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Sir Harvey McGrath

Chairman

Maggie Rodriguez-Piza

Chief Executive

Since taking the helm at Funding London 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, three funds have been launched: the MMC London Fund (launched late 2012), the London Co-investment Fund ‘LCIF’ (launched December 2014) and the Greater London Investment Fund ‘GLIF’ (launched April 2019).

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.

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, 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.

Pauline sits on the Funding London and new ‘Greater London Investment Fund’ (GLIF) Board.

David Prais

Board Member

Adrian Simon

Board Member

Jamie Izzard

Board Member

Jamie is head of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Team, with responsibility for the delivery of policies, programmes and partnerships that help all of London’s enterprises to start, sustain and succeed in the city’s economy. Since 2012, he has led policy and strategy for London’s Local Enterprise Partnership, which oversees over £1.3bn of funding devolved to London from the UK Government and the EU. Jamie also leads the London Growth Hub, the Mayor of London’s flagship small business support service.

Until recently Jamie led the Mayor of London’s work to help all Londoners access healthy, affordable and sustainable food, personally leading the Mayor’s world-renowned policy to restrict the advertising of unhealthy food and drink advertising across the world’s largest advertising estate. Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, Jamie worked as a governance professional across the public and private sectors, having started his career working in the creative industries.

Marion Bernard

Board Member

Marion has over 20 years’ experience of funding small and medium sized companies across the UK.  As Principal – UK Managing Director at The Firmament Group, Marion provides innovative and flexible debt capital solutions to small and medium sized companies across the UK and Northern Europe.  She joined The Firmament Group from BGF where she was Regional Director for London and the South East between 2011 and 2016 and Head of Strategic Investment from 2016 to 2017.  Her prior experience includes Northstar where as Chief Executive she led the successful development of this regional fund management business, focused on making long-term investments into businesses across the North East and Yorkshire.  Marion gained debt and equity investing experience earlier in her career with Barclays and 3i, and has been directly involved in a range of deals covering buyouts, growth capital and venture capital.  Marion has a BA (Hons) in Economics.  In addition to her role at The Firmament Group, Marion is an independent director to the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund’s advisory Board, an early stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base. She also chairs an Investment Committee for The Community Investment Enterprise Facility, established by Big Society Capital to support Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) across the UK.

Marguerite Mc Mahon

Board Member

Marguerite is an experienced executive and leader specialised in long term sustainable finance in a wide range of sectors from SMEs to large corporates, banks, Public Finance Partnerships, Venture Capital, the public sector and structured finance.  With over 35 years operational and leadership experience working in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Italian and French), she has defined lending strategy, assessed risk, lead diversified teams, negotiated, spoken at high profile public events and participated in many committees and working groups. Marguerite has been interested in corporate governance for many years, in particular ESG and climate.  After starting her banking career in London in 1982, Marguerite worked in various roles at the European Investment Bank for 33 years until end 2018.

She holds an M. Sc in Accounting and Finance from LSE, MBA from ESADE in Barcelona and did her undergraduate Bachelors at University College Dublin.  In 2018 she completed the FT NED Diploma in London and a similar course in Milan.

Praveen Paranjothi

Board Member

Praveen Paranjothi is an entrepreneur and technology investor. He invests in early-stage tech and consults high-growth tech companies and VCs. He is the founder of Startup Europe India Network, the tech-corridor part of the EU-India Agenda for Action 2020.

In his previous role at the European Investment Fund (EIB group), Praveen was involved in over $500m commitments in leading VC and growth capital funds and co-investments. Praveen has served on the Advisory Boards of 14+ funds and worked with VC teams that together managed over $3 billion of AUM. He also worked in investments, pre-sales and engineering at Siemens Venture Capital, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks in Germany.  Praveen’s experience and exposure includes Europe, US, Israel, and Asian markets.

Praveen is recognized as a top 40 EU-India leader. He attended his MBA at HEC Paris and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He holds a Masters in Engineering from UAS Darmstadt, Germany and a Bachelor in Engineering from University of Madras (VIT Vellore), India. Praveen espouses education and environmental causes.

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.

Kenroy Quellennec-Reid

Director of Strategic Delivery

Kenroy joined Funding London in 2019 and is responsible for the Greater London Investment Fund. He has over 16 years of experience in using EU Funding as cornerstone finance to establish investment funds to support small business growth and low carbon infrastructure.

Previously, Kenroy was at the Greater London Authority where he led on the development and implementation of several funds including a pioneering fund of funds called the London Green Fund, MMC London Fund and the Mayor of London Energy Efficiency Fund.

Kenroy holds a Master’s degree in International Finance and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics.

Laura Ayala

Finance Director

Laura joined the Funding London team in June 2016 and is responsible for the finance and company secretarial functions.  In addition to her key duties of management and statutory accounting, she worked closely alongside Maggie, Funding London’s CEO, to set up the £100m fund of funds, the Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF), which launched in May 2019.

Prior to joining Funding London, Laura was a Corporate Investment Accountant at Pentland Group and a Management Accountant at the London Stock Exchange.  She qualified as an ACA in 2009 with PwC’s Banking & Capital Markets Audit team.  Before entering the accountancy profession, she worked in Corporate Finance in the City, at Hawkpoint and Citigroup.