Ecosystem

Mentors

They provide support at an earlier stage of the Toucan process, taking on a full understanding of the business and offering their expert advice

Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing

Two Michelin-Star Chef and Restaurateur
Marcus Wareing is one of Britain’s most respected and acclaimed chefs. Owner of Marcus Wareing Restaurants which includes the two Michelin starred Marcus at The Berkeley Hotel - where he still cooks today, The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Tredwell’s in Covent Garden. Marcus is also the new judge on MasterChef: The Professionals.
Anne Singer

Anne Singer

Co-Founder, Monogrammed Linen Shop
One of the leading linen shops in London, The Monogrammed Linen Shop in Chelsea has provided classical and contemporary fine linens to clients from all over the world for over 28 years. Anne creates the designs herself using the most beautiful laces and embroideries, together with the finest Egyptian cottons, linens and silks.
Carolina Bucci

Carolina Bucci

Founder, Carolina Bucci Jewellery
Carolina Bucci studied Fine Arts and Jewellery Design in New York. On returning to Florence, she worked alongside local goldsmiths pushing the boundaries of traditional practices to create her first collection, Woven. Carolina's jewellery is a favourite amount celebrities and is regularly featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and W magazine. She has been listed as Vanity Fair's jewellery 'Power Player' and a selection of her designs is showcased in the permanent jewellery collection of the Palazzo Pitti Museum in Florence.
Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell

Founder and CEO, Nina Campbell Interior Design
Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her list of clients and design expertise is unparalleled. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of style, her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors.
Richard Reed

Richard Reed

Co-Founder, Innocent Drinks
After graduating from Cambridge University and working in advertising for four years, Richard and two college friends, Jon and Adam, decided to set up a fresh fruit juice company in 1998. It was the beginning of Innocent Drinks. Nearly two decades later, with the company happily ensconced in 'Fruit Towers' in Ladbroke Grove, business is booming: Innocent is now the Europe's best-selling smoothie with two million smoothies sold each week. Furthermore, The Coca-Cola Company recently bought a 90% stake in the business.
Fiona Dent

Fiona Dent

Group Managing Director, Lifestyle, Time Inc. UK
Fiona is group managing director of Time Inc. UK’s (formerly IPC Media) brands in the lifestyle sector which include some of the most famous media brands in the UK, including Now, Chat, Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly, goodtoknow.co.uk along with the television including What's on TV and TV Times and homes portfolio, which includes Ideal Home, Livingetc and Style At Home. Fiona joined IPC Media in 1992, and has held a number of senior marketing and publishing roles. Fiona was promoted to the board in May 2007, as managing director of IPC TX, IPC's market-leading TV weeklies group, and was named managing director of IPC Connect, IPC’s mass market women’s division, in February 2009. In January 2010, IPC Media restructured, with Fiona taking responsibility for an expanded Connect portfolio, including the TV weeklies brands. In June 2014, IPC Media removed the three publishing divisions, Inspire, Connect and Southbank, with Fiona heading up IPC’s lifestyle brands.
Rupert Hambro, CBE

Rupert Hambro, CBE

Chairman, Hambro Perks
Rupert was previously a director of the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, The Daily Telegraph Group and Sedgwick PLC. Rupert is also the Chairman of the Zoological Society of London’s Development and Strategy Board; the Chairman of trustees of The Silver Trust; a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art; a trustee of the Wallace Collection; and the President of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering.
James Davis

James Davis

Founding Partner, The Sidebyside Partnership
James is a founding partner of The Sidebyside Partnership which makes investments in businesses by working closely with the leadership team in a mentoring capacity. He helps the entrepreneur organise and shape operations and strategy as well as plan and co-ordinate the business’s financing requirements, fund-raising strategy and the eventual exit process. James also advises the Business Growth Fund and over the last 12 months has worked with them on seven potential investments. Prior to this, the majority of his career was spent as a CFO where he had a successful track record in building businesses and delivering value for investors. He was the CFO on the sale of uSwitch to Zoopla plc for £190m. He was part of a management team that raised $45m in seed capital from a large Asian corporate and built a new Asian facing digital services group. At Sporting Index he was the CFO on the take private of the company and subsequent two management buy-outs. The last one was for £76m. In summary, James is an adviser, investor and has been a main Board Director for over 14 years and brings strong financial skills and business experience gained from working across a number of different sectors and geographies. He’s passionate about growing businesses and in particular enjoys helping fast growing businesses to see around corners.
Dan Sorger

Dan Sorger

Vice President, Institutional Equity Sales at Macquarie Group
Su Kim-Stroud

Su Kim-Stroud

Managing Director, Kippun Associates
Prior to founding Kippun Associates in 2009, Su worked for over 10 years in senior roles at managing consulting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Su continues to draw on this experience to provide the discreet and high quality service that Kippun Associates is known for. Over the last several years in property, Su has built an impressive number of relationships with private and institutional clients as well as domestic and overseas investors. She has successfully transacted on over £60m of residential and commercial property deals (as of 2016).
Lucy Hill

Lucy Hill

Branding and Marketing Consulting and Project Management
With 6 years of global advertising agency experience and 6 years of client-side marketing experience at Barclays, Alfred Dunhill and Swarovski, Lucy has extensive knowledge of brand strategy and world class creative execution across all disciplines of marketing communications. From big to small brands, blue-chip companies to start-ups and global FMCG brands to luxury and lifestyle brands she has a wealth of branding and marketing expertise.
Bill Morrow

Bill Morrow

Founder, Angels Den
Bill founded Angels Den, Europe and Asia’s largest angel network in 2007 and he has recently been named The World's most influential person in alternative finance by City AM. Angels Den operates across ten countries with another three coming on stream this year.

Bill is passionate that every growing, credible business, should have the opportunity to access funding. Bill is proud to be a catalyst for change in the world of business with the strength of character to speak his mind whether talking to the youngest of start-up entrepreneurs or senior government officials.
Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths

COO, The Best You Corporation
Currently Paul is COO at The Best You Corporation - a growing personal development, education and lifestyle business. His key focus is launching an e-learning portal for the business.
Prior to this he spent 6 years working with serial entrepreneur and easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou on businesses including easyHotel (IPO'ed in 2014), easyProperty (nominated for UK Proptech company of the year 2016), and easyCar where Paul was a non exec director with lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman who was also an investor in the business via PROfounders.
Paul has over 25 years of experience in business and finance, he started off in large organizations such as Commercial Union & GAN before moving to smaller more entrepreneurial businesses and start-up’s.
Patsy Godik

Patsy Godik

Managing Director, Conceptualise
Patsy is Managing Director of Conceptualise, which she set up in 2004, combining interior design and branding projects which reinforce a strong and unique identity with maximum commercial appeal.

Patsy has expertise in the hospitality, retail and healthcare sectors, creating dynamic, innovative and enduring designs for clients including CAU, Gaucho (for whom she is Creative Director), Becca, and the London Oncology Clinic.

She sees her task as working out how best to achieve the operational goals within the space available, ensuring that the concept fits the brand and its evolutionary path.
Sam Harrison

Sam Harrison

Business Owner, Sam's Hospitality
Sam is a passionate restaurateur, who has been involved in restaurants and hotels since the age of 16. Having owned and operated two restaurants in London for 10 years, Sam is now using his experience to provide consultancy, coaching and training for the hospitality industry. Sam is passionate about great customer service and developing teams to achieve this. Sam’s restaurants won several awards for their Front of House teams and he loves to share his knowledge and learnings with others. Sam is also lecturing at Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.
Bill Wallsgrove

Bill Wallsgrove

Brand, Creative & Digital Communications Consultant
With 30 years of international branding experience for agencies including Coley Porter Bell, Planet, Futurebrand, Big Idea, Paratus and BrandVoice, Bill has extensive knowledge about how to create, launch and build successful brands across categories and media. He is an advisor to the Design Council and runs brand proposition workshops and personal branding seminars for entrepreneurial start ups with Soho House and Brunel University. Bill has created and runs an online retail enterprise and a growing home décor brand.

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