About

Maurice joined Mercia in 2017 and is an Investment Associate with the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. Working across Yorkshire, Humber and Tees Valley, Maurice’s role includes sourcing and executing early-stage deals whilst also being responsible for reporting to our NPIF stakeholder, the British Business Bank.

Maurice is also a member of the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Mercia, Maurice was responsible for all investment operations on the Finance Yorkshire Equity Linked Fund. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management and an MSc joint honour in Finance and Marketing, both from Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

maurice.disasi@mercia.co.uk

About

Peter joined the Group in 2015 as Head of Life Sciences & Biosciences, with over 20 years’ experience in this sector, and became Chief Operating Officer in 2018. He is responsible for a number of the life science portfolio investments including Locate Bio, Concepta plc, Sense Biodetection and Axis Spine Technologies and in July 2020 he oversaw the successful exit of The Native Antigen Company.

Peter is the champion of several of our key initiatives and working groups as well as heading up the VCT and EIS divisions of Mercia and is a member of:

Mercia Knowledge Committee – a Group wide Information and Data Development team

Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view.

 

Previous experience

Peter has been involved with a number of turnarounds and exits within the sector, including the acquisition of Surgicraft’s loss-making business where, as managing director, sales quadrupled within three years and the business was subsequently sold to a private equity backed business and Diagnostic World, a fast-growing diagnostic provider to the NHS.

peter.dines@mercia.co.uk

Stephen spent the first 10 years of his career in technology consulting, focused on delivering data warehousing and analytics capabilities to enterprise clients. Having joined the Northern VCT investment team in 2019 based in the Midlands, he now focuses on sourcing, transaction and managing investments in B2B software and the broader technology sector. He holds a BSc. in Information Management with Business Studies from Loughborough University

Stephen is a member of:

Mercia Knowledge Committee – a Group wide Information and Data Development team

Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

About

Vicky joined the Group in 2016, working predominantly within the Mercia EIS Funds. She supports the Investment Team with deal preparation and completion, the maintenance of records, and the development, coordination and production of both external and internal reports. Vicky is based at Mercia’s head office in Henley-In-Arden.

 

Vicky is a member of

The Mercia Spirit Committee – a group-wide programme translating our values into worthy initiatives.

Mercia Knowledge Committee – designing the framework for improved knowledge sharing

Previous experience

Vicky completed a degree in Business Administration at De Montfort University in Leicester before joining Williams de Broë (now Investec Wealth & Investment Ltd) in October 2003. She remained at Investec for almost 13 years, first as an administrator, then as a sales support manager for six years, and finally as a funds development manager for her last four years there.

vicky.voogd@mercia.co.uk

About

Alice joined the Group on a permanent basis in 2018 after working with Mercia over a number of years on a consultancy basis, during which time she has developed a deep understanding of our CASS operations and, more recently, of the General Data Protection Regulation. A key focus of her role is maintenance of appropriate compliance systems and controls, particularly in relation to client assets, including policies, procedures and monitoring. Alice supports the Group Compliance Director in ensuring that the Group-regulated entities meet FCA and, where appropriate, other regulatory requirements at all times, fostering a strong compliance culture.

Alice is also a member of:

Mercia Knowledge Committee –  a Group wide Information and Data Development team

Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view.

Previous experience

Alice has a background in the financial services industry and the business development and funding arena. Most recently, Alice has provided consultancy services to private and public sector entities with a specialism in regulatory oversight and compliance.

alice.grieve@mercia.co.uk

About

Joining Mercia in August 2019, Alison heads up marketing and communications, responsible for charting the direction of the company; creating and leading the strategy behind Mercia’s communications and the evolution of its brand.

Alison is also a member of the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Previous experience

Alison has lead marketing and communications teams both in-house and agency-side across multiple sectors and countries for several global brands. But her 20+ years’ experience has been best spent working with fast-growth businesses with audacious objectives and exceptional products and services. Focused on delivering the best internal and external communication outcomes across many categories including professional service, financial services, government and technology, Alison is as much commercial strategist as prolific story teller.

alison.dwyer@mercia.co.uk

About

Angela joined Mercia in January 2019 as Head of Portfolio and Platform and was promoted to Managing Director, Mercia Investments in July 2020. In her current role, Angela is responsible for the Direct Investment portfolio and overseeing the value-add support which Mercia offers to its investee companies

Previous experience

Angela has over 20 years’ experience in venture capital and private equity. She started her investment career at NatWest Development Capital and has since worked at North West Equity Fund, Barclays Ventures and, immediately prior to joining Mercia, as a partner at YFM Equity Partners where she specialised in portfolio management including trade sales, secondary buyouts and fundraisings. She has held board positions at companies involved in the software, support services, manufacturing and communications sectors.

angela.warner@mercia.co.uk

About

David joined the Group in 2018 with over 30 years’ experience in lending. As part of the NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance Team he helps provide term loan facilities to SMEs across the Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield areas. He is looking to help early-stage or more established businesses that can demonstrate growth potential.

David is a member of Mercia Knowledge Committee,

Previous experience

David worked with Key Commercial Finance Solutions for six years as a whole of market independent broker, sourcing finance for SMEs across West Yorkshire. Prior to this, he worked for 28 years at Yorkshire Bank in a variety of roles, including business development and relationship management. He spent a significant proportion of his time in commercial lending, working across different sectors helping small to medium sized businesses.

david.wright@mercia.co.uk

About

Graham has almost ten years’ experience in venture capital. He joined Mercia in 2011 and is a member of the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. He is focused on early-stage and technology investments and manages a portfolio of companies from the Finance Yorkshire Seedcorn Fund. Graham is also Head of Mercia’s Information Systems function and a member of the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Previous experience

Graham previously spent several years building and managing high technology investment opportunities as a venture manager at the University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP) Ltd. He has a science and technology background, with a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh, and worked for several years as a post-doc in Los Angeles, California. He holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School and helped form and grow a bioinformatics spinout company after his PhD.

 

graham.davies@mercia.co.uk

About

Hasan joined the Group in 2019 as a Data Scientist, helping to streamline data work flow and improve data-driven business decisions. He undertakes the development of automation scripts, machine learning algorithms and data pre-processing/mining tasks. Additionally, he supports the CIO and Senior Leadership Team with management information reports as well as client reports for British Business Bank (BBB), and provides training and support to colleagues.

Hasan is also a member of the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Previous experience

He previously worked in the chemicals industry as a junior chemist, involved in manufacturing and analysing e-liquids. He also worked as a team leader/sales agent in a national commercial estates agency. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from Manchester Metropolitan University, and is working towards an MSc in Data Science from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Hasan.Ahmed@mercia.co.uk