About

Marina is part of Mercia’s VCT investment team and is involved in identifying new investment opportunities, completing transactions and supporting Mercia’s portfolio companies.

Previous experience

Marina joined Mercia in February 2022. Before then, she worked at Oxford University Innovation, where she helped create spinouts, raised investment for these companies and supported them through Board roles. After 8 years in the world of science and tech transfer, Marina has experience in commercialising technologies from various disciplines such as biotech, renewable fuels, energy storage, materials, software, and drug development, among others. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham.

About

Gemma works as part of the EIS/VCT Team as an EIS/VCT Client Services Administrator. Gemma is responsible for providing investor services to our tax-efficient products and operational support for a smooth running of funds.

Previous experience

Gemma has 15 years’ experience within financial services, managing corporate clients. With level 3 qualifications in Customer Services and Business Administration.

About

Sue is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was the Group Financial Controller for several years at The Go-Ahead Group PLC, before joining NVM in 2005 and Mercia in 2021. She carries out market research and financial analysis projects as well as working with other members of the team on portfolio and other matters.

 

About

Daniela joined Mercia in 2021 and is responsible for sourcing, transacting and managing investments across all sectors, but has specific interest in technology and life sciences businesses.

Previous experience

Daniela has been a venture capital investor since 2016 and started her career in investment banking in the United States. She has also worked as a Product Manager at the social enterprise d.light design in Kenya. Daniela has a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College in the USA and an MBA from Oxford University.

About

Adam joined Mercia in November 2021, following two and a half years working in the investment team at Wealth Club. During this time Adam sourced, transacted and managed numerous EIS investments, with a focus on technology businesses.

Having joined the VCT investment team in 2021, he now focuses on sourcing, transacting, and managing investments.

Previous experience

Prior to Wealth Club, Adam trained at EY in Bristol as a Chartered Accountant, working in financial services audit before spending two years in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory team in Restructuring. Adam graduated from the University of Southampton with a 1st class BSc in Economics.

About

Adam joined Mercia in 2021, following three years working at Rickitt Mitchell & Partners, advising UK businesses and private equity clients on strategic acquisitions and disposals. Having joined the VCT investment team in 2021 based in Manchester, he now focuses on sourcing, transacting, and managing investments through to broader roles with portfolio companies.

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Previous experience

Before Rickitt Mitchell, Adam trained at EY in London as a Chartered Accountant, working across the wealth and asset management teams in audit and transaction services. Adam graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Accounting and Financial Management.

 

 

 

Anna is a Partner at international law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP and was previously a corporate partner at Pinsent Masons and McGrigors. She is a corporate lawyer with over 25 year experience in a wide range of corporate transactions for private and public companies. This includes supporting start up and growth companies, particularly in the technology and life science sectors, and their management teams, through all stages of growth and development, fundraising, M&A, strategic and financial challenges. She has a particular focus on equity capital markets transactions including AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and takeovers and increasingly provides counsel  on governance matters and engagement with stakeholders.

Anna joined the Northern VCT 3 Board in September 2020.

 

 

 

About

Lee is part of Mercia’s VCT investment team and is involved in identifying new investment opportunities, completing transactions and supporting Mercia’s portfolio companies.

Previous experience

Lee joined Mercia in 2021 after seven years working in Corporate Finance at PwC: firstly advising public and private sector bodies across the healthcare, telecoms and transport sectors, and then as an Assistant Director advising digital infrastructure and energy businesses on growth equity raises and M&A transactions. He holds a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Masters (Distinction) in Research Methods from the University of Manchester.

 

 

 

John was until 2015 chief executive of Archangel Investors Limited, a Scottish based syndicate of individual private investors, and sits on the boards of numerous unquoted companies. He also advises two early stage funds and was previously a director of Noble Grossart Limited.

He was appointed to the board in 2007.

About

Alex is part of Mercia’s VCT investment team and is involved in identifying new investment opportunities, completing transactions and supporting Mercia’s portfolio companies.

Previous experience

Alex joined Mercia in 2021 after seven years in the world of science and technology: first as a science policy advisor for the UK government, and then as a consultant and client manager at IBM. Alex has a first-class undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.