Dr Mark Payton

Chief Executive Officer


Mark is CEO of Mercia Asset Management PLC, having led the flotation in December 2014 and before that the management buyout of its precursor Mercia Fund Management in 2010. Latterly he led the acquisition in 2016 of Enterprise Ventures. Mark chairs the executive committee and the boards of Mercia’s wholly owned fund management businesses (Mercia Fund Management, Enterprise Ventures and EV Business Loans). In addition he sits on the board of portfolio company Oxford Genetics and has portfolio responsibility for PsiOxus Therapeutics.

Previous experience

Prior to Mercia, Mark was at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, and then afterwards played leading roles within Oxford University Innovation (OUI, formerly Isis Innovation, the technology transfer operation of the University of Oxford), facilitating the spin out of BioAnalab, Oxford Immunotec, Oxitec and Natural Motion. Three of these companies were sold and one other was listed on NASDAQ. After OUI Mark was vice president corporate development at Oxxon Therapeutics Inc prior to its sale to Oxford BioMedica plc. Mark gained his PhD jointly between the University of Oxford (Worcester College) and the University of London (King’s College). He also has an MBA from the University of Warwick, has IMC parts I and II, is a Royal Academy of Engineering Sainsbury’s Management Fellow (Life Sciences) and is FCA accredited.