EIS Masterclass Speakers
Jason is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and the Personal Finance Society and a Certified Financial Planner. He is a visiting lecturer on financial planning and an honorary Fellow of Northampton University. After 25 years Jason recently sold his stake in multi-award winning adviser Bloomsbury Wealth Management, to focus entirely on speaking and writing about financial wellbeing. He is author of The Financial Times Guide to Wealth Management: How to plan, invest and protect your financial assets and provides expert comment on personal finance to The Financial Times, BBC and a range of other publications, media and websites. In 2012 he was recognised by Citywire as one of the UK’s top 100 financial advisers.
Keith Robertson is among the highest qualified practitioners in the country, awarded MSc with Merit in Finance and investment risk. He is Chartered Wealth Manager, Chartered Financial Planner, and Fellow of the three main professional bodies. He was inaugural Chartered Champion for PFS London, and is immediate past-chair of PFS London. He works to improve the standard of professional education, sitting on the CISI’s Qualifications Assessment Board, and on the examining panel for their suite of Masters exams (level 7). He is a committee member of two CISI Professional Interest Forums: Risk, and Private Wealth Management. He has served as a member of two government-sponsored working groups reviewing and revising the professional syllabus for pensions, financial planning and investment & risk. He was the technical and senior reviewer, and co-author, of RDR-compliant exam course-books for both the PFS-CII and CISI in 2010-11.He lectures and writes on risk and investment for technical journals and the trade press, and has written a number of client-orientated booklets on investment. Heis managing director of Armstrong Financial Ltd Chartered Financial Planners, having practised holistic financial planning and investment since 1994.
Damian has been a Paraplanner for 15 years, so even before it became fashionable! In that time, he has gone on to found the most established Paraplanning businesses in the country. As you can imagine, he lives, eats and breaths suitability so the rest of us don’t have to!
Anthony joined Complyport in 2014 having previously held senior management and regulatory positions in several significant retail investment firms.
Having originally qualified as a barrister Anthony spent several years in the technical and legal team within a major life assurance company. In this role he provided support internally to other colleagues and externally to financial intermediaries and other professional advisers.
During his career as a senior manager within major financial intermediary firms Anthony has had significant involvement in risk management, financial planning, as a Director of a trustee company, in dealing with both final salary and money purchase pension schemes, advising on complex taxation and technical arrangements and in product and service development.
In addition to his day to day conduct of business and senior management experience, Anthony has carried out functions as training and competence officer and as head of investment committee. Latterly he was very closely involved in the implementation of the FCA Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) initiative and the implementation of the FCA’s Retail Distribution Review (RDR).
Anthony is a Chartered Financial Planner, Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) and is qualified as a barrister.
Andrew is a member of PwC’s Venture Capital tax team with a focus on advising companies in navigating the complexities of the SEIS and EIS legislation to secure investment.Andrew’s experience includes providing structuring advice, transactional support and securing advance assurance for fast-growth companies and funds.
Roger has been advising alternative investment fund managers and fast-growing companies for over twenty years and is one of the top names in the Venture Capital Trust and Enterprise Investment Scheme industries with a reputation as a ‘can do’innovative corporate finance and tax lawyer. Roger was formerly the Senior Partner and Head of Corporate Finance of Martineau before establishing RW Blears LLP in 2009. He is a former non-executive director of Foresight Technology VCT plc and Foresight 2 VCT PLC, and currently a non-executive director of the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association and a member of the VCT Forum of the Association of Investment Companies. Roger is also a Trustee of the Wye & Usk Foundation.
Andrew has overall responsibility for Oxford Capital’s relationships with financial advisers and wealth managers. He is also a member of both the Infrastructure and Growth investment committees. Before joining Oxford Capital, Andrew worked with smaller companies at Cazenove, Goldman Sachs and latterly as a Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort where he was Head of Small-Cap Equities. Earlier in his career, Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before moving into industry roles with Mars in Russia and Procter & Gamble in the UK.
Gillian’s focus is supporting firms that arrange early-stage and growth finance to companies. She heads up the Bovill Venture Finance team and manages their relationships with EIS and venture capital fund managers as well as crowdfunding platforms and corporate finance advisors. Gillian’s experience includes evaluating new products, reviewing financial promotions, delivering training and providing advice on everything from client money to financial crime requirements. She has led a number of complex authorisation applications to the FCA and assists firms to manage their compliance burden once regulated.
Frank has been advising EIS and VCT fund managers and entrepreneurs for the past four years. He has acted on numerous prospectus fundraisings including the largest crowd funding offer ever for a well-known craft brewery, VCT flotations, EIS fund launches, private equity investments, enhanced share buybacks, dividend reinvestment schemes and tender offers as well as the largest ever VCT merger. He has also carried out sizeable M&A transactions in the renewables sector, provided on-going regulatory advice to a leading crowdfunding platform and acted pro bono for a heritage charity.
Matt is the Managing Partner of Rockpool Investments LLP, which he founded in 2011. With a mission to make investing in private companies as easy as the stock market, Rockpool has already brought together clients with investable wealth of over £1 billion. Matt has been investing in private companies for over 20 years. For more than half that time, he has focused on creating tax-efficient routes into this sector for individual investors. His early career was spent as a private equity investor at 3i, during its time as the dominant player in the UK.
Sarah has been Director General of the EIS Association for over two years during which time the membership has grown significantly and spread its reach to regions outside the south east. The Association has strengthened its links with the BVCA and other related trade bodies and seen the launch of the EIS Diploma. Previously Sarah worked for over ten years in the early stage company space and has helped several companies, mainly in software and technology, raise finance from Business Angels and EIS Funds. Before that she was a technology analyst and broker with Dominick and Dominick, a New York brokerage firm.
Joanna Bevan Joanna joined TIME as a Business Development Manager in March 2012, having previously worked as a financial adviser in the Midlands. An Economics graduate, Joanna has worked in the finance industry for 13 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She started out as a Mortgage Broker for Park Row Associates, before becoming FPC qualified then moving into a Corporate Financial Planning role at Barclays. Joanna has recently completed the STEP qualification becoming a STEP affiliate, and is now working towards chartered status. Outside of work Joanna enjoys travel and culture as well as outdoor sports. Most weekends she can be found walking in the Peak District.
With a background in engineering, electronics, management and investment, Andrew has been investing in SMEs in Yorkshire since the late 1980s. For 15 years he managed a team running the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels. In 2004 he was one of the founders of the Viking Fund, which invested £5.0m alongside private EIS investors in 25 high-growth companies in Yorkshire.In 2009, Perth-based Braveheart Investment Group plc (AIM:BRH) acquired Andrew’s business and in 2012 added to its regional presence, by acquiring the mandate to manage Finance Yorkshire’s £45m Equity-Linked Fund. Andrew heads the Fund with a team of five venture capital specialists and a portfolio of 40+ investments in Yorkshire SMEs. He remains an angel investor and a champion for policies which support UK SMEs, especially EIS and SEIS.
Henny Dovland joined TIME in January 2014 as the Business Development Manager for London. Over the last seven years Henny has worked exclusively with financial advisers, wealth managers and private banks helping planners add value to their client bank and their professional connections. She spent nearly six years at Octopus Investments before joining TIME and is a regular speaker at industry events. Henny works closely with Sophie and together they make up Team London. Originally from Norway, Henny came to the UK in 1999 as part of her degree studies and loved it so much she decided to stay.
Darren has worked in the Venture Capital sector since the mid-90s with experience of creating, launching and managing venture capital and seed funds in the North West, Wales and the South West. He hasoperated at Fund Manager/Investment Director and Principal level since 2002. With 20 years’ experience in the UK venture capital industry with focus on early stage SMEs, syndicated investments and ERDF structural funds. Darren is a member of the project teams behind the establishment of Objective One funds Finance Cornwall and Liverpool Seed Fund and Investment Director of both funds.He has also lead and managed 150+ individual transactions, investing over £50m and leveraging private sector investment in excess of a further £50m. Darren has experience of working alongside European structural funds, private investors, business angels, bank/debt providers and regional and national public sector funding agencies.
Adam is a corporate lawyer who advises fund managers, entrepreneurs and angel investors on a broad range of private and public corporate transactions and matters relating to the EIS, SEIS, VCTs and FCA rules. Notable experience includes acting for the Hazel Renewable Energy VCTs on their £66m bond refinancing and acquisition of various solar assets and the launch of several EIS, SEIS and IHT funds. Adam joined RW Blears on qualification in March 2012 having trained with Osborne Clarke which included a six month secondment to Motorola Solutions’EMEA legal team.
Bob joined TIME in September 2014, having previously spent 12 years at Aviva. Bob is originally from Glasgow however on joining Aviva’s graduate programme he spent time in London and Cheltenham before settling in Manchester. At Aviva, Bob looked after a panel of key accounts, primarily in the Manchester area. At TIME Bob works closely with Kate providing support to advisers across the North West. Bob holds a BA Hons in Business Studies and Economics from the University of Stirling and has since achieved FPFS status and most recently the IMC qualification.
Jerry joined Blackfinch in 2013 to focus on strategic account management and has over 25 years’experience in the financial services industry which has ranged from direct sales, management training and managing an IFA network. Jerry is well known and highly respected for the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the challenges advisers face both at an individual and corporate level.
Gordon brings extensive experience working in the tax efficient investment sector. He started his career in the Enterprise Investment Scheme team at Close Brothers Investment where he was involved with a number of technology, pub and film EIS companies as well as VCTs and inheritance tax mitigating trading companies. He then joined Octopus distributing VCTs, IHT portfolios and EIS products. Subsequently, he helped to start up Stellar Asset Management and was involved with forestry, hotel, farming, EIS funds and their trading companies for IHT. He has also been involved with investment within the media sector since 2002, including numerous films for UK television. Gordon has the IMC and completed the first stage of the CFA.
Ian Robson Ian joined TIME as Senior Business Development Manager in March 2014, having previously been at Octopus Investments for six years, where he held the role of Senior Business Development Manager. At TIME Ian is responsible for building business relationships with advisers and their introducers across the Midlands and Central/North Wales region. Ian also manages the team of field based Business Development Managers that cover the North of the UK. Ian graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Honours Degree in Accounting & Finance and has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, having worked for NPI for 13 years, latterly as a Regional Sales Manager.
Simon Ruthers Simon works with private clients and their advisers to access Oxford Capital’s investment programmes. He brings considerable experience of investment structure, tax and wealth management strategies. With over 15 years experience of the wealth management sector, Simon started his career with Rothschild Asset Management in Guernsey and most recently work for St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Simon graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Financial Services and is an Associate of the Personal Finance Society.
Dan Kiernan has been an Associate Director of Intelligent Partnership since 2010. Dan was previously a VicePresident at the Bank of New York Mellon working in Performance and Risk Analytics. Managing a multi-national team, his role was to work with large institutional clients to help them understand the performance of their investments.
At Intelligent Partnership Dan is the investment specialist and he recently passed the CII Level 4 Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management. As well as producing a lot of the content for IP’s articles, reports and videos, Dan also compiles and presents the accredited education programmes and training events. Dan is often invited to speak at industry events and regularly writes for the financial trade press.
In a former life Dan was a secondary school teacher – so he likes to think that he’s a good presenter and has already played to the toughest audiences out there!
Simon joined TIME as Sales and Marketing Director in October 2012, having previously been at Octopus Investments for almost seven years, where he held roles from Senior Business Development Manager to Head of Strategic Partnerships. At TIME Simon heads up a team of nine field based Business Development Managers, providing nationwide coverage, and an office based team of ten located in TIME’s head office in Central London. Simon is also one of the four partners at TIME, helping to determine the business’ overall strategy and direction.
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, having worked for a life company for 14 years, latterly as a Regional Sales Manager. Simon graduated from Portsmouth University with a BSc Degree in Computer Science.
Outside of work, Simon enjoys the diverse hobbies of gliding and dancing. He is a qualified gliding instructor and has represented the UK by competing at an international level. He claims that partner dancing helps keep him fit and regularly competes in both Modern Jive and West Coast Swing.