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Justin Urquhart Stewart

Chairman

With an early career of finance in Asia, Justin went on to establish Broker Services, which became Barclays Stockbrokers. Today he is one of the most recognisable and trusted market commentators on television, radio and in the press. He co-founded 7IM to deliver radical common sense in an industry where that quality is hard to find. He is an enthusiast for greater financial education and investment structures for both investors and companies needing easier access for funding. As a result he has helped in the establishment of Proshare, and also the development of the AIM market.

Jim Odell

Managing Director

Jim is a leader with extensive experience in the UK, India and the USA. Jim is an entrepreneur, management consultant, coach, mentor and market maker. He has built his own businesses and enjoyed leadership within multinational corporations including Cambridge Technology Partners, BT, Tata Consultancy Services and Accenture. He has a strong network and background in technology, outsourcing, advisory services and investment finance. He has enjoyed success but also learnt from business failure. 'If you want to know what lies ahead, then speak to someone coming back'.

Julie Cunningham

Finance Director

Julie is an entrepreneurial, innovative and commercially astute Finance Director, with years of experience across B2B, B2C, start-ups, financial services, insurance, consulting, SME’s, commercial and global corporate sectors, especially for Poundland, Midland Recruitment Solutions and A F Blakemore. Julie headed up several high-level projects on behalf of the Co-op, Holland & Barrett, M&S, Homeserve and the RAC. She has experience of driving change management, innovative service offerings, end-to-end project delivery, investment and funding options, acquisitions and MBO’s, business scale up and significant growth of PE backed businesses, corporate governance and realisation of shareholder-value.

Simon Johnson

Head of Northern Investments

Simon brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Corporate Affairs and Banking, fund management and debt structuring to the Regionally team. Simon is currently Debt Management Fund Manager at Carlton James Global Investment Group, alongside his executive role at Hindley Capital. Prior to this, Simon managed the portfolio of the North-East Angel Fund (NEAF) at Rivers Capital Partners and worked with NEL Fund Managers Limited from 2003 – 2016. Simon managed up to £100 million in 6 regional funds between 2003 and 2017. He currently holds the Investment Management Certificate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals, the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction and is an FCA Approved Person.

Flora Gray

Operations Director

Flora is a central member of the Regionally team, providing dynamic entrepreneurialism at every point. Since joining Regionally, Flora has committed to the advancement of the business, platform and expansion of our network and team. She currently manages the development of the platform and internal processes, operational strategies and oversees the day to day business activities. Studying History at Newcastle University, she examined the formation of leading nations and global economies developing her depth and breadth of knowledge and skills. Flora also began investment management training at Rivers Capital Partners, providing her with an adept understanding of SME finance.

Freya Wordsworth

Head of Marketing

Freya is a creative addition to the team, with experience of working in several sectors and contexts. Her career began in international development in the Middle East and then shifted towards focusing on the start-up industry. She worked in the Netherlands for a social enterprise start-up focusing on technology for the elderly, before returning to the UK and joining Regionally. Her work is complimented through her academic experience in both Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Amsterdam, where she completed her Master of Science in International Relations and Political Science.

Thomas Coles

Head of Sales- South

Thomas is an innovative & commercially-astute entrepreneur. Having founded five businesses and exited three (so far) he knows the challenges business owners face and the appetite of investors to help achieve growth. Since retiring from running his own businesses in the software space he has focused on helping CEOs/MDs/founders scale their businesses beyond their own successful sales activity. He has a collaborative approach to successful P&L business leadership, engaging with business stakeholders at C-level / Board, delivering ‘fit for purpose’ strategies, operations & technology-enabled business success.

Johnny Wordsworth

Investment Executive

Johnny became interested in early-stage investing while studying for his undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester. This led to a 6-month placement at Chase De Vere IFA, where he undertook portfolio research, analysing ESG investments and compiling investment reports. Prior to joining Regionally, he was Director of Communications and Economic Campaign writer for a political think-tank with influence in parliament. Having completed his thesis on Brexit, he is an avid supporter of building innovative financial infrastructures that facilitate investment across the UK.

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