Your partners

"Individuals don't build great companies, teams do."

INVESTMENT

@brisbourne
INVESTMENT

Nic Brisbourne - Managing Partner

Nic has 15 years experience in the venture capital industry and prior to founding Forward Partners in June 2013, was a Partner at leading venture capital firm DFJ Esprit.

He has worked and invested in London and Silicon Valley, leading over 25 investments and enjoying a number of successful exits including buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m).

Nic also authors Europe's most popular VC blog: The Equity Kicker.

INVESTMENT

David Norris - Partner

David has over 20 years experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management, HR and operations.

Previously Website and Ecommerce Operations Director at Expedia, he went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer to some extremely high growth venture backed ecommerce businesses including Bookatable and HouseTrip.

INVESTMENT

@mattyjam
INVESTMENT

Matthew Bradley

Matthew used to work on trading floors at Lloyds and BarCap before seeing the light. Following an MBA at SDA Bocconi and before joining us he became an entrepreneur and investor in his own right.

He’s focused on sourcing and executing deals. His other interests and activities include investment strategy, writing and emoji.

PRODUCT & TECH

@dhrmshr
PRODUCT & TECH

Dharmesh Raithatha

Dharmesh helps our startups build great products. He has a passion for User Research, Lean UX and using data to inform decision making. Dharmesh has a background in artificial intelligence and most recently worked as an early employee at high-growth startup Mind candy. He has founded 2 startups and successfully exited one.

Within our portfolio he has helped progress Appear Here, Driftrock, SnapTrip, Makers Academy and ParcelBright.

GROWTH

@TomMacTom
GROWTH

Thomas MacThomas

Tom is an award winning growth marketer, having gained experience heading up the marketing function at high growth daily deals site Wowcher, online gaming firm William Hill Online and more recently the mobile app Bizzby.

Tom helps our startups with marketing strategy and support, everything from PPC all the way through to TV.

Public Relations

@misterfoz
Public Relations

Nic Forster

Nic has spent over 10 years working within national consumer communications agencies on behalf of global retail and e-commerce clients including Amazon.co.uk, Hamleys, ASDA and Pretty Green.

Prior to joining Forward Partners, Nic headed up the PR team at one of the UK's fastest growing e-commerce businesses, notonthehighstreet.com. During his time with the marketplace, Nic was responsible for leading PR strategy for the brand and also worked alongside the SMEs it supports, consulting on communications strategy.

Nic leads communication strategy on behalf of Forward Partners whilst also working with our start ups, helping them to conceptualise and tell their brand and business stories to both press and the target consumer.

PRODUCT & TECH

@goldstein
PRODUCT & TECH

Leonidas Tsementzis

Leonidas has over ten years experience in software and product development, specialising in full stack development, scalable infrastructures and lean development practices. He has founded two startups and is an advisor to others.

Leo has a strong engineering background, he works closely with our early stage startups on all their technology oriented needs. He’s an open source advocate and frequent speaker at tech events on infrastructure, scalability, performance and lean development.

PRODUCT & TECH

@alexwllms
PRODUCT & TECH

Alex Williams

Alex is a front-end developer with experience building large-scale, maintainable websites. He is an advocate for progressive enhancement, accessibility and good CSS architecture.

Alex has a background in foreign direct investment law, having spent two years advising British SMEs on how to establish a company in the manufacturing centre of south China. He is also passionate about contributing to open source software projects and encouraging diversity in the tech community.

OPERATIONS

@emmagresko
OPERATIONS

Emma Gresko

Emma's remit includes events management, human resources, IT support and the co-ordination of special projects such as office relocation and team volunteer work. Emma is also the PA to the Managing Partner, Nic Brisbourne.

When she's not looking after the FP office, Emma tends to divide her time equally between gym, park and disco.

OPERATIONS

OPERATIONS

Jane Warwick

Jane worked as an accountant and auditor in various firms before making the move to join Forward Internet Group Limited as their Group Financial Controller in 2000.

In 2014, Jane moved to Forward Partners as their Financial Controller. Jane runs the accounts at Forward Partners and is on-hand to provide support and guidance to our entrepreneurs.

TALENT

@chriswilko
TALENT

Chris Wilko

Chris has helped build the leadership teams for some of the world’s most innovative digital companies. Prior to Forward Partners he was a Senior Associate at the digital headhunting firm The Up Group and placed C'level executives at companies such as Skyscanner, JUST EAT, WorldRemit and Circle.

Chris is passionate about disruptive businesses and is now hands-on with helping Forward Partners’ portfolio scale their businesses from a people perspective. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing jazz piano, writing sitcom scripts and drinking IPA.

PRODUCT & TECH

@flissmorse
PRODUCT & TECH

Fliss Morse

Fliss is an award winning digital designer with a love of all things bright and beautiful. She combines design and strategy to build successful brands and engaging experiences.

With a natural love of fashion and luxury brands, her skills are perfect for the e-commerce market. She has won multiple high profile awards for her digital and brand work, for the fashion brand Oasis. She also worked with some of the best digital studios in Birmingham where her clients included big name brands such as: Suburu, The Mailbox, Halfords, MG and Kwikfit to name just a few.

PRODUCT & TECH

PRODUCT & TECH

Seth Matisak

Seth brings 7 years of design experience from around the world including Washington DC, Cleveland, Ohio and Malta having won awards for his print and packaging designs.

He has a strong passion for all things branding and helped maintain brand standards for world-wide corporations (Nestle, Nokia, John Deere, Kimberly Clark and Sherwin Williams) while also creating new and engaging brands for start-ups, city organisations and charities while his ability to transition his layout and branding skills to the digital world has resulted in clean, intuitive and modern web designs.

Friends of Forward Partners

Jonathan McKay

Jonathan is an experienced angel investor and chairman with an exemplary track record of scaling and internationalising world class technology businesses to create and realise outstanding shareholder returns. He specialises in aligning management, investors and founders around clearly defined common objectives.

Jonathan currently chairs Just Giving and and is on the Investment Committee of venture capital fund Ventech China. Previous experience includes Chairman of Ubiquisys (acquired by Cisco for $310m), Chairman of Fizzback (sold to NICE Systems for $88m) and CMO of Forte Systems (acquired by Sun Microsystems for $810m).

David Reynolds

David leads European Media and Internet Research at Jefferies, the global securities and investment banking firm. With over fifteen years' experience in European TMT equity research at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and JP Morgan and Institutional Investor ranked, David brings a sharp equity capital markets perspective to emerging high growth companies. Recent 2014 IPO experience includes AO.com and eDreams Odigeo.

A Chartered Accountant and former Royal Marines Officer.

Romain Eude

Romain is an experienced CTO and startup advisor. He recently co-founded Utelly, a mobile application and a platform aimed at changing how consumers discover and find what to watch on-air and online.

Prior to Utelly Romain held a variety of senior IT roles, including CTO of my-wardrobe.com, CTO of gekko.com and Head of Technology at TouchLocal.com