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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.

Meet Robert's Colleagues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.