Valerie Jolliffe,
Fund Manager

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Valerie founded Javelin Ventures Limited in 2001 to act as Fund Manager for a university spin-out fund for King’s College and Queen Mary, University of London. Javelin subsequently ran the Iceni Seedcorn Fund, which invested in companies spun out from the partners in the Norwich Research Park, and currently manages EIS funds for Newable (previously London Business Angels) and Halo Business Angels in Belfast. Valerie also acts as head of finance for one of the Iceni spin-outs, now based in Cambridge.

Valerie’s previous experience was in venture capital with Elderstreet, Bamboo Investments and Chrysalis VCT; before that, she spent a decade in corporate finance with Schroders, Cazenove and Flemings.

Valerie has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, a masters in charity finance and accounting from Cass Business School, and is a Chartered Secretary.

Kevin Grainger,
Eos Advisory Chairman

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Kevin Grainger is a serial entrepreneur with over 35 years track record in the IT and Investment sectors. He founded the Eos Technology Investment Syndicate in 2014 and has grown it to one of the best respected angel investment syndicates in Scotland. He established and exited several software companies and has mentored early stage technology businesses.

Having worked in both corporate and SME/start-up environments, Kevin has a wealth of business experience covering technology, finance, sales and marketing, man management, fund-raising, strategic planning, operations, project management and customer account management. He has a passion for seeing innovative technologies and science being successfully commercialised.

Andrew McNeill,
Eos Advisory Managing Partner

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Andrew McNeill has over 15 years’ experience in leading early stage venture capital backed medical device and biotech companies. Over this period, he has focused on commercialising innovative new technologies based upon strong intellectual property. He joined Eos in 2017 and is responsible for managing new investment opportunities and transactions.

Prior to this he was part of the founding team at Ambicare Health, a medical device company in the oncology space and took several technologies from lab through to market. Subsequent to that he joined Glasgow based biotechnology company Fixed Phage as CEO. He is currently Chairman at Chromacity Lasers, a leading manufacturer of mid-infrared lasers. Andrew holds a PhD in Molecular Physics from Leeds University.

Mark Beaumont,
Eos Advisory Partner

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Mark Beaumont is best known as an athlete and BBC broadcaster, who holds the 18,000-mile circumnavigation cycling record in a time of 78 days 14 hours and 40 minutes. Mark also has a background in business development and project management, advises corporates on best practice. He has ongoing relationships with LDC (Lloyds Development Capital) and SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy), having previously had advisory roles with Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and Scotmid. Mark is the Patron for the Saltire Foundation, a part of Entrepreneurial Scotland and works closely with Scottish Universities as the Honorary President of Scottish Student Sports.
Rick Clark,
Eos Advisory Partner

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Rick is the CFO of a private equity-funded business in the energy sector and is a non-executive director of two other companies: one a professional services firm and the other in the learning & development and software industry. He is also on the board of a charity which owns and operates 2 nationally-significant museums and is a member of the ICAS Ethics Board. Rick has been an active member of the Eos syndicate since soon after its formation, as well as being actively engaged as an investor partner in other private equity funds.

His prior experience in the energy sector was with a technology-led oilfield services company which he helped build rapidly prior to its successful sale in 2013. Before that he was a partner with KPMG for 15 years.

Ana Stewart,
Eos Advisory Partner

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Ana founded her digital consultancy business, i-design after graduating from University and grew it into a leading global innovator in ATM consumer engagement software. As CEO, she led the AIM listing of the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2007 and was voted Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by the Scottish Entrepreneurial Exchange. Over the next five years the company expanded into Europe and North America and in 2013, Ana sold the company to NASDAQ listed Cardtronics, the world’s largest ATM services provider, joining their executive leadership team before leaving the organisation in 2018. Ana sits on the Board of the Scottish FA as an independent non-executive director, becoming the first female board member in the organisation’s 144- year history. She also sits on the main council of ICAS and is a non-exec Director of online Pet Wellness startup Bella & Duke.
In addition, she is a member of the Entrepreneurial Steering Panel at Dundee University.