Team Members

Ian Hobday

Ian Hobday

Co-Founder and CEO

Ian has 21 years worth of experience in the corporate world, turning around failing operations followed by 10 years in the world of Start ups as an investor, mentor, Non Exec. Director & advisor.

Keith Elliott

Keith Elliott

R&D Tax Credit Guru

Keith is an R&D tax credit specialist with success in a number of industries. If you are eligible for R&D tax credits, Keith and his team will ensure you maximise the opportunity

Mustafa Omar

Mustafa Omar

Metro Bank - Business Banking

Business banking - new accounts made easy with one of the fastest growing challenger banks. No need to worry about nasty surprises in the small print.

Chris Spencer-Philips

Chris Spencer-Philips

Founder & CEO of First Flight

Chris has been helping startups for years, and has an impressive network of Non-Executive directors - a large number of whom are keen to invest in early-stage companies.

Steven Carman

Steven Carman

Solicitor

Steven spent the early part of his career with large regional commercial firms and later was a partner at two multi-office firms. He also has a focus on start-ups.

Lynne Gillian

Lynne Gillian

Coach Mentor

Lynne provides strategic leadership with a strong operational, business development and marketing background for companies ranging from start-ups to large organisations.

Fiona Watson

Fiona Watson

Accountancy & SEIS/EIS Guru

Fiona is a Senior Chartered Accountant with over 16 years of experience, who can provide a full suite of accountancy services to help any startup business.

Nigel Lambert

Nigel Lambert

Grant Writer (Movewrite)

Nigel focuses on collaboration for R&D and innovation. For him, new ideas and innovations are at the interface of competences and between partners so collaboration is paramount.

Sandra Squire

Sandra Squire

Marketing Specialist

Sandra excels in sales leadership, digital marketing , innovation and value creation, helping companies such as Disney and ITV generate amazing returns on investment.

Stewart Wooles

Stewart Wooles

Co-Founder & Non-Exec. Chairman

With two successful start ups grown and sold, Stewart is a seasoned entrepreneur. His background in Financial services provides strong connections & funding networks.

Peter Bawden

Peter Bawden

IP Specialist (Bawden Associates)

Peter provides comprehensive IP service, managing opportunities for developing and commercialising IP, and managing risks from third party IP in support of clients’ objectives.

Naomi Scott-Mackie

Naomi Scott-Mackie

Senior Consultant at First Flight

Naomi has been helping startups for many years. She has an impressive network of Non-Executive directors - a large number of whom are keen to invest in early-stage companies.

Damien Jones

Damien Jones

Grant Writer (Wax-RDC)

Damien has over 15 years’ worth of experience, and his streamlined process takes the pain out of application writing and can help you write a winning grant application.