Our team

As investors in high growth businesses, we know that what makes a business and defines its success is its people. At Albion, our people are the bedrock of our success.

Executive Team

Patrick Reeve - Albion Capital

Patrick Reeve

Chairman
Patrick Reeve - Albion Capital

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. 

Patrick has an MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and is on the board of the Association of Investment Companies, Albion Development VCT PLC, Albion Technology & General VCT PLC and Albion Enterprise VCT PLC.

Will Fraser-Allen Albion Capital

Will Fraser-Allen

Managing Partner
Will Fraser-Allen Albion Capital

Will Fraser-Allen

Managing Partner

Will is a seasoned venture capital investor, with over 20 years’ experience investing in early-stage healthcare and technology enabled businesses. He is passionate about supporting the UK’s rich ecosystem of early-stage businesses and the positive impact these venture capital backed companies will have on the way we live and work. 

Will is the Managing Partner of Albion Capital and the Chair of the Venture Capital Trust Association (VCTA). He also sits on the venture capital committee of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and the advisory board of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship (APPG).

Will qualified as a chartered accountant with CLB in 1996 and holds a BA Hons in History from Southampton University.

Andrew Elder -  Albion Capital

Andrew Elder

Deputy Managing Partner
Andrew Elder -  Albion Capital

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

Vikash Hansrani - Albion Capital

Vikash Hansrani

Operations Partner
Vikash Hansrani - Albion Capital

Vikash Hansrani

Operations Partner

Vikash is the Operations Partner and oversees the finance and administration of all the funds under Albion Capital's management and is on the AIC's VCT Technical Committee. He qualified as a chartered accountant with RSM and latterly worked in its corporate finance team. He has a BA (Hons) in Accountancy & Finance from Nottingham Business School. He joined Albion in 2010 and became partner in 2017. Vikash is on Albion's Valuation Committee and its Risk Management Committee. He was previously Finance Director of Olim Limited and Albion Community Power PLC.

Investment Team

Adam Chirkowski - Albion Capital

Adam Chirkowski

Investment Director
Adam Chirkowski - Albion Capital

Adam Chirkowski

Investment Director

Adam joined Albion in 2013 and invests across a number of areas of the Albion portfolio including renewable energy, healthcare, education and digital infrastructure. Prior to joining Albion, he spent five years working in M&A at Rothschild.

Adam graduated from Nottingham University with a first class degree in industrial economics and a masters in corporate strategy and governance.

Christoph Ruedig -  Albion Capital

Christoph Ruedig

Partner
Christoph Ruedig -  Albion Capital

Christoph Ruedig

Partner

Christoph is a partner at Albion Capital, where he is focused on investing in digital health and life sciences. Christoph started his career as a radiologist, and went on to strategy consulting at Bain & Company. He entered the VC industry in 2006 focusing on healthcare with 3i Group followed by corporate M&A with General Electric’s digital health division. Christoph joined AlbionVC in 2011. Christoph is passionate about working with mission-driven founders who are changing the landscape of European healthcare. Christoph holds a doctorate in medicine from Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich and an MBA from INSEAD.

Catriona McDonald - Albion Capital

Cat McDonald

Investment Director
Catriona McDonald - Albion Capital

Cat McDonald

Investment Director

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. Today Cat focuses on B2B software investing in leading fintech, data and cyber security companies.

Lauren Apostolidis - Albion Capital

Lauren Apostolidis

Platform Director
Lauren Apostolidis - Albion Capital

Lauren Apostolidis

Platform Director

Lauren is responsible for driving the growth and engagement of our portfolio teams with our platform services; this includes founder support, curation of our founder-focussed programmes, as well as building and systematizing the Albion networks and ecosystem connections.  In this role, Lauren focuses on continuously expanding the value of AlbionVC networks to increase the success of our companies.

Previously, as Platform Lead for workspace accelerator, Huckletree, Lauren curated and managed the support network of ambassadors and investors to help connect founders across the workspaces to key individuals in the ecosystem.  She managed relevant programming and connection opportunities for the start ups and ran an in-house accelerator for underrepresented founders who were looking to raise their Seed round. Prior to that, she managed Fintech partnerships at Thomson Reuters (Refinitiv, now part of LSEG). 

David Grimm - Albion Capital

David Grimm

Investment Director
David Grimm - Albion Capital

David Grimm

Investment Director

David is an Investment Director at the UCL Technology Fund where he focuses on investing in early stage deeptech companies. He previously worked for 4 years at Spark Impact, a subsidiary of Spark Ventures, investing across medical technology, telehealth and consumer healthcare. David 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).   

Ed Lascelles - Albion Capital

Ed Lascelles

Partner
Ed Lascelles - Albion Capital

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 reads philosophy at UCL.

Emil Gigov - Albion Capital

Emil Gigov

Partner
Emil Gigov - Albion Capital

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).

Jane Reddin

Jane Reddin

Partner
Jane Reddin

Jane Reddin

Partner

Jane is a Partner and the Talent Director for Albion Capital.  She helps the fund invest in the best founders for Albion Capital by assessing their leadership potential, and works with the leadership teams to support and accelerate the rapid organisational scaling of our companies. The talent platform at Albion Capital enables us to build and share talent thought leadership with our early-stage community.

Jane Reddin joined us in late 2020 as the first Talent Director at AlbionVC her focus was to align growth strategy with leadership team hiring,  leadership development, and organisational scaling. Jane’s impact has been transformational, which is why she has been promoted to Partner.

In her 25 year career, Jane has transacted >500 senior hires, globally, for disruptive companies, built international and new-market teams inside a start-up, hired a fund team and, as an advisor, helped over 70 start-ups build high performing teams.

Jay Wilson - Albion Capital

Jay Wilson

Investment Director
Jay Wilson - Albion Capital

Jay Wilson

Investment Director

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.

Kibriya Rahman

Kibriya Rahman

Investment Associate
Leigh Brody - Albion Capital

Leigh Brody

Investment Manager
Leigh Brody - Albion Capital

Leigh Brody

Investment Manager

Leigh joins the UCL Technology fund after ten years of experience in the life sciences.

Having started as a bench scientist at the Broad Institute, she went on to do a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, which led her into industry after a technology she developed was the basis for a spin-out company.

She later went on to help build the commercial technologies of a CRISPR gene editing company eventually becoming the CSO and became an integral part of the company’s acquisition. More recently, she was Executive Director of Platform Strategy at Quell Therapeutics.

Leigh has a BSc in Biochemistry from Simmons University and a PhD from Imperial College London. 

Molly Gilmartin - Albion Capital

Molly Gilmartin

Investment Manager
Molly Gilmartin - Albion Capital

Molly Gilmartin

Investment Manager

Molly joined AlbionVC from McKinsey & Company where she focused on healthcare systems, services and technologies.

Prior to McKinsey, Molly was Chief Commercial Officer of Induction Healthcare Group which completed an IPO on AIM in 2019 and provided digital tools for healthcare professionals and patients to deliver care more efficiently and effectively. Before Induction, Molly was a founding team member of Pando, a messaging and workflow tool for doctors, and an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur as a medical doctor.

As part of the AlbionVC investment team, Molly will focus on health technology investing with a focus on digital tools and technologies that can drive better outcomes for patients through more efficient delivery of care and better clinical research.

Nadine Torbey Albion Capital

Nadine Torbey

Investment Director
Nadine Torbey Albion Capital

Nadine Torbey

Investment Director

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. Nadine focuses on all aspects of technology and particularly enjoys Deep Tech and AI.

Paul Lehair - Albion Capital

Paul Lehair

Investment Director
Paul Lehair - Albion Capital

Paul Lehair

Investment Director

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.

Robert Whitby-Smith - Albion Capital

Robert Whitby-Smith

Partner
Robert Whitby-Smith - Albion Capital

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. Robert holds a BA in History and is an FCA. 

Simon Goldman -  Albion Capital

Simon Goldman

Investment Director
Simon Goldman -  Albion Capital

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.

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Sebastian Hunte

Investment Associate
Tanel Ozdemir -  Albion Capital

Tanel Ozdemir

Investment Manager
Tanel Ozdemir -  Albion Capital

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

Valerie Aelbrecht

Valerie Aelbrecht

Investment Associate
Valerie Aelbrecht

Valerie Aelbrecht

Investment Associate

Valerie joined the AlbionVC B2B Software team in 2022. She started her VC career at Cherry Ventures, after having been a founder and operator for 8 years in the foodtech space. Valerie exited her dark kitchen business in 2019, and stayed on for a while to streamline the operations of the joint venture  – which is where she saw the potential of tech in workflow automation and supply chain management. Being slightly obsessed with operations & processes, Val continued her operator journey as a freelance consultant & advisor to a variety of businesses.

Valerie is passionate about creating more opportunities for female entrepreneurs, and co-runs The JV Network, an investment network bringing female founders & investors together. She holds an M.Sc. In Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and an M.Sc. In International Business Management & Entrepreneurship from Kingston University.

ACAT Team

Elvie Mamedova - Albion Capital

Elvie Mamedova

Personal Assistant
Sarah Fitton

Sarah Fitton

Shareholder Liaison Officer
Lauren Donohue Personal Assistant

Lauren Donohue

Personal Assistant

Compliance Team

Linda Roberson - Albion Capital Group

Linda Roberson

Head of Compliance
Linda Roberson - Albion Capital Group

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. 

Nora Stiebel - Albion Capital

Nora Stiebel

Compliance Manager
Nora Stiebel - Albion Capital

Nora Stiebel

Compliance Manager

Prior to joining Albion Capital Nora was Advisory Compliance Manager at Sanlam Investments. Nora worked for Sanlam Investments for over 10 years in fund operations and compliance roles. She joined the compliance team at Albion Capital in 2020. She holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Linköping University.

Business Development & Marketing Team

Bryony Butler

Bryony Butler

Business Development Manager
Bryony Butler

Bryony Butler

Business Development Manager

Bryony is a Business Development Manager who has joined to help to promote Albion’s VCT offerings, Bryony is responsible for developing relationships with Financial Intermediaries, understanding their clients' investment objectives, and providing planning ideas to ensure they are met.  Prior to joining Albion Bryony worked at the Foresight Group predominantly in the South East raising the profile of Foresight’s tax efficient products and open ended funds. 

Stuart Mant - Albion Capital

Stuart Mant

Head of Business Development
Stuart Mant - Albion Capital

Stuart Mant

Head of Business Development

Stuart joined Albion in 2012 as Head of Business Development to raise the profile of the Albion VCT offerings with UK Wealth Managers, Private Banks and Family offices and manage the fundraising activities. Prior to Albion Stuart held senior sales roles with several leading fund management houses in both the equity and fixed income markets as well as the tax efficient space.

Agnese Palermo - Albion Capital

Agnese Palermo

Marketing Associate
Agnese Palermo - Albion Capital

Agnese Palermo

Marketing Associate

Agnese is a Marketing Associate at Albion Capital where she supports marketing and communications for the group. Prior to joining she worked for three years in a London-based venture capital firm running marketing, overseeing fundraising projects, and helping the investor relations. She also previously worked for the Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Design Week in public and media relations.
Agnese has a master's degree in Communication and International Relations. She is fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German.

Katya Pogudina - Albion Capital

Katya Pogudina

Head of Marketing
Katya Pogudina - Albion Capital

Katya Pogudina

Head of Marketing

Katya is a Marketing Manager at Albion Capital where she is responsible for storytelling, branding and communications. Katya also oversees the development of ESG framework and sustainability initiatives across the fund and its portfolio. 

Prior to joining Albion Katya co-founded and ran KidPix, a successful marketplace for boutique children’s brands. Here she developed her passion for marketing, technology and startups. Katya started her career in the City working across commodities, shipbroking and B2B financial sales. She holds a BA Economics and Management, University of Oxford and MA Energy, Trade and Finance from the Cass Business School. 

Le Van Ta  - Albion Capital

Le Van Ta

Marketing Manager
Le Van Ta  - Albion Capital

Le Van Ta

Marketing Manager

Le Van is a Marketing Manager at Albion Capital where she is responsible for storytelling, branding and communications. Prior to joining Albion, Le Van’s marketing experience was in traditional and alternatives asset management, having started her career as a graduate trainee with M&G Investments. She holds a BSc in Economics, the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the CFA Institute’s Certificate in ESG Investing.

Real Assets Team

Marco Yu - Albion Capital

Marco Yu

Head of Renewables
Marco Yu - Albion Capital

Marco Yu

Head of Renewables

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. Prior to joining Albion in 2007, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Bouygues (UK), and advised on large capital projects with EC Harris. His other claim to fame is as Captain of London, Division 1 winning Table Tennis Team!

James Bailey-House

James Bailey-House

Asset Manager
James Bailey-House

James Bailey-House

Asset Manager

James joined Albion Capital in 2022 and is responsible for managing a portfolio of renewable energy infrastructure assets, comprising of hydro, solar and wind technologies. James has ten years of experience in the renewable sector, working with Hazel Capital and Gresham House.  Prior to this, James spent the earlier part of his career with J.P. Morgan investment bank, focusing on fixed income, equity, and derivatives.

Mike Garrett

Mike Garrett

Head of Finance – Albion Community Power
David Gudgin - Albion Capital Group

David Gudgin

Partner
David Gudgin - Albion Capital Group

David Gudgin

Partner

David was a director of Close Ventures and joined 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. 

 

Finance team

Annie Siegel

Annie Seigel

Senior Finance Manager
Daniel Galvin

Daniel Galvin

Finance Manager
Daniel Galvin

Daniel Galvin

Finance Manager

Daniel joined the Albion Capital finance team in 2022 as a Finance Manager from BDO LLP, where he had worked for over three years in the audit department, later specialising in the asset management and capital markets sector of the market, and qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) in 2021. Prior to BDO, he studied at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2018 with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Economics.

Laura Flynn - Albion Capital Group

Laura Flynn

Fund Accountant
Melissa Clark - Albion Capital Group

Melissa Clark

Account Assistant
Natasha LLoyd - Albion Capital

Natasha Lloyd

Senior Finance Manager
Peter Balcombe

Peter Balcombe

Finance & Company Secretary Manager
Stuart Watt - Albion Capital Group

Stuart Watt

Head of Fund Finance
Tanya Middleton - Albion Capital Group

Tanya Middleton

Account Assistant
Therese McCloy-Glenholme - Albion Capital Group

Therese McCloy-Glenholme

Finance Manager
Vicki Caplan

Vicki Caplan

Finance Manager

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