Voting Panel

Ian Restall

Flathill Communications Group plc
(Voting Panel Chairman)

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Ian is non-Voting Chairman of the Voting Panel. Throughout his career, Ian has been involved in the quoted growth companies sector. His early career was as a stockbroker, analyst, broadcaster and financial journalist in this area and, since founding Design Portfolio in 1991, he has been active in helping many companies in this sector with their investor communication and corporate reporting requirements.

Ian is the founder of the AIM Awards, a Director of Ford Sinclair Ltd., Chairman of Flathill Communications Group plc, President of The Design Portfolio Marketing Services Inc. and a member of the Investor Relations Society.

Peter Ashworth

Shore Capital

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Peter joined Shore Capital as an Equity Research Analyst – Growth Companies in April 2019. Prior to this, Peter worked for Stockdale Securities, which he joined in December 2015. Before this he worked for Charles Stanley Securities, which he joined in 2002. Prior to this he worked for Teather & Greenwood, Albert E Sharp, Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers and SG Warburg among others. He has specialised in the smaller companies sector for over 25 years, having covered a broad range of both Main Market and AIM companies.

Kit Atkinson

Link Asset Services

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Kit is responsible for originating and executing initial public offerings for Link across AIM and the Main Market with a particular focus on significant, innovative or wide-ranging appointments. Kit has nearly 20 years’ experience in the equities industry, working in UK equity capital markets since 2005, during which time he has been responsible for the operational execution of some of the highest profile and largest fundraising corporate transactions in the UK. Prior to joining Link, Kit spent twelve years working for J.P. Morgan Cazenove.

Sam Barton

Close Brothers Asset Management

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Sam is Investment Director – UK Smaller Companies, having joined Close Asset Management Limited in September 2008 from Unicorn Asset Management. He runs the Smaller Companies team at Close Brothers, managing AIM-quoted IHT, EIS and segregated portfolios. Sam has extensive experience in managing smaller company funds and is a holder of both the Investment Management Certificate and the CISI Diploma.

Arun George

Global Equity Research

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Arun has over 14 years’ experience covering the Technology sector. During this time, he has worked with technology start-ups and as an equity analyst in investment banks and independent research firms. He was formerly a Technology Analyst for Canaccord Genuity, Altium Securities, Espirito Santo Investment Bank, Noble Group and Clear Capital. He has a dual Master’s degree in Financial Engineering and Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Adrian Hadden

WHIreland

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We are delighted to welcome Adrian as a 2020 panellist and further details will be available in due course. 

Tom Jenkins

BGF

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We are delighted to welcome Tom to the 2020 Voting Panel and further details will be available in due course. 

Pardip Khroud

Voyager Capital Partners

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Pardip is a Private Equity Investment Director and is responsible for sourcing and supporting Private Equity transactions across a range of sectors. Pardip has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester and qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Pardip has delivered a number of deals in both the public and private equity arena generating strong returns and has supported business as a Non-executive Director on a number of Boards. Previously Pardip worked at LDC, the Private Equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and Gresham House.

Scott Knight

BDO

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We are delighted to welcome Scott to the 2020 Voting Panel and further details will be available in due course. 

Anna Macdonald

Amati Global Investors

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Anna is an experienced Fund Manager specialising in UK equities. Anna joined the Amati team in 2018 from Adam and Company, where she led research for the PAM award-winning wealth manager. She brings her expertise in running the successful AIM-listed portfolio service to Amati, as well as a breadth of experience in managing substantial OEICs, private client and charity portfolios. She co-managed the Adam Worldwide Fund and the Stewart Ivory Investment Markets Fund which won three Lipper Awards under her stewardship. Anna contributes regularly to BBC Scotland.

Judith MacKenzie

Downing LLP

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Judith joined Downing in 2009 and is a Partner and Head of Downing Public Equity. She is Manager of the Downing Micro-Cap Growth Fund and the Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust. The Downing public equity funds adopt a Private Equity focus to diligence, aiming to be long-term value investors alongside aligned management teams. Previously, Judith was a Partner at Acuity Capital, managing AIM-quoted VCT and IHT investments, and a small cap activist fund. Prior to this, Judith spent seven years as a Senior Investment Manager with Aberdeen Asset Managers Growth Capital and co-managed the five Aberdeen VCTs, focusing on technology and media investments in both the public and private arenas. She has held various non-executive and advisory roles in public and private companies.

Julian Morse

Cenkos

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Julian is Head of Growth Companies at Cenkos and was a founding member of the team in 2006. He has over 22 years’ experience in the City in sales and as an analyst. He has led and worked on over 250 transactions in his career and before Cenkos was a Director at Beeson Gregory and Evolution Securities.

Richard Power

Octopus Investments

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Richard is Head of the Quoted Smaller Companies team at Octopus, having joined in 2004. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing UK smaller companies funds and is in charge of managing the CFIC Octopus UK Micro-Cap Growth Fund. Richard has also worked at Close Brothers and Duncan Lawrie.

Brough Ransom

Investec

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We are delighted to welcome Brough as a 2020 panellist and further details will be available in due course. 

Philip Rodrigs

Raynar Portfolio Management

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We are delighted to welcome Philip to the 2020 Voting Panel and further details will be available in due course. 

Victoria Stevens

LionTrust Asset Management

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Victoria joined the Economic Advantage team at Liontrust in 2015 as a Partner and Fund Manager, to help research and analyse investment opportunities primarily across the small cap universe. She is a CFA charterholder and co-manager of the Liontrust UK Smaller Companies Fund and the Liontrust UK Micro-Cap Fund. Victoria previously worked at the growth company specialist broking and advisory firm finnCap Ltd, latterly as Deputy Head of Corporate Broking.

Rosh Wijayarathna

Silicon Valley Bank

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Rosh leads Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Technology team in the UK, focusing on providing support and financing for technology and innovation businesses predominantly in the public markets.

With 16 years of financial services experience (including Barclaycard and Barclays’ Corporate and Investment Bank TMT team), Rosh has worked across a broad spectrum of growth and technology businesses including many high profile acquisition financings, LBOs, IPOs and public to privates. Since joining SVB in 2014, Rosh has built a market leading team devoted to later stage businesses and has since supported a number of key clients with debt and global treasury solutions, including The Hut Group, Mimecast, Learning Technologies Group plc, CentralNic Group plc, IMImobile and GB Group plc.

Rosh has a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southampton and is a Chartered Marketer.

James Wood

Winterflood Securities

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James has over 30 years’ experience in the City, initially joining the Asset Management department of Montagu Loebl Stanley (part of the Robert Fleming Group) in 1986 before going on to work at Greig Middleton, Seymour Pierce Butterfield and Henry Cooke Lumsden, followed by 16 years in corporate broking and institutional sales (latterly as Director of Equities at Charles Stanley Securities). James is a member of both the European Issuers Small and Mid Cap Awards jury panel and the LSE AIM Advisory Group. He joined Winterflood Securities in November 2015.

Matt Wood

One Advisory

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We are delighted to welcome Matt to the 2020 Voting Panel and further details will be available in due course.