NEDs and Advisory Boards... what have they ever done for us?

The Bradfield Centre is pleased to be partnering with The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School and Innovate UK Edge to being you NEDs and Advisory Boards... what have they ever done for us?

As early stage companies grow and scale they start to look at the Executive Board and wonder if adding extra fire-power is good idea. What would a Non-Exec Director or Chairman bring to the party? Would a Board Advisor appointment open commercial or funding doors? Are we operating effectively as a Board and would an experienced head bring corporate governance best practice to the fore, instead of it being on the wish list?

For founder teams, finding the right people, at the right time, can have a transformational effect – but there’s always a risk.

Join us at the Bradfield Centre on June 8th to hear first-hand from a select group of panellists ready to share their views on the pros and cons and what they wished they’d known about ‘changing the dynamics’.

Key Take-aways

We are aiming to discuss and answer some of the questions that founders and early-stage Boards typically need answering:

  • What’s best for you – an Advisory Board or a Non-Executive Director…or both!
  • When should I consider taking on a Board Advisor or NED and where do I find one?
  • Remuneration or sweat-equity, based on what outcomes?
  • What are the rules of engagement?
  • How do I change them if it doesn’t work out...legally?

We’ll probe the lived experiences of the panellists to see it from all angles, including the legal frameworks, to help you decide the who, what, why and how of it all. First hand views will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. Join us for an evening of revelations and recommendations!


5:30 – Doors open for registration and networking

6:00 – 7:00 presenter insights, panel discussion and Q&As

7:00 – 7:45 Drinks and networking

This event has been organised in partnership by Innovate UK EDGE, the Cambridge Judge Business School and the Bradfield Centre.


John Halfpenny

Executive director at Echion Technologies and has an excellent track record as CEO of fast growth high tech and clean tech companies. He has in-depth operational experience of plc and private company Boards. Also enjoying success in company level transactions including an IPO on AIM, closing VC fund raising rounds and trade sale exits.

Phil Robinson

Phil Robinson is a Corporate Partner at Ignition Law. Phil specialises in advising founder led businesses, entrepreneurs and investors on matters such as corporate governance, funding rounds and acquisitions and disposals. He has a particular interest in the technology sector. Prior to joining Ignition Phil worked in the Corporate Team at Linklaters LLP.

Simon Thorpe

Delta2020, Chair of Cambridge Angels, Angel investor, mentor, consultant and NED of the UoM Innovation Factory, Inngot and Director of Rockspring Nominees. Board Observer to Eagle Genomics, member of Angel Academe (a predominately female angel network). Participating mentor for the University of Manchester's Mentoring program. Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Fellow, UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2016/17.

Bill Yost

Supporting the growth of UK early-stage deep tech ventures (IoT, AR/VR, additive manufacturing, AI, photonics, semiconductors), through venture investment and non-executive director roles.

Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan

Sabesan is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in the IoT space and is the Founder/CEO of PervasID, the world’s most accurate passive RFID technology – leading the business from start-up to scale-up. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and completed management leadership training at the Harvard Business School.

Thea Brook

Experienced founder with a demonstrated history of working across multiple industries, including food, fintech, fashion and media. Currently on a mission to make plant-based eating fun and accessible for a flexitarian, environmentally-conscious generation with The Brook: Plant-Based Kitchen.


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