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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Roy Gunter

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


Charles Holroyd

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


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.


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.


Craig Marshall

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


Ian Mathers

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.


David Mott

David leads Oxford Capital Partner’s investment and portfolio management activities across both growth capital and infrastructure investments.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Nick 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.


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.


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.


Triin Udris

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


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.


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.