DIRECTORS

Sean Nicolson

Chairman

Sean Nicolson is a corporate financier with over 25 years’ experience of corporate and investment finance. He has acted on and assisted a wide range of companies to raise finance from venture capital and private equity investors and has also advised investment funds and investment managers. In addition he has advised on flotations (including IPOs and reverse takeovers) and fundraisings on the Main Market and AIM. He has worked across a variety of sectors including technology, media, telecoms and life sciences.

Sean currently manages a family office investment fund. he is also a director of and investor in a number of unlisted companies. Sean was previously a director and chairman of EVR Holdings plc, the AIM listed owner of MelodyVR. In that role he led EVR Holdings through the acquisition of MelodyVR and its subsequent fundraisings. Sean was also an executive director of AIM listed drug discovery company e-Therapeutics plc, having advised that company on all of its venture capital fundraisings, its flotation on AIM and subsequent placings. Prior to his commercial roles, Sean was a corporate finance partner of a leading UK law firm in which role he advised companies and founders at all growth stages on venture capital and private equity investments, flotations and mergers and acquisitions. He also advised merchant banks and brokers on flotations and secondary share issues and worked with a number of universities to develop and deliver technology transfer strategies.


Chris Boody

Chris Boody works in the Strategic Business Development team for Microsoft. Mr. Boody is focused on the Connected Vehicle market segment and Autonomous Driving technology programs. He works with major automobile makers world-wide to digitally transform their businesses.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Boody was the Chief Technology Officer of SVG Partners in California, USA. He was responsible for managing SVG’s Engineering Services, Innovation (LAB353) and Startup Accelerator programs (THRIVE). He worked directly with the CEO to help establish a Venture Capital fund and advise the CEO on investment options for promising startups.

Mr. Boody has over 20 years’ experience in Mobile and Software Services management. He started his Mobile career with McCaw Cellular communication, focused on the first Mobile Operator deployment of Wireless Data in 1995.

During his career with AT&T, Mr. Boody managed Engineering and Architecture teams, partnered with Developers to enhance mobile ecosystems, and ran a multi-billion dollar Consumer Messaging
business.

Mr. Boody serves on management boards for technology start-ups and recently joined the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the University of Washington. He was recognized for his strong leadership and mentoring of Irish technology company CEOs by receipt of the Meitheal Award from Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan.

Mr. Boody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and a Master of Management from the University of Washington.


Gareth Burchell

Gareth Burchell began his career in the insurance industry and spent three years at RBS Insurance prior to beginning his career in investment advice and management. Mr. Burchell is currently Head of Shard Capital Stockbrokers and chairs an investment committee that specialises in providing funding for both listed and unlisted small companies. Gareth has had a focus on the small cap arena for 15 years and he and his team have provided £90 million of funding across 221 companies. He has an in-depth knowledge of the UK listing process of various small cap exchanges.


AIFM MANAGEMENT

Barry Downes

CIO of Sure Ventures PLC and Managing Partner Suir Valley Ventures.

Barry Downes is the CIO of Sure Ventures PLC and Managing Partner of Suir Valley Ventures. Barry is also Chairman of TSSG (previous CEO), a leading technology Research Institute, Incubator and Accelerator which has raised over €90 million to date. Previously Barry founded FeedHenry Limited, a mobile cloud software technology company that was acquired in 2014 by RedHat Inc (NYSE:RHT). Barry has worked extensively in Silicon Valley as a Partner of SVG Partners, a San Francisco based investment and advisory firm that helps its clients with innovation, strategy and technology consulting. Barry started his career in software with Infinium Inc in Hyannis, MA and prior to joining TSSG, Barry was the Vice President of Software Services for Waterford Technologies a leading provider of cloud software, headquartered Waterford, Ireland and in Orange County, California. Barry holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School UCD, a BSc in Applied Computing from WIT and has executive qualifications from Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley (in Venture Capital), Henley Business School and also Harvard Law School. Barry is also a Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) from the Institute of Banking. Barry was recently named one of the top software superstars by Silicon Republic.


Brian Kinane

Brian Kinane is an experienced industry software executive, tech entrepreneur and investment manager. Brian has extensive corporate technology experience from his product management roles at global telecom companies such as Ericsson Group and Telenor Group. Additionally, Brian has deep operational experience from being a founding shareholder and board director of a number of high tech start-ups backed by international VCs including FeedHenry where he worked with Barry Downes. Finally Brian has had a successful track record as a hedge fund growth capital investment manager funding over 60 companies. Education includes BA Mod Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and MBAs London and Columbia Business Schools.


Graham Stirling

Graham Stirling has over 25 years as an experienced financial professional having spent the last eleven years as an Investment Manager with two leading family offices where he sourced and managed a portfolio of private investments and Venture Capital as well as sitting on the Board of a number of these investments. At the Veddis family office, Graham was responsible for venture capital investments in software start-ups and has worked closely with Brian since 2012. Prior to that he held a number of strategic and financial roles in Insurance, Private Equity, as well as two of the big 4 accounting firms principally in Corporate Finance and Audit. Graham has a wide variety of international experience including working in UK, Poland, Spain and Gibraltar. Graham is a UK qualified Chartered accountant (ICAS), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has an MBA (Finance). He is fluent in Spanish.


Toby Raincock

Toby Raincock is the CEO at Shard Capital Partners. Toby has over 20 years experience in Finance. Prior to joining Shard Capital Toby was Director, Head of CASS Operations Regulatory Control at Barclays Capital. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Securities, a regulated financial services company (part of the Evolution Group plc) where he spent nearly eight years, initially as Financial Controller. He has also worked at Schroders and qualified as an auditor from KPMG in 2001. Toby is a member of the Great Britain Rifle Team, most recently successful in their third consecutive defence of the Palma World Championships held in Camp Perry, USA in 2015.


James Lewis

James Lewis is the Founder and Managing Partner of Shard Capital Partners and Owner of Rubrics Asset Management. Group AUM exceeds Euro 1.1 billion. Prior to entering the Asset Management sector, he expanded a boutique Dutch brokerage from a handful of staff in Amsterdam to a diversified brokerage company with over 150 personnel spread across 9 countries, transacting deals covering a wide range of financial instruments including high grade/ high yield fixed income and loans, structured products, and exchanged traded equities. With steady organic growth over the last 5 years Shard now operates several teams of high quality executives executing fixed income, stockbroking and direct lending strategies, combined with a strong focus on the client driven business.


Gareth Burchell

Gareth Burchell began his career in the insurance industry and spent three years at RBS Insurance prior to beginning his career in investment advice and management. Mr. Burchell is currently Head of Shard Capital Stockbrokers and chairs an investment committee that specialises in providing funding for both listed and unlisted small companies. Gareth has had a focus on the small cap arena for 15 years and he and his team have provided £90 million of funding across 221 companies. He has an in-depth knowledge of the UK listing process of various small cap exchanges.