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 including Warwick Acoustics and Eyoto.

Nigel is a member of the Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business

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

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

About

Sandy joined the Mercia in 2017, originally in the University Team focusing on the North of England she has now moved to the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) team with responsibility for the East Midlands; this fund focuses on proof of concept and early stage opportunities.

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

Previous experience

Sandy has hands-on experience of early-stage companies having founded and worked as CEO for a university spinout for eight years. She also has experience of acting as a consultant on spinout formation in the HE sector as well as most recently managing the spinout portfolio at the University of Leicester. In addition, Sandy has acted as both director and observer on a number of early-stage company boards, and holds the Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. She has a technical background with a PhD in Chemistry, and started her career in corporate research and development.

sandy.reid@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

Thea joined the Group in 2018 and is an Investment Associate for the North East Venture Fund (NEVF). Thea’s role includes sourcing and executing early stage deals across Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, in addition to providing research and portfolio management support.

Thea is a member of the Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business and she is also a member of the Mercia Spirit Committee, a group-wide programme translating our values into worthy initiatives.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Mercia, Thea worked in risk and investment operations for BMO Global Asset Management. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from Durham University.

thea.tebble@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

Mark is an Investment Director with over 18 years’ venture capital experience, with particular expertise in the life science sector. He has been involved in all aspects of creating venture backed businesses, including sourcing new opportunities, working with founders and management teams to build valuable propositions, through to public market listings and trade sales. He has been a non-executive director of several private and public companies. Mark  has worked across several early-stage venture funds, including the RisingStars Growth Funds, the North West Fund for Venture Capital, Finance Yorkshire Seedcorm Fund, and is actively looking for new life science deals for the Northern Powerhouse Fund. He has been heavily involved in the following investments; Concepta plc, Evgen and Abingdon Healthcare.

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

Previous experience

Mark spent two years as bioscience ventures manager at London-based Imperial Innovations. Prior to joining Imperial, Mark had spent the previous five years with Mercia’s technology team based in the North West, and before that, six years at Merlin Biosciences, a venture capital and advisory company dedicated to the life sciences sector.

mark.wyatt@mercia.co.uk

About

Ian joined Finance South Yorkshire (now part of the Group) in 2010 and has more than 30 years’ experience in lending. He is an Investment Manager within the business loans team, currently delivering funding from NPIF Debt. Focused on more established companies looking to grow, Ian mainly covers the York, North Yorkshire and the Humber areas.

Ian is a member of Mercia’s Responsible Investment Group – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

Previous experience

Ian is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and has considerable lending experience from a career in banking, having spent over 20 years with Barclays Bank in a variety of lending roles, providing funding solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. He has previous experience working as a project manager, delivering government-backed grant schemes in the Yorkshire and the Humber regions, including assessment of grant funding applications.

ian.atkinson@mercia.co.uk

About

Jill joined the private equity investment team in 2018, and is responsible for originating and transacting new investments and managing portfolio companies. She is based in the Manchester office, and invests into high-growth SMEs across the UK in a range of sectors.

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

Previous experience

Before joining the Group, Jill was an investment director at RJD Partners based in London, investing in businesses across the UK mid- and lower-mid market. Jill has over 10 years of private equity investment experience within several sectors including business services, leisure and travel, education, and IT services. Jill has also worked with the Wheatsheaf Group, a long-term investor in food and agriculture businesses. Before joining RJD, Jill spent several years in the corporate finance and corporate tax teams at PwC, and is a chartered accountant. Originally from the North West, Jill has an MA in French and Philosophy from Oxford University.

jill.williams@mercia.co.uk