Oliver Woolley (CEO)

After university and travelling, Oliver decided not to become an accountant, but instead raised private equity and bank debt to start his own venture in the food industry – including a retail catering business in central London and a chain of organic sausage shops in the south-east. In 1997 he sold the business and moved into the world of early-stage investing and fundraising. Oliver is an Executive Director of the British Business Angels Association (BBAA) and has an MBA from Imperial College Management School.


Scott Haughton (COO)

After 16 years working in senior sales and marketing roles for multi-national blue chip FMCG corporations, including Mars Confectionery and GlaxoSmithKline, Scott left the corporate consumer product world to set up a unique premium quality family leisure concept. In doing so, he personally secured funding totalling £680,000, including venture capital backing, business angel investment, bank debt and DTI Small Firms Loan. Scott has a degree in Economics and Business and an MBA.

Nick Taylor (CFO)

After qualifying with Price Waterhouse, Nick worked with private and public companies in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Most recently he was co-founder of the Sportscard Credit Card Company, which was listed on AIM and later sold to on-line bookmaker UK Betting Plc. He is also co-founder and director of an established private restaurant group and has investments in five other ventures.

Lea Bescond

Lea recently graduated with a Masters in Communications and Marketing from Institut Superieur de Communication (ISCOM) in Paris. Lea manages the Envestors' communication and marketing strategies including our new social media campaigns. She brings a Gallic flair to Envestors, occasionally cooks delicious crepes and is thoroughly enjoying teaching the intricacies of Twitter to old men!

Monica Tanase

Monica has pursued a career in Mergers & Acquisitions with Morgan Stanley where she helped execute multi-bilion-Euro transactions in a variety of sectors in Europe. She later specialised in the telecom industry and worked with Vodafone Group on its major M&A projects throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2008, she left behind all travels around the world and other people's billions, to go it alone and invest in her own catering business in London. Monica hold a BA degree in business and economics in Paris and a MSc in corporate finance in Milan.

Tom Billings

Tom recently returned to the UK after six years in Shanghai, China. During his time there he was managing director (Asia) of US multinational Tex Tech Industries before founding his own investment consultancy, advising Chinese businesses and HNWIs on outbound investment. Having fronted a small group of Shanghai based angel investors and worked at a London VC, Tom is passionate about early stage investment. He holds a BA in history/economics from Dartmouth College, USA.

Simon Harris MA

Simon’s earlier career was in advertising, where he worked for several leading London agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, running campaigns for large corporate and financial clients. In 2003 he turned entrepreneur, co-founding and raising £5 million for Quotient, a medical diagnostics company. He repeated this success in 2005 with Lysanda, a green transport business. He joined Envestors in January 2011 and focuses on healthcare and environmental projects from his base in Cambridge.