One of the UK’s foremost China business experts, with 20+ years’ experience advising companies from tech start ups to FTSE 100 companies.
Shirin has led winning teams within start-up, SME and larger corporates. As Founder/CEO of Arieso, she led the growth of the company to exit to JDSU in 2013. Shirin is now Chairwoman of Opensignal, and a Senior Partner at Frog Capital, the London based European VC focused on scale up stage companies.
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 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.
Formerly Chief Executive of LOVEFiLM, Simon Calver is heading up Business Growth Fund’s new £200m fund dedicated to earlier stage UK technology companies. BGF is an independent company backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered – with up to £2.5bn to make long-term equity investments in UK growth companies. During his seven year tenure at the helm of LOVEFiLM, Simon grew the company from a series of small start-ups into a multi-million pound enterprise before negotiating the successful sale of the business to Amazon. He went on to become Chief Executive of Mothercare plc, kick-starting the turnaround plan to improve profitability and growth in the UK and accelerating international expansion.
Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted specialist biometrics company Warwick Warp with the search for a Chairman, resulting in the appointment of international serial entrepreneur and electronic transaction expert, Bruno Moreau.
Warwick Warp was founded as a spin-off from the University of Warwick. Its founders included Professor Roland Wilson from the Signal and Image Processing Research Group in the Department of Computer Science. Professor Wilson’s research group is acknowledged as one of the best of its kind in the UK and has earned international recognition.
Bruno Moreau joins Warwick Warp from ASK S.A, a world leader in the area of contactless transport cards and identity solutions such as biometric passports. Under Bruno’s leadership, ASK S.A grew to a 33m Euro turnover business, with 400 employees with its headquarters in France and five subsidiary companies worldwide. Prior to co-founding ASK S.A, Bruno was Director of a venture capital firm investing in a range of smart card technologies.
The search was managed by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner and Managing Director at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
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.