Ian Blackburn (Chairman)
Ian is 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 including Chairman and non executive roles with Mood Foods Limited (manufacture of Ombar raw cocoa chocolate bars), Make It Plain Limited (trading as Kinteract, an education sector App), Slimline Wine Limited (zero sugar/carbohydrate wines) and Freshly Cut Limited (trading as Peppersmith, an oral health care products provider). He is also a trustee and treasurer of The Thomas Fryer Charity.
Adam has over twenty years' experience as a turnaround specialist and of 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. In 2005 he founded i2O Water to develop innovative technology for the international water sector. In February 2015 he left i20 Water to found Utonomy, a supplier of intelligent utility networks.
Sally has worked in the financial services sector since 1990 and in the private equity industry since 2000. An active angel investor, she sits on the board of several early stage companies. She is a qualified accountant, former investment banker and venture capitalist. From 2000-2004 she worked for Quester Capital Management Limited as part of the investment team for their VCTs. She advises growth companies and is Chairman of Stormagic Limited, a supplier of hyper converged infrastructure sofware.