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Gareth Burchell

Head of Stockbroking

Gareth began his career in the Insurance industry and spent 3 years at RBS Insurance prior to setting his sights on a career in the city. His financial career began as a trainee Stockbroker in 2003 and he has spent his time trading Equity markets ranging from FTSE 100 companies, right through to small cap and fledgling stocks. He has developed strong and lasting relationships with corporate brokers, market makers and market professionals throughout London. Gareth has obtained the Diploma in Private Client Investment Advice and Management (Level 6).

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Barry Downes

Chief Investment Officer

Barry is CIO of Suir Valley Funds and also Chairman of TSSG, a leading technology Research Institute, Incubator and Accelerator, which has raised over €90 million to date. Previously, a Founder of FeedHenry, a software technology company acquired in 2014 for $82M by RedHat Inc. Barry holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School, a BSc in Applied Computing from WIT and has executive education qualifications from Haas Business School at UC Berkeley (in VC) and also Harvard Law School. Barry was recently named one of the top Irish software superstars by Silicon Republic.


Nick Price

Partner

Nick began his career in 1982 as a Eurobond trader with SGST Securities, a subsidiary of Societe Generale, before joining a private bank, BSI, as a fund manager. After completing an MBA he worked as a consultant on a number of alternative investment projects and in 2003 joined hedge-fund manager Continuous Time Finance LLP as their COO. He has been the Fund Manager of AM2 (Bermuda) Limited since inception (2006) and co-manages the New Science Global Healthcare Fund. Nick is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate from the UK Society of Investment Professionals.

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Dr. Wang Chong

Partner

Following a medical degree and MBA, Wang worked in the healthcare/lifesciences industry for 27 years and 13 years in the financial sector. He offers a unique combination of world class healthcare industry operational expertise and financial skills. When CEO and CFO of UK premium-listed biopharmaceutical and medical diagnostic companies, he achieved two FDA product approvals and two multinational out-licensing deals with Unilever plc and Schering Plough Inc. He is experienced in fundraising for and listing small to mid-cap companies, and been instrumental in raising over £60 million. Wang is President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Pharmaceutical Medicine & Research Section.

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Simon Leathers

Corporate Finance

Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999, and has over 16 years of corporate finance experience with Evolution Securities, Daniel Stewart & Co, Fox-Davies Capital and BDO LLP. He has provided financial and regulatory advice to a number of private and public companies in retained and transaction roles. He has acted as lead corporate finance adviser on a broad range of transaction types, and in doing so fulfilled the role of Nominated Adviser for the LSE’s AIM market and sponsor for the LSE’s Main Market.


Brian Kinane

Business Development

Brian is an experienced industry software, tech entrepreneur and investment manager. He has extensive corporate technology experience from product management roles at global telecom companies such as Ericsson Group and Telenor Group. Additionally, Brian has deep operational experience as a founding shareholder and board director of a number of high tech start-ups backed by international VCs including Feedhenry where he worked with Barry Downes. He has had a successful track record as a hedge fund growth capital investment manager funding over 60 companies. Education includes BA Mod Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and MBAs London and Columbia Business Schools.


Cian Hughes

Venture Partner

Cian Hughes is a Cambridge, UK based venture capitalist and technology entrepreneur with over 20 years operational experience in the areas of venture capital, accelerators, executive networks, software solutions, mobile platforms and supply chain operations.

Previously Cian was an executive with Lotus Inc. (now IBM), Intel Corporation and Palm Inc. as well as being Vice President of Operations for the San Francisco and San Jose, CA based Silicon Valley Global (SVG) Partners. In addition to venture capital and software executive positions, he also ran a solar manufacturing facility in Cardiff Wales and global smartphone repair, service and reverse logistics centers in the Czech Republic and the UK.

Cian holds a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from University College Dublin (UCD) and a post-graduate higher diploma in Business Management from Trinity College Dublin (TCD).


Isabelle O’Keeffe

Principal

Isabelle is a Principal at Suir Valley Ventures where she focuses on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in areas including AR/VR, IoT and Fintech. Her previous experience has been working across the telco, technology and media sectors in London, Madrid and the Nordics.

Isabelle started her career at Telefonica on the Corporate Development & M&A team focused on acquiring and investing into companies in the following areas; SaaS, M2M, FinTech, Security, IoT and AdTech. Isabelle also supported Telefonica’s venture capital arm based in Silicon Valley with investments such as Box.com and Blueliv (Cyber Security) and also worked closely with the Wayra Academy (Telefonica’s Accelerator Programme) in London. She then went on to the Venture arm of Norwegian Media Group Schibsted, sourcing and managing Seed, Series A and upwards investments into marketplaces, prop-tech, fintech and deep tech companies.

Immediately before joining Suir Valley she worked at the Barclays Fintech Accelerator Programme powered by Techstars, working closely with start-ups and helping them to build and grow their businesses. During her career she’s been involved in numerous deals and investment decisions helping to identify potential investee companies.


Brian Kinane

Partner

Brian is an experienced industry software, tech entrepreneur and investment manager. He has extensive corporate technology experience from product management roles at global telecom companies such as Ericsson Group and Telenor Group. Additionally, Brian has deep operational experience as a founding shareholder and board director of a number of high tech start-ups backed by international VCs including FeedHenry where he worked with Barry Downes. He has had a successful track record as a hedge fund growth capital investment manager funding over 60 companies.