Our People

Irene Graham

CEO

Irene is the CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute. A former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank where she held both European and global managing director roles, she set up, ran and scaled several of the bank’s key client and product businesses and led several global M&A activities. Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the British Bankers Association (BBA) responsible for Commercial Banking. She led the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEOs of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor, and Mentorsme as well as many other key export and business policy initiatives on which Irene advised Government and industry. She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on the advisory boards of the UK Business Angels Association, Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative and Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Irene has a small, permanent staff who also draw on the expertise of the ScaleUp Institute’s supporters and partners. The ScaleUp Institute has a high-calibre board and a wealth of committee members and ambassadors drawn from renowned entrepreneurs, academics, captains of industry, leading financiers and corporates all of whom will help steer its work and growth.

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 Scale-Up Institute and Founders4Schools. She is a non-executive director for the London Stock Exchange Group and Zoopla. She also is a Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London and serves on the Science, Industry and Translation Committee of the Royal Society. Sherry was awarded the CBE for services to entrepreneurship in 2013. In 2014 she authored the Scale-Up Report from which the Scale-Up Institute has been created.

Louis Glass

Louis is a partner at the law firm Olswang LLP, specialising in M&A, fundraisings, JVs and restructuring with a particular focus on transactions in the tech, telecoms, internet and e-commerce sectors. Louis is also a Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charitable foundation established to promote the teaching of computer science and related topics to children by developing and marketing an ultra-low-cost computer.

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. Thomas sits on the boards of Kenshoo, the Met Film School, Kebony, and Plan-UK. He is a visiting professor at Kanazawa Institute of Technology and from 2013 has served as a trustee of the Wim Wenders Foundation.

Reid Hoffman

Reid is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author, and is best known as a co-founder of LinkedIn. He serves on the boards of Kiva.org, Mozilla, Endeavor Global and Do Something. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab and is Chair of the Advisory Board for QuestBridge. Reid is a graduate of Stanford University and Wolfson College, Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

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.

Previously, Charlotte was the Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation where she was integral in devising, building and developing all the Foundation’s global programmes as well as leading the strategic vision of the Foundation. She also serves on the Board of the Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience.

Martha Lane-Fox

Businesswoman, philanthropist, and public servant, Martha Lane-Fox co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website lastminute.com. Martha was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in March 2013. She is currently founder and executive chair of doteveryone.org.uk – the first institute dedicated to making Britain brilliant in the networked age. She is also chair of Go On UK, LuckyVoice (which she founded) and Makie Lab, and serves on the boards of the Creative Industries Federation and the Open Data Institute. In 2014, she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University.

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. He has over 16 years of experience in the industry. Luca started at Borsa Italiana in 1999, responsible for admitting companies to list on the Italian market and then moved on to manage the SME market offering until 2007. Following the merger with London Stock Exchange, he took on his current position as head of primary markets Europe. Prior to Borsa Italiana, Luca worked in the consumer goods sector and in the automotive industry. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and received an MBA from IMD in Lausanne. Luca is a lecturer at several business schools and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for OIV, the Italian organization to set and update Italian Valuation Standards applicable to companies, financial instruments and tangible assets.

Tamara Rajah

Tamara is an entrepreneur and founder of Live Better With, a healthcare e-commerce start-up for patients with long-term conditions. She has been published widely on high growth entrepreneurship and on what it takes for start-ups to scale to their fullest potential. She has presented on these topics at several global forums including MIT, the G8 Innovation Conference, the World Bank and Bloomberg. Tamara is a former partner at McKinsey & Company who led the firm’s knowledge and client work on entrepreneurship in life sciences, digital and technology.

Jon Rhodes

Jon is Director of External Affairs, Marketing and Communications at BGF and a member of the senior management team. He leads BGF’s in-house media and communications function, and is responsible for PR, marketing and key corporate sponsorships. Prior to joining BGF, he was at Brunswick. He is a trustee of Debate Mate, a charity dedicated to running school debating clubs in areas of high child poverty.

Sancho Simmonds

Sancho is a partner at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and financial services group. He and his team provide a full range of commercial, financial and taxation services to entrepreneurs and their companies, from earlier stage to fully listed entities. Sancho’s client portfolio focuses on scaleup businesses across a variety of sectors, many of which have international operations. He is Chairman of the Nexia International audit committee and a member of the ICAEW.

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. He serves on a number of advisory boards including the Camden Business Board and the Knowledge Quarter. Before moving to London, Jon served as Deputy Communications Director for US Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and on political campaigns including John Kerry’s 2004 run for US President and Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for US Senate.

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. Prior to joining Oxford, Peter was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School for 22 years. He is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business. In 2000, he founded (and now chairs) the Doorways to Dreams Fund, which works with partners to help low income households successfully manage their financial needs.

Our Committee members

Evidence Committee

Tera Allas

Visiting Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute
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Sherry Coutu CBE

Author of the Scale-up Report and Chair of the Scaleup Institute
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Thomas Hoegh

Investor and Entrepreneur
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Anders Hoffman

Deputy Director General, Danish Business Authority
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Reid Hoffman

Co-Founder of LinkedIn
Partner, Greylock
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Professor Daniel Isenberg

Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice, Babson Executive and Enterprise Education
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Martha Lane Fox

Businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant
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Rhett Morris

Founder, Knight Foundation
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Professor Henry Overman

Professor, Department of Geography & Environment; Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, LSE
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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 David Docherty

CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business
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Ian Fordham

Co-Founder, The Education Foundation
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Claudia Harris

CEO, Careers Enterprise Company
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Lee Hopley

Chief Economist, EEF
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Charlotte Keenan

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
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Kirstie Mackey

Life Skills, Head of Retail Bank UK Media Relations, Barclays
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Jon Steinberg

Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
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Leadership Committee

Jonathan Brech

Development Director, Cambridge Network
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Professor Mark Hart

Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston 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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Stephen Pegge

Group External Relations Director, Lloyds Banking Group
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Dominic Schofield

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
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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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Access to Markets Committee

Andy Page

CEO, Sharing in Growth UK Ltd.

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Richard Hill

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

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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

Chris Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research, Nesta
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Mark Ling

Managing Director, Santander UK
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Rebecca McNeil

Chief Operating Officer, Business Banking, Barclays UK
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Lara Morgan

Founder, Companyshortcuts.com
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Jon Rhodes

Director of External Affairs, Communications & Marketing, Business Growth Fund
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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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Simon Calver

Chair, UK Business Angels Association
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Shiona Davies

Director, BDRC

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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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Richard Phelps

Managing Director of Senior Relationship Management, Barclays Investment Bank
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Guy Rigby

Partner, Smith & Williamson
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Sam Smith

CEO, finnCap
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Marcus Stuttard

Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange
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Tim Ward

Chief Executive, Quoted Companies Alliance
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George Whitehead

Venture Partner Manager, Octopus
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Ambassadors

Tudor Aw

Partner, Technology Sector Head, KPMG Europe LLP
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Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Ltd;
Founding Chairman of UK India Business Council
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Mike Blackburn

Northwest Regional Director, BT

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Chris Blundell

Partner, Brunswick

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Jon Bradford

Managing Director, TechStars
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Rowena Burns

CEO, Manchester Science Partnerships
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Edward Bussey

Founder and CEO, Quill
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Claire Cockerton

Chairman, Pivotal Innovations
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Louise Conolly-Smith

Senior Key Account Manager – North America, London and Partners
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Janet Coyle

Principal Adviser, London & Partners; Non-Executive Director, Rocketseed
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Julian David

CEO, TechUK
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Jacqueline de Rojas

EVP, Sage; President, techUK; Non-Executive Director, Rightmove
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Gi Fernando

Serial entrepreneur
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Nick Giles

Cofounder, Seven Hills Group
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Daniel Glazer

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
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Chris Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research, Nesta
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Michael Hayman

Co-founder, Seven Hills Group
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Davor Hebel

Partner, Fidelity Growth Partners
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Brent Hoberman

Executive Chairman, Founders Factory
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Paul Hofheinz

President and Co-Founder, The Lisbon Council asbl
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Adam Jackson

Head of Government Affairs, Marketing & Business Development, Grant Thornton UK LLP

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Claire Johnson

CEO and Founder, The Up Group
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Elizabeth Kanter

Director Government Relations and Public Policy, Cabinet Office
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Sandy Kennedy

CEO, Entrepreneurial Scotland
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Shalini Khemka

CEO, E2Exchange
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James Klein

Partner, Corporate Team, Penningtons Manches
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Bethany Koby

Cofounder and CEO, Technology Will Save Us
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James Layfield

CEO, Central Working
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Alastair Lukies

Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
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Mike Lynch

Founder, Invoke Capital

Stephen Maher

CEO, MBA
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Ruth McKernan

CEO, Innovate UK
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Frank Meehan

Co-Founder & General Partner, Sparklabs Global Ventures

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Caroline Norbury

CEO, Creative England

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Kathryn Parsons

Cofounder and co-CEO, Decoded
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Russ Shaw

Founder, Tech London Advocates
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Jeremy Silver

CEO, Digital Catapult Centre

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Jenny Tooth

CEO, UKBA

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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