Meet some of the mentors taking part in our First Bourne accelerator with Silicon South.
David and Lynn Colman - Business Mentors
Under the guise of DAL Strategy Ltd, are seasoned Angel Investors, Property Investors and Business Mentors. Current investments include Phundee.com and Britrox.com. David and Lynn are also Non Executive Board Members of Silicon South which is a Non-for-profit organisation tasked with growing the digital/creative sector on the South Coast of the UK. Lynn and David are also past Directors of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Previously Lynn was an Associate Director and Consultant in the Lloyds of London reinsurance market. David is an acknowledged expert in the strategy, design and delivery of Global Digital Banking including International Trade Finance and is Non Executive Director of Sage Payments Ltd, a FinTech disrupter providing payments services within Sage accounting and payroll software. Previously, David was Chairman of Bournemouth Community Finance Ltd and Global Head of Digital Banking Change Delivery, Commercial Banking for HSBC Group.
Hatty Fawcett - Owner, Focused For Business
Hatty Fawcett runs Focused for Business and has helped many start-ups and small businesses become “investor ready” and raise investment. having raised £250,000 through crowdfunding and angel investment for her own business, she now regularly speaks on crowdfunding and is an active blogger on the subject of raising investment. Hatty is a Regional Manager for Angels Den, the Business Angel Network and crowdfunding platform and is a Talent Spotter for The Start-up Funding Club.
Steve Royffe - Investor and NED
Steve is a qualified accountant with an illustrious finance career spanning over three decades working with international companies, banks and UK PLCs. This includes a speciality of turning around under performing / failing projects including business transformation, acquisitions and finance IT. Since 2010, he has been an investor/NED establishing successful start and scale-up companies, where roles include strategic planning and securing growth finance and leading successful exits. Key relationships include Business Angel networks, Crowd Funders, VCs. Experience spans multiple sectors, including leading, Media & Communications, Film & TV production companies, Fin Tech, Green Energy, Banking/Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals.
Lee Noon - Director of Digital & Marketing at LV=
Lee joined LV= in March 2011 with the challenge of developing the digital capabilities within its Life & Pensions business. During the last 5 years he has successfully grown its digital brand, transformed its digital channels and distribution capabilities and gained industry recognition for its achievements in digital. Lee is also accountable for direct to consumer marketing and digital strategy across the wider LV= Group. Lee has an MSc degree in E-Business and an MBA from Manchester Business School and is also Board member of Silicon South, a non-profit organisation which promotes digital business in the South of UK.