We share a passion for working with entrepreneurial teams in fast-growing businesses. We have almost 100 years’ specialist venture capital experience between us, drawn from all areas of the unquoted investment sector.
Bill Cunningham - Co-Founder & CEO
Bill has been working in venture capital since 1999. Endeavour has raised over £125M for scalable, growth companies, the majority of which has been raised by Bill. In 2008, he undertook an MBI of a fully listed UK plc, taking the company private and which now successfully trades as Numecent Holdings Ltd. The company is rated by the International researcher, Gartner, with the sought after accolade of ‘Cool Vendor” – companies with this accolade historically are highly likely to be approached and make a successful trade sale.
Bill holds non-executive board positions, with Gazeal Ltd, Arquebus Ltd, The Grays Group Ltd, Lumejet Ltd, R5FX Ltd, and Omeira Studio Partners Ltd.
He is a graduate of Edinburgh University.
Magnus Macintyre - Chairman
Magnus is a serial entrepreneur and a serial investor in fast-growing companies. He has a broad and deep knowledge of business, having run a publishing company, an early dotcom, New Statesman magazine, a film and TV company and a renewable energy business. He founded and still runs a marketing and strategy consultancy. He brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the Endeavour team and draws on his experience of operations, marketing and team-building to aid our investment process. He has invested through Endeavour Ventures since 2008, before gradually taking a more active role in the company.
Magnus has a degree in Modern History from Jesus College, Cambridge, and is a published novelist.
Dr Richard Hargreaves - Co-Founder, Chair of the Advisory Board
Richard co-founded Endeavour Ventures in 2005 and has been investing and advising smaller companies for over 30 years. He began his career at 3i plc where he spent ten years before starting Baronsmead and launched one of the first VCTs – Baronsmead VCT.
He sold this to Friends Ivory & Sime plc in 1995 (later ISIS Equity Partners). Richard served as chairman of the British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (BVCA) and has significant experience as a non-executive director in both public and private company boards. His last book, How To Become A Business Angel encapsulates his experience of angel investing in smaller growth companies. He is a board member of several technology companies including AIM-listed mobile payments business Boku Inc.
He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has an MSc and PhD from Imperial College, London and is a confident French speaker.
Robert Jeens - Advisory Board Member
Robert is an experienced growth company investor who has invested in Endeavour deals since 2005, successfully exiting on several occasions.
He is a Non-Executive of the Chrysalis VCT, and is currently Chairman of Allianz Technology Trust plc, Remote Media Group Ltd., and a non-executive director of JPMorgan Russian Securities plc. Previous appointments include acting as chairman of nCipher plc and as a nonexecutive director of Henderson Group plc, TR European Growth Trust PLC and Dialight plc. During his executive career he was a partner in Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte) and subsequently finance director of Kleinwort Benson Group plc and Woolwich plc. Rob was an investor in Prot-x which became SagePay, and in Blue Prism Group Plc.
Mark Brownridge - Advisory Board Member & NED
Mark boasts over two decades of experience in Financial services, and is now Director-General of the EIS Association. Before this he was Head of Research and Development at Mazars, a leading UK financial planning firm. Mark is highly qualified being a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and previously sat on the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments Accredited firms committee and TISA’s Distribution Policy Council. Mark’s involvement with EIS began eight years ago and he has since championed EIS investing within a financial planning context and is extremely passionate about promoting the industry, increasing its effectiveness and ensuring the private sector continues to drive much needed funding to small companies.
Ashley Warden - Investment Director
Ashley is a finance-based leadership figure with direct experience of managing private equity backed businesses. He has operated variously at the level of MD or CFO with several enterprises, and has been involved in fintech and software start-ups, turnaround situations (as well as improving performance within established concerns) and enterprise acquisitions and sales. He maintains a portfolio of FD roles in technology businesses and is an advisor to a Corporate Finance House in London. He has been an investor in a private capacity and through Endeavour Ventures for over 10 years. Ashley sat on the selection panel on behalf of Microsoft for potential applicants to their Accelerator Program. He continues with the relationship assisting businesses contemplating the opportunity.
Peter Kirby - Finance Director
After graduating from Queens’ College, Cambridge Peter joined Shell.
He worked for other multinational organisations including a period in the USA for Consolidated Gold Fields in IT and troubleshooting. He has also worked as a manager for Deloitte Haskins and Sells and a major Lloyds Reinsurance broker
He moved his attention to working and supporting growing smaller cap companies and has many years experience managing support functions in a consultancy role.
He oversees financial control, administration, regulation and the compliance function at Endeavour.
Brendan Cluff - Investment Manager
Brendan has more than ten years of experience as a financial advisor, working with both High Net Worth Investors (HNWs) and corporates.
He joined Endeavour in 2010 where he has played a key role in fundraising for a wide number of unquoted companies. He has raised significant funds for Numecent Holdings, Naturally Scientific Technologies, Radient Technologies, G-volution and Lightsource. Prior to working with Endeavour, he was the Director of Earlmont Strategic, a financial planning company that grew out of Brendan’s successful city-based HNW tax advisory service, formed in 2008.
He has a degree in Commerce and Asian studies from the Australian National University and speaks Japanese.
Alex Ainley - Investment Manager
Alex has worked in an FCA regulated environment for 12 years, having started his career in broking as a derivatives trader. At Endeavour, he coordinates funding rounds, raises funds, and manages client relations. Alex also conducts a large amount of due diligence on our investments.
Before he worked in venture capital, Alex founded and ran M&P Partners, a systematic trading firm. He is a board advisor to R5FX Ltd. and Microshare Inc.
Mark Bunting - Associate
After Durham University, Mark started his career with Lloyds Bank International in Paris and has been a private client fund manager with Greig Middleton, Cazenove Capital Management, and the Dalton Strategic Partnership. Over the past six years Mark has been raising money for and advising small business owners, with particular emphasis on the technology sector. With more than three decades of extensive experience of business planning, financial modelling, and management information systems, Mark has assisted in helping many small businesses achieve their potential and served as an Angel Investor himself.
Tessa Laws - Legal Adviser
Tessa Laws is a qualified lawyer with seventeen years’ City legal experience working on flotations, investments and mergers in London, the UK and abroad.
She provides hands-on commercial advice and guidance to a wide range of clients.
She has been a shareholder and adviser to Endeavour Ventures since its formation. She has a vast range of experience and recent focused areas have included, renewable energy and media; advising management teams on share sales and acquisitions, public companies on their mergers, investment vehicles on their investments and individuals on their business structures.
A longstanding proponent of renewable energy, Tessa has assisted companies in the wind energy, solar and waste and she helped in creating the New Energy Awards in 2007. Tessa owns Franklin Rae PR, a TV PR provider.