Mentors and masterclass speakers
First Bourne has assembled a great range of mentors offering centuries of experience between them. This panel makes sure that there is expertise covered in all aspects of developing start up products and companies, from people who have all successfully done it before.
The mentors will be boosted by masterclasses from individuals giving one-off session based on their success and experience in different areas of business.
First Bourne’s project lead
Anthony is an experienced entrepreneur and programme leader. His background is in the creative industries working in online, interactive, video and marketing – specialising in multi-platform communications. He is a skilled innovation and brand strategist and has delivered a range of UK and European support programmes these include: accelerators; investment readiness; seed funding; mentoring; marketing, incubation and young talent engagement. He founded the successful digital agency Junction K.
Founding Partner, Bright Blue Day
Jonathan Clark has a successful career in marketing communications, and is currently the chairman and a founding Partner in Bright Blue Day, one of the country’s most successful integrated agencies. From start up to being a top 20 UK agency he has been instrumental in the growth of the business and every aspect of its success. He is also a shareholder in 2 other highly digital enterprises, one at Silicon Roundabout in London called BBDPerfect Storm and the other called In Touch, based in Weston-Super-Mare. He is a visiting fellow and a board member of Bournemouth University. Jonathan was also a branch chairman of the Institute of Directors and at the time was the youngest in the UK.
Steve Taylor is a specialist in leading and growing entrepreneurial creative and technology businesses. His previous job titles reflect an eclectic career: magazine editor, TV presenter & producer, brand strategist, inventor, head of ideas and director of innovation. He works with a portfolio of startups in the UK, Europe and the Far East, mostly in the fields of educational technology, publishing and social media. He is a prolific business advisor and mentor with organisations that support startups and innovation, including NESTA, the British Council and REACT.
Owner, Focused For Business
Hatty Fawcett runs Focused for Business and has helped many start-ups and small businesses become “investor ready” and raise investment. having raised £250,000 through crowdfunding and angel investment for her own business, she now regularly speaks on crowdfunding and is an active blogger on the subject of raising investment. Hatty is a Regional Manager for Angels Den, the Business Angel Network and crowdfunding platform and is a Talent Spotter for The Start-up Funding Club.
Nuno is the Founder CEO of Nourish Care Systems, a member of the Steering Committee of Dorset Business Angels and Managing Partner of Almeida Consulting Ltd. Nourish Care delivers game changing cloud and mobile apps to care commissioners, care providers, healthcare providers, service users and their families. As Managing Director of Critical Software Technologies Ltd he successfully developed and implemented strategies which resulted in the growth of a UK subsidiary from ground up, which achieved a turnover in excess of £2.5M in 2008, and further growth in 2009. Specialties include: trends in social and health care; technology in social and health care; telecare; internet of things; artificial intelligence.
Managing Director, Amuzo
Mike is the Managing Director of multi award winning casual games studio Amuzo (formerly 4T2). Mike is an expert on casual games design, self-publishing and digital marketing. He has given many presentations for organisations like Adobe, Microsoft, UKTI, TIGA, MMA, Video Games Intelligence, Creative England & LIMA on these subjects. His role at Amuzo involves networking with clients and platforms, creating strategies and synergies that are beneficial for all involved. As a Board member of TIGA, a trade association for computer game companies, he helps British studios stay competitive in a global market place.
David and Lynn Coleman
Under the guise of DAL Strategy Ltd, are seasoned Angel Investors, Property Investors and Business Mentors. Current investments include Phundee.com and Britrox.com. David and Lynn are also Non Executive Board Members of Silicon South which is a Non-for-profit organisation tasked with growing the digital/creative sector on the South Coast of the UK. Lynn and David are also past Directors of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Previously Lynn was an Associate Director and Consultant in the Lloyds of London reinsurance market. David is an acknowledged expert in the strategy, design and delivery of Global Digital Banking including International Trade Finance and is Non Executive Director of Sage Payments Ltd, a FinTech disrupter providing payments services within Sage accounting and payroll software. Previously, David was Chairman of Bournemouth Community Finance Ltd and Global Head of Digital Banking Change Delivery, Commercial Banking for HSBC Group.
Director of The Deloitte Alliance in EMEA at EMC
Mike Pritchard works for global technology company EMC, as alliance ventures lead for Europe. Mike has spent the last 16 years launching ventures, alliance and products for EMC in Europe. He started life as an economist, moved into the oil and shipping industry as risk analyst settled in the high tech industry where he pioneered the use of and shareholder value analysis to win large new customers.
Mike started EMC’s service provider programme for the UK, launched one of their most successful products into EMEA based on a Belgian startup, launched their first cloud service in Europe and was part of the team that started a joint venture between EMC and Cisco in the UK. Today, Mike has a role leading their alliance ventures business in EMEA focusing on building ventures for vertical markets across Europe including global banking, big data and block chain ecosystems and smart health.
Serial Tech Entrepreneur
John has an extensive career in the creative digital sector. This includes: Director at the Royal Court Theatre; Writer/Director at BBC and ITV; Director of Studies at Ravensbourne College; Creative Director of Motional Media. As Digital Channel Development Executive, john was jointly responsible for the development and launch of BBC Knowledge. As a consultant for FCO, he has helped to grow cleantech businesses in SE Asia. As an entrepreneur, John’s companies create interactive dramas and documentaries for the European B2B market, and also interactive tools for entrepreneurs and innovation managers.
Founder of EstherStephen Consulting
Neethu is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA,CPA) and a versatile start-up guru. In a career spanning over a decade, she has helped more than 300 start-ups in their journey from set up to maturity. Her core competencies include pre-incorporation advisory, business processes and Xero based management accounting . She founded EstherStephen Consulting to combine her passion for entrepreneurship and consulting. She runs a monthly blog featuring local companies from Bournemouth, through her website. Prior to this venture, she was Partner in Futurebooks Singapore – a boutique consulting firm where she was also the first employee. For her efforts in building the firm, she holds the title of Partner Emerita. Neethu has till date worked in five (5) countries and have been part of reputed names such as Ernst & Young (E&Y) and Protiviti Australia as well as acted as a mentor on various forums such as “Start-up Weekend”.
Partner, Kingston Smith
Steve has over thirty years’ experience in dealing with strategic planning and corporate finance transactions. He is a Senior Equity Partner in Kingston Smith LLP and founder of the firm’s corporate finance subsidiary Kingston Smith Corporate Finance Ltd a specialist FCA regulated advisory firm. Steve focuses on helping business owners reach their full potential by helping them develop corporate strategies that actually allow them to meet their realistic objectives. By utilising his experience in flotations, leverage financing and corporate strategy he provides frontline, lead advisory services.
Director of Digital & Marketing at LV=
Lee joined LV= in March 2011 with the challenge of developing the digital capabilities within its Life & Pensions business. During the last 5 years he has successfully grown its digital brand, transformed its digital channels and distribution capabilities and gained industry recognition for its achievements in digital. Lee is also accountable for direct to consumer marketing and digital strategy across the wider LV= Group.
Lee has an MSc degree in E-Business and an MBA from Manchester Business School and is also Board member of Silicon South, a non-profit organisation which promotes digital business in the South of UK.
Founder/Director at Base
As Founder/Director at Base I’m building the capability to accelerate socially useful ideas to market. Our focus is on enabling innovation through well-designed technology that mixes data and behavioural sciences to change human behaviour.
CEO, Bright Blue Day
David heads up Bright Blue Day, one of the fastest growing Communication agencies in the UK. Based in Poole, Bright Blue Day has a team of 60 people, working with an international client base. The agency is renowned for the effectiveness of its work for diverse clients such as 3Com, Sony, Royal Mail, Shell, Toshiba, and bmi. Previously, David worked for Unilever in brand marketing, before the call of the creative world led him on secondment to J. Walter Thompson, London, to work across a variety of prestigious brands for TV and press campaigns.
Founder & Managing Director at Createful
Kriss Bennett founded Createful in 2010 after having worked for 15 years writing countless lines of code both client side and within larger agencies. His vision was to set up an agency with a focus on mobile technology whilst being able to work on projects that demonstrated creativity and drove innovation. 6 years on, he has seen a team grow around him, and managed to develop and maintain a culture with collaboration, passion and flexibility at the heart of the operation. Createful is now a successful agency working on a wide range of projects with a wide variety of clients, from startups to household names such as LV=, Animal and Fairline. Kriss is very enthusiastic about being able to contribute to the exciting digital startup culture that has hit the South West. It has allowed the team to develop internal projects, creating digital solutions to existing problems and also helping other startups refine and create their concepts in the form of prototypes to secure investment.Kriss is still very involved in the work Createful execute, from initial design stages, right through to the hands-on development, he is not one to sit back and watch!
Having helped set up Adido as an award wining digital agency in Dorset in 2003, Andy spent the first few years primarily learning SEO from scratch and has since gone on to help develop an amazing digital marketing team, working with some brilliant designers and developers at Adido HQ. Possessing a vast knowledge of all areas of digital marketing Andy’s a regular blogger, contributor & presenter on all areas of digital.
NHS Dorset Innovation Lead
With over nine years of experience within health and social care, Richard is passionate about driving positive change and improving services for patients and clinicians. As Innovation Lead for NHS Dorset CCG, Richard represents the ambitions of NHS Dorset CCG to innovate in health care and plays a key role in the transformation of clinical services across Dorset. Richard also heads up WIRED (Wellbeing Innovation & Research Engine for Dorset), a collaboration linking the academic, life sciences, digital and clinical sectors to deliver innovative and disruptive changes to the future of health and wellbeing.
THAT Tech Man, THAT Group
“Western Australian-born, Joshua Winterton launched his first tech start-up in 2013, Tiinkk. Tiinkk started out as an opinion sharing social network, which saw him raise a seed investment of $500,000 AUD from a variety of angel investors & government grants in Perth. After developing the initial software Tiinkk pivoted into a real-time consumer insights network allowing companies to test new concept designs and products with their audiences to capture global real-time consumer insights.
In 2014, Josh was awarded Australian Anthill 30under30 Entrepreneur of the Year, 2015 NIFNEX Top 100 Influential Award Winner & 2015 Winner of Anthill Magazine’s Top 100 most innovative ideas in Australia. Leading on from contacts made during Tiinkk, Josh was head-hunted for a position in London, heading up ‘THAT Studio Space’, a sister company to property company, THAT Group, building large-scale co-working creative spaces for start-ups & small to medium businesses in the South West of England.”
Investor and NED
Steve is a qualified accountant with an illustrious finance career spanning over three decades working with international companies, banks and UK PLCs. This includes a speciality of turning around under performing / failing projects including business transformation, acquisitions and finance IT. Since 2010, he has been an investor/NED establishing successful start and scale-up companies, where roles include strategic planning and securing growth finance and leading successful exits. Key relationships include Business Angel networks, Crowd Funders, VCs. Experience spans multiple sectors, including leading, Media & Communications, Film & TV production companies, Fin Tech, Green Energy, Banking/Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals.
Senior Solicitor – Laceys Solicitors
Luke relocated from London bringing with him a wealth of experience working having worked for the BBC, Walt Disney (BVI) and Sony. Luke works across both the Media and Technology and Commercial departments at Laceys. Luke specialises in advising Start-ups and entrepreneurs and helping them to succeed in launching their businesses and building and protecting their brands. Luke loves meeting new clients and the helps their projects through drafting and negotiating a wide variety of business to consumer and business to business commercial contracts. Luke also advises individuals and companies on their contracts from Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policies, EULA and Data Protection through to Distribution and Manufacturing Agreements.
Luke is happy to discuss with you any commercial contract you have and give you sound advice.
Associate – Laceys Solicitors
Edwina works within Laceys Corporate and Commercial team specialising in Intellectual Property. She advises clients on how to protect their brand using copyright, trade-mark, design right or registered design. Edwina enjoys building an ongoing relationship with her clients, understanding their business in order that she can offer practical and tailored advice.
Solicitor – Laceys Solicitors
Robin is a specialist employment solicitor. He advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues. Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses. Robin advises on immigration for employers and individuals too. In addition, Robin is a litigator and advises clients when a dispute arises. Robin’s particular interest is in advocacy and he has gained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor-Advocate that permits him to appear in all civil courts and tribunals for clients.
Solicitor – Laceys Solicitors
Ella works within Laceys Corporate and Commercial team specialising in corporate and employment law. Ella can assist with business and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, drafting articles of association and other general company law matters. Ella also advises on employment law aspects predominantly in a corporate context. In particular, her work includes drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, providing assistance and advice on TUPE transfers, and other general employer advice.
Consultant CFO and Board Advisor
Laurence is a Chartered Accountant with approaching twenty years experience in senior financial and Board roles. He now works as a business mentor, consultant Chief Financial Officer and angel investor guiding founders on commercial strategies, the preparation of financial plans, capital raising, reporting processes and HR/team/board structures. Achievements include taking an AIM listed plc from £30m market cap to the successful sale of its major division for over £600m. He has completed over 50 acquisitions and disposals ranging from SMEs, to listed companies and international groups, and has worked across a wide range of industry sectors including fintech, engineering, support services, legal, health, telecoms and software.
Managing Director of 3 SIDED CUBE
Duncan Cook is the Managing Director of 3 SIDED CUBE, a Digital Agency based in Westbourne specialising in producing ‘Tech for Good’, specifically technology that is either life saving, life changing or problem alleviating. The team’s accomplishments range from being invited to the White House for their work for the American Red Cross, to creating the first not for profit Apple Watch App in the UK and US. Having quit his job in November 2008 at the height of the recession, Duncan started 3 SIDED CUBE on his own with a personal loan of £25,000. Since then the company has become a key partner with the International Federation of the Red Cross; rolling out apps to over 80 countries in 40 languages, created the #2 App in the US during Hurricane Sandy with half a million downloads over a single weekend, been a winner at the Webby awards for Best Mobile Health App in the world and had #1 apps in 92 countries, to name just a few of their accolades.
Journalist and a PR coach
Katherine Baldwin is a journalist, PR coach and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the media. She is a former Reuters and Bloomberg correspondent and her freelance work has been published in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, Red, Psychologies, The Huffington Post and Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Trust.org site. She’s also appeared on Newsnight, Sky News and ITV breakfast television. Katherine uses her journalism, language and storytelling skills alongside her industry contacts and insider knowledge to help businesses write eye-catching content, identify the most newsworthy aspect of their story, successfully pitch to editors and get great coverage in the press, online, on the radio and TV. Katherine runs journalism-based PR workshops for companies and agencies, has trained journalists around the world for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and lectures on the Masters in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University.
Roger’s specialism and passion is supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey from infancy to exit. Roger believes that in order to support entrepreneurs it is important to be an extension of the Board including building a strong team with all nominated professional advisors.
Roger’s specialisms include investment structuring, founder, investor and employee remuneration structuring, private equity transactions, exit planning, corporate transactions, presenting financial statements in the most appropriate way to tell the journey of the business and evolving/grooming a businesses systems, controls and processes to achieve entrepreneurs objectives.
COO at Redweb
Luke is COO at Redweb, the UK’s largest Independent Design and Build Digital Agency. He joined the agency in 2005 initially managing the delivery side of the agency before taking responsibility for overall operations.Today Redweb is a team of over 150 seasoned experts and innovative rising talent across all areas of digital.Their work has consistently won awards and they have been privileged to be included in the Times Techtrack 100 and named Econsultancy’s Most Innovative agency 2 years in a row in 2011 and 2012.
An Executive experienced in global delivery & transformation of UK/European IT Services Businesses
Gary is a strategic leader with the ability to envision a new future state and then to mould unstructured or messy environments so that they align to the aspirational state. He brings deep technical and financial expertise to the solutions that he crafts. He has an extensive executive track record centred on leading strategic, transformational change in large and complex service delivery organisations comprised of highly skilled IT professionals. On occasion this has entailed building new businesses in emerging markets from a handle of employees to several thousand employees. He has board experience forged in executive teams over three continents. He understands what it takes to fulfil financial performance, service quality, and regulatory compliance objectives whilst managing risk and working with all stakeholders to embrace change. Gary has been a mentor for many years and has an approachable style. He focuses on leadership, strategy development and change.
Adding new mentors
Once we know who is joining the programme, we widen the panel membership with individuals who can provide experience, insights and introductions specifically in the sectors that the First Bourne participants will be aiming their commercialisation plans at.
This wheel provides a glimpse of some of the major companies in the local ecosystem. The participation of Silicon South provides great links to reach into these organisations.
This mentor list will continue to grow until the programme launches, please check back for new supporters.