This year’s speaker rota will be announced on 10 October 2019 and then regularly updated both on this site and also our Event App. We will again have a great mix of innovators, influencers, entrepreneurs and investors.



David Skipp is Director, Partnerships & Innovation, Ford Mobility at Ford Motor Company. In this role since May 2018, David builds a portfolio of partner and innovation opportunities to grow Ford Mobility business. David also works closely with a number of industry bodies, and has been active within a number of UK Automotive Council working groups since 2011.


In his previous role, David was Manager, UK Research and Advanced Engineering, responsible for running collaborative research projects in the UK in association with University, SME, Supply Chain and other industry partners. Prior to that, David was Manager, Sustainability Planning & Strategy, responsible for Emissions, CO2, and Powertrain Technology strategies and resulting future product plans for Ford of Europe markets. Before that, David was Manager, Gasoline Powertrain Development, responsible for gasoline engine development and calibration.

Since graduating from Brunel University with a multi-discipline engineering degree, David has held a number of Powertrain Development, Vehicle Development, and Product Planning roles in over 25 years at Ford Motor Company

Director, Partnerships & Innovation at Ford Mobility


Rikesh leads Transport for London’s market innovation activity to create new value for London by working with start-ups, corporates, academia, accelerators and venture capitalists. He was responsible for creating TfL’s first Innovation Hub which is charged with setting out the organisation’s key problem statements, bringing in the best innovators from across the world, piloting and scaling innovative solutions with the potential to commercialise, as well as establishing the right culture in the company focusing on agility and design thinking to work with market innovators who either have a new mobility product or an innovative idea to help solve an existing city challenge through new technologies.


Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s world leading open data programme which has 17,000 registered users, 700 apps powered by TfL data used by 42% of Londoners which an independent review stated that its worth to London is £130m per annum. 

Rikesh also sits on the Smart London Board to deliver the Mayor of London’s vision to make London the smartest city in the world, and on the Advisory Councils for Doteveryone and City Tech Collaborative.

Head of Commercial Innovation at Transport for London


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Ken Pentimonti is a Principal and European Manager at Paladin Capital Group. He has more than 20 years of experience financing and advising technology and emerging growth companies.  Ken has been at Paladin Capital for more than 15 years and is focused on sourcing, negotiating and monitoring investment opportunities for Paladin Capital in Europe.  At Paladin, Ken heads the firm’s European investing efforts and has led the investments in and served as a Board member on a wide range of Cyber-Security and technology-related companies across the US and Europe.  Prior to joining Paladin, Mr. Pentimonti spent six years as an Investment Banker in the Technology Media & Telecommunications Group at JPMorgan Chase in New York.  Mr. Pentimonti received his B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA. 

Principal & European Manager, Paladin Capital Group



Volker is a Partner at Amadeus Capital, working on its early-stage funds with an investment focus on AI/ML, autonomous systems, human-machine interfaces, cyber security, enterprise SaaS, digital health and medical technologies.


Volker is an entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded a total of 6 companies to date. He is currently co-founder of Blue Beck, a 40-strong mobile development house and a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading early-stage EdTech investor.


Prior joining Amadeus Capital, Volker was amongst the first angel investors in companies like Pi-Top, Bibblio (where he is also Chairman), Aula Education and Wonde. His personal investment portfolio comprises about a dozen investments with companies based across Europe and the US.


Previously, Volker was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, a mobile social gaming platform, which he helped grow from (almost) inception to 450m users at its peak. When the company got acquired by BlackBerry in 2011, he served as BlackBerry’s Global Head of Business Development – Games. For his sins, Volker is a corporate lawyer by profession. 

Partner at Amadeus Capital



Henry leads Beauhurst’s research and consultancy team. He is an expert in business finance and has worked on briefs for clients including the British Business Bank, Penningtons Manches, Syndicate Room, and Innovate UK. Henry regularly gives presentations on market trends at events around the country. He studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

Beauhurst provides research and insight into the UK’s high-growth companies and the supporting business ecosystem. Established in 2011, they have collected unrivalled data on over 30,000 ambitious companies, all the investments into them, and the funds that back them. Thousands of business professionals trust their platform to help them research and monitor Britain's most ambitious firms.

Head of Research & Consultancy at Beauhurst



Martin Courtney joined TechMarketView in February 2016 as Principal Analyst.

He has been undertaking detailed research of the ICT market for the past 10 years, specialising latterly in data centre and cloud services, connectivity (enterprise and telco) and the related security issues.

Martin monitors market trends to identify and explain disruptive technologies and their effect on both the market and the players. He works closely with vendors and service providers to assess individual company strategies and capabilities, and provide competitive intelligence.

Having started his career in the Home Office Research and Statistics Department, Martin moved on to a software company specialising in the development, installation, maintenance and support of network systems and applications for GP surgeries and hospitals.

He later became a technology journalist working for a range of business and consumer titles including Computing, PC Advisor, IT Week and PC Direct, eventually narrowing his focus to cover the networking, security and telecommunications markets.

Martin has a BA (Hons) degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Nottingham.

Principal Analyst


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As Plexal’s mobility lead, Francesca is responsible for the delivery of innovation programmes, helping clients to respond to shifting market dynamics and if necessary, transform their entire strategy. Francesca works with clients to co-develop solutions in response to opportunities and threats created by disruptive and emerging technologies. Francesca’s work spans everything from developing prototypes, products and platforms to horizon scanning, business strategy and crafting the right go-to-market approach.

Programme Director, Mobility at Plexal


Chris Dines has a long career as an entrepreneur and thought leader in the areas of business intelligence, technology and growth company finance. An economics graduate, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and managed a successful corporate finance team at PwC. As CEO, he built leading Tech Research business, Ovum, achieving an IPO on the London Market and subsequent sale (now part of Informa Group). He has built, from scratch, Knowledge Peers and Informed Funding, with both organisations focused on P2P knowledge sharing in the UK SME sector. He is on the Boards of leading PropTech business Key Agent and leading PR business, William Murray Communications.    

Founder Informed Funding



David Murray-Hundley (The “Grumpy Entrepreneur”) is a prolific tech entrepreneur having built businesses to IPO ($22bn NASDAQ), several Exits and 100s of funding rounds. Previously he was “Linkedin European Business Leader Of the Year and now spends lots of time helping early-stage and scale-stage companies in Automotive and Mobility Technology, Fintech and B2B space , as well as investing in the area. Currently involved with E Fundamentals, Crowdstacker, The Bunch, Vector Law, Wagonex ,Credicar and Tech London Advocates Automotive (Main Lead). 



Ed Warner founded the accessible design company Motionspot in 2012 after his friend and co-founder James Taylor was paralysed in a diving accident and became depressed by the clinical design and poor quality of adaptations in his home. Ed has built Motionspot into a RIBA award-winning industry leader in accessible design helping to transform spaces and lives through beautifully designed, accessible environments that deliver independence for anyone with a disability.  

In addition to designing improved access in hundreds of homes across the UK, Motionspot has provided design advice and innovative accessible products and technology to retirement developments, care and housing providers, hotels, offices, public spaces and leisure facilities across the world. 

Ed also advises the Government as sector champion for the design of Accessible Spaces & Products.

Founder of Motionspot



James has led teams in InfoSec and Cybersecurity since 1997, working across the private sector and government organisations helping them to understand the technical aspects of information security.


James spent over ten years of his career as a security architect and deputy head of the Information Security profession at BAE Systems Detica; he previously worked at Nortel Networks in the United States. James has always been fascinated by innovative ways of counteracting the growth of crime and fraud in computer networks and developing effective ways of measuring and managing the security big picture. In 2011 this journey led to an exploration of digital footprints and their impact on the security of the modern business. James is a regular speaker at technology events and cyber-security conferences across the globe and is regularly quoted in the press.

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer



Tom Britton is co-founder of SyndicateRoom – a business that connects ambitious investors with highly vetted start-ups. Every deal is led by a named professional, doing expert due diligence, investing their own capital and negotiating terms. Since founding the business, Tom and his colleagues have raised over £100,000,000 for 125 companies. He has great insight into what works.

Co-Founder at SyndicateRoom


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Andrew Roughan has spent the predominant part of his career in Technology Infrastructure within the telecoms and data centre sectors driving business transformation for clients and major cities.


He was a founding member of the Here East bid team who successfully acquired a 200-year lease to transform the former Press and Broadcast Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


His role as COO at Here East made him responsible for creating the ecosystem and community where large and small companies collide, allowing them to benefit from one another’s scale and creativity.


Andrew is currently managing director of Plexal, the Innovation Centre at Here East where there is a focus on hosting high-growth and established businesses, convening across industry borders and innovating to solve the problems that matter to society. Plexal has a particular focus on AI, Cyber Security and Smart Mobility.

Managing Director


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Russ Shaw is the founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates. He originally founded Tech London Advocates in 2013 to ensure an independent voice of the technology sector was heard, but with a focus on the private sector.  


Since then he has been championing London as a global tech hub and campaigning to address some of the biggest challenges facing tech companies in the UK – diversity, digital skills, immigration, infrastructure and access to funding.


Russ is a founding partner of London Tech Week, a London Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London and Advisory Board member for Founders4Schools and the Government’s Digital Skills Partnership.


Russ was previously the Chairman of The Marketing Group of Great Britain following senior positions at Skype, Telefónica, O2 and CEO of a later stage startup called Mobileway.

Founder, Tech London Advocates



Becky Shields, partner at top 20 firm Moore Kingston Smith, is passionate about the potential of technology in the accounting profession. Over the years, she has focused on IT, and now chairs an IT committee at the ICAEW as well as playing a key role in Engine B.

 The Engine B team is comprised of like-minded accountants, who are eager to hatch their very own data analytics prodigy, and this validates all the work that Becky and her team have already done. Within the industry, Becky is considered a thought leader and is consultant to various research committees and groups. Other bodies needing Becky’s input include the government, universities, and the FRC.


She is a talented multifaceted individual with a meticulous and quality-driven approach to her work. You’ll find commercial acumen, tech savvy and artificial intelligence in her toolkit, along with being a motivational leader, inspiring colleague and team-spirited individual with a social conscience.

Partner at Moore Kingston Smith



Saj leads cyber innovation at Plexal and is the programme director for LORCA: the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement. LORCA’s aim is to be the centre for industry-led cyber innovation, help people to stay safe online and make the UK a leading cyber-security hub. Saj’s work at LORCA involves facilitating collaboration between start-ups, scale-ups, government, academia and a cross-section of industry.


His career started in the Royal Air Force, where he was a commissioned officer and pilot. Saj then spent a number of years as a management consultant at Deloitte and PwC before leading strategic change at a PE-backed property finance firm. He helped them operationally scale towards achieving a UK banking license, get ready for GDPR and improve their cyber and operational resilience.

Programme director at LORCA



Matteo is a Director at Silverpeak with more than 15 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and financing. He covers primarily SaaS, mobility, IT services and B2B digital businesses such as e-commerce and marketplaces with a particular specialisation in financial technology (FinTech).

Previous roles include Investment Director at STAR Capital Partners, a mid-market European Private Equity fund and Associate at Goldman Sachs. 

Director at Silverpeak



Diarra leads the strategic partnerships for Informed Funding supporting over 5,000 high-growth companies with independent guidance on financial and funding strategy.


Diarra also leads the business insight programme for Workspace Group. The programme supports business owners and directors by delivering key insight events and data on trends that will impact business in the future.


Diarra is a venture scout for Backed VC. Backed VC is a London-based VC fund set up to do things differently. They back unashamedly ambitious founders, building tech companies that give people greater freedom. They invest at the seed stage in Europe and the US.


Diarra started his career in a data services consultancy supporting the Cabinet Office and leading UK research bodies.


He has experience supporting clients across the political and violent risk analysis and regulatory monitoring space. In 2018, Diarra was a Top 10 finalist in RAHM 2018, which brings together the most outstanding present and future LGBT+ leaders in the world. Diarra holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Ops Director



Francesco joined Balderton in 2019 as Research Lead, working on all research and data projects on the investment team.

Prior to Balderton, Francesco helped a number of AI start-ups ramp up operations, and worked with small financial boutiques on venture strategies.

Francesco was an Anthemis fellow in London and a fellow at UCLA's IPAM (Institute of Pure and Applied Math) in Applied Math and High Performance Computing.

Francesco has a Bsc in Management, an Msc in Economics, a second Msc in Finance, and a PhD in Economics.

He also did his post-doctoral research on AI and risk management and published several academic peer-reviewed articles and books.

Francesco has lived, studied, and worked in more than ten countries worldwide, and speaks fluent English, Italian and Spanish.

Research Lead at Balderton



Helene is the founder of WILD.AI, creating technology that elevates the capabilities of the female body. Their AI-powered app is on a mission to increase the physical potential of one million women, towards a world where every woman has access to the knowledge, support, and power to fulfill their potential. 


Helene started WILD.AI at Entrepreneur First; she studied mathematics and financial risks, was a Quant in a Hedge Fund and management consultant to Fortune500 companies. She’s a strong advocate for fair chances and empowerment, as well as the founder of She’s a keen cyclist, ultra-runner, triathlete, ice-swimmer; loves traveling in remote and rough places and to write. 

Founder of WILD.AI



Emma Wright is a Partner in the highly rated Commercial Technology practice at technology law boutique Kemp Little LLP and she is Director and Counsel at the not-for-profit Institute of AI, building a network of legislators globally to facilitate greater collaboration in relation to AI regulation with legislators from 30 countries currently engaged.  She leads the legal service offering into the DCMS funded cyber programme, LORCA and works with rail and the automotive sector on smart mobility.  Her ‘sweet spot’ is advising technology companies where there is an interface of law, regulation and policy or more traditional companies on new business models or their own digital transformation. She was awarded a Tech Women 100 award in 2018. @WrightTelcomlaw  

Partner at Kemp Little LLP


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James is the CEO and co-founder of  Having worked at Aviva Insurance for 17 years including four years as the MD of the internet auction business, James is now launching Brisk.  Brisk is a robo-advice platform that provides holistic protection for small to medium sized businesses beyond just an insurance policy.  Brisk works with brokers and business advisers to help well-run businesses get rewarded for being better ‘risks’ and enable financial products to be tailored and adapt as the business changes.  Prior to Aviva, James was a supply chain consultant at Ernst & Young and Key Account Manager at Lucas Automotive.  

CEO & Co-Founder at Brisk


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