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