About

Lisa joined the Group in 2011 as a member of the Investment Team focused on the North West Fund for Mezzanine and Venture Capital aimed at start-up and early-stage businesses where she was responsible for new investments and portfolio businesses. Today, Lisa heads up our portfolio resourcing functions and leads the NED networks.

Previous experience

Before joining the Group, Lisa worked for the business growth services team Grant Thornton, where she was responsible for a number of finance readiness and business support programmes, particularly in the healthcare and life science sectors. Lisa has a science and technology background, with a BSc (Hons) in Human Bioscience from Sheffield Hallam University.

lisa.ward@mercia.co.uk

About

Nigel joined the Group in December 2019 as Portfolio Director. Nigel manages a portfolio of investments from a variety of Funds from across the Group.

Previous experience

Nigel has over 17 years’ experience in venture capital and private equity. He started his career at Deloitte advising investors, and prior to joining Mercia, was a partner at YFM Equity Partners where he worked originating and completing new investments, as well as managing acquisitions, realisations and fundraisings. He trained as an engineer, holds an MBA and has experience in investments in software, data, engineering, support services, telecoms, chemicals and technology companies.

About

Sarah joined the Group as Head of Legal in October 2018 and was promoted to Group General Counsel & Company Secretary in July 2020. She is responsible for providing legal advice across the Group and the portfolio, and managing the Group’s relationship with external legal advisors as well as performing the role of Company Secretary. Sarah is based at the Henley-in-Arden office.

Previous experience

Sarah qualified as a corporate solicitor in 2007 and has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate transactional and advisory legal work. In her previous role at Shoosmiths LLP, she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, venture and growth capital transactions, MBOs, MBIs, and corporate governance advice.

sarah.thawley@mercia.co.uk

About

Srikar is an Investment Associate for Mercia’s EIS Team with a focus on investing in early and growth-stage software and digital companies. In addition to deal origination and execution, Srikar sits on the board of a number of companies within Mercia’s EIS portfolio.

Previous experience

Srikar joined Mercia in 2018 as a Research Analyst for Mercia’s Platform team after graduating from LSE with a Maths and Economics degree. As part of this role he worked closely with Exec team on Mercia’s acquisition of NVM’s VCTs and producing valuation reports for Mercia’s direct investment holdings.

srikar.karri@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