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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

Debbie Jackson

Board Member

Debbie is the Interim Executive Director, Development, Enterprise and Environment at the Greater London Authority. The team plays a key role in delivering the Mayor’s Good Growth agenda through innovative programmes for social and physical infrastructure, London’s skill base and London’s civic economy. These in turn act as catalysts for London’s continued growth and as exemplars for regeneration practice across the capital.  Debbie is also responsible for the Economic Development and Food Strategies and the Mayor’s work to support businesses and an economy that works for all Londoners.

Across Debbie’s programmes she is responsible for a budget of over £400m, delivering cross cutting outcomes relating to high streets, infrastructure, workspace, cultural, education, business and regeneration projects. Debbie has worked in London’s public sector – formerly Westminster and Lambeth local authorities and the London Development Agency – for 20 years and in Regeneration for 15 years.

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.

Charlene Jones

Portfolio Manager

Charlene joined Funding London in April 2019; she is the Portfolio Manager for the London Co-Investment Fund.

Previously, Charlene worked as a consultant helping to bridge the gap between under-represented founders raising capital in Canada and the United States. Prior to this she worked as a legislative fellow for the U.S House of Representatives in Washington D.C, helping on a number of initiatives such a girls in stem, and smart cities.

She has a background in Finance, having previously worked in institutions such as JP Morgan Asset Management, Barings Asset Management and Allianz Global Investors in London. She holds a master’s degree in Social policy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.