The Sturgeon team celebrates 2018 being the Chinese Year of the Dog.  Roll over each team picture to see our favourite companions.

Seonaid Mackenzie

Founder and Managing Partner of Sturgeon Ventures with 30+ years in financial services as a stockbroker, corporate financier, fund raiser and portfolio manager. A career that spans a family office investing in public and private markets and within various venture capital investment committees and a Fund Board Member. The pioneer of “Regulatory Incubation”; an award winning entrepreneur with over 20 years of operational experience. Seonaid has walked the walk of a financial services start up.

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Alex Brown

Alex has been running Seonaid’s diary ‘virtually’ for the past 10 years since looking for a lifestyle change after having her twin sons. Before Sturgeon she spent 9 years as PA to the Head of Equity Trading and Emerging Markets at Goldman Sachs. She loves a challenge and took part along with Alex Luke and Anna Pollock in the ‘Ride The Night’ 100km bike ride in 2017. Who knows what 2018’s challenge will be!?

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Sarah Whitehead

Sarah is the internal Legal Counsel for Sturgeon and with Seonaid sits on the Venture Capital Fund Committees. An English qualified solicitor who trained at Linklaters before joining Clifford Chance’s investment funds department, Sarah then spent eleven years at ING Barings, including five years as head of debt capital markets in Moscow. Before joining Sturgeon, she worked as an internal counsel at Pemberton Asset Management.

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Jayne Arrowsmith

Jayne is a qualified lawyer and has previously managed teams covering a number of areas including fixed income, capital markets and most recently cross border regulation. Jayne works with the business by advising on corporate governance issues that Sturgeon and its clients should be aware of.

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Alex Luke

A recruitment and onboarding specialist with over 25 years in recruitment as Director of a boutique recruitment firm which specialises in helping hire people for their start-ups, family offices and existing businesses. Responsible for the onboarding of all new Sturgeon Ventures clients, follow up monitoring and internal operational support within Sturgeon Ventures.

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Stephen Butler

Stephen is responsible for the risk monitoring of the Portfolios managed by Sturgeon. Having gained over 20 years of experience on both the buy and sell sides of the market, working within some of the largest banks and systematic hedge funds in London. He has held senior positions within both trading teams, portfolio risk and operational risk committees during his career

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Stephanie McClennon

Following a period overseas, Stephanie recently joined Sturgeon as a Compliance Analyst. Her background is in international fixed income and currency management including emerging markets, where she managed institutional dollar-based portfolios for mostly US corporate clients.

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Jackie Riley

Jackie Riley is part of the Sturgeon Portfolio Management Monitoring Team. Jackie spent several years in financial services on the sell side working with Seonaid before joining the buy side in Singapore and on returning to the UK joined Sturgeon.

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Tom Powell

Tom is the COO at Sturgeon and runs the fund operations area. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he previously helped found an investment management firm building it into a multi fund and multi manager business before resigning to take a sabbatical and join Sturgeon.

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Becky Neill

Becky Neill is a Compliance Analyst, responsible specifically for the monitoring of the Appointed Representative Firms within Sturgeon as well as general compliance support. Becky has over 15 years compliance experience previously working in Japanese and German Investment Banks in the city.

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Jen Townsend

Jen is a Compliance Analyst at Sturgeon. She has 10 years of compliance experience gained within various Investment Management firms. She holds a law degree and Diploma in Investment Compliance.

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Melvyn Davies

Non-Exec – Melvyn has over 30 years experience auditing and advising regulated businesses and 20 years experience on Boards of listed companies. Melvyn first became involved with Sturgeon almost 20 years ago and, after giving up his audit practice in 2016, took on the role of an independent adviser to Sturgeon in 2017.

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