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The structure of North West Business Finance is as
The board of North West Business Finance is made up of senior
and experienced figures from across the professional services
sector and across the region:
Malcolm was one of two Vice Chairmen of KPMG in the UK based in
Manchester. Malcolm has various management roles within KPMG and
also sat on its UK and European Boards and was a member of those
Boards remuneration committees. In terms of clients, he had a
portfolio of clients ranging from listed plc's to
smaller entrepreneurial businesses.
A qualified accountant and a former Corporate Finance Partner at
PKF in Manchester, Clive had previously worked for 3i plc. He has
been heavily involved in both the establishment of NWBF and
previous public sector venture capital funds.
CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Capital for Enterprise.
Prior to this appointment he spent 4 years advising the UK
Government on the development and implementation of its venture
capital programmes. Previously he was Senior Investment
Manager at Westport Private Equity Ltd, designing and investing in
venture capital funds around the world. Rory has been 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 Task Force advising UK Government and was until recently
also a Director of Greece's first venture capital investment
A qualified solicitor, working for companies such as 3i plc and DLA
Piper, Michael currently holds non-executive and advisory positions
at Solerox Ltd and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Previous
appointments include Chairman of David McLean Group Ltd and
Non-Executive Director of MTL Services PLC.
NWBF has an experienced independent Investment Advisory Panel,
whose role is to provide advice from time to time, to the NWBF
Board, and includes:
Andrew is Chief Operating Officer of the British Venture Capital
Association. Before this, Andrew worked at Bank of America, ABN
AMRO's, was previously European CFO for Bankers Trust and also held
senior roles at Deutsche Bank.
Anthea was an Investment Director with NESTA, responsible
for its £50 million seed investment fund. Prior to this Anthea had
a long career with Deutsche Morgan Grenfall, Chemical Bank,
Charterhouse and Lloyds Development Capital (LDC). Anthea also ran
her own Corporate Advisory business.
Brenda is formerly the Managing Director of Granada Television and
a Board member of NWDA. With a career in media, Brenda is the IAP
member with specific focus on the digital and creative priority
Hazel has been Chairman and co-founder of First Capital Corporation
since 1999. In 2005 Hazel led a successful initiative to develop a
new line of business in venture capital fund management called
FirstVentures. Hazel is the IAP member with specific focus on the
energy & environment priority sector.
John has extensive experience of the chemical and
pharmaceutical industries and the management of early stage
technology businesses. He is currently Chairman and CEO of
Gentronix Ltd. John is the IAP member with specific focus on
the biomedical priority sector.
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