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. Having qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in 1978, Hugh moved to British Petroleum, where after diverse positions based around strategy, planning, MI and marketing his last role was in charge of strategy implementation and planning for downstream Europe. After BP, Hugh joined Robert Fleming and Co. to develop the oil-sector corporate finance business, followed by a similar role as a Director with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2000 Hugh joined NW Brown Group to head up corporate finance and later took responsibility for developing a business centred on early stage technology investing including the Great Eastern Investment Forum (GEIF). GEIF provided a platform from which to build a suite of funds totalling £40m in five funds, now sold to an MBO team. Hugh’s role with the Group is in business development and to represent the Group at the many external communities where he is still active.
PAUL HUGHES, ALLIA
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), AgritTch and Tech for Good around the world. He is an entrepreneur himself, having co-founded a significant technology business in the biofuels sector.
He currently sits on the Advisory Boards of AGRIinsight, Cambridge Bio-Augentation Systems, GeneAdviser, KisanHub & Repositive. He is also a global Judge for the MassChallenge Accelerator.
Paul’s areas of expertise include:
- strategy and business models
- business and financial planning
- finance and fundraisings
- pitching, presentation and deck development
- product / service development and routes to market
- Leadership and team development
MARK PRINCE, KPMG
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 PALMER, TAYLOR WESSING
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:
- LoveCrafts on its recent £20m series C round led by SEP with Balderton and Highland;
- Environmental Technologies Fund on its investments into MWR InfoSecurity;
- Mimecast Limited on its $550m NASDAQ IPO;
- Dawn Capital on its participation in a £10m investment into London House Exchange Limited;
- Nutmeg on £42m equity fundraising led by new investors Convoy and Fubon; and
- YPlan on its US$18m investment from Nokia, QualComm, AmEx and others and subsequent sale to TimeOut
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 JAMES, HEWITSONS
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, the premium mixer drinks company, 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.
He qualified in 1989 with a Central London firm specialising in corporate finance and then worked for a UK Top 50 London law firm. David became joint managing partner and co-founder of City solicitors Moorhead James LLP which merged with Hewitsons in 2015.
Hewitsons is a long-established law firm with offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes & Northampton. With over 240 experienced staff on hand they pride themselves on delivering an outstanding service to a wide range of individuals, businesses and institutions including charities, SMEs and sports bodies. The firm’s size and breadth of specialisms means each client receives the focus it requires, whether working with one of their four offices or working internationally as part of their worldwide network, LawExchange International.