Board and team

Frontier IP’s active approach to business building is delivered by its team. We bring deep experience in a wide range of fields including IP exploitation, venture capital, spinout creation and management, science, investment and finance.

Neil Crabb

Neil Crabb

Chief Executive Officer

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Neil Crabb is Chief Executive of Frontier IP. He co-founded Sigma Capital Group plc and has considerable experience as an investor and director of a wide range of technology and university spin-out companies. He was previously an investment manager at Duncan Lawrie Ltd. with responsibility for a range of managed portfolios investing in smaller UK companies and unquoted technology companies, prior to which he spent four years with Equitable Life Assurance Soc., latterly as investment analyst managing investments in UK small companies and larger stocks in the electronics sector. Neil is an approved person under FSMA.

neil@frontierip.co.uk

Jackie

Jackie McKay

Chief Operating Officer

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Jackie is the Group’s Chief Operating Officer, supporting the Chief Executive in the delivery of the Group’s objectives. She has substantial experience of the university IP and venture capital industries and has been working with Frontier IP since its inception to help develop new and existing commercialisation relationships. Jackie spent nearly ten years at Sigma Capital Group plc, latterly as Corporate Development Director, where she was responsible for structuring and setting up venture funds and university partnerships. Prior to Sigma, Jackie spent 12 years with Bank of Scotland. She has an MA in Psychology.

jackie@frontierip.co.uk

Jim Fish

Jim Fish

Chief Financial Officer

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Jim is Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Frontier IP. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior financial positions and a wide range of commercial experience including venture capital funded small/medium-sized enterprises and start-up companies. He was latterly interim Finance Director at The One Place Capital Limited, an online technology start-up. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

jim@frontierip.co.uk

Matthew White

Matthew White

Chief Commercialisation Officer

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Matt is Chief Commercialisation Officer. He has over 23 years’ experience in technology, product and service innovation, business development and marketing. In his previous role he was Head of Innovation, AB Sugar, part of FTSE 100 group AB Foods. He also has extensive experience working with university partners. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

matthew.white@frontierip.co.uk

Andy Richmond

Andrew Richmond

Non-Executive Chairman

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Andrew Richmond is Non-Executive Chairman of Frontier IP. Andrew has substantial experience of the healthcare, stockbroking and private equity industries. He is Chairman of Hub North Scotland, a Lay Member of the Court of the University of Dundee and a Non-Executive Director of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Campbell Wilson

Campbell Wilson

Non-Executive Director

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Campbell is a Non-Executive Director of Frontier IP. Campbell, who is past Chairman and currently a member of the Board of the UK Pharmaceutical Licensing Group, has worked in the UK pharmaceutical industry for approximately 35 years. The last 17 years of his career were in business development at AstraZeneca, the global research-based biopharmaceutical company, latterly as Executive Business Development Director within the company’s central Business Development function. He led strategic collaboration and licensing activities at the unit, driving multiple technology and oncology therapy area collaborations and product licensing deals, including high profile and innovative agreements. Before his involvement in business development, Campbell worked in senior level scientific roles in cardiovascular drug discovery at AstraZeneca, and earlier at Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now GSK).

Mike Bourne

Mike Bourne

Non-Executive Director

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Mike is a Non-Executive Director of Frontier IP. Mike has almost 30 years’ experience in investment management and particular expertise in technology, life sciences and clean technology. He is currently Partner of Accretion Capital LLP and a Director of Cygna Negra Limited, Cygna Negra Malta Limited and Cloudfind Limited. He is also an Advisory Board Member of V2R, the US technology transfer venture company. Prior to these roles, in 1995, he founded asset management company, Reabourne Technology Investment Management Limited, where he was also Chief Investment Officer. For nine years until 2009, he was also a member of the techMARK Advisory Committee.

Neil Crabb

Neil Crabb

Chief Executive Officer

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Neil Crabb is Chief Executive of Frontier IP. He co-founded Sigma Capital Group plc and has considerable experience as an investor and director of a wide range of technology and university spin-out companies. He was previously an investment manager at Duncan Lawrie Ltd. with responsibility for a range of managed portfolios investing in smaller UK companies and unquoted technology companies, prior to which he spent four years with Equitable Life Assurance Soc., latterly as investment analyst managing investments in UK small companies and larger stocks in the electronics sector. Neil is an approved person under FSMA.

neil@frontierip.co.uk

Jim Fish

Jim Fish

Chief Financial Officer

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Jim is Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Frontier IP. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior financial positions and a wide range of commercial experience including venture capital funded small/medium-sized enterprises and start-up companies. He was latterly interim Finance Director at The One Place Capital Limited, an online technology start-up. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

jim@frontierip.co.uk

Janet Forbes

Janet Forbes

Finance Manager

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Janet is Finance Manager at Frontier IP and has strong experience in finance and administration in companies commercialising research. While working for Edinburgh University in the early 2000s she was seconded to work on the launch of the spin-out Rhetorical, the highly regarded text-to-speech developer, and subsequently joined the company. She moved in 2005 to MTEM Ltd, another Edinburgh spin-out, this time in the very fast-moving environment of oil and gas services. She has also held posts Hyaltech Ltd and Napier University, Edinburgh.

janet.forbes@frontierip.co.uk

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Director of Communications & Investor Relations

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Andrew is Frontier IP’s Director of Communications & Investor Relations. Andrew, a former deputy city Editor for the Daily Express, was a journalist for more than 20 years before moving into financial services where he worked in communications and marketing. He studied Modern History at the University of Oxford.

andrew.johnson@frontierip.co.uk

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Caroline Jones

Accounts and Administration assistant

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Caroline is an Accounts and Administration assistant, working on the accounts for Frontier IP and its portfolio companies. She has over 15 years of experience working in the finance teams of various companies in the construction and manufacturing sector.

caroline.jones@frontierip.co.uk

Natasha

Natasha Kappella

Commercialisation Officer

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Natasha is a Commercialisation Officer at Frontier IP. She has experience in intellectual property management, university technology transfer and business development having previously worked in the commercial arms of Imperial College London, St George’s Hospital Medical School, and the University of Edinburgh. Natasha has an honours degree in Medical Sciences and a  masters in Regenerative Medicine, both from the University of Edinburgh.

natasha.kappella@frontierip.co.uk

Paul Mantle

Paul Mantle

Commercialisation Manager

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Paul is a Commercialisation Manager at Frontier IP and based in Cambridge. He has over 15 years’ experience with Ciba-Geigy in the commercialisation of new technology for semi-conductors  and electronics.  As Director and General Manager for 3 global businesses during that time he brings real practical experience of business leadership. Most recently as a member of the University of Cambridge technology transfer team, he has led the commercialisation of a number of innovative technologies.

paul.mantle@frontierip.co.uk

Jackie

Jackie McKay

Chief Operating Officer

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Jackie is the Group’s Chief Operating Officer, supporting the Chief Executive in the delivery of the Group’s objectives. She has substantial experience of the university IP and venture capital industries and has been working with Frontier IP since its inception to help develop new and existing commercialisation relationships. Jackie spent nearly ten years at Sigma Capital Group plc, latterly as Corporate Development Director, where she was responsible for structuring and setting up venture funds and university partnerships. Prior to Sigma, Jackie spent 12 years with Bank of Scotland. She has an MA in Psychology.

jackie@frontierip.co.uk

Janice

Janice Palmqvist

Accounts and Administration assistant

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Janice is the Accounts and Administration assistant, working on the accounts for Frontier IP and its portfolio companies. She has a broad range of experience working in the finance teams of large corporate companies such as IQVIA as well as small non-profit organisations. Janice holds a Diploma in Accounting and Business and is currently studying toward becoming a certified accountant with the ACCA.

janice.palmqvist@frontierip.co.uk

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John Price

Senior food and agritech adviser

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John spent 25 years working for Mars, Incorporated, the global food and petcare group, where he rose to become Vice-President Operations Europe. He subsequently became chairman of Mars Pension Trustees Limited.

Alex Pugh

Alex Pugh

Analyst

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Alex joined Frontier IP as an Analyst to assist the Group and its portfolio companies. Having read Economics at the University of Bristol, Alex then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He previously worked as an analyst on a European-focused equity hedge fund and brings experience in financial markets and valuation.

alex.pugh@frontierip.co.uk

Sara Reis

Sara Reis

Commercialisation Officer

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Sara is a Commercialisation Officer at Frontier IP. She has over 6 years’ experience of technology transfer in different Portuguese universities, supporting R&D groups developing technology into spinout companies. She also worked as business development manager for a startup in the US. Sara holds a degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics and a masters in Economics and Management of Science, Technology and Innovation.

sara.reis@frontierip.co.uk

Lucy

Lucy Rowbotham

Technology Commercialisation Director

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Lucy is a Technology Commercialisation Director. She has over 30 years’ experience of transforming technology knowhow into product innovations, for market leading companies in the healthcare, industrial and consumer sectors. Her prior role was as a Consulting Director in the MedTech division of Cambridge Consultants, a design and development company. She has an MA in Natural Sciences, Physics from the University of Cambridge

lucy.rowbotham@frontierip.co.uk

Flavia

Flavia Vessoni

Executive Assistant

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Flavia is Executive Assistant to Neil Crabb, CEO of Frontier IP. She holds a degree in Translation (Portuguese and English) from Universidade do Sagrado  Coracao, Brazil. She also has an Executive Secretary Diploma from Pitman Training in London. Flavia has over six years’ experience assisting senior managers in various industries.

flavia.vessoni@frontierip.co.uk

Garry Waterfall

Gary Waterfall

Senior Defence Adviser

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Gary served for 34 years in the Royal Air Force, including flying Harriers and serving for three years with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows. His roles included commanding the Royal Air Force’s Air Combat Group (No 1 Group) and service as the UK’s National Air Defence Commander. His final role before retirement was as Chief of Staff at The Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood, where he was responsible for planning and executing joint operations involving all three services around the world. He is Deputy Lieutenant to the County of Lincolnshire and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Matthew White

Matthew White

Chief Commercialisation Officer

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Matt is Chief Commercialisation Officer. He has over 23 years’ experience in technology, product and service innovation, business development and marketing. In his previous role he was Head of Innovation, AB Sugar, part of FTSE 100 group AB Foods. He also has extensive experience working with university partners. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

matthew.white@frontierip.co.uk