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 for investors. He puts a big part of this down to his persistent challenging of entrepreneurs. Heath is the Chief Commercial Officer of Shadow Foundr, playing a major role in deal flow and vetting opportunities to get the best possible deal for Shadow Foundr’s investor network. Part of his remit includes working alongside Family Offices, Private Equity Groups and Venture Capital firms to introduce the companies for which Shadow Foundr has previously raised seed funding, to assist in further rounds of institutional funding.

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 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 around the world.

David Mansfield Chairman of the Advisory Board

David spent his early career in the commercial operations of Scottish Television PLC and Thames Television PLC. Following successful periods in both organisations he joined the main board of Capital Radio PLC as Commercial Director. During the following 13 years, the company successfully outperformed most other mainstream consumer facing media and grew from two London radio stations to a national organisation. As the company's CEO for 8 years he completed the merger with GWR PLC creating the largest commercial radio group in Europe, a company of circa £750M market capitalisation before leaving the organisation in 2006.

In the following years, David was a director of several PLC and private companies including Carphone Warehouse PLC, Game Group PLC and Ingenious Media PLC. Currently he is chairman and investor in several fast growth early stage companies, primarily in the online sector, including chairman of RAJAR LTD, a director of Results International and a founding partner of The Drive Partnership.

David was a Visiting Fellow of The University of Oxford for 8 years and is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Cass Business School. He joins us as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Shadow Foundr.

Paul Jenkinson Advisory Board

Based in the Midlands, Paul has vast commercial experience not only with his own businesses, but also as a mentor to many other start-ups in the region. His extensive experience in the start-up and fundraising arena included five years as Regional Manager for Connect Midlands, where his team helped start-ups and SME's in the region raise £100m of funding; and four years with Beer & Partners, where he became Regional Director.

Paul has an MBA from Manchester Business School and studied Civil Engineering and Economics. He spent twenty years in industry with Blue Circle, BPB Industries, British Gypsum, and Anglian Water (building products and utilities) in a variety of strategic planning and line management roles.

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.  

Damian McShane Investor Relations

After enjoying a successful career in the Real Estate and Reversions sectors, working for some prominent firms both in London and in Dubai, Damian became Head of Investor Relations for a leading UK Private Equity firm 2010, where his primary role was to develop relationships with investors, helping to ensure they had a good understanding of the opportunities being promoted and guiding them through the process from start to finish. Having been at the start-up coal face for 6 years, Damian has an excellent understanding of this sector and what makes a business succeed.

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.

Jamie Davies Partnerships Director

Jamie joined the Shadow Foundr team in 2016 following his departure from the City having worked for many years in Corporate Finance and Property. Specialising in raising capital for new businesses Jamie brings not only a wealth of experience in the SEIS & EIS sectors but also an extensive network of High Net Worth Individual's, Private Banks & Family Offices.

As a Partnership Director Jamie will be working with professional networks of Private Client Lawyers, Corporate Lawyers, IFA's, Wealth Mangers, Fund Managers and SEIS/EIS platforms to assist in the fund raising for new business opportunities and entrepreneurs.

Richard Startup Developer & Testing

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 Acquisitions Analyst

Currently, an Economics student at Loughborough University, Giorgi is passionate about start-ups, private-equity and the way FinTech can transform the world of financial services. As part of the Acquisitions Team, Giorgi helps to assess and conducts extensive due diligence on all deals presented to Shadow Foundr. By liaising with entrepreneurs and working closely alongside the Investor Relations team, Giorgi is actively engaged in the fundraising process from the very point of sourcing new opportunities, downstream all the way through to the launch of a deal to Shadow Foundr's Private Investor Network, and ultimately the Crowd.

Bobby Dee Video Producer

After completing a film degree, Bobby had a brief stint in journalism (Fortean Times and Bizarre Magazine) before moving into video production. Working at Smoke & Mirrors, one of the top VFX boutiques in Soho, as the in-house Final Cut editor, on both client work and internal reels, Bobby helped oversee the transition of deliverables from tape to new media. Taking an opportunity to work abroad, he moved to Amsterdam where he worked for the European office of ADK, one of Japan's top ad agencies, as an AV Director, overseeing all in-house video production, including creating internet virals and site specific content for clients such as Puma, Sony, The Dutch National Ballet and the Sci-Fi Channel. Since returning to the UK in 2008, Bobby’s focus has been on creating HD and 4k video and motion graphic work for the internet. Clients have included Vice, The i360, Marriott, Laura Ashley, Berghaus, Jane Norman, Kinetica, Dell, Triumph, LG, Philips, Speedo, Barclays, Tesco, The National Gallery, Berghaus and Laura Ashley.

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