Andrew Finley

Project Director
With over thirty years’ experience of commercial management, strategy development and implementation, Andrew held management positions in the national press before being appointed Group Publisher at International Thomson Business Press, one of the world’s largest B2B publishers, and then Publishing Director of the Croydon Advertiser Group where he re-launched the flagship title, growing it into the largest selling regional weekly newspaper in the UK.

He launched and grew a successful contract publishing company before exploiting the early stages of web publishing to establish a market leading golf website. Following this he led a pioneering startup developing innovative new web technologies that transformed the business of event marketing. As a start-up entrepreneur he completed a number of investment rounds including funding raises from Angels and VC’s, also negotiating 3 positive exits.

In addition to leading the project team, as a qualified business coach, he specialises in business growth strategy and investment readiness.

Heather Coupland

Programme Delivery Manager
Heather is a Management Accountant and Consultant with experience spanning the gamut of finance, funding and investment – from traditional lending, invoice discounting and factoring to ‘alternative’ sources such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending.

As Finance Director for A to Z Cleaning Services Ltd, she brokered a deal and sold the company to the Future Group (GB) Ltd based in York where she then took up the role of Group Finance Director.

After relocating to Cornwall she became Operations Director for Richfords Fire and Flood Ltd where she successfully ran many incidents involving large scale mobilisation to deal with areas of severe flooding. Heather is also trained in all sectors of the Damage Management industry including fire, flood, oil, mould, trauma etc.

More recently Heather has worked as a Business Coach & Finance Specialist with businesses within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, where she has helped clients access many different forms of funding. She also has a working knowledge of the current grant funding pots, eligibility and the application process.

Heather’s many skills include compiling management accounts, financial accounts, operations, project management, cash flow analysis, business plans, re-financing, preparing companies for sale, new business start-up, re-locating companies, personnel issues, payroll and software integration, finance and funding.

Richard Cooper

Investment Manager
Richard has helped companies raise in excess of £100m in Equity finance in both England and Australia. Previously run two start-up companies in the software sector and having worked with investors ranging from Private Equity to Angel Investors. Currently is the Investment Manager at the Thames Valley investment Network and is part of the team running the OION Ltd SEIS Fund.