Our Team

Executive Team

Patrick Reeve

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. 

He has an MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and is on the board of the British Venture Capital Association, the Association of Investment Companies and is a member of the audit committee of University College London. Patrick is also a Director of Albion Development VCT PLC, Albion Technology & General VCT PLC, Albion Enterprise VCT PLC and also Albion Community Power PLC.

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Will Fraser-Allen
Managing Partner

Will has 18 years growth investing experience, with a focus on technology enabled businesses in healthcare, leisure and media. Will joined Albion Capital in 2001, becoming deputy managing partner of 2009 and was appointed Managing Partner in April 2019. Will chairs the AlbionVC Investment Committee and leads the broader Albion business. Will, a Chartered Accountant, holds a BA (Hons) in History from Southampton University.

His current and past investments include Active Hotels (now Booking.com), Hussle and Locum’s Nest.

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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.

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. Andrew now focuses on medical technologies, digital health and technology-enabled services to the life-science sector, and has served on the boards of companies ranging from diagnostics, imaging and software to pharmaceuticals and biomarkers. He joined Albion Capital in 2005 and became a partner in 2009. He has an MA plus Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

Andrew also oversees the management of the UCL Technology Fund in collaboration with UCLB. For more information please visit http://www.ucltf.co.uk

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Andrew Impey

Andrew has over thirty years’ experience as a fund manager and has managed a broad range of funds. Prior to joining OLIM in 2009, Andrew was Chief Investment Officer at Singer & Friedlander Investment Management and also managed charity portfolios and private unit trusts. Earlier in his career Andrew worked at Dresdner RCM, River & Mercantile Investment Management and Strauss Turnbull & Co specialising in UK small and mid cap equities. Andrew became a partner of Albion Capital Group LLP in 2018. 

Cat McDonald
Cat McDonald
Investment Associate

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 at Harvard University, majoring in economics and playing for the varsity hockey team. 

Christoph Ruedig

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.

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David Grimm
David Grimm
Investment Director – UCL Technology Fund

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).   

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David Gudgin

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. 

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Patrick Harrington

Patrick joined the OLIM team in 2018 as a director and investment manager from stockbroker Baden Hill where he was Managing Partner. A highly experienced fund manager with over 25 years in the industry, Patrick has also worked for Jupiter Asset Management, Henderson Global Investors and M&G. Patrick is re-joining the team after working for OLIM from 2005-2009 and will be responsible for managing both equity and balanced portfolios.

Ed Lascelles

Ed has been investing with Albion since 2004 and leads the technology investments for the VCTs and UCL Technology Fund. Prior to Albion, Ed worked at ING Barings advising UK public companies on M&A, IPOs and fundraisings in the tech, healthcare and financial services sector. Ed graduated from UCL with a 1st in Philosophy.

Emil Gigov

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). 

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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 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
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 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
Investment Manager

Jessica joins AlbionVC from Rothschild & Co where she advised where she advised technology, media and telecom (TMT) firms on mergers and acquisitions. Working in Rothschild’s New York and London offices, Jessica has developed tech specialisms in fintech, cloud communications, digital advertising, and enterprise software.

Jessica began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Government where she financed infrastructure projects in emerging markets in support of US exports and international development initiatives. Her work focused on renewable energy, the space industry and communication infrastructure sectors.

Marco Yu
Investment Director

Marco specialises in two key investment areas for Albion Capital, renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, and asset backed businesses ranging from retail, hotels, cinemas and pubs to residential property. Prior to joining Albion in 2007, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Bouygues (UK), and advised a number of senior lenders on large capital projects with EC Harris.

Marco graduated from Cambridge University with a first class degree in economics and has a PhD in construction economics from University College London.

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Nadine Torbey
Investment Associate

Nadine joined the Tech Investment team in 2018 from Berytech Fund Management, Lebanon. Her career to date has involved many aspects of tech investing including experience in a wide variety of digital platforms, big data management, virtual reality, IoT, digital networks and, more eclectically, an electric scooter sharing scheme and an automatic guitar tuner.

Nadine graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, following this with an MSc. in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Brown University.

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.

Rad Hart-George
Investment Manager

Rad is responsible for originating, transacting and managing investments within the energy and environmental sectors. He has been working in the renewable energy industry since 2008, initially developing onshore wind projects in the UK before taking on more investment focused roles. 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. Outside of work he is a keen cyclist and has recently completed an unassisted circumnavigation of Britain raising in excess of £80k for the RNLI.

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Robert Whitby-Smith

Robert joined Albion in 2005 and became a partner in 2009. Robert is responsible for investments in software and tech enabled services. Prior to Albion, Robert worked in corporate finance at Credit Suisse First Boston, ING Barings and KPMG. Robert holds an honours degree in History from the University of Reading and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales) and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Simon Goldman
Investment Director – UCL Technology Fund

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.

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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.

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Tanel Ozdemir
Investment Analyst

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. He also holds an MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine from UCL and a BSc in Human Biology from King’s College London.

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.

After 10 years within the National Newspaper Industry, Victoria moved into the magazine business firstly as Commercial Director and then Board Director helping build Bertelsmann in the UK, then into a broader range of printed and broadcast media as Board Director and Commercial Director EMAP. Victoria then moved into international product development for Reader’s Digest. Victoria joined the team in 2012 and manages marketing and communications for Albion

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.

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Operations & Support Team

Stuart Watt
Financial Controller
Mike Garrett
Head of Finance – Albion Community Power
Anneliese West
Finance Manager
Lauren Hamblion
Lauren Hamblion
Personal Assistant
Melissa Clark
Account Assistant
Peter Balcombe
Finance & Company Secretary Manager
Sarah Fitton
Shareholder Liaison Officer

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Natasha Stone
Finance Manager
Tanya Middleton
Account Assistant
Therese McCloy-Glenholme
Finance Manager
Vicki Caplan
Finance Manager
Cara Hyde
Finance Manager