Augmentum Team

Meet our experienced Management Team, Advisory Panel and Board of Directors

Management Team

The Management Team currently comprises co-founders and principals of the Portfolio Manager. The Portfolio Manager is a specialist fund management and advisory business whose experienced and entrepreneurial Management Team has a strong track record in fintech venture capital. The Portfolio Manager is based in London and is authorised and regulated in the UK by the FCA. The Portfolio Manager has entered into service agreements with each of Tim Levene and Richard Matthews, the co-founders and principals of the Portfolio Manager and whose biographies are set out below.

The Company leverages the Management Team’s years of experience, expertise and networks in the fintech sector to drive value creation in its investee companies.

The key individuals who are responsible for the Company’s portfolio are listed below.

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Tim Levene

Partner and CEO

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Richard Matthews

Partner and COO

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Perry Blacher

Partner

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Martyn Holman

Venture Partner

Advisory Panel

In addition, the Management Team consults with an advisory panel of individuals with particular industry expertise (the “Advisory Panel”). The key members of the Advisory Panel are currently:

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Edward Wray

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Phillip Riese

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Josh Hannah

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Bronek Masojada

Directors

The Directors are responsible for the determination of the Company’s investment policy and strategy and have overall responsibility for the Company’s activities including the review of investment activity and performance and the control and supervision of the Company’s service providers, including the Portfolio Manager.

All of the Directors are non-executive and are independent of the Portfolio Manager and the other service providers.

The Directors will meet at least four times a year to, inter alia, review and assess the Company’s investment policy and strategy, the risk profile of the Company, the Company’s investment performance, the performance of the Company’s service providers, including the Management Team and the AIFM, and generally to supervise the conduct of its affairs. The audit committee will meet at least twice per annum.

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Neil England

Chairman of the Board and of the Nominations Committee

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Karen Brade

Chairman of the Audit Committee

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David Haysey

Chairman of the Management & Remuneration Committee and of the Valuations Committee

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As an investment vehicle, the Company does not provide goods or services in the normal course of business and does not have customers. Accordingly, the directors consider that the Company is not required to make any slavery or human trafficking statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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Registered in England and Wales, company no. 11118262

Augmentum Fintech plc conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by independent financial advisers (IFAs) to retail private investors. The shares are excluded from the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA's) restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in a UK-listed investment trust

Investors should seek independent financial advice before investing. The value of your investment can go down as well as up, so you could get back less that you invested.

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Tim Levene

Tim graduated in Russian Studies from The University of Manchester and joined Bain & Company in Moscow, Boston, Sydney and London. Tim embarked on an entrepreneurial path and left Bain in early 1998 and created a new retail concept when he opened his first Juice bar (Fresh n Smooth) in 1999 in Canary Wharf. The business has since evolved into a 31-store business across London called Crussh.

In the summer of 1999, Tim joined 3 former colleagues from Bain & Company and launched Flutter.com. Flutter became one of the highest profile internet businesses in the UK after it merged with Betfair.com in 2001. Tim became the Commercial Director of the newly merged business and launched Betfair globally.

In 2010, Tim returned to London to start his next venture. He founded Augmentum Capital with the backing of RIT Capital and Lord Rothschild. The team focused on finding talented entrepreneurial teams in the Fintech industry that were bringing fundamentally disruptive products or platforms to the European market.

In 2018, Tim and Richard successfully launched Augmentum Fintech on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, in the process becoming the first publicly listed Fintech fund in the UK.

Tim was made a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 and for several years advised The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on digital strategy and innovation. Tim was elected in March 2017 to The Court of Common Council in the City of London to represent the Ward of Bridge (as an Independent). Tim is also a Governor of The City of London School.

Outside of the office, Tim has a young family and has been a Chelsea FC season ticket holder since 1979. He remains a keen footballer, golfer and skier although operating at a more sedate pace than in recent years.

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Richard Matthews

Richard has 17 years venture capital and private equity experience in the technology, retail and leisure sectors on both sides of the fence. Having studied economics at the University of Manchester, Richard started his career as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand before leaving in 1999 to join Tim at Flutter.com (now Betfair) as CFO.

In 2002 following the merger with Betfair he left to join Benchmark Capital Europe (now Balderton Capital), one of the early investors in Betfair. At Benchmark he worked on early stage technology investments both in the investment phase and assisting the investee companies post funding. He then joined Manzanita Capital in 2005, where he spent 5 years investing in the retail and leisure sectors globally before leaving to form Augmentum Capital. In 2018 Richard and Tim successfully launched Augmentum Fintech on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, in the process becoming the first Fintech focused public VC in Europe.

Away from the office Richard enjoys spending time with his family, watching Arsenal and playing golf, though in the case of the latter 2 the word “enjoys” is used in its loosest sense.

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Perry Blacher

Perry is a fintech specialist with 25 years’ experience in building and operating online businesses, and has spent the last decade as an investor in, and advisor to, numerous fintech businesses.

Perry graduated from both Cambridge and Harvard before starting his career at McKinsey & Company. In 1998 he left to join Microsoft, before later moving to become a founding Principal of Chase Episode 1 Partners.

Perry later followed the route of the entrepreneur when he went on to become founder and CEO of two businesses, both of which sold to public companies (Serum in 2002, and Covestor in 2007). More recently, Perry is an Venture Partner at Amadeus Capital, and holds advisory or non-executive roles with Barclays UK, Google, Onfido, Transfergo, Clearscore, CDC and other fintech businesses.

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Martyn Holman

Martyn has nearly 20 years of experience as an operator, advisor and investor in tech and growth spaces.

Martyn’s early career was spent as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, consulting to FTSE 50 clients across consumer, energy, financial services and heavy industry. Since this time he has accrued 15 years of experience as both an operator and investor in the tech/VC space. He was a key member of the early Betfair team, the UK’s first true Unicorn, and later co-founded LMAX Exchange which has since featured as the number 1 Times Tech Track Growth Company.

Most recently Martyn spent nearly 5 years as an investor and partner in UK venture capital where he helped raise a £60m early seed fund. Martyn is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge University, from where he graduated in 1996 with a first class degree in engineering, and has an MBA from the Said Business School in Oxford, gained with Distinction in 2001.

Martyn now joins Augmentum Fintech as a Venture Partner.

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Edward Wray

Co-founded Betfair, which later floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2010 valued at £1.4 billion, and has twice won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Having stepped down from his role as chairman of Betfair in 2012, Edward continues to invest in Fintechs and currently holds directorships at Funding Circle, LMAX, Property Partner and Prodigy Finance, and is a trustee of Nesta, TheMix and Mental Health Innovation.

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Phillip Riese

Prolific Fintech investor and Former president of American Express Consumer Card Group and Chairman of American Express Centurion Bank

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Josh Hannah

Co-founder of Flutter.com and Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. Former general partner at Matrix Partners

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Bronek Masojada

CEO of Hiscox since 2000 and Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s 2001-2007

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Chairman of the Board and of the Nominations Committee

Neil England

Neil England has extensive international business expertise in a career spanning public and private companies varying in size from start -ups to global corporations. His career started in manufacturing and he has held leadership roles in sales, marketing and general management across sectors including food, FMCG, distribution and technology.

Neil was a Vice President of Mars Incorporated; Group Chief Executive at The Albert Fisher Group Plc and Group Commercial Director at Gallaher Group Plc. Additionally he started two technology businesses and has advised on others. Neil has been Chairman of a number of companies and in the past year these have included ITE Group Plc, Blackrock Emerging Europe Plc and three private businesses. He now holds one Chairman position in addition to Augmentum.

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Chairman of the Audit Committee

Karen Brade

Karen Brade has extensive experience in project finance and private equity. She started her career at Citibank where she worked on various multi-national project finance transactions.

Karen worked at CDC (Commonwealth Development Corporation), the UK’s development finance institution, where she held a variety of positions in equity and debt investing, portfolio management, fund raising and investor development.

Karen has been an adviser to hedge funds, family offices and private equity houses for a number of years. She chairs the Audit Committee and is senior independent director of Crown Place VCT PLC, Chairman of Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust PLC and Chairman of Keystone Investment Trust plc.

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David Haysey

Chairman of the Management & Remuneration Committee and of the Valuations Committee

David Haysey has extensive experience in the investment business, working on both public and private equities, and asset allocation.

He started his career as a stockbroker, and held a number of senior positions, including as head of European equities for SG Warburg plc and Deutsche Bank AG and CIO and co-CEO of Deutsche Asset Management’s European Absolute Return business.

David previously worked for RIT Capital Partners plc, where he was a board member and head of public equities. He joined the multi-strategy firm Marylebone Partners from its launch as head of liquid strategies. Since his retirement he has been a non-executive partner and member of the firm’s investment committee.