Team

OION Ltd

Chris Baker

Chris Baker is the Investment Director of Oxford Investment Opportunity Network Ltd and oversees its three business angel Investment Networks Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), Thames Valley Investment Network (TVIN) and Oxford Early Investments (OEI).

Chris is a non-executive director of The Angel CoFund, a now £100 million Fund to provide matched Funding alongside business angel investors. The CoFund is managed by the British Business Bank - an economic development bank managing £1.6bn of lending and investments, owned by the UK government. Chris is a chartered accountant, an engineering graduate, and has an MBA from London Business School.

Eileen Modral

Eileen Modral is the Investment Network Manager for Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) and Oxford Early Investment Network (OEI). Eileen has been instrumental with developing the Angels4LifeSciences (A4LS) pilot programme working closely with Nesta and the BIA; A4LS currently partners with MedCity. 

Eileen is also part of the delivery of Enterprise Europe Network leading on Access to Finance for Oxford Innovation. Eileen as part of the EEN Working Group in Brussels, helped develop tools to enable all EEN partners to increase their capacity to deliver advanced services in the field of access to finance. Eileen is a Board Member of Venturefest Oxford and has a BSc (Hons) from the Open University with Maths and Computing, post graduate Diploma in Computing and Project Management, and is an ILM Coach certificate.

Richard Cooper

Richard Cooper is the Investment Network Manager for the Thames Valley Investment Network (TVIN) which focuses on innovative, early-stage technology and digital companies with high growth potential.

Richard has run two early stage software companies. He led the Oxford Innovation Access to Finance team for the government Funded Growth Accelerator initiative and leads the Strategic finance division of OI Business Solutions. Richard has postgraduate qualifications in applied finance, management, project management; a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, an MSc in Marketing and has received Chartered Marketer status.

Innvotec

John Marsden

John has spent 30 years in early stage venture capital, of which the last 25 years have been in fund management. His earlier years were as a financial director of an international music publisher. His involvement in venture capital started as a director of a venture backed media-technology business and then as part of a company doctoring team undertaking assignments in underperforming venture investments. John progressed to fund management in 1986 when he joined Baillie Gifford to head their technology team before joining Innvotec in 1990 and becoming Managing Director in 2001. John is a qualified chartered accountant and is FCA registered. He is also a business angel with personal investments in a number of early stage private companies.

Nick Gurney-Sharpe

Nick has worked in Private Equity since 1986, and is currently both a director of Enterprise Private Capital and a Chief Investment Officer at Innvotec, where for the past seven years he was responsible for investing and managing 3en ventures, a fund dedicated to investing in early stage businesses located in Basingstoke & Deane. Within Innvotec Nick is now an integral part of the team evaluating and concluding investment opportunities for the SEIS Funds.

Previously Nick was in private equity at CDC Capital Partners and with 3iplc. Prior to this Nick held commercial positions with Kraft and Proctor and Gamble. Nick was for ten years a member of Financial Services Authorisation within ICAEW. Nick holds a MBA, was an investment regulator for ten years with the ICAEW, and attended Harvard Business School.

John Marsden, Innvotec Ltd
j.marsden@innvotec.co.uk
020 7630 6990
www.innvotec.co.uk
Nick Gurney-Sharpe, Innvotec Ltd
 nick.gurneysharpe@innvotec.co.uk
01488 608825
www.innvotec.co.uk
Eileen Modral, OION Ltd
e.modral@oxin.co.uk
01865 261499
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