Bruce Davis – Co-Founder and Director of Abundance Generation
Bruce Davis is cofounder and joint managing director of Abundance Investment. He was a founding director of the UKCFA. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the Bauman Institute, Leeds University and a Trustee of the Finance Innovation Lab. Prior to founding Abundance, Bruce was a member of the founding team that created Zopa.com and has worked extensively researching money and financial innovations for institutions in the UK and across Europe.
Atuksha Poonwassie - MD and Co-Founder, Simple Crowdfunding
Atuksha is the managing director and co-founder of Simple Crowdfunding, a property crowdfunding and peer to peer lending platform. Being a property professional and investor herself, Atuksha understands the benefits and opportunity this marketplace brings to the property industry.
Her background is in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data analytics, where Atuksha has over 15+ years helping global businesses build and maintain a loyal customer base through her consulting business.
She is also the 2017 National Venus Award winner for ‘Influential Woman of the Year’.
Frank Mukahanana, Director at Wealth Harbour
An investment banking professional turned financial adviser, with over 13 years experience in the financial industry, across Asset Management, debt & capital markets, investment banking and, recently, advising on technology strategy.Frank is a seasoned business and financial strategist, entrepreneur, and Chartered Management Accountant. While working under a large institution as a financial adviser helping families manage their money, he became ever-more frustrated by the standard products at his disposal, and so decided to bring together a team to develop a new and better way that delivers what some have dubbed “an ingenious and sustainable model with no immediate equal.”In 2014, Frank was appointed Director of the UKCFA (UK Crowd Funding Association), an association that considers P2P as a significant part of the crowd funding revolution. Frank’s motivation is to see the industry grow and gain full acceptance in the wider financial market, especially across ISAs, institutional investments and opportunities with SIPPs and recent changes in annuity requirements.
Oliver Woolley, CEO and Co-Founder of Envestors
Oliver is CEO and Co Founder of Envestors® which has completed investment of £100m into high-growth companies. In addition to its private investor network, Envestors® licenses its Envestry™ white-label crowdfunding platform to over 50 organsations. Oliver is also a Member of Court at Imperial College (London) and sat on the Board of the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) from 2006 to 2014.
Prior to Envestors, instead of becoming an accountant after university, Oliver opened a sandwich shop in Central London in 1986. By the time he sold the business (“Woolleys Catering”) to Northern Foods in 1997, he had three shops, a healthfood store and three speciality sausage shops in the south-east (“Hugo Oliver Sausages”). After selling the business Oliver went on to invest into early-stage companies and gained a track record unblemished by success. This resulted in him starting Envestors in 2004 with the aim of improving the process for investors interested in tax-efficient investing in the UK.
Mark Howitt - Head of Finance, ShareIn
A Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the finance sector, Mark is Head of Finance at ShareIn, the UK crowdfunding experts and one of the founding members of the UKCFA, where he is responsible for the firm’s financial control and reporting. He provides support to ShareIn white label crowdfunding and appointed representative clients on taxation and product structure, as well as liaising with a variety of external partners such as payment solution provider MangoPay. With ShareIn’s unique capability of providing both regulatory and technological solutions, Mark combines his financial expertise with providing support to the firm’s compliance function.
Before joining the ShareIn team in 2016, Mark successfully ran his own accounting, taxation and business support consultancy for nearly 20 years, helping his clients with their businesses in a wide range of areas, from preparation of financial statements, management accounts and business plans to tax compliance and implementation of accounting software.
Debra Burns - Compliance Director, Seedrs
After graduating from Newcastle University, she spent a number of years working in banking where she became a chartered account and later specialised in financial regulation and financial crime compliance. Debra recognised the need for disruption in the financial services industry, which is why she made the move away from traditional banking and into crowdfunding. Since joining Seedrs, Debra has been particularly interested in the regulatory developments impacting the fintech and crowdfunding industry.
Debra was listed on the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist.