The Team

Executive Team

Patrick Reeve Chairman

Patrick Reeve

Chairman
Patrick Reeve Chairman

Patrick Reeve

Chairman

Patrick qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells before joining Cazenove & Co where he spent three years in the corporate finance department. He joined Close Brothers Group in 1989, where he was a director of the private equity and corporate finance divisions. He established Close Ventures in 1996 and led the management buyout in 2009. 

Will Fraser-Allen

Will Fraser-Allen

Managing Partner
Will Fraser-Allen

Will Fraser-Allen

Managing Partner

Will joined Albion (then Close Ventures) in 2001 since when he has focused on leisure, media, business services and healthcare investing. Will became deputy managing director of Close Ventures in 2007, deputy managing partner of Albion in 2009 and managing partner of Albion in 2019. Some of Will’s current and former investments include Active Hotels, PayAsUGym, Locum’s Nest, LabM, Sift and Peakdale Molecular.

Andrew Elder Deputy Managing Partner

Andrew Elder

Deputy Managing Partner
Andrew Elder Deputy Managing Partner

Andrew Elder

Deputy Managing Partner

Andrew initially practised as a surgeon for six years, specialising in neurosurgery, before joining the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a consultant in 2001. Whilst at BCG he specialised in healthcare strategy, gaining experience with many large, global clients across the full spectrum of healthcare including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, service and care providers, software and telecommunications.

Vikash Hansrani Operations Partner

Vikash Hansrani

Operations Partner
Vikash Hansrani Operations Partner

Vikash Hansrani

Operations Partner

Vikash qualified as a chartered accountant with RSM Tenon plc and latterly worked in its corporate finance team. He joined Albion in 2010 where he is currently Operations Partner for the group. He is also Finance Director of Olim Limited and Albion Community Power PLC. He has a BA in Accountancy & Finance from Nottingham Business School.

Adam Chirkowski Investment  Director

Adam Chirkowski

Investment Director
Adam Chirkowski Investment  Director

Adam Chirkowski

Investment Director

Adam is responsible primarily for investments in the asset backed portfolio. His work includes Albion Community Power, where he sits on the boards of the Hydro and Biogas assets, Albion Care Communities and sits on the board of G.Network. Adam graduated from Nottingham University with a first class degree in industrial economics and a masters in corporate strategy and governance. Prior to joining Albion in 2013, he spent five years working in corporate finance at Rothschild.

Catriona McDonald Investment Associate

Cat McDonald

Investment Manager
Catriona McDonald Investment Associate

Cat McDonald

Investment Manager

Cat joined the technology investment team in 2018 having previously worked for Goldman Sachs in both New York and London. At Goldman Sachs, Cat executed several high profile transactions across the product space including leveraged buyouts, IPOs and M&A. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Cat studied economics at Harvard University. 

Christoph Ruedig Partner

Christoph Ruedig

Partner
Christoph Ruedig Partner

Christoph Ruedig

Partner

Christoph focuses on investments in healthcare and renewables. He initially practised as a radiologist, before spending 3 years at Bain & Company. In 2006, he joined 3i working for their Healthcare Venture Capital after which he worked for General Electric's healthcare division, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions in the medical technology and healthcare IT sectors. He holds a degree in medicine from Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich and an MBA from INSEAD.

David Grimm Investment Director

David Grimm

Investment Director
David Grimm Investment Director

David Grimm

Investment Director

David manages the UCL Technology Fund, which is investing in commercialisation of life and physical sciences innovations from one of the most important academic institutions in the United Kingdom. He previously worked for 4 years at Spark Impact, a subsidiary of Spark Ventures, investing across medical technology, telehealth and consumer healthcare. He started his career at Detica before moving to China to work in a FMCG start-up. David holds a Masters’ degree in Natural Science (Mathematics and Chemistry).   

David Gudgin Partner

David Gudgin

Partner
David Gudgin Partner

David Gudgin

Partner

David was a director of Close Ventures and became a partner in Albion in 2009. He initially worked at the BBC and ICL, specialising in commerce, before joining 3i as an investor in 1999. He joined Foursome Investments (now Frog Capital) as the lead investor of two funds, an environmental technology fund and a later stage development capital fund. David is Head of Renewables at Albion and is on the board of many of the Biogas, Hydro and Wind investments. 

 

Ed Lascelles Partner

Ed Lascelles

Partner
Ed Lascelles Partner

Ed Lascelles

Partner

Ed leads the technology investing at Albion having spent the last 15 years investing in early stage companies, typically in software. Prior to Albion, Ed worked at ING Barings advising UK public companies on M&A, IPOs and fundraisings during the dotcom era. Ed read philosophy at UCL.

Emil Gigov Partner

Emil Gigov

Partner
Emil Gigov Partner

Emil Gigov

Partner

Emil has spent the last 20 years in early stage investing, following an early career with KPMG in London. He has led or supported over 30 investments in rounds from £500k to £18m in sectors including software and IT services, advanced manufacturing, business services, education and healthcare. He has a degree in European Business Administration and is a fellow of the ICAEW (FCA).

Henry Stanford

Henry Stanford

Henry Stanford

Henry Stanford

Henry qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen before joining the corporate finance department of Close Brothers Group in 1992. He moved to Close Ventures in 1998 and became a partner of Albion Capital in 2009. He retired from a full-time role in 2019. He holds an MA degree in Classics from Oxford University.

India Cornett Business Development Associate

India Cornett

Business Development Associate
India Cornett Business Development Associate

India Cornett

Business Development Associate

India joined Albion in 2017 as a Business Development Associate in order to support Wealth Managers, Private Banks, and assist the Head of Business Development in fundraising activities. Prior to working at Albion, India worked as a Parliamentary Assistant. Having carried out her degree in History of Art at the University Lyon 2, India graduated in 2016 from the Institut d’études superiéures des arts, Paris, with a Masters 2 in Art and Business.

Jay Wilson Investment Manager

Jay Wilson

Investment Manager
Jay Wilson Investment Manager

Jay Wilson

Investment Manager

Jay joined from Bain & Company, where he had been a consultant since 2016 advising private equity and sovereign wealth funds on acquisitions of European technology, financial and business services companies. Prior to this he graduated from London Business School with an MBA having spent eight years in Financial Services.

Jay focusses on all aspects of technology, particularly in how it is redefining Financial Services. From retail to institutional finance, and at every level of the IT stack - blockchain, AI/ML, predictive analytics, robotics and cloud.

Linda Roberson Head of Compliance

Linda Roberson

Head of Compliance
Linda Roberson Head of Compliance

Linda Roberson

Head of Compliance

Linda initially qualified as a solicitor with Allen & Overy, working in their London Corporate Finance team, before joining the in-house legal team at 3i Group plc in 1999.  At 3i, Linda supported investment transactions and fund raisings, later moving to the Compliance team to focus on regulatory matters.  Linda joined Albion in 2016.  She holds an LLB in Law and French Law from Birmingham University. 

Jessica Bartos

Jessica Bartos

Investment Manager
Jessica Bartos

Jessica Bartos

Investment Manager

Jessica joined AlbionVC from Rothschild & Co where she served as a Vice President, advising technology, media and telecoms firms on M&A. Working in Rothchild's New York and London offices, Jessica advised companies and investors like AT&T, Intel, KPN, Apax Partners and The Carlyle Group amongst others. She has developed tech specialisms in cloud communications, digital advertising, fintech and enterprise software. 

 

Marco Yu Investment Director

Marco Yu

Investment Director
Marco Yu Investment Director

Marco Yu

Investment Director

Marco specialises in energy related investment and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of energy generation, distribution, balancing, storage as well as servicing the sector. Energy transition and the analysis of big data is where Marco is increasingly using his analytical expertise, networks and market knowledge. Marco has a first-class degree in economics from Cambridge, a PhD in construction economics from UCL and has led over 20 investments to date.

Nadine Torbey Investment Associate

Nadine Torbey

Investment Manager
Nadine Torbey Investment Associate

Nadine Torbey

Investment Manager

Nadine joined the tech Investment team in 2018 from Berytech Fund , one of the first VC funds in the Middle East. She has 6 years to date of investing experience from Seed to Series A in start-ups across AI/ML technologies, digital health, digital platforms and marketplaces and hardware. Nadine has a B.Eng in electrical and computer engineering from The American University of Beirut followed by a specialisation in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Brown University, where she focused on commercialisation of disruptive technologies.

Paul Lehair Investment Manager

Paul Lehair

Investment Manager
Paul Lehair Investment Manager

Paul Lehair

Investment Manager

Paul joined Albion with 10 years of experience in tech both at startups and in investment banking. He came from Citymapper where he was Finance Director for 5 years having joined when the company had less than 10 employees. He also worked in business operations at Viagogo and in M&A TMT at Citigroup beforehand.

Radulph Hart George Wind Business Development Manager

Rad Hart-George

Investment Manager
Radulph Hart George Wind Business Development Manager

Rad Hart-George

Investment Manager

Rad is responsible for originating renewable energy investments. Prior to joining Albion in 2015, he spent eight years working in the wind industry, primarily developing onshore wind projects in the UK. He has an undergraduate geography degree from Nottingham University and a masters’ degree from Columbia University in Environmental Science & Policy graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was a committee member of RenewableUK’s onshore planning sub-group from 2012- 2015.

Robert Whitby-Smith Partner

Robert Whitby-Smith

Partner
Robert Whitby-Smith Partner

Robert Whitby-Smith

Partner

Robert has been in venture since 2005 when he joined Albion. He became a partner in 2009. Robert has led over 20 investments in deep tech, enterprise software, fintech and insurtech with recent exits including Atego (PTC), Grapeshot (Oracle), PSE (Siemans). He currently represents Albion on the boards of a number of scale-ups - collectively valued at over £250m. Robert also works on a selected group of seed stage companies as a board adviser. Prior to venture, Robert spent time in corporate finance with Credit Suisse First Boston, ING Baring and KPMG.

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Simon Goldman

Investment Director
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Simon Goldman

Investment Director

Simon manages the UCL Technology Fund, which is investing in commercialisation of life and physical sciences innovations from one of the most important academic institutions in the United Kingdom. He worked for seven and a half years at Goldman Sachs JBWere in Australia, predominantly on the Healthcare & Biotechnology and Portfolio Strategy teams, and has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.

Stuart Mant Head of Business Development

Stuart Mant

Head of Business Development
Stuart Mant Head of Business Development

Stuart Mant

Head of Business Development

Stuart joined Albion in 2012 as Head of Sales to raise the profile of the Albion VCT offerings with UK Wealth Managers, Private Banks and Family offices and manage the fundraising activities. In 2016 Stuart’s role was extended to include the development of the deal pipeline across all sectors. Prior to Albion Stuart held senior sales roles with a number of leading fund management houses in both the equity and fixed income markets as well as the tax efficient space.

Tanel Ozdemir Investment Analyst

Tanel Ozdemir

Investment Manager
Tanel Ozdemir Investment Analyst

Tanel Ozdemir

Investment Manager

Tanel helps manage the UCL Technology Fund, which is investing in commercialisation of life and physical science innovations from one of the most important academic institutions in the United Kingdom. He joined Albion in 2018 having previously been an intern with the investment team in 2016. Tanel completed his PhD and postdoctoral research at UCL where his work was focused on developing synthetic biological tools for microbiome engineering.

Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott

Head of Marketing
Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott

Head of Marketing

After graduating in Biochemistry at Imperial College, University of London, Victoria moved into sales and marketing with The Observer Newspaper which was quickly followed by joining Associated Newspapers on the launch team of The Mail on Sunday.

Operations Support Team

Stuart Watt Financial Coordinator

Stuart Watt

Financial Controller
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Mike Garrett

Head of Finance – Albion Community Power
Annie West Finance Manager

Anneliese West

Finance Manager
Lauren Donohue Personal Assistant

Lauren Donohue

Personal Assistant
Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark

Account Assistant
Peter Balcombe Finance & Company Secretary Manager

Peter Balcombe

Finance & Company Secretary Manager
Sarah Fitton Shareholder Liasion Officer

Sarah Fitton

Shareholder Liaison Officer
Natasha Stone Finance Manager

Natasha Lloyd

Finance Manager
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Tanya Middleton

Account Assistant
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Therese McCloy-Glenholme

Finance Manager
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Vicki Caplan

Finance Manager
Cara Hyde Finance Manager

Cara Hyde

Finance Manager