The Board

Graham Schwikkard

CEO

Graham joined SR as Head of Operations in 2017, after seven years as a management consultant. He has significant experience of helping companies develop market strategies and optimise business models. He also has in-depth technical expertise, focused on maximising efficiency, and was responsible for creating and implementing new, automated systems throughout the company. The combination of Graham's strategic approach, drive to further enhance delivery and knowledge of best practice is invaluable for scaling our platform.

Graham came to the UK from South Africa, to study at the University of Cambridge's business school (the Cambridge Judge Business School), where he completed his MBA, with distinction. He also gained awards for his MBA studies, including a prize for the best mark in management practice. In addition, Graham holds a degree in Genetics.

Tom Britton

Co-founder

As co-founder Tom has worn many hats at SR, often filling gaps until the time was right to hire an experienced individual to take over.

As SR has grown, and Tom's own profile with it, Tom has stepped into more strategic roles within SR and outside of it, including sitting on the board of the UK Business Angel Association and the advisory board of City Ventures. Tom's investment commentary has appeared in CityAM, Forbes, and The Twenty Minute VC.

Prior to SR, Tom worked as the Product Manager for TheTrainline, was an IT consultant at Allyance, and even played a little lower league football.

Tim Bellis

Chairman of the Board

Tim is Chairman of the Board at SyndicateRoom and has been involved as an advisor since the company was just an idea. Tim brings a wealth of experience to the board, having been a Partner at Herbert Smith LLP specialising in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings on international stock exchanges, and investment and joint venture work.

With more than 24 years' experience in the field, Tim now spends much of his time in academia as a Fellow of Management Practice and a Senior Adviser for Professional Service Firms at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Tim has been featured in and contributed to a number of publications.

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos

Co-founder & Non-Exec Director

A serial entrepreneur himself, Gonçalo is only too aware of the long path leading to a successful funding round.

In September 2011 Gonçalo graduated with an MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge where he was awarded the 'Best Dissertation' prize and the Benavitch Scholarship for academic and professional achievements.

His past experience has shown him that often entrepreneurs have to spend too much time chasing investors instead of focusing on the most important part of their business: their customers.

He has a vision of how to help great entrepreneurs to fulfil their dreams and that vision is called "SyndicateRoom". He is passionate about giving the crowd access to the top deals into which experienced business angels are investing their own money.

Gonçalo is also a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a contributor for Forbes, writing regularly about equity crowdfunding, business angel investment and venture capital investment and speaks regularly at public events about the same themes.

Jonathan Milner

Lead investor & Non-Exec Director

Jonathan is the Founder of Abcam, the company which he founded 1998 and which went on to list on AIM in November 2005, becoming ‘Company of the Year' in both the 2009 and 2013 AIM Awards.

As well as being an experienced entrepreneur, Jonathan is also a business angel with a passion for supporting UK life-science and high-tech startups. He has invested in and provided support to more than 30 companies, and has also helped three IPOs to join the AIM market.

Jonathan is a lead investor in SyndicateRoom and a Non-Executive Director.

David Gill

Non-Exec Director

David is Managing Director of St John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge, the longest-established business incubator in Europe for technology ventures. He set up and ran the Innovation & Technology Unit at HSBC Bank in London (1997–2004) before serving as an Executive Director of a venture fund focused on early-stage, technology-based investments. Educated at Cambridge, he qualified as a barrister before working in corporate finance for US and UK banks.

A Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California (2005), David is currently an Official Visitor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, Non-Executive Chairman of Psonar Ltd (an angel-funded internet music startup), a Non-Executive Director of UK Business Incubation Ltd and a member of the Department for Business Access to Finance Expert Group.

He was previously a Non-Executive Director of LINC (the Local Investment Networking Company Ltd), a predecessor organisation to the current British Business Angels Association, and of mo.jo (a pioneer crowdfunding website).

David is also co-author of several studies on a country basis of innovation (2000–07) and of a review for the National Endowment for Science Technology & the Arts (NESTA) of the impact of business incubation on high-potential firms (2011).

The team

Graham Schwikkard

CEO

Graham joined SR as Head of Operations in 2017, after seven years as a management consultant. He has significant experience of helping companies develop market strategies and optimise business models. He also has in-depth technical expertise, focused on maximising efficiency, and was responsible for creating and implementing new, automated systems throughout the company. The combination of Graham's strategic approach, drive to further enhance delivery and knowledge of best practice is invaluable for scaling our platform.

Graham came to the UK from South Africa, to study at the University of Cambridge's business school (the Cambridge Judge Business School), where he completed his MBA, with distinction. He also gained awards for his MBA studies, including a prize for the best mark in management practice. In addition, Graham holds a degree in Genetics.

Tom Britton

Co-founder

As co-founder Tom has worn many hats at SR, often filling gaps until the time was right to hire an experienced individual to take over.

As SR has grown, and Tom's own profile with it, Tom has stepped into more strategic roles within SR and outside of it, including sitting on the board of the UK Business Angel Association and the advisory board of City Ventures. Tom's investment commentary has appeared in CityAM, Forbes, and The Twenty Minute VC.

Prior to SR, Tom worked as the Product Manager for TheTrainline, was an IT consultant at Allyance, and even played a little lower league football.

Francesca O'Brien

Head of Client Relations & Investments

Fran has six years' investment experience and in-depth knowledge of a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, software and energy, to name a few. She has significant experience of negotiating fair investment terms, managing due-diligence processes and EIS documentation, as well as client relations.

Since she joined SyndicateRoom as its first employee, in 2013, Fran has overseen more than 200 early-stage funding-round transactions, leading sales, legal and deal-analysis teams. She has also been instrumental in building the business and co-creating a strong, supportive culture. Fran is a regular panel speaker and presenter, and her investment commentary has attracted media coverage in The Telegraph, The Times and CityAM.

In her student days, Fran read Psychology at the University of Cambridge, where she was president of the St John's College students' committee, representing more than 500 undergraduates. She also has a post-graduate diploma in Law. Fran has an ongoing interest in psychology, particularly with regard to investment behaviour.

Edward Hume-Kendall

Portfolio Manager

Ed is responsible for overseeing and optimising the work of the Client Relations and Investments team. He manages the underlying portfolio as well as the administration and execution of investments by SR funds.

Miruna Girtu

Venture Partner

Miruna is on a mission to find and actively support the next generation of bold entrepreneurs. Her role provides her a view of both sides of the narrative. On one hand, she sources and reviews investment opportunities, and on the other, works closely with a wide range of investors and ecosystems across Europe. As the European ecosystem keeps growing, there are many opportunities available for both investors and companies, but also a lot of noise. By facilitating the most relevant conversations, Miruna hopes to significantly increase the number of valuable connections established and, ultimately, investments.

She is a mentor for the most promising British scale-ups as part of London Mayor's International Business Programme, for startups at Wayra, a world-leading accelerator programme, and an Entrepreneurship Expert at University of Oxford's Entrepreneurship Centre.

Miruna is also a Forbes contributor, covering Venture Capital and the Startup Ecosystem and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She is an award-winning writer and part of Forbes 30 under 30. Her studies spanned from Economics at UCL and International Business in Rome to Management at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Chris Ward

Head of Tech

Chris has been designing and developing content for the web for 15 years and freelanced for over a decade. He has worked for more companies and produced more types of content than he can remember and seen the shiny new technology everyone wants become the pariah of the dev world more times than he can count (jQuery Mobile anyone?).

He is responsible for product roadmapping, sprint management, UX design, code review and the companies general IT needs.

Eleanor Richards

Group Compliance Officer

Ellie is head of the Compliance function at SR, responsible for regulatory compliance including CASS oversight.

Ellie is also the Data Protection Officer at SR, implementing and monitoring privacy measures across the organisation.

Prior to specialising in Compliance, Ellie accrued experience in marketing both at SR and Cambridge University Press.

Marcin Zaba

Head of Marketing

Marcin joined SR in 2014 as third employee and has led SR's marketing from idea to a seven-figure revenue generating operation. Marcin is jointly responsible for the fundraising processes that to date have helped secure over £250m of investment for SR's 180+ portfolio companies.

Marcin is particularly interested in data-driven startup investing and his research into the subject has been featured in The Sunday Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Evening Standard. Prior to joining the SR, he had raised a significant sum of investment for his own startup, built a team and sold the product globally, through successful PR campaigns.

Marcin holds an MSc in Management from Imperial College Business School and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Jasleen Haer

Company Relations Associate

Jasleen joined SR in summer 2018 with a BSc in Financial Mathematics. She began as an Investment Associate and transitioned to an Investment Analyst shortly after. In this role, Jasleen prepared companies to go live on the platform, managed them during their fundraise and steered them though to closure.

As a Company Relations Associate, Jasleen has got more involved in pre-emption rounds, company updates and resolutions. She is the frontline of communications with companies and also supports company-related EIS matters."

Tom Shepherd

Investor Relations Associate

Tom is responsible for all communications with investors, working with the rest of the Client Relations & Investments team to provide the best experience possible.

Tom also supports SR Connect, by conducting reviews on companies seeking introductions to the ideal investment partners."

Sonia Caetano

Senior Graphic Designer

Sonia is responsible for designing visual indentities and creative concepts for print, web, and mobile. She works closely with SR's development team to produce user-friendly experiences for our website.

With over ten years experience in design industry, Sonia's talent has been recognised with a Hermes Creative Award for her work on SR's Syndicate Magazine and "The Art of Fundraising guide. Sonia's contribution to SR's annual "Top 100: Fastest UK Growing Businesses report resulted in press coverage from The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, and Forbes.

Adam Dorling

Senior Full Stack Developer

As Senior Full Stack Developer at SR, Adam is responsible for planning and developing all parts of the website, as well as using his 10 years of programming experience to help support the other members of the team.

Prior to joining SR, Adam spent several years freelancing as well as teaching and consulting on CodeMentor, earning almost 300 5 star ratings and becoming a featured mentor.

Rob Wagstaff

Videographer

Rob is responsible for all video content, including 2D animation, live events and interviews with our portfolio companies.

Rob has worked in video and animation for clients such as PwC, Barclays, M&S and Tesco.

Trained by John Richards, Editor of Band of Brothers, Doctor Who and Da Vinci's Demons, Rob proudly holds a degree in Film and Video.

Louise Cini

Compliance Associate

Bio coming soon...

Marcus Bryan

Full Stack Developer

As a member of the tech team, Marcus is responsible for all aspects of front- and back-end development, tinkering with the innards of SR's investment platform to provide a seamless investment experience for all of our users.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2011, Marcus spent the early years of his career in publishing, working for Random House, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan Education, but left the industry in 2017 to pursue new challenges in software development. He joined Syndicate Room in 2018, and hasn't worn a collared shirt to work since.

Alex Quaye

Growth Marketing Manager

Alex is responsible for a variety of digital marketing activities including SEO, paid search, and web analytics.

Before SR, Alex worked as a Digital Marketing Manager for several high-growth ecommerce brands including Gousto, Hotel Chocolat, and John Lewis. He started his marketing career 8 years ago at a boutique SEO agency on the sunny Kent coast.

We are recruiting

Interested in joining our team? We are recruiting.