Board of Directors
The Baronsmead Venture Trust board of directors are listed below
Peter joined the board of Baronsmead VCT plc in November 1999, and became Chairman in 2009. Peter is currently Chairman of the ECO Animal Health Group plc, an AIM-traded company which he founded in 1972. Peter is also a Director of Higher Nature Limited and Anpario Plc, which are both VCT backed companies and on AIM. Peter was a prior Chairman of Baronsmead VCT 5 plc before retiring in 2010.
Valerie was appointed to the board in November 2009. She is CEO of Stratagem Corporate Finance and Strategy Limited, chair of the Council of the University of Kent, a non-executive director of Fusion Lifestyle Limited and a former deputy chair of the Committee of University Chairs. Prior to this Valerie was Corporate Finance Director at Greig Middleton & Co Ltd, and worked at both 3i and the Scottish Development Agency.
Les joined the board in May 2014. Les qualified as a C.A. at KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock in 1987 and studied Biochemistry at Oxford University. For 9 years Les was the managing director and European finance controller of Bermuda International Investment Management (Europe). As the Chief Executive of this company, he was responsible for the finance function in the Bank of Bermuda European Group. He also worked at Credit Industriel et Commerciel et UEI, where for three years, he was the head of accounts in the London branch of the French Bank. Currently, Les is a finance partner at Advent Venture Partners and is responsible for all finance and administrative functions of the group. Les is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, a previous member of the BVCA Legal and Technical Committee, the EVCA Venture Capital Council, and the EC Tax Expert Group and cross-border venture capital investing.
Susannah Nicklin 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 is Senior Independent Director of Pantheon International plc, and a Non-Executive Director of City of London Investment Group plc and Amati VCT 2 plc. She is a CFA charter holder.