The Growthdeck Team

The Growthdeck team consists of highly experienced private equity, venture capital and financial service practitioners.
The Growthdeck team

Our team includes highly experienced private equity investment professionals, business development and client services executives. This team is focussed on offering high quality investment opportunities and first class customer service.

Derek Bond - Growthdeck Derek Bond  

Head of Regional Development

Derek founded one of the first UK equity crowdfunding platforms, Squareknot, which has since merged with Growthdeck. He brings a huge amount of experience in the crowdfunding industry and is responsible for Growthdeck's operations in Scotland, the north of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Simon Emary - Growthdeck Simon Emary  

CEO

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. He is also an FCA who has specialised in corporate finance with Grant Thornton and as an independent advisor.

Nick Fung - Growthdeck Nick Fung  

Investment Analyst

A highly experienced financial markets trader with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Nick is now developing his skills as an investment analyst and will become a permanent member of the Growthdeck investment team.

Andrew Hodson - Growthdeck Andrew Hodson  

MD, Radius Investor Club

A business angel investor and advisor to a number of start-up and early stage companies with 25 years experience in accountancy and financial services, most recently a Managing Director at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.

Layla Howse - Growthdeck Layla Howse  

Client Services Executive

Layla has extensive client service experience having worked for a provider of SIPP's, SSAS's and Corporate Workplace Pensions, as well as spending seven years with a leading private investor firm as Office Manager and Client Services Executive.

Haozhou Hu - Growthdeck Haozhou Hu  

Director, Overseas Investors, Radius Investor Club

Samuel is a Banking and Finance graduate from Loughborough University, who also holds the Investment Management Certificate. He started his career in the City with UBS, before moving on to a leading private equity house in Mayfair.

Carolyn Robertson - Growthdeck Carolyn Robertson  

Client Services Director

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.

Sophie Robertson - Growthdeck Sophie Robertson

Client Service Executive

Sophie provides customer service support to the Growthdeck investor base across multiple channels.

Emma Robins - Growthdeck Emma Robins  

Head of Communications

Emma has over 7 years of experience in developing and promoting businesses in the private investment arena. With a journalism degree, Emma brings her communication skills to Growthdeck.

Gary Robins - Growthdeck Gary Robins  

Head of Investment

Gary has been in the private equity arena for 30 years. After an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, he spent 15 years with 3i plc as an Investment Director. He went on to found two high profile private investor businesses (Hotbed and Rockpool Investments) which specialised in EIS investments.

Alex Rowe - Growthdeck Alex Rowe    

Business Development Executive

An Economics graduate of the University of St Andrews, Alex is a published academic, having led pioneering research into the UK equity crowdfunding landscape. He has also been part of two early stage startups in the alternative finance space.

Allyson  Santini - Growthdeck Allyson Santini  

Client Services - Overseas Investors

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.

Yuan Sun - Growthdeck Yuan Sun

Director

Yuan started his career with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and later joined a property development company involved in projects in Beijing and Shenzhen. Following his move to the UK, Yuan started investing in UK property and has also developed a real passion for start-up businesses with investments in financial and medical businesses.

Steve Talbot - Growthdeck Steve Talbot  

Investment Executive

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.

James Wrighton - Growthdeck James Wrighton

CTO

James helped co-found Growthdeck while Principal of Lexicon, a specialist digital agency and JV partner with Radius Equity. James has developed digital products and channels for many financial institutions including Barclays, Coutts, UBS, Credit Suisse, and Standard & Poor’s.