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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Andrew Haggard

Partner & Financial Controller of Sturgeon Ventures, Andrew Haggard has been working with Sturgeon Ventures for 13 years, and became acquainted with the firm when Peter Crowther merged his business with Haggards. Andrew’s background was as an entrepreneur and now as an Accountant for entrepreneurs

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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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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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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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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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Tom Powell

Tom is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Sturgeon. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Tom 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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Sarah Whitehead

Partner – Internal Legal Counsel for Sturgeon. 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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Charles Murray

A career spanning almost 40 years in Financial Services, Charles is the Venture Partner at Sturgeon, working with start up companies from water technologies to battery storage; helping make the world a better place. His roles are focused as a Venture Catalyst which was always at the heart of Sturgeon when it began mentoring and getting the companies investment ready to exit, starting with sweat equity, developing joint venture partnerships, to building their internal teams to fund raising to exit negotiation.

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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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Paul Forsyth

Paul is a Non-Executive Advisor to Sturgeon Ventures; sitting on our Executive Management Committee. A PwC qualified accountant; Paul has over 30 years investment experience working primarily in the funds industry with Rothschild and Fidelity Investments, where Paul was a Managing Director From 1987-90. In 1991, Paul founded the Forsyth Partners Group, a multi-manager research and investment firm that managed almost USD 2 billion of assets which was sold in 2013. Paul has regularly chaired and presented papers at investment conferences around the world and has featured as a commentator on BBC World and CNBC.

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Alex Luke

Partner at Sturgeon. Head of Due Diligence & Onboarding of new clients, Controlled Function Persons and exits of clients who leave the Firm, with over 25 years’ experience in recruitment.

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Melvyn Davies

Melvyn is a Non-Executive Advisor to Sturgeon Ventures; sitting on our Executive Management Committee. 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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Kirsty Bedford

Kirsty Bedford is a Executive Personal Assistant to Seonaid and is an invaluable member of the team preparing Agendas and Minutes for all the Sturgeon Committees.

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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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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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