About

Natalia joined Mercia in 2021, and is the Portfolio Director for the North East Venture Fund (NEVF) and the EIS Fund. She is an experienced non-exec, and a venture boards expert. In her role at Mercia, Natalia is supporting portfolio companies with strategic direction, growth optimisation and board oversight. She is based in the Newcastle office, and is a board observer of several Mercia’s investee ventures across the UK.

Previous experience

Natalia has over twenty years of experience working with businesses; as a technology consultant at Accenture, a senior investment manager at Angel Co-Fund and North East Angel Fund, a business support advisor, and, most recently, as a coach to student entrepreneurs at Northumbria University. Whilst at Northumbria, Natalia also developed a deep expertise in venture boards, researching, publishing and speaking on venture board effectiveness internationally. She holds a Doctorate in Corporate Governance of early ventures, PG certificate in coaching, and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA.

Outside Mercia, Natalia is a board member of Northern Stage Theatre (Newcastle), a guest faculty at ScaleUp Nation Board Programme (Amsterdam), and a chair of North East Women on Boards peer-support group.

About

Emma joined the Group in 2021 as a Fund Administrator for the North East Venture Fund (“NEVF”) and is based in the Newcastle office. She supports the Investment Team with deal preparation and completion, the maintenance of records, and the development, coordination and production of both external and internal reports.

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Previous experience

Emma completed a BSc in Mathematics at Newcastle University and prior to joiningMercia, worked in financial administration and customer service roles in the fields of tax advice and investments

 

 

 

About

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.

 

About

Ian joined the Group in 2017 and is Fund Principal for the North East Venture Fund. He is focused on early-stage and technology investments and covers Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Previous experience

Ian is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA. He is a seasoned investment professional having fulfilled both M&A advisory positions in practice and investment management roles in early-stage funds since 2006; he has taken a number of software companies from first investment to exit in recent years. Ian also assists with the delivery of the Venture Capital and Investment modules at Alliance Manchester Business School.

ian.wilson@mercia.co.uk

About

Jan joined the Group in 2018 and is Investment Manager for the North East Venture Fund. He is focused on early-stage and technology investments and covers Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Previous experience

Jan is a Chartered Accountant (CA) qualifying with EY Bristol before moving to PwC Newcastle and working in their audit and advisory teams. He has a range of experience from working with owner-managed businesses, equity-backed and large listed businesses across the North, UK and internationally.

jan.oosthuizen@mercia.co.uk