Will joined the Mercia in 2011, and has over 16 years’ experience in venture capital. He is Managing Director, Regional Venture Funds heading up the team that provides support for entrepreneurs to build high-growth innovative companies. The Fund can provide risk capital for new and early-stage startups, both tech and non-tech, together with scale-up capital for ambitious, established growth businesses located throughout Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley. He also has overall responsibility for the North West Fund for Venture Capital and the Mezzanine portfolio.
Will was previously a director with 3i, based in Manchester, with responsibility for a £500.0m portfolio of investments across the UK. The earlier part of his career was spent with Ernst & Young as a member of its corporate finance team in the north of England. Will has been working with regionally-based growth and venture capital-backed companies since 1989, and in that time has been involved in more than 150 transactions.