Executive Leadership

Andy Pardoe

Founder
&
Chief Technology Officer

Chair of the Deep Tech Innovation Centre at Warwick University. Over 25 years expertise of global change programs delivering complex technical transformations including Enterprise Scaled AI delivery and commercialization. Previously Director of AI at Accenture helping international clients with their adoption of AI at Scale.

David Irvine

Chief Executive Officer

Built innovation and managed services company from a £870k turnover to £23 million in 3 years. Significant experience in senior strategic, innovation, M&A and business growth advisory roles including advising start-ups on client strategy, product innovation, business development/client relationships. Driving product development and change through new technology including AI, IOT and Fintech developments.

Nick Manning

Executive Chairman

Nick Manning has over 40 years experience in the Marketing, Advertising and Media industry. As co-founder of Manning Gottlieb Media, he jointly created one of the most successful Media Agencies of recent times and was CEO of OMD UK Group after his agency was acquired by Omnicom. After 27 years in the Media Agency world, Nick has worked for 15 years in independent consulting with Ebiquity, MediaLink and his own consulting business, Encyclomedia. He has worked on many recent high profile assignments, including the 2016 and 2022 studies by the US Association of National Advertisers into the workings of the US media market, with specific reference to online advertising. He is a regular commentator, investor and go-to authority on a wide range of marketing issues.

Matthew Kellett

Chief Legal Officer

Matthew is a highly experienced corporate lawyer who brings a host of senior financial services knowledge, experience and contacts. He has been a partner at Linklaters, BLP and EY. Matthew also worked for RBS, managing substantial revenues of circa £250m p.a.

Gordon Brown

Chief Commercial Officer

Highly experienced in business, marketing and sales strategies and building/managing complex international key client relationships and partnerships in B2B, B2C and private equity funding markets. Consultant to the big 4 accountants and global law firms. Director of marketing and business development for PWC (UK and Middle East), Head of Marketing to launch ScottishTelecom, Group Advertising for Sony Professional and Elf Oil UK. Non-executive Chairman of the UK’s No 1 grant winning business.

Divisional Leadership

Vasu Karri

Wisdom Medical

Mr Vasu Karri Is a leading Consultant Plastic Surgeon in full time private practice in Yorkshire. He is the founder of The Karri Clinic and Kinvara Private Hospital, and an internationally recognised expert in the treatment of lipoedema.
Mr Karri has a strong background in medical research and published numerous scientific papers. His interest in MedTech started with the development of a virtual reality environment to teach open surgery, a project he started with the School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia.
Mr Karri is on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery, certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in plastic surgery and a member of British Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

Denis Oakley

Wisdom Ventures

In 2021 I was the top-rated mentor at 500 Startups, whose portfolio includes 41 companies valued at $1B+ and 125 companies valued at more than $100 million. I was also one of the top mentors, out of 3000+ at MaGIC and GrowthMentor.com as well as mentoring at the Warwick Deep Tech Innovation Centre and Leicestershire Startups.

I have been a judge at Jack Ma’s African Business Heroes and MaGIC’s Grill and Chill as well as multiple hackathons and startup events.

As an entrepreneurial mentor, I have worked with intrapreneurs at companies such as Siemens, Petronas, Sime Derby and Telekom Malaysia as well as thousands of entrepreneurs over the last two decades in almost every field imaginable including EdTech, Blockchain, FinTech and AI.