At Venturefest Oxford this year, we had an amazing line up of speakers.  All sessions were free to attend and seating allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.


Eva Lotta Allan

Eva-Lotta Allan has over two decades of business development experience from the biotechnology and life science industry of private and public companies.


Yvonne Armitage

Yvonne Armitage is Head of Industrial Biotechnology & Biosciences at the Knowledge Transfer Network responsible for connecting with and assisting businesses that operate in the bioscience and industrial biotechnology (IB) areas.


Kevin Arthur

Kevin is a highly experienced entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in the semiconductor sector. He has held leadership roles with other start-up and high growth young companies.


Anne Augustine

Anne is a purpose driven and commercially focused strategist, board level influencer and system-level catalyst. She has 25 years international, multidisciplinary and cross-sector experience


Ian Bates

Member of Cambridgeshire County Council since 2001. From May 2011 to May 2014 was a member of the County Council’s Cabinet responsible for Growth and Planning including New Communities, Transport Policy.


Paul Beasley

Paul Beasley is a member of Siemens Business Development Department responsible for managing and developing the research network in the UK.


Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley is an industry heavyweight and has recently joined Oxford Capital as Managing Director.


Mike Brady

Professor interested in medical image analysis, especially cancer, and who is addicted to starting small technology companies and enjoying the fruits of their success.


Matthijs Branderhorst

Matthijs works with clients to build and develop strategies that protect their technology. He was awarded a DPhil from Oxford University for research in atomic and laser physics, and he published his thesis work on coherent control in Science.


Marcelo Bravo

Marcelo has been a company founder, an angel investor, a public company CEO, a deal maker, a fund raiser, businessman and more during his varied career.


Karyn Buck

Karyn is strategically involved in several different organisations across Oxfordshire including The Oxfordshire Town Chambers Network (OTCN).


Caroline Bucklow

Caroline has been responsible for co-ordinating the University of Oxford Social Enterprise scheme since January 2012 and has been actively involved with partners.


Matthew Burke

Matthew Burke is Head of Technology Ventures at Williams Advanced Engineering. He joined Williams in 2011 and spent his first three years at Williams Technology Centre Qatar.


Lucy Chamberlain

Lucy manages the RSA Great Recovery’s programme. She has a BA in English from UCL, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a background in research and editing.


Martin Charter

Professor Martin Charter has worked as a manager, trainer and facilitator on sustainable innovation and product sustainability for 25 years in academia, business and consultancy.


Timon Colegrove

Timon is CEO of Hunts, a marketing services provider based in Kidlington


Samantha Collins

Samantha has experience advising clients in a variety of sectors. She advises clients in relation to both contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters in the UK, EU and around the world.


Michelle Crawford

Michelle is the co-founder and COO of software development company Imaginera. Imaginera provides bespoke solutions to the reinsurance industry.


David Denny

David started working in venture capital in 2004 and co-founded Longwall Venture Partners with two other partners in 2012.


Paul Drayson

Paul Drayson has been a pioneer of green racing and the vital importance of motorsport adopting new technologies to reduce pollution and climate change since 2007.


Matthew Dreaper

Matthew runs Chilcomb Management Services, which works with private and professional investors to establish, fund and grow a number of early-stage businesses, primarily in the technology sector.


Michael Eleftheriou

Michael Eleftheriou is an active investor in early-stage companies with particular interests in the technology, biotech and e-publishing sectors.


Mark Evans

Mark, a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer holds an MBA from Saïd Business School and is experienced in technology businesses from pre-revenue start-ups to listed companies.


Stuart Eves

Stuart accumulated nearly 30 years’ experience of military satellite system design, before joining Airbus Defence and Space in 2014.


Martin Fiennes

Martin specialises in fund-raisings and M&A for early stage UK technology companies.


Tony Fish

Board Director with innovation and high growth experience cutting across many technology sectors including the emerging field of digital fabrication.


David Fletcher

Founder and Managing Director of White October, a digital agency employing 30 staff in Oxford. Co-founder and Chair of Digital Oxford.


Claire Flint

Claire is Human Resources and Brand Director for Oxford Instruments plc, a leading nanotechnology tools provider for research and industrial customers worldwide.


Joy Foster

Joy is an entrepreneur who has first-hand experience of the challenges faced when establishing and growing new businesses including taking on apprentices.


Roy Gunter

Roy’s career started at the very beginning of mobile 25 years ago, and innovation, consumer services and technology are his DNA.


Nick Gurney-Sharpe

Nick has worked in Private Equity since 1986, and is currently both a director of Enterprise Private Capital and a Chief Investment Officer at Innvotec.


Neil Halliday

Neil is an accomplished Business Development professional in the Life Sciences sector with experience in many areas.


Tony Hart

Tony has worked for the past 30 years in the IT, telecoms and media technology industry, for major US corporates.


Rupert Harvey-Scholes

Rupert Harvey-Scholes is the outgoing President of Oxford Brookes Entrepreneurs and is an Oxford Brookes graduate having read International Business Management for the past three years.


Grant Hayward

Grant Hayward has a passion for social enterprise and promotes the benefits of a responsible approach to business.


Courtenay Heading

Since 1985 Courtenay Heading has enjoyed the up’s and down’s of four start-up businesses. He moved to the Isle of Man in 2007 as a seed funder of Bladon Jets and as their Business Development Director.


Charles Holroyd

Charles is the Group Business Development Director for Oxford Instruments plc, a leading nanotechnology tools provider for research and industrial customers worldwide.


Will Hutton

Will Hutton writes a weekly column for the Observer and is principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, chair of the Big Innovation Centre and member of the Scott Trust.


Jackie Jarvis

Author of Quick Wins in Sales and Marketing, Jackie Jarvis is a Director of Heart of Business, Business Mentor and Sales Expert.


David Keeling

David is COO of Bango, a UK technology company that delivers mobile payment solutions.


Fahad Khan

Fahad has intensive professional experience across management advisory, accounting and investment management.


Kelvin King

Kelvin works with clients who wish to extract revenue from their intellectual property assets.


John Knights

Today John is Chairman of LeaderShape Global, a business that shapes the best business leaders for the future, increasingly around the world.


Luke Lang

As the world’s first equity-based crowd-funding platform, Crowdcube enables everyday investors to fund British businesses in return for a share in their company.


Mike Lawton

Mike is a multi-award winning serial technology entrepreneur and founded Oxford Space Systems in September 2014 to seize opportunities offered by the new space age.


Tim Luscombe

Tim's background is in general management and finance. Early in his career he worked in manufacturing businesses with supply chains in the Far East.


Ian Macafee

As an engineer, Ian has considerable sales and commercial experience in the industrial and aero-derivative gas turbine world with his career beginning in Alstom and Rolls-Royce.


James Mallinson

James is Portfolio Director at Oxford Spin-out Equity Management, the group within the University of Oxford responsible for managing all of the University’s shareholdings in technology spin-out companies.


Craig Marshall

Craig Marshall, Managing Director of Siemens Magnet Technology since 2010. Craig enjoys working with contacts at Oxford University, particularly the philosophers.


Ian Mather

Ian is The Chairman of Cambridge Ahead – a business and academic member group that includes the largest employers in Cambridge. Their 34 members account for over 30,000 jobs and £3B of turnover.


James May

James is the current president of Oxford Entrepreneurs, which is the largest university affiliated entrepreneurship society in Europe with over 10,000 members.


Nicola McConville

Nicola is a corporate lawyer who has spent her entire career with a specific focus on advising technology companies.


Eileen Modral

Since 2001 Eileen has worked for Oxford Innovation as part of Oxford Innovation’s Projects Team. Working on projects relating to business development for SMEs and has specific background in business support.


Edward Mott

Edward co-founded Oxford Capital in 1999 with the intent of broadening the access to private equity to wealthy families and corporations around the world as well as to institutional investors.


Roger Mumby-Croft

Roger Mumby-Croft is the Founder and Managing Director of Oxford Business Education (OBE) an Enterprise Education company working in both the UK and the EU.


Angus Murray

Angus is an experienced International Sales Manager, who has been advising and mentoring companies on developing business overseas for ten years.


Stephen Newbury

Stephen leads on strategy and innovation at Technology Ventures, part of Williams Advanced Engineering.


Nick Parker

Nick is a Director of Oxfordshire Business Enterprises, a not-for-profit that has provided free business advice to 30,000 Oxfordshire start-ups over the past 20 years.


Mark Payton

Mark has made circa 40 venture investments and led the sale of Hybrid Systems (to Myotec), Warwick Effect Polymers (to Polytherics) and was on the board of Abzena plc until its listing on AIM in July 2014.


Judith Perle

Judith teaches people about networking – what it is, why it’s useful, and how to do it better.


Jenny Plaister

Jenny draws on her extensive business experience to provide an in-depth understanding of the global context in which today’s senior executives operate.


Simon Portman

Simon is a commercial contract lawyer for technology companies in the bioscience, defence, software and nanotech industries as well as individuals, public bodies and charities.


Bob Price

Councillor Bob Price has been a member of Oxford City Council since 1983, and Leader since May 2008.


Jon Rees

Jon took over the direction of OBN’s activities in 2005, initiating its turnaround, spin-out from Oxford Brookes University in 2008.


Mark Reilly

Dr Mark Reilly runs the Technology Division of IP Group plc, one of the UK’s leading university intellectual property commercialisation specialists.


Alison Richardson

Alison has a great knowledge of the generous incentives available to high tech companies and is
keen to help these companies take advantage of the available opportunities.


Steven Ringler

Stephen is passionate about space and linking people and businesses, having worked in the industry as a business developer, precision pointing system engineer and programmatic analyst.


Nick Scott-Ram

Nick has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and business development in the life sciences sector. He has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in the Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University.


Phil Shadbolt

Philip is a qualified, skilled and experienced Professional with over 25 years’ experience within a highly innovative and rapidly developing business; Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd.


Adrian Shooter

Since retiring from full time employment in the Rail Industry in December 2011, Adrian has taken on a number of non-exec and advisory roles. He is a member of the Oxfordshire CBI and Chairman of Bicester Vision.


Claire Snowdon

Claire Snowdon is a British National and has extensive global experience; having lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Far East over a period of 20 years.


Sue Staunton

Sue Staunton is a business services partner at James Cowper. She also has a particular interest in working with technology businesses and their owners and, as such, heads the technology team.


Daniel Talbot-Ponsonby

Daniel works with clients to build and develop strategies that protect their technology.


Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Nigel joined the LEP in June 2013 and has already made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership.


Triin Udris

Triin is dedicated to finding innovative technologies users and developers abroad and matching them up with the right Horizon 2020 consortia.


John Vandore

John Vandore is Manager of the Cryox Brand - Cryogenic Technology from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).


Andy Varde

Andy is a Chartered Engineer with over twenty years experience in Medical Device Development and Manufacture.


Nigel Walker

Responsible for Access to Finance at Innovate UK, he heads the organisation’s support for innovative SMEs in gaining access to business support and private sector funding.


Dave Waller

After ten years working on economic development issues in Oxfordshire, Dave Waller is leading the development of the Venturefest Network as part of KTN’s Access to Funding and Finance programme.


Jane Watkins

Working at Beta Technology, Jane has eleven years’ experience as UK National Contact Point developed a broad knowledge of the Framework Programmes.


George Whitehead

George Whitehead is Venture Partner Manager at Octopus Investments and Chairman of the £100m Angel Cofund. Octopus is a venture capital investor who backs talented people with the potential to build big businesses.