About

Michelle joined the Group in September 2017 and heads up our People & Talent Team. She is responsible for creating and driving forward our people strategy, engagement and processes as Mercia continues to evolve.

Michelle is also a member of the Mercia Spirit Committee, a group-wide programme translating our values into worthy initiatives.

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

About

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

Courtney is Executive Assistant to our CEO and the Senior Leadership Team, managing their diaries, travel and expenses.  Courtney also provides administration support to the Compliance and Finance teams and plays an important role in the support of the Investment Team by maintaining the Share Register.

Courtney’s role has also expanded to being our Facilities Coordinator, IOSH qualified to look after the day to day running of our Head office in Henley in Arden and our busy regional offices.

In 2019 we launched our charitable venture Mercia Spirit, a group-wide programme translating our values into worthy initiatives, which Courtney Chairs.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Mercia, Courtney gained extensive experience of office management, working at two of her family businesses, covering areas from payroll and pensions, credit control and invoicing, HR, and liaising personally with the customers and suppliers.

 

courtney.yeoman@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

Georgina joined the Group in 2019 to provide office management support and general day-to-day administrative duties. Georgina assists in the smooth running of the Manchester office and is responsible for logging applications submitted through our website.

Previous experience

Georgina has a strong background in human resources having worked in both recruitment and employee relations for the past seven years. Prior to joining Mercia, Georgina was working for the NHS recruiting frontline staff.

georgina.money@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