Our Team

Oxford Capital is an exciting place to work. We know how lucky we are to be part of a fast-growing business, and part of such a close-knit, hardworking and passionate team.

Our people have the depth and breadth of experience you might expect. But perhaps more importantly, we approach our work with one vital principle in mind – managing other people’s money as if it were our own. This shapes everything we do. From our open, honest and collaborative partnerships with entrepreneurs to the attentive, thoughtful and thorough service we provide to all our investors.

Edward Mott

Edward Mott
Managing Partner

Edward co-founded Oxford Capital in 1999 with the intent of broadening the access to private equity to wealthy families and corporations around the world as well as to institutional investors. He chairs the Investment Committee at Oxford Capital. With over 30 years of experience as a business leader, practical manager, investor and company director, Ted has worked with both mature listed businesses and younger high growth companies across a multitude of sectors. He has also been actively involved in a wide range of infrastructure projects. Following an early career in the US with Corning Glass Inc. where he was involved with the first commercialisation of fibre optics, he then pursued a career in investment banking with American, European and Asian banks in corporate finance, emerging markets and structured finance, before heading HSBC’s capital markets division based in Hong Kong. He later served the wealth manager GAM in London with responsibility for both institutional and private clients before founding Oxford Capital. Ted is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and an INSEAD MBA and is fluent in French and German. Ted is also a keen sailor and gardener.

 

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David Mott

David Mott
Managing Partner

David co-founded Oxford Capital and chairs the Management Committee. David leads the firm’s investment and portfolio management activities across both growth capital and infrastructure investments. During his career as an investment manager, he has led numerous investment and exit transactions, including both IPOs and acquisitions. David has advised the government and the European Commission on investment policy and is an active member of the BVCA’s venture capital committee. He is a member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization , London chapter. Prior to establishing Oxford Capital, David worked in London, Switzerland and Germany with Result Ventures, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and in Hong Kong with Jardine Fleming. David has a BA in Economics and Japanese from the University of Durham and completed the Private Equity leadership development programme at Harvard Business School. David speaks French, German and Japanese. David is a passionate collector of contemporary art and has represented Great Britain at masters level in Modern Pentathlon.

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Andrew Sherlock

Andrew Sherlock
Partner

Andrew has over 15 years of experience in quoted smaller companies with Cazenove, Goldman Sachs and latterly as a Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort, where he was Head of Small Cap Equities and responsible for all aspects of research and sales. Previously Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently worked for a number of years in industry with Mars in Russia and Procter & Gamble in the UK. Andrew read Economics and Politics at the University of Durham. He enjoys travel, theatre and sport.

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Lucy Dighton

Lucy Dighton
Partner, Finance & Operations

Lucy coordinates the resources of the firm through managing the operations, administration, finance, technology and compliance functions. Lucy trained as a healthcare analyst with Oxford Capital and previously gained experience in technology management with Synaptics UK, a spin-off from Scientific Generics in Cambridge. Lucy graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Physiological Sciences and is a chartered member of the Institute for Securities and Investment. In her spare time Lucy enjoys working on her allotment and scuba diving.

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Bobbie Alsworth

Bobbie Alsworth
Office Assistant

Bobbie assists the Team and also provides support to investor services. She graduated Portsmouth University with a BSc in Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and seeing friends..

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Thomas Attwooll

Thomas Attwooll
Associate, Private Clients

Tom is responsible for building and managing the relationships with private clients and their advisers. Prior to joining Oxford Capital , Tom worked in the UK with Deloitte and in Latin America with De Vere Group, one of the world’s largest wealth management firms where he developed his knowledge of sophisticated financial planning and client service. Tom has a degree in Economics from the University of Liverpool. Outside of the office he is a keen chef and cricketer.

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Jing Bai

Jing Bai
Senior Associate

Jing is part of the infrastructure investment team, sourcing, evaluating and screening potential deals and helping the team build a highly profitable investment portfolio. She has extensive experience in project valuation and management especially in renewable energy sector. Prior to joining Oxford Capital Jing gained experience in project investment with Consensus Business Group and asset management with Lightsource Renewable Energy. She also worked as M&A manager for a large Hong Kong and Shanghai listed integrated energy company based in Beijing. Jing graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Master’s Degree in Finance and Investment.

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Sachin Bhatia, CFA

Sachin Bhatia, CFA
Institutional Investor Relations

Sachin manages relationships with a number of institutional clients. Sachin has over 10 years experience in Asset Management, most recently working with Barings Asset Management as an Institutional Relationship Director. Previously Sachin has worked as an Investment Consultant at AonHewitt advising a portfolio of UK Defined Benefit Pension Schemes on all aspects of their Investment Strategy and Asset Allocation. Subsequent to this Sachin worked as a Business Development and Investment Consultant Relationship Manager at BlueCrest Capital Management, one of the largest multi-strategy Hedge Funds in Europe. Sachin read Economics at Queen Mary College, University of London. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, cinema and has a keen interest in amateur music production.

Åsa Blidegård

Åsa Blidegård
Investment Adviser, Swiss Office

Åsa is responsible for building and supporting Oxford Capital's relationships with international investors. A specialist in biotechnology and healthcare, Åsa previously gained experience in marketing technology management and healthcare as Director of Medtronic and Serono International, and went on to be Director of Arlington Group Limited, in the UK, where she established Arlington Diversified Capital. Åsa graduated from the University of Lund and later gained an MBA from Cranfield University, enabling her to combine scientific expertise with business insight.

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Eleanor Bracher

Eleanor Bracher
Office Assistant

Eleanor provides office support to the team as well as assisting with event management. She Graduated Nottingham Trent University with a BSc in Equestrian Sports Science. Outside of work she enjoys riding and travelling.

David Brister

David Brister
Operating Partner

David assists with new investments and contributes to the development of portfolio companies with a focus on healthcare and life sciences. David has over 20 years experience in both private equity and in operational roles and was instrumental in the successful development of venture capital businesses at 3i and MVM. During that time he was responsible for many successful investments and exits including Cambridge Antibody Technology (listed in 1997 and acquired by AstraZeneca for £702m), Acambis (listed in 1995 and acquired by Sanofi Pasteur for £276m) and Oxford GlycoSciences (listed in 1998 and acquired by Celltech for £102m) and was chairman of Domantis (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline for £230m). More recently he was Chief Business Officer and a member of the executive management team that transformed Evotec (listed on NASDAQ and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) through a series of M&A transactions. David is currently Chairman or Non-Executive Director of several high growth life science and technology companies. David holds a BSc in Genetics & Zoology from Sheffield University.

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Kimberley Marvell Curry

Kimberley Marvell Curry
Associate

Kimberley started her career in corporate finance, focusing on smaller companies, at UBS Limited and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, before moving to ING Barings, where she led an M&A transaction team specialising in European TMT. Kimberley holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. In her spare time she enjoys catamaran sailing.

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James Faulkner

James Faulkner
Manager, Private Clients

James is responsible for strengthening and extending Oxford Capital’s fundraising capability and works principally with our private investors and their advisors. With over 20 years experience of business development and relationship management, James most recently worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

James is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment and has diplomas in Business Administration & Management and Investment Advice. In his spare time, when he’s not walking the family dog, James enjoys keeping fit and regularly competes in triathlons.

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Lucy Foster

Lucy Foster
Head of Investor Services

Lucy is responsible for Investor Services. Previously Lucy worked at Ennismore Fund Management, a hedge fund investing in European smaller companies. Lucy began her career working in private client services at Union Bancaire Privee and Morgan Stanley. Lucy graduated from Durham University with a BA in French. In her spare time Lucy enjoys playing tennis and golf and is a keen skier.

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John Gale

John Gale
Investor Services

John is responsible for private client services and assists with corporate marketing and communications. He graduated in Engineering from Brookes University in Oxford and has a background in administrative support and customer service. John’s interests outside the office include climbing, hill-walking and photography.

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Danielle Greenfield

Danielle Greenfield
Associate, Private Clients

Danielle is responsible for building and managing the relationships with private clients and their advisers. With over 12 years experience of the wealth management sector, Danielle started her career with Standard Life Assurance, progressing to work with Independent Financial Advisers and most recently working for St. James’s Place Wealth Management. In her spare time Danielle enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Jennifer Grist

Jennifer Grist
Investor Services

Jennifer is part of the Investor Services team. Previously she worked for HSBC Bank Plc dealing with high net worth clients and assisting financial advisers. Additionally Jennifer has over 10 years experience in customer services. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

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Rachel Guest

Rachel Guest
Executive Assistant

Rachel assists the investment management team and provides office management support. She graduated from York University with a Masters degree in Public Administration and Public Policy and a BA Hons in Politics. Her interests outside the office include going to the theatre and baking.

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Martyn Holman

Martyn Holman
Investment Director

Martyn is part of the growth capital team at Oxford Capital, playing an active role in new investments and in managing existing portfolio companies. His early career was spent as a consultant with the leading strategy consulting house, Boston Consulting Group. He has since developed a wealth of experience with technology based growth businesses. He joined Betfair in its infancy as Director of New Ventures delivering many of the high profile initiatives that helped drive the company’s success, and then later co-founded LMAX, a financial trading platform he spun out of Betfair. Prior to joining Oxford Capital, Martyn worked with the internet giant, Google. Martyn has a first class degree in Engineering from Cambridge, and gained his MBA with Distinction from the Said Business School, Oxford University. Martyn is a keen triathlete and is passionate about sub-Saharan Africa.

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Oliver Hughes

Oliver Hughes
Investment Director, Infrastructure

Oliver is responsible for leading infrastructure investments at Oxford Capital. Oliver has been working in the finance industry for over 15 years. He started his career with Baring Brothers and consequently ING Barings. After an initial period based in London, Oliver spent over 10 years in Asia focusing primarily on the structured finance markets, developing and designing complex asset backed transaction structures in a variety of asset classes and new legal jurisdictions. While continuing to maintain a focus on the structured finance side of the markets, more recently, Oliver has been actively developing renewable assets with a specific focus on Solar PV and Wind. Oliver has a degree in Zoology from Oxford University and is a keen sailor, cyclist and triathlete in his spare time.

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Barney Rhys Jones

Barney Rhys Jones
Investment Director

Barney is responsible for the operational aspects of the Renewable Infrastructure portfolio. He brings to the team a combination of strategic commercial expertise gained from 7 years with Bain and extensive operational experience gained from the telecoms industry and in energy. Previously Barney held management positions with Telewest Broadband, Low Carbon Investors and Good Energy Plc where, as COO, he was responsible for managing 60,000 customer accounts and administering payments to 35,000 renewable installations. He has experience of project development in solar, biomass, CHP, anaerobic digestion and onshore wind. Barney graduated from Imperial College, London with first class honours in Civil Engineering. Barney was awarded a green beret having successfully completed the Royal Marines All Arms Commando Course.

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Vanessa Johnson

Vanessa Johnson
Compliance Manager

Vanessa is Oxford Capital’s Compliance Manager. Vanessa has over 20 years experience in regulation and compliance gained in a wide variety of roles. Prior to joining Oxford Capital, Vanessa spent 10 years working for a firm of regulatory consultants advising investment managers, intermediaries, and wealth managers on all aspects of compliance in a challenging and constantly changing regulatory environment. Previously she worked for the Securities and Investments Board and a wealth manager. Vanessa has a degree in French from the University of Exeter. In her spare time Vanessa enjoys walking and is a keen classical musician.

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Will Laws

Will Laws
Manager, Private Clients

Will develops our relationships with new and existing clients and their advisers. He also has responsibility for many of our marketing initiatives and communications. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into business development. He then joined the research team of Fast Track, an Oxford company which publishes league tables of fast-growth businesses in The Sunday Times. Most recently, he worked as commercial manager for the communications technology company Wireless Logic. He has a philosophy degree from the University of Durham, and outside work his interests including running, reading and cinema.

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Simon Mansfield

Simon Mansfield
Investment Adviser

Simon is an Investment Adviser to Oxford Capital and a member of the Investment Committee. Following a successful career with Goldman Sachs, Simon now manages an international portfolio of private and public equity, bonds and venture capital investments through his firm, SM Investments. He also provides consultancy and board services to a number of companies. Simon was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he was co-head of the European Special Situations Group (ESSG), responsible for proprietary investments including a large portfolio of turnaround, venture capital and private equity investments, throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. Simon joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities to set up a broker-dealer of distressed bank debt and bonds. In 2003 he co-founded the ESSG. During his earlier career, Simon worked as a managing director for Bankers Trust Company heading up distressed trading in Asia and Japan. Simon earned a degree in civil engineering from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University

Paul Mattick

Paul Mattick
Manager, Investor Relations

Paul is responsible for Investor Relations, with particular focus on supporting the firm’s co-investors. Paul graduated from Leeds University and then completed a PhD in Cardiac Pharmacology at Oxford University. During his career he has combined scientific and entrepreneurial work, whilst at the same time pursuing life as an international athlete. He rowed for Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics and is a rowing World Champion. Paul has now retired from international competition but in his spare time he still enjoys social rowing, as well as walks in the country with family, friends and his dog.

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Claire Maynard

Claire Maynard
Associate, Operations

Claire’s role is within the Operations & Finance Team, whilst also overseeing EIS Administration. She graduated in Spanish and Marketing from the University of Stirling and also studied Marketing and Business at the University of Cantabria in Northern Spain. Claire’s interests outside of the office include archaeology, translation and music.

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William Orde

William Orde
Investment Associate

William is part of the growth capital team at Oxford Capital, he is involved in sourcing and screening potential new investment opportunities as well as supporting portfolio companies. Prior to joining Oxford Capital William gained experience in corporate finance with Aquaa Partners and in renewable energy production. He received a BA in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University, where he was treasurer of his college student union. William spends his spare time in the countryside or skiing.

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Jonathon Quick

Jonathon Quick
Financial Controller

Jonathon is responsible for financial management and business planning at Oxford Capital. He began his career in the audit department of an independent accountancy practice where he qualified as a chartered certified accountant and progressed to become audit manager. He then joined ValueClick Inc., a NASDAQ listed, online-marketing business, where he was responsible for the financial reporting and control of a European subsidiary. He also spent a year in Sierra Leone, heading up the finance and administration department of a charity. Jonathon has a Psychology degree from the University of Birmingham and his interests include travel, music and cinema.

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Edmund Ponsonby

Edmund Ponsonby
Analyst, Operations

Ned joined Oxford Capital to enhance and develop the technical systems used in Investor Services and Operations. As a technical lead his core responsibilities include database integrity, analytics and systems development. Previously, Ned worked in software and data analysis at Allocate Software and Ashcourt Rowan. Ned received a BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds. In his spare time, his interests include tennis, music and hill walking.

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Simon Ruthers

Simon Ruthers
Manager, Private Clients

Simon works with private clients and their advisers to access Oxford Capital’s investment programmes. He brings considerable experience of investment structure, tax and wealth management strategies. With over 15 years experience of the wealth management sector, Simon started his career with Rothschild Asset Management in Guernsey and most recently work for St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Simon graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Financial Services and is an Associate of the Personal Finance Society. In his spare time, when not spending time with his young family, Simon enjoys motorsport and photography.

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Charlie von Schmieder

Charlie von Schmieder
Operating Partner

Charlie's primary responsibility at Oxford Capital is the renewable and energy efficiency focussed Oxford Capital Infrastructure EIS. He has supported start-ups, established corporates, housing associations and private equity investors in renewable energy matters such as market analysis, business development, investment returns, project implementation and intellectual property strategies and licensing. Recently Charlie successfully project managed the construction of several commercial scale rooftop solar photovoltaic systems and worked as business development manager with a €100m turnover solar PV company establishing its UK office. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Science of Materials and holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.

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Nadiya Siddique

Nadiya Siddique
Institutional Investor Relations

Nadiya is responsible for family office and institutional Investor Relations and has extensive experience in client relationship management, multi-asset class distribution and investor relations having worked at global institutions in London, Geneva and Dubai. Nadiya was previously at Standard Chartered Private Bank, Dubai where she was a founding member of the Arabian Gulf team. Prior to this, Nadiya served at Deutsche Private Bank in Geneva and in London, servicing a client portfolio of Family offices from the Middle East, Africa, Nordic countries, Greece and Turkey and managing client investments in Private Equity, Real Estate, Hedge Funds and Sharia-compliant investments. Nadiya is a graduate in Law from The London School of Economics. In her spare time Nadiya enjoys travelling, charity work, fashion and interior design.

Chris Wade

Chris Wade
Venture Partner

Chris Wade has joined Oxford Capital as a Venture Partner and advises the Management Committee on portfolio development. Chris advises Venture Capital firms in both the UK and Asia and is a Partner at Entrepreneur First which exists to make founding a start-up the number one career choice for the most talented students. In addition, he is a mentor in the Techstars London 2014 program. Chris recently has initiated a program to promote and support UK Emerging VC Managers with global network events. Chris advises the UK Government on Venture Capital and is a Board Director at Octopus Ventures backed Ultrasoc based in Cambridge UK. He has just completed a 2 year assignment with the UK Government on building a world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK by identifying the best early stage investment opportunities across Life Science, Clean Tech and Digital Media companies and matching them to investors on a global basis. Chris was Chairman and Investor of IP Mobile Acuity based in Edinburgh. He was a founding private investor and non-executive in the award winning company Shozu based in London and San Francisco, which was the first company to upload mobile data to social networks. In 2009, he became Chairman and CEO and successfully sold the company to Critical Path in 2010.In 1998, Chris co-founded Cambridge Positioning Systems (CPS) based in Cambridge UK, Baltimore and Sydney. The company pioneered the indoor location solutions of the world’s mobile industry that today is deployed in the majority of devices. In 2007 Chris successfully sold CPS to Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR).

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Sir Martin Smith

Sir Martin Smith
Non-Executive Director

Martin has been involved in investment management and investment banking for over 30 years. He founded and later chaired the investment banking and private equity firm Phoenix Securities. After the sale of Phoenix, he became chairman of DLJ’s European Investment Banking Group. He subsequently co-founded New Star Asset Management and was a senior advisor to Bain Capital. He is currently chairman of GP Bullhound and co-founder of Beaumont Partners. His family Foundation has created and endowed the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. Martin has a wide variety of interests in the Arts.

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Alex Tancock

Alex Tancock
Operating Partner, Asia Office

Alex is an Operating Partner at Oxford Capital and assists with the firm’s Chinese and Asian activities. Based in Hong Kong, his role is primarily focused on business development activities for both portfolio companies and servicing investors in Oxford Capital’s funds. Alex is an experienced entrepreneur and business operator with extensive experience in the Asian markets and a track record of building value for European companies expanding into the region. Most recently Alex has been the project manager of Asia’s first offshore wind farm development and has advised on over £1bn of renewable energy investments across the Asia-Pacific Region. He graduated from Imperial College with a BSc in Theoretical Physics and holds an ACCA Diploma in Financial Management.

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James Witter

James Witter
Non-Executive Director

James joined the Board of Oxford Capital at the beginning of 2013 and contributes broad experience of the institutional capital and private equity markets in Europe and around the world. Following a 15 year career with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson merchant bank in London in origination and utilities financing, James became a managing director with Merrill Lynch International before joining Nomura International as Director of Private Equity Capital Markets. Since 2007 he has served SVG Advisers, an affiliate of the Schroders Group and a subsidiary of SVG Capital plc, as a member of the Executive Management Committee and Head of Investment Advisory and Solutions. James read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and won an MBA at the London Business School. He is a Cambridge Rowing Blue and active sportsman.

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