About us


Lucien Bartram


Lucien is a chartered accountant, experienced investor and entrepreneur. He has owned and managed numerous businesses in the medical and education sectors, and specialises in bringing new technologies to market. Lucien is also a pure mathematician and philosopher.

Pablo Fernandez Blanco

Investment Director

Pablo has spent 15 years in Investment Banking in the UK and Spain in various areas, including strategy, investments and digital transformation. He is an MBA graduate and has spent the last six years focussing on Venture Capital and EIS investments, fuelling his passion for investing in impactful and transformative companies. In his spare time, he is a huge sports fan, both as a participant and a spectator, including golf, rugby (former Spanish pro player) and water sports (diving, sailing, paddle surf). Outside of the sports arena, he loves reading, travelling and cooking.

Paul Boon

Investment Director

Paul has 10 years’ experience advising entrepreneurial SME clients across many sectors, running the corporate finance departments of a Top 15 accountancy practice and a private equity boutique. Building on his nanotechnology and fuel cell research at Oxford University he focuses on the technology, engineering, medical and renewable energy sectors.

Graham Brown


An experienced business manager and entrepreneur, originally from a senior position internationally with ICI, Graham set up AIMS Group in 1993, growing this into one of the largest health and safety compliance consultancies in the UK, which he sold to Alfred McAlpine in 2003. Graham was one of the founding directors of Scotia Wind, which was sold to Gaz De France in 2008, and is currently the CEO of Burcote Wind, an independent renewable energy company that specialises in onshore wind projects.

Simon Emary

CFO and Head of Portfolio

Simon has venture capital experience from both sides of the fence, as an experienced investor and as a director of VC backed technology businesses. A Stanford MBA, Simon was a founding partner of Hotbed, which became the UK’s leading private investor network. He is also an FCA who has specialised in corporate finance with Grant Thornton and as an independent advisor.

Stepan Galaev

Non-Executive Director

Stepan is a Cranfield MBA graduate who specialises in portfolio management and deal sourcing. Some of his clients include past and present Dragons: Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham, Jenny Campbell, Tej Lalvani, and Touker Suleyman. In his free time he is either cycling, reading or talks nonsense at the Wandsworth local.

Toby Ganguli

Investment Manager

Toby recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a First Class Mathematics degree. With a keen interest in investment he’s looking forward to putting his aptitude for numbers to good use, albeit when he’s not playing football or golf.

Frederick Hamilton

Investment Director

Frederick has over seven years' experience sourcing, analysing and executing deals with UK Pre-Seed through to Series B investments, predominantly in the DeepTech space. During this time, he has acted as a Board member for Oxford University spin-out companies Brill Power, Oxford Quantum Circuits and Salience Labs. Whenever possible, Frederick can be found in the mountains skiing or hiking, out on the water sailing, or reading and writing.

Rebecca Hodges

Relationship Director

Becky has spent 16 years in Investment Banking in the UK and Hong Kong, in various trade support and client facing roles. Most recently, Becky created and ran Client Relationship Management teams. When she isn’t busy working, you’ll find her hot footing it after her three young children and unruly Dalmatian puppy.

Andrew Irwin

Investor Director

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in EIS, VCTs and BPR: as analyst, investment manager, fund raiser, and private client adviser. He co-founded financial research business MICAP and is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and identifying opportunities brought about by changing consumer behaviour. In his spare time, Andrew mentors small businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

Anthony Lusher

Digital Consultant

Since gaining a First Class Honours degree in Web Development, Anthony has worked with many exclusive clients on a freelance basis, including Jumeirah Hotels, WorldPay, Cranfield University, Beyond Analysis and others. With his extensive knowledge of web technologies, Anthony joined Growthdeck to assist our CTO with improving and optimising Growthdeck’s software. Anthony is also a proud father of a French Bulldog called Mylo.

Sigrida Petkeviciute

Marketing Executive

When Sigrida isn’t busy being Growthdeck’s resident photographer, she can be found designing marketing collateral, working on email campaigns, or updating the Growthdeck website. With a strong interest in finance, she previously worked in accounts and is currently studying towards her AAT accountancy qualification. Sigrida spends her free time cycling, appreciating a good G&T and growing carnivorous plants (despite being a long-time vegetarian).

Carolyn Robertson

Head of Client Services

Carolyn has many years of client relationship management experience in the regulated alternative investment arena. With a background in the legal and corporate finance professions, Carolyn brings a wealth of procedural expertise to Growthdeck.

Alex Robertson

Client Services Executive

Prior to working with Growthdeck, Alex worked with Boots Optician as a trainee Optical Consultant where he gained valuable skills in face-to-face customer service and administration. Alex is inspired by Elon Musk and his attitude to learning and creation. In his free time, Alex’s main interests are in Astronomy, Gaming and Music.

Emma Robins

Head of Content & Social

Emma has over 8 years of experience in developing and promoting businesses in the private investment arena. With a journalism degree, Emma brings her communication skills to Growthdeck.

Allyson Clarke

Relationship Director

Ally has degrees in both Mandarin Chinese and International Relations. She has worked as a Business Analyst for a consulting firm in America, where she discovered her passion for supporting small business growth.

Nick Stinton

Head of Investment

Nick has been investing in EIS and VCT funds for over 20 years, in early stage, growth and asset backed opportunities. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in SME corporate advisory roles. An INSEAD MBA, Nick is often found on two wheels but, for everyone's benefit, has hung up his lycra in favour of off-road baggy clothes.

Steve Talbot

Portfolio Director

Steve is an experienced corporate financier with nineteen years’ lead advisory experience, firstly with Grant Thornton and latterly with Mazars LLP. His corporate finance experience was predominantly with owner managed businesses and he is now focussing on investments in early stage entrepreneurial businesses.

Aman Thind

Relationship Director

Over the last 5 years Aman has worked for one of The Big Four focusing on High Net Worth individuals and family business clients. Aman worked closely with the Head of Family Business to help build the firm’s Family Business Consulting practice and often assisted on consulting engagements. Originally from Canada, Aman moved to the UK over 5 years ago to travel Europe and visit as many countries on this side of the world as possible! Aman continues to travel and embraces the culture of every country she visits.

James Wrighton


James helped create Growthdeck and is the owner of Lexicon Marketing, a specialist digital agency. He has developed online products and channels for many financial institutions including Barclays, Coutts, UBS, Credit Suisse and Standard & Poor’s. With three young children, spare time is a rare luxury.

Ian Zant-Boer


Ian is a well-known figure in entrepreneurial circles both in Milton Keynes and London. With huge experience as a corporate lawyer, business mentor, and co-founder of several private investor networks, Ian brings a wealth of expertise to his role at the head of the Growthdeck business. As a former player with Ipswich Town FC, hope of their return to the top flight remains undimmed.