Ian Blackburn (Chairman)

Independent, Non-executive Chairman and Chair of Nomination and Remuneration Committee and the Management Engagement Committee

Appointed to the Board: 1 July 2017

Experience:  Ian is an FCA who specialised in Corporate Finance at KPMG before building and selling two listed food groups.  He has extensive UK and European strategic, operations and finance experience as CEO and FD of Perkins Foods Plc and Zetar Plc.  Currently he is an active investor in a number of SMEs and is Chairman of Mood Foods (manufacture of Ombar raw cocoa chocolate bars), Kinteract (education sector App) and Slimline Wine (SLIM sugar free wines).  He is also a trustee and director of The Rutland Learning Trust.

Adam Kingdon

Independent, Non-executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee

Appointed to the Board: 29 September 2006

Experience:  Adam is the founder and CEO of Utonomy, a supplier of smart grid technologies for gas networks.  Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of i20 Water, a supplier of intelligent control for water networks.  He also has more than twenty years' experience as a turnaround specialist, restoring companies to profitability.  He has turned around more than ten loss-making engineering and technology companies in the UK, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium.

Sally Duckworth

Independent, Non-executive Director and Chair of Investment Committee

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2007

Experience:  Sally has worked in the financial services sector since 1990 and in the private equity industry since 2000. A qualified accountant (Price Waterhouse), former investment banker (J.P.Morgan) and early stage venture capitalist (Quester Capital Management, which ran several VCTs) she understands the investment process and reporting requirements of a VCT.  She has also been an active angel investor and has held various Board and C-suite roles.  This has included chairing several start ups and running SaaS businesses as COFO and CEO so she understands the strategic and operational challenges of running early stage businesses. Chairman of Stormagic Limited, which enables hyper converged software and advising a clean tech start up on all of its operations and finance.