Naz Craft Chief Executive Officer

Naz Craft as well as the CEO of Shadow Foundr is also a partner of Hypa Management LLP Hypa Management, which has arranged over £50 million in private equity investments from professional investors. Naz has worked for over 20 years in the financial sector for various international financial institutions, trading and promoting equities and equity related derivatives. Naz was also a Director of Global Equities and Equity Derivative Trading for Strategic Asset Management in Bermuda; Head of Equity Derivatives Trading for Credit Lyonnais Securities Derivatives in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London; a Senior Derivatives Trader for Bankers Trust International, London and New York and also worked for Citibank in New York and London.

Jason Kluver Chief Operations Officer

Having spent the past 6 years in the private equity and crowdfunding space, Jason has been at the forefront of alternative finance in the UK during its formative period. He has helped grow an active professional investor network of around 1,000 individuals and overseen start-up fund raises totalling more than £30 million. A Journalism graduate from the University of Queensland in Australia, Jason worked through the ranks of Australia’s largest regional television network for 5 years, prior to relocating to the UK in 2002 when he began working with Europe’s largest commercial radio group, Capital Radio. Jason is passionate about putting the investor at the core of crowdfunding, to create an industry that is sustainable and rewarding for everyone.

Heath Lansbury Chief Commercial Officer

Heath has been actively raising private equity since 2010. Over this time, he has learned how to sift through piles of opportunities to pick the right one to present to investors. He puts a big part of this down to his persistently challenging entrepreneurs. Heath is a founder of Shadow Foundr and is also the Chief Commercial Officer, playing a major role in deal flow and vetting opportunities to get the best possible deal for Shadow Foundr's premier private investor network.

His remit also includes feeding Family Offices, Private Equity Groups, Venture Capital firms, Wealth and Fund Managers de-risked opportunities that Shadow Foundr have previously funded via their network on rounds leading up to Series A. Once the companies are at the Series A round, the bigger institutions inject large sums for the companies to scale and grow rapidly, which in turn increases the share price for Shadow Foundr's investors.

Heath is a graduate of the Queensland Film & Television Academy, Australia. Heath spent 10 years with Network Ten Australia (Television), designing marketing campaigns for national advertising agencies with clients such as McDonalds, L'Oreal and Coca Cola, and had a subsequent 3 years with Capital Radio Group in London. After moving out of media, Heath successfully established a Business 2 Business arm with a UK property investment group, which turned over in excess of £300 million. In January 2010, Heath played an integral part in setting up the commercialisation side of the Ideas Factory by aligning with JV partners, implementing key operational processes and systems, and building on the ever-growing private investor network not just in the UK but globally.

Alex Kerr Chief Technical Officer

Alex brings with him over 10 years’ commercial experience in designing, building and leading the implementation of digital programmes.  With a passion for user-centred software development & design, and a speciality in agile and waterfall software development, Alex has worked with many businesses (including start-ups), helping them develop high end digital product offerings designed to maximize revenue and achieve business goals.

With primary specialities that cover software development, project management and digital strategy; more specifically, Alex designs, builds and implements revenue generating digital initiatives which are designed around the user journey. He has a successful track record in project management, implementing digital projects from both a commercial and technical stand point; Alex’s ability to work across the commercial, design and technical levels of software projects enables him to ensure the full end to end solution fulfils and often exceeds client expectations.  

Tom Hodkinson Investor Relations

After graduating from the University of Staffordshire with a degree in IT, Tom began his career with a property investment company, where for 6 years he specialised in equity release. It was during that time, Tom developed his investor relations skills. He then transferred these skills to the private equity/crowdfunding space, and for the past 4 years has been part of a team that has raised in excess of £30 million for start-up companies.

Richard Startup Developer & QA

Having a passion for all things Tech, Richard has been using and working with technology his whole life. After graduating from Reading University, he moved into  QA and Software Testing at one of the world’s leading test houses. He progressed from Testing to Senior Project Management, handling some of the company’s leading clients, while devising and streamlining the testing and reporting process. He then moved in the Private Equity arena, where he spent several years honing his talent for structure and processes within a regulatory environment, before coming on board as Chief Technical Support for Shadow Foundr.

Matt Whelan Developer

Matt has a passion for new technology and finding ways it can be used to help a business achieve its goals. He joined Shadow Foundr at the beginning of 2017 to assist in the development of the Shadow Foundr platform.

Originally from a finance background, Matt is a self-taught Web Developer who took to the digital sphere back in 2002. At that time, Matt developed several successful online businesses based around mobile communications. Matt then went on to a freelance consulting role, helping his clients develop, market and operate their online business using a wide range of technologies and development methodologies.

In his spare time, Matt recently completed a BSc hons in computer science.

Giorgi Chikviladze Origination Manager

An economics graduate from Loughborough University, Giorgi is passionate about startups, private equity and the way FinTech can transform the world of financial services. As an origination manager at Shadow Foundr, Giorgi is responsible for onboarding, due diligence and managing the fund-raising process for new startup opportunities, from origination through to launch of these deals on Shadow Foundr’s Crowdfunding Platform. 

Fedor Pankratov Commercial Manager

Having graduated from the University of St Andrews with MA Management degree in 2017, Fedor has already acquired a wealth of experience across the fields of Finance, Management Consulting, HR, Digital Marketing & Events. Having a passion for Tech and operational excellence, he is currently involved extensively with a startup ecosystem by consulting startups and being a mentor at the NatWest Accelerator program. As part of his role at Shadow Foundr, Fedor is monitoring the operational side of the company and brings efficiency to the internal processes, as well as being extensively involved with Marketing & Events at Shadow Foundr.