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Chloe Kuder
Operations & Network Manager

Chloe joined Newable Ventures in January 2019 and takes care of everything relating to the running of Newable Ventures operations and its Business Angels network.
Prior to joining Newable Ventures, Chloe worked for over 3 years at the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) in Brussels, Belgium where she is from.

Meet Chloe's Colleagues

Sehri Mirza

Project Manager

Sehri leads on various programmes at Newable that provide economic growth support to entrepreneurs and SMEs from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds/communities, i.e. female entrepreneurs and ethnic minorities. 

Lyca Amichia

Head of Human Resources

Lyca is a HR professional with 9 years of managing all aspects of HR, business partnering, Retail Management experience, understanding internal and external customer demands and being commercially aware in order to support the business goals and help the company achieve its mission and vision. Lycas role as Head of Human Resources ensures that our social policies are curated and deployed for maximum impact on our employees and our communities.  

Brendon Simpson

Head of Risk

Brendon joined Newable in 2017 and heads up our Risk department. With experience in product development, project management, private equity, start-ups, and risk management, Brendon has a wealth of experience in bringing new products and services to market in a sustainably focused manner. 

Ruth Collier

Group Head of Marketing

Ruth joined Newable in 2017, and now heads up our Marketing and Communications department. Ruth supports the ESG strategy through our communications to our employees, customers and various other stakeholders. 

Morgan Pierstorff

Business Development and Sales Director

Morgan joined Newable in September 2019 and leads the America Made Easy programme. With experience working at both the state and federal level advising SMEs on global growth strategies and recruiting investment across Europe, Morgan has a wealth of experience promoting inward investment to the US. Morgan studied political science at Kentucky Wesleyan College and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College where she graduated as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. Morgan also holds an MBA from Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany where she studied leadership and supply chain management.

Bhupinder Grewal

Investment Committee Member

Having previously co-founded and sold a software company Bhupinder now focuses on innovation investing in the early-stage market. Bhupinder has a wide raft of experience from a long career in software engineering, telecommunications and fund management. Bhupinder now sits as a board member on multiple early-stage companies and as an investment committee member for Newable Ventures.

Joanne Wilkinson

Head of Compliance, MLRO & Data Protection Officer

Joanne joined Newable in January 2018. Joanne has spent 30 years in private wealth management and fund management specialising in compliance and anti-financial crime for companies including HSBC, Credit Suisse, Brewin Dolphin and GAM.

Robert Cowper-Coles

Investor Relations

Robert joined Newable Ventures in October 2018 as an Apprentice and is responsible for fund communications. Robert has attained the CFA Investment Management Diploma and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House.

Avantika Gupta

Associate Investment Director

Avantika joined Newable Ventures in August 2019 and is responsible for the management of the Newable Ventures Fund.

Avantika has spent the bulk of her career in innovation commercialisation, both on the buy-side with deal sourcing and diligence for global corporates in the pharmaceutical and veterinary science sectors, and in sell-side strategic advisory with roles across life sciences and technology industries.

Avantika has a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from The University of Auckland.

Sanjeev Gordhan

Newable Ventures Director

Sanjeev joined Newable Ventures in December 2018 and is responsible for the strategic focus of the fund and angel network and its day to day management.

Sanjeev started as an entrepreneur before going onto selling his own business. Prior to joining Newable, Sanjeev spent five year as a Wealth Manager specialising in venture capital. Sanjeev holds a diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and an MBA from CASS Business School.

Ivan Hunter Gordon

Senior Investment Analyst

Ivan joined Newable Ventures in April 2019 and is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, carrying out investment research and undertaking portfolio monitoring activities on behalf of the fund.

Prior to Newable, Ivan worked at the VC-backed Seraphim Space Camp accelerator where he was responsible for sourcing deal flow and various business development activities. He previously spent four years working within the Insurance industry.

Chris Manson

Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined Newable in January 2016. As CEO, Chris leads the Executive Team and is responsible for setting and delivering Newable’s ambitious growth agenda and business transformation.

Chris is a Chartered Accountant having qualified at PwC and was awarded an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for London in 2005.

Chris has started, scaled and sold three businesses. His most profitable venture was the interactive shopping channel company ‘sit-up Ltd’, sold to Virgin Media for £194 million. His previous roles also include directing commercial operations for Chelsea Football Club and working for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.

Mike Walsh

Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Newable in January 2010. As CFO, he provides strategic financial support on all of our key business activities including acquisitions. He also leads our early-stage investment business as Managing Director of Newable Ventures.

Mike qualified initially as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and has worked for some 30 years in the financial services sector.

Mike has worked mainly in asset management with Invesco and LGT as Group Financial Controller and held senior CFO and COO positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management’s UK business, Deutsche Asset Management Europe and Barclays Global Investors Europe and Asia (exc. Japan).

Most recently, Mike was Global COO at Apax Partners, the major private equity group.

Monica Whitefield

Chief People Officer

Monica joined Newable in January 2014. As a member of the Executive Team, Monica provides strategic HR services and support to each of Newable’s businesses. She leads on programmes developing our values-based culture and policies promoting diversity, inclusion and continuing professional development across our workforce.

Monica is a qualified MCIPD professional with expertise in delivering effective HR services and driving organisational change.

She has over 20 years’ experience holding senior HR positions within the commercial, financial and not-for-profit sectors including at Bloodwise, the British Board of Film Classification, the Food and Drink Federation and Pitney Bowes Finance plc.

Mashudul Karim

Chief Information Officer

Mashudul joined Newable in 2005 and is a member of the Executive Team. He provides strategic leadership, advice and support on information technology including risk and security matters. He supports business operations through the development of digital services and solutions and leads Newable Digital, which provides technology services to external clients.

Mashudul previously worked for University College London and for Astron Group, Europe’s leading provider of business process outsourcing solutions, which is now part of RR Donnelley.

Ketevan Moseshvili

Managing Director, Business Development, Advice

Ketevan Moseshvili joined Newable in 2005 and is Managing Director of Newable’s advisory business. Her remit includes working with key partners such as the Department for International Trade (delivering export advice for many thousands of companies in London and the South East), Innovate UK, Enterprise Europe Network and the GLA. Ketty also leads Newable’s Social Impact team.

A trained chemical engineer, Ketty is fluent in four languages.

Her commercial experience includes establishing and running large successful FMCG sales teams in  Europe.

Hitesh Thakrar

Chairman

Venture Partner at Syncona Europe’s largest life science Fund and on the the Board of Alan Turing Institute, UK data science and AI institute. Previously top rated Innovation Fund Manager in global equities for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and New Star Asset Management. Degree in Chemistry, King’s College, London, MBA Cranfield and CFA Charterholder. Innovation fellow at Cambridge University.

Charles Breese

Investment Adviser

Director at Larpent Newton. Director of Hygea VCT and developer of SmartCo investing. Previous Director at Octopus Investments. Following qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA), he worked for KPMG for 13 years.

Anthony Clarke

Investment Adviser

Co Founder/Director of £30m Seraphim Capital VC Fund and £67m Seraphim Space VC Fund. Co Founder and Past Chair of UK Business Angels Association. President Emeritus of European Business Angel Network. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PWC).

Dan Hayes

Investment Adviser

Dan has 30 years of Investment experience. The majority of his time has been spent in the equity growth and technology sector, most recently at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Dan is an active angel Investor and has an Honours degree in Engineering from Bath University and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Rita Dhut

Investment Adviser

Rita has 25 years of award-winning investment experience in Asset Management, notably at M&G and Aviva. Rita sits on various committees herself such as Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust Plc and The Girls Day School Trust, and holds a degree in Business Studies from City University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Sehri Mirza
Lyca Amichia
Brendon Simpson
Ruth Collier
Bhupinder Grewal