Statutory board


Sir David Chapman, DL - Chairman

Sir David's extensive stock-broking and corporate finance experience with Wise Speke, Merrill Lynch and Union Bank Switzerland is combined with a strong background in venture capital. 

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Helen Sinclair - Non-Executive Director

Helen has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD Business School. After working in investment banking Helen spent nearly 8 years at 3i plc focusing on MBOs and growth capital investments.

She later co-founded Matrix Private Equity (now Mobeus Equity Partners) in early 2000 raising Mobeus Income & Growth 2 VCT plc . She subsequently became managing director of Matrix Private Equity before moving to take on a portfolio of non-executive director roles in 2005.

She is currently a non-executive director of The Income & Growth VCT plc,  Mobeus Income & Growth 4 VCT plc, Gresham House Strategic plc, and is Chairman of British Smaller Companies VCT plc.  Helen was appointed to the board in January 2018.



Bill Blair - Non-Executive Director

Bill is a highly experienced investment professional focused on early stage companies. He is an Adviser to Bridge Valley Ventures, a life sciences venture fund manager. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Board of Alderley Park Ventures and a Non-Executive Director of North East Finance where he is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Bill also advises several early-stage angel and venture-backed companies on strategy and finance. Previously, he was Director of Company Creation at Edinburgh BioQuarter and a Founder Director of its successor Sunergos Innovations. 

Prior to BioQuarter, he established Scottish Widow's Investment Partnership's (SWIP) highly successful life sciences venture capital fund and gained board experience in the UK, Europe and US. He was also responsible for SWIP's venture fund of funds portfolio.



Andrew Mitchell - Chief Executive 

Andrew was educated at Oxford and INSEAD. Following an early career in the oil industry, investment banking and management consultancy, he founded and ran his own business for almost 10 years.

He served as a non-executive director for a number of high growth companies. For five years, until 2008 he was chief executive of VC business development company NStar.




Jason Hobbs -Non-Executive Director

Trained as a chartered accountant, Jason has worked in regional venture capital for the past 15 years, having joined NStar in 2004 helping to establish and manage the North East Proof of Concept Fund and the North East Co Investment Fund. In 2010, Jason transferred to North East Finance where he served as finance director throughout the investment life of the North East JEREMIE Fund.

Jason is currently Chief Executive of The North East Fund Ltd.

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