Meet the Team

We are all passionate about startups and making the early-stage funding market work better for them.

Naomi

Naomi Timperley

Chair

Honorary Industry Fellow at Salford Business School, TEDx Speaker, Dragons Den Survivor, and Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates.

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Richard Blakesley

Co-Founder/CEO

12 Start-ups with all the scars on the back to prove it. Seen all that is bad in the world of early-stage funding. Time to get it right with Capital Pilot.

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Matt Johnson

Co-Founder/COO

Background in marketing and comms for startups. Annoyed by inefficient processes and doing things the way they've always been done.

Karen

Karen Winton

Chief Growth Officer

Ex managing partner at Nest VC, with a passion for building regional, inclusive networks of startups and investors.

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Tomasz Krakowiak

CTO

.NET developer, range of experience including Microsoft & Bank of America, founded travel startup in native Poland.

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Maurice O'Shea

Non-Exec

Finance and governance, with a passion for scaling and developing extraordinary teams - for us and for our users.

Marie Ekerholm

Marie Ekerholm

Thames Valley Captain

Passionate about building influential leadership brands needed to thrive in today’s disruptive marketplace.

Garry

Garry Bernstein

Scotland Captain

25 years leadership experience including IPO and trade exits with technology enterprises.

Stuart

Stuart Brown

Yorkshire/North East Captain

Helps startups, early-stage and high-growth businesses disrupt markets and become world-class.

John Wakefield

John Wakefield

South West Captain

Corporate financier with 30 years' experience of advising on capital raising and M&A for emerging companies from early stage to IPO.

Luca

Luca Anzini

Analyst

LBS masters candidate, growing our team of analysts to provide pitch feedback and support.