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 the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Tim co-founded NVM in 1988 and was chief investment officer until 2008. During this timetime, he built a mixed portfolio including early-stage investments such as DxS and Alaric Systems. After 20 years leading the investment team, he became chairman of NVM in 2008, taking responsibility for corporate strategy and investor relations. Since 2015, he has led the VCT investment team’s re-focus on early-stage investment. He is a non-executive director of Northern Venture Trust and Northern 3 VCT and a member of the VCT Association and of the BVCA’s Venture Capital Committee. Tim joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired.

 

Aaron joined NVM in 2017, following nine years in Corporate Banking with Barclays and NatWest. Much of his time was spent supporting the needs of Corporate Banking customers across the North of England where he built a specialty Technology, Media & Telecoms portfolio.  Following this, Aaron was the lead for Barclays Venture Debt proposition in the North East, working with a series of fast-growth and private equity backed businesses. During his time in banking, Aaron won the award for Corporate Banker of the Year three times. Prior to banking, Aaron had a successful career with HM Foreign Office and HM Revenue & Customs. Aaron joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired by Mercia.

 

Alex joined NVM in 2019 and is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in the North West. He works with team in sourcing, transacting and managing investments across all sectors and regions. He joined from the corporate finance team of Rickitt Mitchell, and before that, spent five years in the assurance and business recovery services team at PWC. He has a first-class degree in economics from Nottingham.Alex joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired by Mercia.

 

 

Carmine joined NVM in 2018 and is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in the North West and Wales, progressing NVM’s investments from origination, and supporting portfolio companies as they grow. Prior to this, he was at the Development Bank of Wales’ technology venture team where he invested in early-stage businesses. He has a First-class BSc honours degree in Pharmacology with Industrial Experience and a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Manchester. Carmine joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired by Mercia.

Charlie joined NVM in 2016 and has extensive experience in venture investing and supporting young companies in the UK, which he has done for nearly 20 years. He has previously been a director of a fund management company and spent the 1990s working as a Technology Strategy Manager with JP Morgan in London and New York.  At NVM, Charlie has invested and currently sits on the Boards of Volo, Medovate, NorthRow and SHE, so he has a grounding in software and innovative technologies as well an engineering degree and MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has a strong track-record of investments that have scaled, including Tracsis, Xeros Technology and Retroscreen.

Charlie joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired, where he continues to work with Tim Levett in managing the VCT team and portfolio.

 

Charlotte joined NVM in 2018 and is responsible for sourcing, transacting and managing investments across all sectors. She is a specialist in technology and life sciences investments. Before joining NVM, Charlotte spent over five years at Silicon Valley Bank leading transactions for growth to late-stage technology companies in Europe and the United States.  Charlotte has a first-class undergraduate degree in Biology (Honours in Pharmacology with Neuroscience) from University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Finance degree from London Business School. Charlotte joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired by Mercia.

 

Ishaan joined NVM in 2018 and is responsible for sourcing, transacting and managing investments across all sectors, but has specific interest in the technology and consumer sectors as well as businesses that have social impact. Ishaan started his career in investment banking and at a mid-market private equity fund. He has been working with, and leading investments in, early-stage businesses since 2014. He has a BA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University in the United States. Ishaan joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired.

 

Jason joined NVM in 2017. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a Master’s Degree. He became a software engineer with Morgan Stanley before joining a systematic hedge fund as a quantitative developer, where he was responsible for the trade generation systems and working with the research team on automated trading algorithms. His deep software skills are valuable in assessing IT sectors and developments and in making informed investment decisions. Jason joined Mercia in December 2019 when NVM’s VCTs contracts were acquired by Mercia.