A pioneer of digital businesses since founding ba.com in 1994, Julia has spent the last 20 years working on disruptive customer-led propositions across online retail, renewable energy and financial services market spaces.
She co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2012, was CEO of Trillion for three years and is now the Partner heading up Crowdfunding for DowningLLP.
Straight-talking and passionate about making finance more democratic, she is also a Senior Fellow of the Finance Lab, a Founding 50 member of Innovate Finance and recently completed a Non-executive Director position with the influential campaigning organisation Move your Money.
Karen Kerrigan, Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs
Karen is the Chief Legal Officer of Seedrs. Before joining Seedrs in July 2013, Karen worked at international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP in the Financial Markets Litigation and Contentious Regulatory Team, where she acted for a range of financial institutions. At Seedrs she heads up the legal, financial, compliance and administrative functions. Karen is an England and Wales qualified lawyer who holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and post-graduate legal qualifications GLD and LPC. Karen was named one of the top women in fintech by Innovate Finance, and UK in-house individual of the year in the Finance sector by Legal 500.
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
A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data analytics geek, Atuksha has over 15+ years helping businesses globally build and maintain a loyal customer base through her consulting business. Her focus is now crowdfunding.
Atuksha launched her first platform, a property Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending platform in 2013. She now runs Simple Crowdfunding, where Property P2P Lending (including IF ISA) and Equity projects sit side by side. Being a property investor herself, she understands the benefits and opportunity this brings.
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.