The Team

Meet our specialists

Building long-term relationships is at the heart of our business and so we believe that EQ is just as important as IQ. We prioritise character and personality and prefer to “grow our own”. This has created a culture that encourages fierce debate and honest feedback and constantly challenges even the most experienced team members to reflect and improve.

Tim is VenCap’s CEO and is a member of the VenCap investment committee. He has been investing in venture capital funds since 1994. Prior to joining VenCap, Tim was an Economist and Statistician at the Association of British Insurers. He is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals. Tim is currently a Non-Executive Director of Polar Capital Technology Trust (PCT). Tim should have retired from all sports many years ago.
Tim Cruttenden
Chief Executive Officer

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David leads the Fund Investment Department. He has an extensive background in both venture fund and public company investment and has been a frequent entrepreneur mentor for Seedcamp, a pan-European technology incubator. He is an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK. In his spare time, David is a Coach Mentor for the Football Association and a keen cyclist.
David Clark
Director of Fund Investments

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David is a senior investment manager in the Fund Investment Department and has been investing in venture capital funds for over a decade. David is a CFA Charterholder. He received his D.Phil in Materials Science from the University of Oxford and his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester. Away from work, David is kept busy by his two young sons, various sports and following the fortunes of Blackburn Rovers.
David Howells
Senior Investment Manager

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Chris is an investment manager in the Fund Investment Department. Prior to VenCap he was a member of the Venture Capital team at the British Business Bank and a management consultant with KPMG. Chris received his MBA from Manchester University Business School and his BA (Hons) from King’s College London. In his spare time, Chris is an avid squash player.
Chris Witherspoon
Investment Manager

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Alfie is a senior investment analyst in the Fund Investment Department. He is a level III Candidate in the 2018 CFA Program and holds the Investment Management Certificate. Alfie received his BA (Hons) in Politics and Spanish from Cardiff University. He is from Evesham, Worcestershire and is lead singer of alternative rock band, Decovo.
Alfie Lavery
Senior Investment Analyst

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Sion is a senior investment analyst in the Fund Investment Department. He is a level III Candidate in the 2018 CFA Program and holds the Investment Management Certificate. Sion received his BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from The University of Bath. He is a fluent Welsh speaker and in his spare time plays linebacker for the Oxford Saints.
Sion Evans
Senior Investment Analyst

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Teagan is an investment analyst in the Fund Investment Department. Teagan holds the Investment Management Certificate. She received her BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu Natal. In her free time, Teagan enjoys exploring the Oxfordshire countryside.
Teagan Black
Investment Analyst

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Kiran is an investment analyst in the Fund Investment Department. Prior to joining VenCap, Kiran was a research analyst at JLL. Kiran received his BA (Hons) in Business and Management from The University of Kent. Kiran has represented Great Britain in Australian Rules Football and is the reigning office Premier League Fantasy Football Champion.
Kiran Patel
Investment Analyst

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Simon is Finance Director of VenCap. Prior to VenCap, Simon was Financial Controller at Owen & Robinson plc. Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, holds the Investment Management Certificate and received his BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick. Simon enjoys road cycling and spending time in France.
Simon Lasseter
Finance Director

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Kay is a senior finance manager whose responsibilities include the financial reporting and tax compliance for VenCap and the VenCap funds. Kay is a Chartered Accountant having trained as an auditor. Kay enjoys going to music concerts, and spending time with family and friends.
Kay Lefort
Senior Manager Finance and Compliance

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Tom is a financial accountant and has responsibility for the day-to-day treasury management of the VenCap Funds, the preparation of VenCap’s management accounts and annual statutory accounts for audit, as well as compliance monitoring. Tom is a devoted Arsenal fan.
Tom Eshiwani
Financial Accountant

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Lisa is an Executive Assistant providing support to the Investment and Finance teams. Prior to VenCap, Lisa was a Purchasing Controller and Administrative Assistant. Lisa enjoys reading, music festivals and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa Mason
Executive Assistant

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Alex is a funds finance associate and assists with the financial administration and reporting for the VenCap advised funds. Alex is currently undertaking the Association of Accounting Technicians Level 4 Diploma in Accounting. Alex enjoys long distance running, skiing, classical music, and World War II history.
Alex Burnett
Funds Finance Associate

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Tess is an Executive Assistant providing support to the Investment and Finance teams. Prior to VenCap, Tess was a PA at Ingenta plc and has held roles at Ciber Solution Partners and ON Communication. Outside of work Tess enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Tess Blake
Executive Assistant

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Mark is responsible for VenCap’s IT systems and strategy. Prior to joining VenCap Mark held roles at Jarvis Hotels and Psion software. Mark holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a graduate of Bristol University. Outside of work he loves to take things apart and play with new technology when he is not playing 5-a-side football.
Mark Watkins
Data Manager

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Georgie is an accounts assistant with responsibility for the day to day accounting at VenCap. Georgie holds AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and is studying towards the ACCA qualification together with the Oxford Brookes University degree in Applied Accounting. Georgie enjoys amateur boxing and is a combat medic reservist in the British Army.
Georgie White
Accounts Assistant

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David joined the Board of VenCap International plc in 2003 and is currently Chairman of its Investment Committee. He was formerly Chief Executive of British Airways Pension Investment Management Limited where, included in his duties was the creation of the firm’s private equity practice. Prior to that he held positions at N M Rothschild & Sons Limited and County NatWest Investment Banking USA.
David is a member of the Investment Committee of The BBC Pension Trust and an advisory director of Campbell Lutyens. David previously held several other positions including Chairman of the management committee of Hermes Property Unit Trust.
David Gamble
Chairman

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Tim is VenCap’s CEO and is a member of the VenCap investment committee. He has been investing in venture capital funds since 1994. Prior to joining VenCap, Tim was an Economist and Statistician at the Association of British Insurers. He is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals. Tim is currently a Non-Executive Director of Polar Capital Technology Trust (PCT). Tim should have retired from all sports many years ago.
Tim Cruttenden
Chief Executive Officer

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Simon is Finance Director of VenCap. Prior to VenCap, Simon was Financial Controller at Owen & Robinson plc. Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, holds the Investment Management Certificate and received his BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick. Simon enjoys road cycling and spending time in France.
Simon Lasseter
Finance Director

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Ann was Finance Director at VenCap International plc from 1990 to 2011.
Ann remains on the Board of VenCap International plc and is a member of VenCap’s Investment Committee.
Ann joined VenCap from the Saatchi & Saatchi Group where she was Finance Director at Hall, Harrison Cowley Advertising. Ann is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Cambridge University.
Ann Cooke
Director

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Michael, a chartered accountant, was formerly Chief Investment Manager at the Bank of England, where he headed the in-house team responsible for managing the Bank’s pension and other funds.
Michael was a founder director of the Private Equity Investors Association and joined the Board of VenCap International plc in 2008. Michael is a member of VenCap’s Investment Committee.
Michael Craig
Director

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The management of VenCap Funds was established in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1989. VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited acts as Manager to all the VenCap Funds.

Michael leads VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited which he founded in 1996, having previously been a director of VenCap investment management companies since 1989. Michael was formerly Chief Executive Officer of VenCap International plc which he founded in 1987. He was previously responsible for establishing British Petroleum’s corporate venture capital investment portfolio and, subsequently, BP became VenCap’s first client.
Prior to his tenure at BP, Michael was responsible for M&A and private equity investment activities at ICL. He has been active in private equity, originally as an entrepreneur, for over forty years. Michael qualified in Electrical Engineering and Computing and received his MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Michael Ashall
Executive Chairman

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Niamh joined the board of VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited on 7 January 2015.
Niamh is a lawyer and a partner of Ogier, the Jersey law firm, where her practice focusses on private equity fund structuring and regulatory advice. Niamh is a member of the Jersey Fund Association Committee and she has been involved in a number of reforms to Jersey’s regulatory regime. Niamh holds a Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and is a member of the Law Societies of Jersey, England & Wales and Ireland.
Niamh Lalor
Director

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Martin has been a director of VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited since its inception in 1996, having been a director of VenCap investment management companies since 1989.
Martin was a Partner of Ernst & Young, Jersey from 1979 to 1999. His responsibilities included investment fund administration and trusts. Martin is a past President of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants. He is also a non-executive director of a range of investment funds and managers.
Martin Sabey
Director

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Richard has been a director of VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited since the commencement of its business in 1996 and a director of the predecessor VenCap investment management companies since 1989.
Richard is a Consultant to and former Partner of the legal practice, Ogier and is a Consultant to Intertrust Group in Jersey. He specialises in investment funds and is a director of a number of fund companies and investment management companies. Richard was previously Chairman of the Jersey Funds Association. Prior to joining Ogier, Richard practised with Slaughter & May in London where he was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1976.
Richard Thomas
Director

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Stewart joined the Board of VenCap (Channel Islands) Ltd on 31 March 2016.
Stewart is President of Veritas Investment Partners Ltd, providing discretionary investment services for private clients and charities in quoted securities. In 1977, Stewart founded Newton Investment Management Ltd and retired from Newton in 2002.
His other roles have included: Non-exec director of HSBC Holdings plc 2002 to 2008; Investment Committee of the Wellcome Trust from 2003 to 2013; Investment Board of Cambridge University from 2006 to 2010; Council Member of Imperial College and Chairman of the committee advising the Council on the Endowment Fund from 2007 to 2015; Director of The Herald Investment Trust plc from 2012 to 2015.Stewart is currently on the Council of the National Trust for Jersey, which he joined in 2016.
Stewart qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1965.
Stewart Newton
Director

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The role of the VenCap Funds’ Advisory Board is to provide a single, coordinated forum of communication and advice to the VenCap Funds, the Manager and the Investment Advisor.

Ranjan Chak has been a Venture Partner with Oak Investment Partners since 2003, advising a number of Oak’s portfolio companies. He is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School, a director of TEN Innovate, on the advisory board of Oakridge International School, Hyderabad and a board member of Plan India, an NGO working for under-privileged children. Ranjan’s earlier experience includes managing software R&D and also driving international business operations in the US, Europe and Japan. He returned to India in 1987 to help start Hewlett Packard India, later set up and grew Oracle Corporation’s India Development Centre, and eventually also headed Oracle’s Asia Pacific Product Services organisation.
Ranjan Chak

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Keiji Mogi retired in 2006 from Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd. as a senior executive vice president, responsible for international business and corporate communications. At Sony Life he established its private equity fund investment program in 1999 and developed it into a highly profitable operation. Prior to joining Sony Life, Keiji had a long career at Mitsui Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation). He is currently an independent director of the Board of UTEC (University of Tokyo Edge Capital Limited).
Keiji Mogi

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Following a career as a merchant banker in London and Hong Kong, Roger Mountford now serves on a number of boards focusing on investment, private equity and the transport sector. He is chairman of HgCapital Trust plc, a listed investor in mid-market buy-outs of technology-related and technology-enabled businesses. He was chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme, one of VenCap’s longest standing clients, and currently holds leadership positions in the LaFarge UK Pension Plan and the Church of England Pensions Board.
He is a non-executive director of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, the company owned by the U.K. government and charged with the construction of the country’s high-speed rail network. He is a governor, and chairman of the finance committee, of the London School of Economics, of which he is an alumnus.
Roger Mountford

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Ulrich Niederer was Managing Director and Chairman of UBS Global Asset Management Switzerland, Zurich until March 2009 and is now an independent advisor. Ulrich is also Chairman & Senior Partner of ARTICO Partners, an Asset Management Boutique in Zurich and Chairman of EBG Investment Solutions, an advisor for sustainable investments in Zurich.
Ulrich Niederer

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Tony Tuohey is a self-employed financial consultant. He  is a former  Director of Utilities of Australia and a Trustee of Utilities Trust of Australia, an infrastructure fund supported by a number of major Australian superannuation funds.  Tony served as a Director / Trustee of Vision Super from 1996 to 2013 including for most of that period fulfilling the role as Chair of the Investment committee.
Tony Tuohey

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