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Sir Harvey McGrath

Chairman

Sir Harvey McGrath is Chairman of Governors of Birkbeck University of London, and Chair of Big Society Capital. He is the former Chairman of Prudential plc, Man Group plc, and the London Development Agency.

Prior to taking on the Chair of the London Development Agency he was Chairman of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group, a director of Gateway to London, the inward investment agency for the Thames Gateway and Chairman of the East London Business Alliance, a partnership of substantial businesses engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London.

Harvey is also Chairman of Heart of the City, which helps companies develop Corporate Social Responsibility through learning from one another; Chairman of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject-based professional development for teachers; and a  trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital, a research-based charity which gives advice and guidance to donors and charities; icould, an online careers resource; and the Mayor’s Fund for London.

Maggie Rodriguez-Piza

Chief Executive

Since taking the helm at SME Wholesale Finance in late 2009, Maggie’s main focus has been the planning, creation and launch of new funds to continue to support the company’s mission. Under her leadership, two funds have been launched: the MMC London Fund (launched in late 2012) and the London Co-investment Fund (launched in December 2014).

Maggie began her career at Hawkpoint Partners (now part of Canaccord Genuity) in mid-market M&A and capital markets and was later a corporate finance partner at Mazars.

Maggie holds a Masters in Materials Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She also holds ICAEW’s Corporate Finance qualification and is a member of the board of the Corporate Finance Faculty.

Puneet Raj Bhatia

London Co-investment Fund

Puneet joined Funding London in 2014 and is responsible for the London Co-investment Fund. He has over a decade of experience investing in and advising businesses across various sectors, profiles and geographies, with a particular interest in early stage technology ventures. Having previously worked with institutions like Deutsche Bank Global M&A, DB Ventures, Ernst & Young and Partnerships UK, he brings broad networks in the UK VC community along with his experience as a successful investor, advisor and board director. Puneet holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School along with qualifications including B.Tech., PGDBA and CFA.

Flavia Richardson

Portfolio Manager

Flavia joined the team in September 2016 as Portfolio Manager for the London Co-Investment Fund. Her primary role has been to build a closer relationship with the portfolio companies, to track their growth and to provide valuable support along their way to success.

Flavia has previously worked in Private Equity where, she set-up of an investment subsidiary and successfully advised on the fund’s first tech investments in the UK. She has a keen interest in early stage technology venture and disruptive business models.

Flavia graduated with a joint degree in Law and a PgD in Legal Practice, and is working towards her ACCA qualification.

Pauline Barnett

Board Member

Pauline is passionate about entrepreneurs and all the economic benefits that they bring to London. Having begun her career after leaving Fashion College, Pauline was involved in the fashion industry as a designer, and subsequently worked for herself setting up a small business which she ran for eight years.

Following this startup, Pauline decided to utilise her experiences of setting up and running a small business by joining the East London Small Business Centre, a not-for-profit organisation established in 1978. The centre provides specialist business advice to SMEs providing support in developing viable business plans and facilitating new ideas and supporting the creation of new businesses.

Pauline contributed to the centre’s growth and expansion by winning significant new contracts across London from both the public and private sector, raising millions of pounds of new loan funding to support entrepreneurial growth. Pauline became CEO of the Centre in 2011.

During her time with the organisation, Pauline set up a Muslim Loan Fund which was the first of its type in the country, a significant loan fund for the creative sector and expanded a short-term loan fund for the fashion sector. In 2007 she was honoured to receive the ‘Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion’ for all her achievements at the Centre.

Ben McDonald

Board Member

Ben McDonald is a Partner at KPMG and leads KPMG Enterprise for London and the South East.  He joined the board of Funding London in February 2015.

Enterprise is KPMG’s commitment to work with privately-owned companies through all chapters of their journey, from early stage start-ups to established middle-market businesses.

The services provided by Ben and his team range from assurance and tax advice through to assistance with strategy, mergers and acquisitions, financing and people issues.

Incorporated within KPMG’s London Enterprise team is its High Growth Technology Group, based in Shoreditch, which provides connections and support to early stage tech businesses.

Ben’s experience and role at KPMG enable him to connect businesses seeking funding and support with opportunities for investment through Funding London and its investment partners.

A KPMG Partner for seven years, Ben is a qualified actuary and has advised many leading organisations on strategic pension issues.  He has also undertaken work for Government bodies in the pensions arena, and acted as a judge for pensions industry awards.

Ben has a young family – three boys aged 6, 4 and 1 – and when he is not tied up in their social calendar, likes to run, play golf and cook.  He is also connected to his local school and Children’s Centre, sitting on various committees.

Richard Morley

Board Member

Richard has a portfolio of business interests including private equity investment, non-executive directorship positions and consultancy work. He is currently Chairman of The Real Pie Company Limited and The New Space group, in both of which he has substantial shareholdings.

Until December 2010, Richard was a founding partner and director at NBGI Private Equity, a lower mid-market buy-out firm. During his 10 years in the business, Richard was instrumental in developing NBGI from its initial £63million UK fund to becoming a leading pan-European fund management organisation. Richard achieved an average money multiple of 6.6 on exited investments that he originated, executed and managed.

Prior to NBGI, Richard was a Partner at PwC, where in his last three roles he was in charge of Corporate Finance in the East Midlands, head of the European M&A team for the Packaging, Paper and Printing sectors and head of the Industrial Products M&A team in London.

Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and he holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick.  Richard was named M&A Magazine’s M&A Personality of the Year in 2009, and M&A Dealmaker of the Year in 2008.

David Prais

Board Member

David became chairman of SME Wholesale Finance in the autumn of 2008 and held that position until January of 2015. He has been a non-executive director of the company since its foundation in 2004.

David’s management experience lies in building fast-growing companies and aligning strategy and business plans having been in strategic planning for Gateway and Dell. He works with TV companies and advertising agencies delivering the action plans from strategy to execution.

David is co-founder and Managing Director of Pembridge Partnership Ltd.  He sits on a number of company boards, including Bellacor.com Inc, Blue Goose Design, Itch Ltd, Dene Films and Babel Systems Ltd.

David was co-founder and President of Chumbo.com which became the largest volume provider of software via the internet reaching turnover in excess of $20m in the space of three years.  David built and saw the company through two rounds of investments and one merger prior to exiting in 2000.

As Global Marketing Director at Gateway Inc, David was responsible for the global marketing strategy, managing $100m in advertising spending to drive over $5b in sales.   Prior to that, David was European Marketing Manager at Dell Computer Corp, where he worked with Michael Dell to develop the European business and global expansion model, including, starting the Corporate Marketing model, which has made Dell famous.

Andrew Collinge

Board Member

Andrew Collinge is the GLA’s representative on the board of SMEWFL.  He is a member of the Senior Management Team of the GLA and recently played the central role in the Mayor of London’s principle strategy document “2020 Vision – The Greatest City on Earth”.  He is currently sitting on the internal advisory board for the London Infrastructure Plan.

Andrew’s job is to understand London. He directs a team of economists, social researchers, statisticians and demographers whose job it is to deliver high quality analysis which adds to our understanding of the capital’s economy, its communities and its future in the context of a rapidly changing global environment.  The team’s output is used to appraise and evaluate the effectiveness of Mayoral policy and guide its delivery.  He also oversees the GLA’s European Social Fund team which delivers a wide portfolio of projects for young people, businesses and regeneration schemes, all in support of the Mayor’s economic development agenda.

Adrian Simon

Board Member

Adrian has been a board member of SME Wholesale Finance Ltd since spring 2006.

He has significant experience in the formation and initial launch of technology start-ups, having been involved over a period of 10 years with the commericalisation of the output of academic research from a London university. This involved developing strategies to bring viable commercial projects to market, securing seed and first round funding, recruiting external managers to create spinout companies, and negotiating licence agreements.

Prior to that Adrian worked in various international marketing and general management positions for Heinz. This included a spell as VP responsible for the launch and development of Weight Watchers food products in continental Europe.  Adrian was also Managing Director of the Weight Watchers subsidiary in Germany, which was turned around from loss to profit, and Marketing Manager of the Heinz subsidiary in Venezuela.

Adrian sits as non-executive director on boards of commercial and not-for-profit operations.

He possesses an economics degree from London University and an MBA from Bradford Management School and is a fluent speaker of three European languages.