Our Investment Committee

BOur Investment Committee makes investment decisions regarding University spin-outs on behalf of the University of Cambridge Seed Funds. Drawing on the expertise of the Cambridge Cluster, the committee is experienced in all things commercial.

The Investment Committee is currently comprised of 16 members.

Cambridge Enterprise Investment Committee

John Lee (Chair): John has been CFO of DisplayLink Corp, a market leading USB graphics software and semiconductor business, since 2011. He has been actively involved, for many years, in the Cambridge technology scene and has been Chief Financial Officer and/or an investor in a number of start-ups, many of which have resulted in successful exits or IPOs. Previously, John was CEO of Velocix, a leading provider of content delivery network solutions, and successfully exited the business to Alcatel-Lucent.

Professor Chris Abell: Chris is Pro‐Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor of Biological Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Chris has a strong interest in the translation of research, and has co‐founded several companies including Astex (1999), Sphere Fluidics (2010) and Aqdot (2013). He was also a founding director of Cambridge Enterprise. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr Keith Blundy: Keith is the CEO of the Cambridge cancer drug discovery start-up Storm Therapeutics and the former CEO of Cancer Research Technology (CRT). His experience covers ten years developing and commercialising plant biotechnology inventions and the last twenty years in cancer drug discovery and IP commercialisation. Whilst at CRT he established the CRT Pioneer Fund and was involved in forming companies such as Kudos, PIramed, Mission Therapeutics and GammaDelta Therapeutics. He is currently Chairman of Cizzle Biotechnology and on the board of Inivata.

Charles Cotton: Charles founded The Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd and has co-written two books about the Cambridge cluster of hi-tech companies. He enjoys science and technology, helping to build global scale companies and developing technology clusters

Dr Barbara Domayne-Hayman: Barbara has a broad range of commercial, fund-raising and general management experience, with many years of business development in the biotech sector. She is currently Chief Business Officer at Autifony Therapeutics and Chairman of Puridify. She has a BA and DPhil in chemistry from the University of Oxford and holds a Sloan Fellowship from London Business School.

Pam Garside: Pam is an adviser in health care systems and digital health working in the UK and USA. She is a Fellow of the Judge Business School at the University and an angel investor in health technology start-ups.  She sits on a number of boards, including Cambridge Angels and Crown Place VCT, and also advises health technology accelerators in the UK.

Dr Iris Good: Iris is Chairman & MD of Good Relations India, a market entry and positioning advisory. Iris has been commercialising technologies for over 20 years, specialising in the Indian market. Following her PhD in Biochemistry she co-established UltraShape, a medical device company, acquired by Syneron in 2012.

John Halfpenny: John has a successful track record as a Director and CXO of high tech and clean tech companies, having grown and sold several start-ups. He was responsible for CMR Fuel Cells’ London Stock Exchange AIM listing, and was Director of Embedded Software at ARM plc. John founded and sold Micrologic Solutions to ARM plc and has negotiated IP licensing, outsourced manufacturing, distributor and JV agreements globally. John has a Masters’ degree in Engineering Science from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Andrew Herbert: Andrew is a computer systems engineer and entrepreneur. He is the former director of the Microsoft Research laboratory in Cambridge.

Dr Richard Jennings: Richard was Deputy Director of Cambridge Enterprise and obtained funding for and established the first seed fund, the Challenge Fund. He has a substantial track record of spinning out companies including Solexa, Entropic and Kudos, technology licensing, and establishing consultancy and collaborative projects with industry. He has extensive board experience of early stage companies.

Derek Jones: Derek has over 25 years’ experience in the life-science sector. He is currently the CEO at the Babraham Research Campus, one of the UK’s leading campus’ to support early-stage bioscience enterprise and is distinct in its co-location of bioscience companies with the Babraham Institute. He is also a non-executive Director at One Nucleus and Rothamsted Enterprises.

Professor Patrick Maxwell: Patrick is a clinician scientist and in 2012 was appointed Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Director of Cambridge University Health Partners, the Academic Health Sciences Centre for Cambridge. Patrick has been centrally involved in a series of discoveries that have revealed how changes in oxygenation are sensed, and how genetic alterations cause kidney disease. He curretly holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award and is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus. He has a research group in the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. Patrick is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr Tony Raven (Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Enterprise): Tony joined Cambridge Enterprise as Chief Executive in December 2011. Previously he was Director of Research & Innovation Services at the University of Southampton, where he helped establish Southampton’s international reputation as a leading entrepreneurial university, creating a portfolio of 11 spin-out companies with four listings on the London Stock Exchange.

Heather Richards: Heather has a broad range of experience encompassing fundraising, marketing, product strategy and business management. As CEO of Transversal, a Cambridge-based tech company, she was instrumental in its journey from start-up to acquisition by Verint Systems in 2019. She is currently VP of Product Strategy and GTM at Verint, responsible for driving the global strategy for their Knowledge Management portfolio. Heather has an MPhil from Cambridge University in European Literature.

Andy Sandham: Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in co-founding and building start-up businesses in the biotechnology sector in the UK and USA. He has served in chairman, non-executive and executive roles with UK and US biotech start-up companies, including Cantab Pharmaceuticals, Hexagen, Signature Bioscience, Novacta, Ionix Pharmaceuticals, NeurAxon, Syntaxin, Synosia, Kymab, Bicycle Therapeutics, 14M Genomics and PredictImmune. He has also worked within venture capital firms Abingworth and Syncona and currently serves as a director of Plant Bioscience (PBL).

Dr Paul Seabright (Deputy Directory, Cambridge Enterprise): Paul first joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2001 and returned after he completed his time with Health Enterprise East in 2009. Paul has considerable experience of technology transfer in both the biotech and medtech sectors.

Professor Steve Young: Steve is a Professor in Information Engineering and a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Apple with expertise in spoken language technology and machine learning. He has been involved in a number of Cambridge spin-outs including Entropic, Phonetic Arts and VocalIQ.