22 June 2016 | London

2016 Judges

Ian Cass, Forum of Private Businesses

Ian Cass, MD, Forum of Private Business (1)Managing director, Forum of Private Business

Ian started his career in 1994 managing a UK sales team with a focus on strategic development and key account management before moving into a director role at Venture Team UK specialising in new ventures within the UK drinks market. During this time, Ian was approached by the Forum of Private Business in 2013 to look at the strategic development of the forum’s sales leadership team and to review the partner strategy for members. Ian took the challenge, accepting the role as sales director and moved the business forward to where we are today; a small business membership organisation that always has a solution, whatever challenges a business may face.

Phil Cowan, Moore Stephens

Philip Cowan, Partner, Moore StephensPhil Cowan Head of corporate finance, Moore Stephens

Phil specialises in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, valuations, IPOs and transaction support. Phil returned to Moore Stephens in July 2012 from V. Group, a leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services to the global shipping industry, where he was group CFO and chairman of V.Ships Capital. Phil first joined Moore Stephens in 1985. He became a partner in 1996 and head of corporate finance in 2004, with a strong track record of flotations, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and valuations. His clients included V.Ships who he joined in 2007.


David Hayers, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks

David Hayers, Head of Growth Finance, CYBGDavid Hayes, Head of Growth Finance, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks

David is the head of growth finance at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank and has responsibility for leading both the growth finance and emerging technology teams. These teams comprise the late stage venture debt operation of the Bank and can lend senior debt packages of between £250,000 and £10 million to fast growth, intellectual property rich companies which are continuing to invest heavily in their growth, often to the detriment of their profitability. The growth finance team was established in 2011 and has since lent more than £90 million to a wide variety of companies across the UK.


David Horner, Chelverton Investors Club

email to maddie@maddieattenborough.co.ukDavid Horner Managing director, Chelverton Asset Management

David is an acclaimed fund manager, specialising in small and mid­cap quoted investment and SME unquoted investment. He has 30 years’ experience in corporate finance assignments, identifying, structuring and managing investments as well as purchasing and managing private equity, specialist listed and AIM portfolios. In October 1997, David set up Chelverton Asset Management Limited to provide the investment management for the investment trust now known as Chelverton Growth Trust PLC, and was responsible for launching, in May 1999, Small Companies Dividend Trust PLC; both funds he still manages. He has co­managed MI Chelverton UK Equity Income Fund since its launch, the success of which consistently earns him a Citywire AAA fund manager rating.



Praseeda Nair, GrowthBusiness

Praseeda NairPraseeda Nair Editor, GrowthBusiness

Praseeda is the editor of GrowthBusiness.co.uk, the publication behind the High Potential Business Awards. As a global nomad, Praseeda’s journalism career spans Singapore, Dubai and London, where she has written across national broadsheets, lifestyle publications, trade magazines, and business titles before working with the UN Development Programme on industry benchmark reports in the Middle East. In her current role, Praseeda frequently profiles inspirational business owners, visionary serial entrepreneurs, and experts in growth finance.



Rupert Rawcliffe, Dealmakers.co.uk

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Rupert Rawcliffe, Dealmakers.co.uk

Rupert is an award winning, highly commercial and experienced dealmaker with a proven track record gained over 20 years and some 150+ transactions.

After many years heading a leading south east corporate finance team for a global accountancy practice, Rupert has recently started up a new team covering London and the SE. Alongside running mid-market corporate finance transactions Rupert is personally investing in exciting businesses to experience the highs and lows of business ownership first hand.

Rupert won the M&A Awards “M&A Personality of the Year 2013” having been a finalist in previous years.  As a seasoned dealmaker and entrant to awards, Rupert will be looking for those entrants who have excelled and made a real difference in their chosen space



William Reeve, Serial Entrepreneur

William Reeve, LOVEFiLM

William Reeve, Serial entrepreneur

William Reeve is the co­CEO of Hubbub.co.uk, a UK online grocery business delivering the best food from local shops. He is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Fletcher Research (now NASDAQ:FORR) and LOVEFiLM.com. He has served in a number of the leading internet business in the UK and Ireland as a founder, in an operating role, in a non­executive role, as an investor, or sometimes a combination of the above. He is based in London, and will be presenting the High Potential Business Awards keynote address. William Reeve, LOVEFiLM



Joe Stelzer, Cavendish

Cavendish Portraits, Thursday June 2, 2011. Photo By Andrew Parsons/Parsons Media

Joe Stelzer, Managing partner, Cavendish Corporate Finance

Joe specialises in the technology, software and industrial sectors, in addition to dealing with family controlled businesses. He offers a unique insight into the Cavendish business sale process having worked as both client and advisor. Joe began his career by founding a software republishing firm before merging this business with his family engineering firm where, as chief executive, he used this foundation to build a broad based industrial technology group comprising software distribution, nanotechnology, defence and aerospace, lighting controls and energy management businesses. The group was floated in 2004 on AIM as Polaron plc. In late 2006, Joe appointed Cavendish to sell Polaron, and the company was sold in early 2007 to Cooper Industries, a Fortune 500 US Industrials group, upon which he became global head of Cooper’s Energy management division and was a founder member of Cooper’s worldwide Technology Council.



Frank Webster, Director

Frank WebsterFrank Webster,Campaigns director, Seedrs

Frank’s role at Seedrs, the Europe­wide equity crowdfunding platform, is to find great entrepreneurs for whom equity crowdfunding can be a transformative experience, whether that’s raising external funding, scaling a growing business, or giving their customers, users, supporters and partners the opportunity to invest. Frank started out as a lawyer in the City, working for major US­headquartered firms in London, specialising in private equity. He then managed and wrote for legal news and community site RollOnFriday before joining Seedrs in the 2012.