About

Mark joined Mercia in July 2021 and is based at our office in Henley-in-Arden. Mark plays a key supporting role in our People & Talent team, focusing on career development and training for the Group. Mark is responsible for our new Learning Management System implementation..

Previous experience

Mark has a background in both the education and information technology sectors. He has experience of delivering learning and development across organisations using a range of methods and technologies. His most recent role was for a specialist software company, with responsibility for both internal and external training and development.

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About

Michelle joined the Group in September 2017 and heads up our People & Talent Team, along with more recent responsibility for our 11 company offices and Health & Safety.

Michelle is a member of the Corporate Management Team and leads on creating and driving forward our people strategy, engagement and processes as Mercia continues to evolve.

Previous experience

Michelle’s generalist HR career spans 25 years, having spent most of these years working in the technology sector, for entrepreneurial businesses with ambitious growth plans. Michelle is driven by delivering the best possible employee experience.

Michelle.Heaselgrave@mercia.co.uk

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Rebecca joined the Group in June 2018 and is based at our office in Henley-in-Arden. Rebecca plays a key supporting role in our People & Talent team and is also a member of the Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view.

Previous experience

Rebecca has over 15 years of HR and recruitment experience in the professional services sector, including one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms. Rebecca has also worked across the information technology services and engineering sectors; her most recent role was working for a company supporting manufacturing based in the West Midlands. This was a generalist human resources role, with a particular emphasis on recruitment and onboarding.

rebecca.whitfield@mercia.co.uk

About

Graham has over ten years’ experience in venture capital and early-stage investing. He joined Mercia in 2011 and is Deputy Fund Principal of the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. He is focused on early-stage and technology investments and manages a portfolio of companies from NPIF and 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