We share a passion for working with entrepreneurial teams in fast-growing businesses. We have almost 50 years’ specialist venture capital experience between us, drawn from all areas of the unquoted investment sector.
Dr Richard Hargreaves - Founding Director
Richard co-founded Endeavour Ventures in 2006 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 (it later became ISIS Equity Partners). Richard was MD of their unquoted investment business at that time which had £180m funds under management.
Richard is a former chairman of the British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (BVCA). He has significant experience as a non- executive director on both public and private company boards.
Harriman House published his latest book called “How to become a business angel” in 2013 which encapsulates his experience of angel investing in smaller growth companies.
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.
Richard is a keen shot, particularly clay pigeon shooting and he loves photography, cycling, running and is an enthusiastic follower of Scandinavian TV drama!
Bill Cunningham - Founding Director
Bill and Richard have worked together in venture capital since 1999.
Endeavour has raised over £75M for scaleable, 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.
As a result of Bill raising over $35M for Numecent, the board and management have been strengthened, and the company turned around and relaunched. It has been introduced to top US technology analysts and has been recognised as the leading solution for the cloud delivery of graphic rich software solutions. Bill holds non-executive board positions, with Gazeal Ltd, Arquebus Ltd, Lumejet Ltd, and Omeira Studio Partners Ltd.
He is a graduate of Edinburgh University.
Bill when not preoccupied by the antics of three young daughters, he would like to be found skiing and fishing, and flying the occasional micro-lite.
James Eden - Associate
James was an economics graduate from Clare College, Cambridge.
He started his career as an analyst in 1997. He inititally focused on valuing intangible assets and then spent 2 years working in foreign exchange, before switching to equity research.
James was a highly respected analyst having worked at Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank AG, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Exane BNP Paribas. During his 9 years as a UK banks sell-side equity analyst, latterly also acting as Head of European Banks Research, he was ranked Number 1 European banks analyst (Thomson Extel Survey) on numerous occasions.
In 2012 he switched his focus from financial stocks to investing and advising UK small-cap quoted and private companies. He joined Endeavour Ventures in August 2013.
He sits on the board of Investor Networks Ltd and Microvisk Ltd.
James is a hands-on Dad and with two youngsters, when time allows, he loves to pursue his sporting passions of athletics and tennis.
Peter Kirby - Finance Director
Peter is a professional manager. After graduating from Queens’ College, Cambridge he 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.
Peter has 9 children and so spare time is at a premium! He is an enthusiastic walker, backpacker and cyclist and has a healthy interest in current affairs.
Brendan Cluff - Associate
Brendan has more than ten years experience as a financial adviser, working with both High Net Worth Investors (HNWs) and corporates.
He has played a key role in fundraising for a wide number of unquoted companies.
He has been working as an Associate of Endeavour since 2013. Prior to that he was a Director of Earlmont Strategic, this financial planning company grew out of Brendan’s successful city-based tax advisory service for HNWs that he formed in 2008.
Originally from Australia, Brendan has worked in both the public and private sector, including a period working for the Department of Defence.
He has a degree in Commerce and Asian studies from the Australian National University and speaks Japanese.
Brendan is an avid follower of cricket and loves to travel, whenever he gets the opportunity.
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 over 30 year’s extensive experience of business planning, financial modelling, and management information systems, Mark has assisted in helping many small businesses achieve their potential and acted as an Angel Investor himself.
Mark is married and has two grown up children. He is a member of the MCC and a keen golfer.
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.
Naomi Delaney - Investor Relations and Marketing
Naomi has over 20 years experience at management level in marketing and public relations, specialising in the financial services sector.
Having started her career in the banking sector, she moved into financial PR and investor relations working on flotations, M&A and MBO/MBIs with a wide range of small cap public companies.
In her late 20s, she joined the UK arm of a US advertising agency (Hill Holliday) and became a board director following an MBO. At this point, she moved from pure financial PR into specialising in the burgeoning financial services sector.
In 1990 she formed Delaney PR and grew it over 9 years. She worked with a wide range of financial services companies, before making a successful exit in 1999 with a sale to GCI UK Limited (part of the International Grey advertising company, now WPP).
She joined GCI in 1999 as Director and Head of Financial Services.
Since then she has supported numerous charitable organisations with their marketing and managed to still find time to support her husband, two children and two dogs!