.co.uk. William led discussion on ‘The problem with UK tech is a shortage of capital and talent: fact or fiction?’

David Cleevely CBE – serial entrepreneur & Chairman

David is a serial entrepreneur, investor, Chairman & Non-exec director with many years of experience founding, growing and advising technology companies. David is Chairman of CRFS & Cambridge Wireless and Co-founder and former Chairman of Cambridge Angels. David spoke about ‘The importance of team building to achieve scale.’

Stan Boland, serial entrepreneur & CEO, FiveAI

A highly regarded entrepreneur, Stan has built two hugely successful technology businesses – Icera and Element 14 – to exit for a combined sale price of over $1billion. Prior to this, Stan was CEO of Acorn Group and a director of ARM. In 2013 Stan was appointed CEO of Neul, the Cambridge start up at the forefront of the Machine-to-Machine revolution.

Warren East CBE, CEO – Rolls Royce Holdings & former CEO – ARM

Warren retired as CEO of ARM in 2013, and is credited with building the Cambridge firm into one of the world’s most successful technology companies. Warren is on the boards of Dyson, Micron, BT & Rolls-Royce, was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list and has twice been named in Barron’s List of the World’s Top 30 CEOs (2011 & 2013).