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In addition to the daily support provided by the Alacrity Foundation Management team, our embedded and guest mentors give our programme unique expertise and detailed specialist knowledge.


Embedded Mentors

Nathan Woodhouse

Technical Mentor

Nathan spends a day each week sharing his software development expertise with the teams. He is a strong advocate and expert instructor for web, mobile, and next-telecommunications app development.

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Dave Sheppard

Technical Mentor

Dave spends a day each week sharing his product management and Agile software development experience with the teams, helping them adopt best practice and maximise development effort.

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Paul Bailey

Design Mentor

Paul assists in the marketing literature and language used to ensure the focus is efficient for each team. Paul will design and build websites, branding and logos as well as presentations and business plans.

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Darren Williams

User Experience Mentor

Darren has a wide technical background gained over a 10 year period in the industry. Upon graduating from UWE in Bristol with a first class in Digital Media BSc he went on to graduate from the Alacrity Programme before joining Wesley Clover.

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Mike Doyle

Technical Mentor

Michael has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and talent across a broad range of disciplines. He co-founded Ubiquity Software Corporation and as CTO he influenced the technological direction which created one of the world’s first and most successful SIP Application Servers.

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Guest Mentors

Alan Ockenden

Founder TXO Systems

Alan is the Founder and Chairman of TXO Systems. He founded the company in 2005 and has since led it to phenomenal growth, with operations on five continents.

Alan’s expertise is invaluable in guiding our teams with commercial and product decisions, building partnerships and driving sales.

Brad Cummings

Co-Founder Tiny Rebel

Co-founder and MD of Newport start-up brewery Tiny Rebel. Brad inspires with his story of starting out in a garage homebrewing on weekends to creating and maintaining an international brand.

Giving teams a unique perspective on team culture, branding, scaling and exporting internationally.

Edward Hobhouse

Business Mentor

Edward has worked in a variety of technology businesses for 40 years. He is an innovative, entrepreneurial hands-on business leader with track record of establishing new technology and securing large complex contracts. “There is nearly always a way forward for your business and your Customer. The challenge is to find it and convince all the stakeholders”

Elliott Thomas

Clockers | Software Development Outsourcing Agency

Elliot is a serial tech entrepreneur, his inspirational story is a great example of start-up success, securing early investment, resilience and entrepreneurial ideation.

Damon Rands

Founder of Wolfberry Cyber

Damon Rands is an experienced cyber security expert, with over 30 years in the Information technology industry. Having worked in development, support and installation he has helped companies across the United Kingdom build secure systems and implement best practices to protect their intellectual property and private information.

Emma Cundle

Founder Veritem

Emma is an accomplished leader and people development professional with extensive experience helping businesses establish, refine and deliver their cultures, business models and growth plans.

Helping teams embed world-class leadership, culture and purpose-driven growth strategies.

Felix Winstone

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Felix Winstone is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Talkative, an Alacrity start-up that connects website visitors with sales teams. Talkative’s novel platform brings voice, video, chat and cobrowsing into customer facing websites to increase revenues and improve customer service. Felix manages sales, marketing and finance at Talkative.

Jerry Ennis

Investor and venture capitalist

Jerry has more than 25 years of international investment, company-building, product development and business strategy experience. Gained via exec, non-exec board and operational roles in a number of established and start-up companies.

Broad technology and sector background with a deep understanding of the mobile eco-system and links into consumer Internet, social networks and mobile entertainment.

Jonathan Harrhy

Senior Business Services Manager at Kilsby Wiliams

Jonathan is vastly experienced in business services varying from accounts to full company audits in a wide variety of business sectors.

Jonathan provides expertise in producing forecasts for business plans, grant audits, management accounts, company valuations and due diligence reports.

Jonathan Stokes

Founder & MD of JBS Associates

Leading executive search/recruitment specialist in emerging markets since 1994. Providing pragmatic solutions to organisations requiring C suite/Directors and other senior management predominantly to Financial Services and Commercial/Industrial clients in Russia & the CIS, Africa, Middle East, China & South East Asia, India and South America.

John Rowland

Founder at White Lake Group

John is an expert in running capital raising and exit processes (Mergers and Acquisitions or Initial Public Offerings) from start to finish.

Following 6 years as Investment Manager across three PE growth funds worldwide (> $500m – one African fund), have spent the last 5 years consulting to PE funds on portfolio companies as interim CFO or a deal manager.

Jessica Price

Digital Marketing Specialist

Jess is a talented Digital marketer with over eight years experience in industry.
Key skills include digital strategy, email marketing, social media, content, analytics and reporting.

Katie Swan

Head of Digital at Mongoose Sports & Entertainment

With ten years agency experience spanning PR and online marketing, Katie has worked with local and national brands delivered everything from website redesign projects, SEO, online advertising campaigns to, social media community management.

Kerry Beynon

Partner at Acuity Legal

Kerry is a Solicitor-Advocate specialising in commercial law and intellectual property law / IT.

Kerry has provided training / lectured nationally and internationally on intellectual property law and dispute resolution mechanisms to professionals, international corporations and public bodies.

Lee Woodman

Founder at Visit Digital

Lee runs Swansea based Visit Digital, they specialise in helping companies understand their customers search habits to give stakeholders the data to make informed decisions. Their clients include The Lad Bible Group, Billionaire.com, Car Buyer and several of the UK’s top 50 websites.

Matt Appleby

Director at Business in the Community Cymru

Leading the BITC Cymru team, championing the responsible business movement in Wales.

Joined BITC after 20 years’ experience in communications with experience including the management of one of Wales’ leading agencies, development of social and digital media capacity and major corporate, consumer and behavioral change programmes.

Nathan Jackson

Founder Presentify

Nathan helps companies create compelling and purposeful presentations, ensuring the message objective is achieved. Through Nathan’s workshops, founder teams are taught how to present a story that will differentiate them from competitors and make a lasting impression on prospects.

Nigel Turner

Data Consultant at Global Data Strategy Ltd

Nigel is an information management consultant, practitioner and thought leader with over 20 years experience, gained in large organisations, both in the UK and abroad.

Nigel’s work enables organisations to produce information management business cases, data governance processes, and structures, delivering the benefits of improved data quality and data exploitation.

Sam Gibson

MD of Enjovia Ltd

Sam is the current Managing Director of Enjovia Ltd, an Alacrity graduate company. Before joining Enjovia Sam was part of the management team of the Alacrity Foundation, helping the teams with commercialisation. Before joining the foundation Sam held a number of Sales and Marketing roles in Canada and the UK within the tech and finance sectors.

Richard Webb

Strategy Consultant

Richard helps business’s to quickly distil their strategy and then explain it in a simple, inspirational and memorable way.
This approach enables business to win large-scale bids and to effect organisational change.

Richard has worked with clients including Cognizant, Genpact, GMC, KPMG, Land Securities and The Crown Estate.

Tej Randeva

Entrepreneur | Visionary | Investor in Tech

Having delved into many industries from general insurance, transport hire, web development, franchising, food to music, Tej’s tech business experience is varied and extensive.

Tej’s dedication to business expansion has been the catalyst for success, carefully planning and formatting tech concepts prior to their execution.

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