Assembling the A-Team

Brought to you by The Business Group

At this event you will learn what makes a team investable along with proven techniques for recruiting the best possible people to your business.

About the event

“If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.” from The A-Team

Building a strong management team is critical to the success of your business. Not only will these be the people who bring your vision to life, your team is the #1 thing that investors analyse when considering whether you are finance-ready – and without funding, your operations will not scale.

As the Founder / CEO, you are the foundation upon which this team is built. How can you present yourself attractively to potential funders? How can you attract serious talent in a highly competitive market? And once you have assembled your management team, how can you ensure that the business remains aligned to your vision?

At this event we will explore the critical decisions and potential pitfalls to recruiting your A-Team with talks from experienced leaders who have been through this process before you. By the end, you will better understand the recruitment decisions that reassure both customers and investors.

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Sponsored by MPA Group

With over 10 years’ experience, our tax specialists and technical analysts are experts in the R&D Tax Credit scheme and Patent Box relief, delivering funding for innovative tech companies. MPA Group helps clients accelerate their innovation and business expansion. They help companies to capitalise on their research, innovation and development activities by maximising all the potential benefits from available HMRC tax concessions. MPA Group’s experienced industry specialists and tax experts focus on maximising client value with high quality client service delivery. Working with them, their clients have received more than £150m of financial benefits for their business using the R&D Tax Credits and Patent Box concessions.

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Hosted by The Bradfield Centre

The Bradfield Centre is a collaborative entrepreneurial community of technology start-ups and scale-ups housed in a stunning building at the heart of the Cambridge Science Park. The new Centre is expected to become the gateway and focal point for Cambridge’s ever-expanding technology cluster. Designed to appeal to entrepreneurs, researchers and students, the Centre will become home to innovative high growth start-up and scale-up businesses. These will work alongside project teams from more mature, innovative businesses developing exciting new products. The Bradfield Centre was part-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is managed by workspace operators Central Working on behalf of Trinity College. The Centre is the largest of Central Working’s global network of rapidly expanding membership-based communities.

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12:30

Registration over networking lunch

13:30

Introduction to the Business Group from Ann Fisher, Bailey Fisher

13:35

Welcome from our sponsor The MPA Group, Mike Price, Chairman and Founder

13:40

Dr David Cleevely, CBE, FREng, FIET - Chair, Raspberry Pi Foundation

‘Joining the Board: how to tell the difference between a Non-Exec and a supermarket trolley’

Why join a board? Why invite someone to join a board? I’ll be talking about what I look for, what a start-up should look for, and how to spot a supermarket trolley and other exotica.

14:05

Poppy Gustafsson, CEO, Darktrace

14:30

Heather Beardmore, Director, Halpenfield Ltd

Finding talent, retaining talent and building a motivated team’

How can you recruit and retain the right people to make your business successful in a competitive environment? Mistakes made and lessons learned on the journey to building a great team.

15:00

Refreshments and networking

15:30

Akriti Dokania, Early Stage Investor at Octopus Ventures

15:55

Mike Price, Chairman and Founder, The MPA Group

'Start up to a team of 75 in 10 years'

The first 10 years of MPA Group have been a phenomenal journey, the majority of it going to plan, but some of its been a little more rocky than I'd hoped. I'll share with you the highs and lows in the hope that it is both interesting and insightful.

16:20

Panel session with all speakers, chaired by Paul Bailey of Bailey Fisher Executive Search

16:45

Concluding remarks and event closes

Speakers

Heather Beardmore - Director, Halpenfield

Heather graduated in Computer Science and then began a career in the IT industry working for some of the top computer software vendors in the world. Initially entering the profession as a computer programmer Heather rose to the position of Professional Services Director. She built professional services teams from zero eventually managing a team of 120 consultants both in the UK and internationally. In 2004 Heather started Halpenfield Ltd, a specialist BI & Analytics company. Halpenfield delivers data driven solutions on premise or in the cloud to businesses in the UK, EMEA and USA.

David Cleevely CBE, FREng FIET - Chairman, Raspberry Pi Foundation

David Cleevely CBE FREng, FIET is the Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd. He is the founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys (acquired by Datatec International in 2004). In 1998, he co-founded the web based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Jonathan Milner and was Chairman until November 2009. In late 2004 he co-founded the 3G femto base station company, 3Way Networks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007. He has invested in over 55 companies and is Chairman of four of them, including the award winning restaurant “Bocca di Lupo” and its gelateria subsidiary, Gelupo. He has been a prime mover behind Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel. For 8 years until March 2009 he was a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services (DES-ISS, formerly the Defence Communications Services Agency). After being sponsored to study Cybernetics at Reading by Post Office Telecommunications, he joined their Long Range Studies Division. A PhD at Cambridge was then followed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET and he has recently held an Industrial Fellowship at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. In 2009 he was appointed the Founding Director and Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge and was Chair until June 2018. He was elected a Fellow Commoner of Queens College, Cambridge in 2013 and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall in 2015. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List in 2013.

Akriti Dokania - Early Stage Investor, Octopus Ventures

Poppy Gustafsson

Poppy is a co-founder of Darktrace, which under her leadership has reached a $1.65 billion valuation in under five years and was named Europe’s ‘Fastest Growing Super Scale-up’ by Tech Tour. Poppy is a qualified chartered accountant and previously served as the company’s CFO. Prior roles also include financial controller positions in the technology and venture capital sectors. She was named City A.M.’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

Mike Price - Chair and Owner, MPA Group

Mike qualified as an accountant some 25 years ago. He developed his career around his passion, technology, working in financial and general management. This career was cut short in 2004 when Mike was hit by joy riders, the resulting spinal injuries making a ‘normal’ job all but impossible. Mike is Chairman and Founder of MPA Group. The company, incorporated in 2007, quickly established itself as a leader in accounting, tax and business consulting exclusively for the technology sector. The company has grown rapidly and it’s 75 employees now serve over 850 clients throughout the UK. Outside of work, Mike spends his time with an extended family of three daughters and two spaniels. Mike has a keen (some would say obsessive) interest in triathlon. The current challenge is to set a new world record for the most half Ironman events completed in 12 months.

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Ann Fisher - Co-Founder, Bailey Fisher Executive Search

Ann co-founded Bailey Fisher Executive Search in 1998 and is the founder of Women 4 Technology, a networking forum for over 1500 international female entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders in the technology sector. Ann has over 20 years' experience in executive search, focusing on Technology and Professional Services. Ann is highly adept at building senior management teams for fast-paced innovative technology companies. In recognition of Ann's extensive business network, she was nominated as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Business People in the Cambridge Technology Cluster. Ann is a mentor on the Techstars Barclays Accelerator; a member of the Astia Global Advisory Board, a US organisation dedicated to the success of high-potential growth ventures, and a member of the Cambridge Campaign Committee for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Ann leads the business development activities in Bailey Fisher, as well as supporting the Partners with the delivery of key mandates. Prior to co-founding Bailey Fisher, Ann set up her first recruitment business at the age of 27, which she built to a successful exit within 5 years. Ann started her commercial career as Head of Finance with an early-stage software house in London, having trained with a Top 10 Manchester-based accountancy firm.

Soraya Jones - Director of Communications, Invested Investor, Ambassador, The Bradfield Centre

Dr. Soraya Jones was the first CEO of Cambridge Wireless (CW), growing the business to a membership of over 400 companies and 20 Industry Special Interest Groups, making it one of the premier tech clusters in the UK. She stepped down as the CEO in 2015, to pursue other ventures including becoming an entrepreneur -in-residence, board members/mentors to various organisations and start-ups. Previously, she was also the Innovate UK Women in Innovation Ambassador, and Board member of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). She is currently the Ambassador for the Bradfield Centre in Cambridge, as well as the Director of Comms/Partnerships at the Invested Investor, a social venture that aims to increase the success rate for entrepreneurs and investors. Born in Malaysia, Soraya holds BSc and MSc degrees from Indiana University, USA, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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Mike Price - Chair and Owner, MPA Group

Mike qualified as an accountant some 25 years ago. He developed his career around his passion, technology, working in financial and general management. This career was cut short in 2004 when Mike was hit by joy riders, the resulting spinal injuries making a ‘normal’ job all but impossible. Mike is Chairman and Founder of MPA Group. The company, incorporated in 2007, quickly established itself as a leader in accounting, tax and business consulting exclusively for the technology sector. The company has grown rapidly and it’s 75 employees now serve over 850 clients throughout the UK. Outside of work, Mike spends his time with an extended family of three daughters and two spaniels. Mike has a keen (some would say obsessive) interest in triathlon. The current challenge is to set a new world record for the most half Ironman events completed in 12 months.

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Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 0GA

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