Nigel Melville - Chairman

Nigel was an investment banker, latterly as a director of Barings responsible for international corporate finance between 1972 and 1995. In 1995 he established Melville Partners to provide strategic consultancy to a range of international companies.


Adam Kingdon

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 Duckworth

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 is currently CEO of Youatwork Limited, a specialist technology provider of employee benefits and auto enrolment software. 

Ian Blackburn

Ian is an 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 (manufacture of Ombar raw cocoa chocolate bars), Kinteract (education sector App) and Peppersmith (oral health care).  He is also a trustee/treasurer of The Thomas Fryer Charity.