Our team

Irene Graham OBE

CEO

Irene is the CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute.

Our board

Sherry Coutu CBE

Chair

Sherry is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor who currently chairs the Financial Strategy Advisory Group for the University of Cambridge, the ScaleUp Institute and Founders4Schools.

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne is a chef and entrepreneur

Simon Calver

Simon Calver is Head of Investments at BGF. Simon is best known for his 7-year tenure as CEO at LOVEFiLM, one of the successes of the UK venture industry - leading the eventual exit to Amazon in 2011.

Sahar Hashemi OBE

A former lawyer, Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK's first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK's most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30m.

Thomas Hoegh

Investor and entrepreneur, Thomas is the founder of Arts Alliance, Arts Alliance Media and the Met Film School. He oversees a portfolio of high-growth businesses in the creative sectors, and directs films and theatre under the name Torstein Blixfjord

Charlotte Keenan

Charlotte is Head of Corporate Engagement, EMEA at Goldman Sachs. She oversees the 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the UK as well as the Office of Corporate Engagement which leads the firm’s impact investing and philanthropic work.

Luca Peyrano

Luca Peyrano is responsible for primary markets activity in Europe for London Stock Exchange Group and is Managing Director of ELITE, LSEG’s innovative support program for inspiring growth businesses.

Tamara Rajah

Tamara is an entrepreneur and founder of Live Better With, a healthcare e-commerce start-up for patients with long-term conditions.

Dr Andy Richards CBE

Andy is an entrepreneur and investor with an established track record in founding and scaling up innovative Biotech and Healthtech companies in the UK.

Sancho Simmonds

Sancho is a partner at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and financial services group.

Jon Steinberg

Jon is Public Policy Manager, EMEA at Google where he works on economic issues across Europe, demonstrating the economic impact of the Internet and building support for entrepreneurs and scale-ups across the region.

Peter Tufano

Peter was appointed Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School in July 2011 and is a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Our committee members

Evidence Committee

Tera Allas

Visiting Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute

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Siri Arntzen

Consultant, City Economics, Arup

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Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Founder, Genius Foods

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Sherry Coutu CBE

Author of the Scale-up Report and Chair of the ScaleUp Institute

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Cathy Garner

Non-Executive Director, various

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Thomas Hoegh

Investor and Entrepreneur

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Tamara Rajah

Founder and CEO of Live Better With

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Professor Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean & Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, Oxford University

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Talent and Skills Committee

Dr Deborah Buckley-Golder

Head of Innovation Talent and Skills, Innovate UK

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Sherry Coutu CBE

Author of the Scale-up Report and Chair of the ScaleUp Institute

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Dr David Docherty

Chair at Placer - work experience platform

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Ty Goddard

Co-Founder, The Education Foundation

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Claudia Harris

CEO, Careers Enterprise Company

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Charlotte Keenan

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

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Kirstie Mackey

Head of LifeSkills, Barclays

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Jon Steinberg

Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google

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Leadership Committee

Richard Heggie

Co-Head High Growth and Entrepreneurs, Barclays

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Professor Andrew James

Associate Dean, Business Engagement, Alliance Manchester Business School

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Charlotte Keenan

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

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Anne Kiem

CEO, Chartered ABS

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Geoff Lawrence

General Manager, Vistage

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John Morris

Scale-Up Lead, Smith & Williamson

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Stephen Pegge

Managing Director, Commercial Finance at UK Finance

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Claire Ruskin

CEO, Cambridge Network

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Professor Eleanor Shaw

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

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Jon Steinberg

Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google

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Sarah Underwood

Director and Associate Professor of Enterprise, Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, University of Leeds

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Dr Fiona Whitehurst

Senior Lecturer in Management and Director of Impact, Newcastle University Business School

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Access to Markets Committee

Paul Bowman

Vertical Head of International, Business Banking, Barclays

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Ben Brabyn

Head of Level39

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Stephen Drew

Partner, Head of International Services, Smith and Williamson

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Jean-Marc Frangos

Managing Director, External Innovation, BT

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David Golding

Head of North America and Global Networks, Innovate UK

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Chris Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research, Nesta

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Richard Hill

MD, Automotive & Manufacturing, Large Corporate & Sectors, RBS

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Richard Jeffery

Director of Business Growth, The Growth Company

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Mark Ling

Managing Director, Santander UK

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Lara Morgan

Founder, Companyshortcuts.com

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Andy Page

CEO, Sharing in Growth UK Ltd.

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Simon Shooter

Partner, Bird & Bird

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Jeremy Silver

CEO, Digital Catapult

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Natasha Thomas

Director of Government Relations, Sage

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Elizabeth Vega

Global CEO, Informed Solutions

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Finance and Risk Committee

Steve Bates

CEO, BioIndustry Association

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Shiona Davies

Director, BVA-BDRC

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David Gammon

Founder & CEO, Rockspring

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Michael Higgins

Non-Executive Director, Quoted Companies Alliance

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Keith Morgan

CEO, British Business Bank

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Luca Peyrano

Head of Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange

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Guy Rigby

Partner, Smith & Williamson

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Juliet Rogan

Co-Head, High Growth and Entrepreneurs, Barclays

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Luis Santos

Head of Lending, Business Banking, Barclays

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Sam Smith

CEO, finnCap

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Marcus Stuttard

Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange

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George Whitehead

Venture Partner Manager, Octopus

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Henry Whorwood

Head of Research & Consultancy, Beauhurst

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Governance

The ScaleUp Institute is a private sector, not-for-profit company focused on making the UK the best place in the world to scale up a business.

We are governed by our Main Board which comprises independent directors and directors from the membership as well as the CEO. Day to day operational management is delegated to the CEO.

Main board meetings are held quarterly and our advisory council, comprised of all supporters, meets twice a year. To ensure a strong governance a number of main board sub committees have been established. These include:

  • Nomination and remuneration committee
  • Audit and Risk committee
  • Evidence Committee
  • Thematic Committees covering the core areas of need for scaleups