The Advisory Board will select the cleantech SMEs that get to pitch to investors on the day. The members of the Board are:
Hugh Parnell is closely involved with the early-stage, funding and business development arena around Cambridge and the east of England, particularly in the energy and environmental technology sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech/Envirotech Ltd (formerly Envirolink UK), co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group at Cambridge Network.
Paul is a highly-experienced professional advisor & mentor and is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He currently leads Allia Serious Impact, a multi-stream programme supporting impact entrepreneurs and ventures to start and grow businesses that make a positive impact on people, planet or place. Paul has worked with numerous ventures in Cleantech, IoT/Smart Cities, Health (incl.biosciences & pharmaceuticals), AgritTech and Tech for Good around the world. He sits on the Advisory Boards of AGRIinsight, Cambridge Bio-Augentation Systems, GeneAdviser, KisanHub & Repositive, and is a judge for the MassChallenge Accelerator.
Mark is a Managing Director at KPMG in Cambridge and leads the Enterprise team in East Anglia. With over 21 years’ experience he specialises in working with privately owned and PE backed businesses, from start-ups to large family owned companies. He has worked on many different business sectors and has significant experience of helping businesses grow, manage their risks and achieve their strategies. KPMG’s Cambridge office has over 140 staff and offer our clients Audit, Tax, Pensions, and Advisory services. Given its location, it is not surprising that our Cambridge office is a Centre of Excellence for technology.
Howard is a partner in the Corporate department and specialises in advising on venture capital investments, for both companies and investors, acquisitions and disposals as well as IPOs. He primarily works with companies in the fintech, technology and cleantech sectors. Recent transactions include advising. Howard studied Law at the University of Warwick and Law at the Guildford College of Law. He is recognised by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and PLC for his work on venture capital investment.
David is a London-based Corporate & Commercial Partner with Hewitsons LLP. David advises on many corporate issues including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, MBOs and MBIs, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and business start-ups. He has substantial experience of advising management teams in relation to private equity transactions and corporate finance. Some of David’s notable transactions include advising Fevertree Limited on its £48 million capital replacement programme and a £100 million transaction backed by private equity house Sovereign Capital creating the largest UK accountancy business servicing the contractor and SME markets.