Board of Directors

The Baronsmead Venture Trust board of directors are listed below

Peter Lawrence (Chairman)

Peter Lawrence

Peter was appointed to the Board on 8 February 2016 following the merger of Baronsmead VCT plc and the Company (the Merger). Peter joined the board of Baronsmead VCT plc in November 1999, and became Chairman in 2009. Peter was also a prior Chairman of Baronsmead VCT 5 plc before retiring in 2010. Peter is currently chairman of ECO Animal Health Group plc, an AIM-traded company which he founded in 1972. Peter is also the chairman of Amati AIM VCT plc and of Anpario plc, which is traded on AIM. Peter is also a Director of Algatechnologies Limited, which is a private equity backed company.

Valerie Marshall

Valerie Marshall

Valerie was appointed to the Board on 8 February 2016 following the merger with Baronsmead VCT plc where she served as a director from November 2009. Previously, she was corporate finance director at stockbrokers Greig Middleton & Co Ltd, and formerly invested in growing companies with both 3i plc and the Scottish Development Agency. She has also been chair of the Council of the University of Kent and deputy chair of the Committee of University Chairs. She was also treasurer and trustee of the British Science Association, established by Royal Charter. Valerie is CEO of Stratagem Corporate Finance and Strategy Ltd, a non-executive director of Marshall Capital Limited. She is also a non-executive director of Town and Country Housing Group and an investment committee member of the Angel Co-Investment Fund.

Les Gabb

Les was appointed to the Board on 8 February 2016 following the merger with Baronsmead VCT plc where he served as a director from May 2014. He studied biochemistry at Oxford University and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in 1987. For 10 years, Les was the managing director of the London subsidiary of the Bank of Bermuda with responsibility for the finance function of the Bank’s European group. Since 2000 Les has been Finance Partner at Advent Venture Partners and currently holds a similar role at the recently formed Felix Capital Partners. Les is an Associate of the Institute of Taxation, and a previous member of the BVCA Legal and Technical committee and the EVCA Venture Capital Council.

Susannah Nicklin

Black and white portrait of Susannah Nicklin

Susannah joined the Board on 21 February 2018. She is an investment and financial services professional with 20 years of experience in executive roles at Goldman Sachs and Alliance Bernstein in the US, Australia and the UK. She has also worked in the social impact private equity sector with Bridges Ventures, the Global Impact Investing Network and Impact Ventures UK. Susannah was previously a director of Baronsmead VCT plc. Susannah is a non-executive director and senior independent director at Pantheon International Plc and City of London Investment Group plc, and a non-executive director of The North American Income Trust plc and Amati AIM VCT plc.