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Andy Phillipps

Andy Phillipps


Andy co-founded his first company, Active Hotels, immediately post his MBA at INSEAD in 1999. The company sold hotel rooms on-line for over 10,000 hotels throughout Europe and generated over $0.2bn per annum of hotel bookings, making it the largest online hotel booking company in Europe. The company won the Deloitte award for the fastest growing company in the UK, Sunday Times best employer, and Andy won the Ernst and Young UK emerging entrepreneur of the year award. He sold the company to Priceline.com for $161 million in 2004 and subsequently ran Priceline's international operations involving 300 people until Q4 2005, when he resigned as CEO following record results. During this time he led the acquisition of Bookings BV and initiated the merger with Active Hotels to form what became Booking.com. He remained as a non-exec until 2006.

Additionally, Andy is Chairman of Reevoo.com, Europe’s leading provider of social commerce solutions deployed by more than 150 major brands including Sony, BestBuy, Tesco and Dixons. He is also Chairman of Toptable (Europe’s largest online restaurant booking company), Greentraveller.co.uk (an online source for travellers wishing to minimise their carbon footprint), an NED at iO2 Water (ground breaking pressure management technology helping dramatically reduce water leakage and energy usage for water companies), and a Director at Albion Ventures LLP (over £200m under management).

He lectures at LBS and INSEAD and is an active Angel Investor.

Richard Little

Richard Little


Richard Little is an entrepreneurial non-executive director of software and services businesses, with substantial experience of small businesses in the financial services sector. He's presently serving as chairman (since 1999) and interim CEO (since 2005) of Dovetail Group Ltd, Non-executive chairman (since 2004) of Transversal Corporation, Non-executive director (since 2002) of Market Data Services Ltd, and Non-executive director (since 2000) of Rule Financial Ltd. Richard's career began in 1979, with Burroughs Machines Ltd., selling accounting systems to small businesses in West London. In 1982, he set up his own business, Braid, and led the company to be sold to Mercator, a Nasdaq-listed company, for $125million in 1999. Since then Richard has concentrated exclusively on smaller privately-held businesses in UK, experiencing the challenges of growth from the founder-managed stage.

Philip Langston

Philip Langston


An experienced fund manager, entrepreneur and business angel. After an initial career in the property investment/development sector and a first degree at the University of Cambridge Philip joined 3i in 1978. While at 3i he developed a special interest and expertise in the evaluation, funding and development of early stage businesses, many with a high technological basis. After fifteen years with 3i and NatWest Ventures Philip returned to Cambridge to run a small fund established by 3i and The University of Cambridge (Quantum) dedicated to funding and managing technology based spin-outs from the University. In 1997 he bought a small manufacturing business which he relocated, repositioned in its market, expanded and made highly profitable and cash generative. Six years later the business attracted a very good offer and was sold in 2004. Philip has been actively investing as a business angel since then.

Tim Schoonmaker

Tim Schoonmaker


Tim Schoonmaker manages a portfolio of public company investments. He was at Emap plc from 1983 until 2004; where he was CEO of Emap Performance, including the group's radio and music TV interests, pioneering cross-media brand creation through digital platforms, and the Chairman of EMAP Advertising. Thereafter, he was CEO of Odeon Cinemas Ltd, where he led the business through an exit successful for investors, and also served as the media industry partner of mid-market private equity fund DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. He is currently Chairman of Grapeshot Ltd, a current portfolio company of the IQ Capital Fund. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

David Cleevely

David Cleevely


David Cleevely (FREng, FIET) is an entrepreneur and international telecoms expert who has built and advised many companies, principally in Cambridge, UK.

He has invested in over 35 companies (including Neul) and is Chairman of four of them. David was founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys (acquired by Datatec International in 2004). In 1998, he co-founded the web based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Jonathan Milner and was Chairman until November 2009. In late 2004 he co-founded the 3G femto base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007. He has been a prime mover behind Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel. For 8 years until March 2009 he was a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board.
From 2001 to 2008 David was a member of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services (DES-ISS, formerly the Defence Communications Services Agency).

After being sponsored to study Cybernetics at Reading by Post Office Telecommunications, he joined their Long Range Studies Division. A PhD at Cambridge was then followed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.

David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to technology and innovation.

Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown OBE


Nigel started his own business, NW Brown Group, in Cambridge in 1974 and by 2007, when he retired, it employed nearly 100 people and managed discretionary funds of over $1bn. Since the early 1990s Nigel has spent most of his time helping early stage businesses with finance and advice. As part of this process he formed the GEIF, an angel network, and was co-founder of the Cambridge Network. He raised his first venture capital fund, the $70m Gateway Fund in 2001 and was part of the team which raised the IQ Capital Fund in 2006. His efforts on behalf of early stage companies achieved national recognition when he received an individual Queen's award for enterprise promotion in 2006, and an OBE in 2007.

Nigel chairs the IQCF I IAC and keeps an active involvement in university and charitable activities. Nigel supports the performing arts, especially music through his own charity, The Stradivari Trust, which raises substantial funds for the purchase of rare stringed instruments for gifted musicians.

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