I have worked within Acceleris since its early days, for more than 15 years, starting as a graduate trainee and working my way up to Managing Director. I have been on the FCA register as an approved person since 2007.
I have almost grown up with the Enterprise Investment Scheme and, subsequently, the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and have sought to bring my expertise in this area to bear with Acceleris's clients.I have been an active member of the EIS Association since its inception and have worked closely with the body in the North of England.
Over time, I have advised on over 60 transactions for private and AIM-traded SMEs and led fundraisings with both venture capital firms' and high net worth investors' involvement, in a wide variety of industry sectors and deal sizes.
I was proud to win the 'Young Dealmaker of the Year' award at the 2015 Insider Dealmaker Awards and, in the same year, the 'Industry Rising Star' award at the EISA Awards. I am pleasantly surprised that the curse of winning awards has not yet fallen upon me.
As the MD and part owner of the business, I particularly enjoying the review and selection process involved in the taking on of new engagements.