Our Vision

We aim to provide a wide range of potentially high growth businesses with knowledge and the benefit of others' experience to enable them to access the most appropriate type of funding for their needs.  By identifying strengths and weaknesses and optimising the investment proposal, we will help those businesses to put forward a compelling proposition to potential funders.

Meet the Team

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Saffron Myhill-Hunt

Innovation Funding Manager

Saffron has worked on the Low Carbon Innovation Fund since 2012 and has played a key role in over 90 investment rounds of up to £1m and in the design and delivery of the Smaller Investments Scheme which led to the idea of an Investment Readiness Programme.  Prior to joining UEA, Saffron  founded and is an experienced manager of SME businesses.  Her areas of expertise are in carbon reduction, manufacturing, installation and energy services.

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Sam Burton

Investment Analyst Advisor

Sam is an Investment Analyst Advisor for the Low Carbon Innovation Fund and the Invest East Investment Readiness Programme, specialising in creative industries.  Sam has many years of experience in assessing and completing investments from a wide range of business sectors.

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Rob Smith

Innovation Funding Advisor

Rob specialises in the Tech development sector.  He has over 20 years of experience working in start-up environments, taking product concepts to market and profitable revenue.  In his last role, Rob was part of a management team that grew the business from 500k to 3 million customers and achieving a £300 million exit.

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Martijn Muntingh

Innovation Funding Advisor

Martijn is a board level executive with Managing Director experience within a FTSE 250 company.  His expertise lies within the Offshore, Energy and Shipping sectors.  Martijn has lived and worked abroad with experience of growing businesses in the UK, Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Nigeria.

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Gary Parker

Investment Readiness Advisor

Gary has over 20 years of New Business Development and Key Account Management experience gained within national organisations such as City & Guilds, OCR and the Chartered Management Institute.  More recently he has spent a decade delivering government funded SME support programmes, including the £200m Growth Accelerator Service.

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Tom Ramsay

Investment Readiness Advisor

Tom is a business advisor, supporting SMEs with funding, business planning and growth strategies.  Prior to that, Tom founded and ran a Limited Company in Sheffield, importing coffee beans direct from producers in Central Ameria and selling premium roasted coffee products to UK businesses.

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Sarah Green

Administrator

Sarah supports the Innovation Funding and Invest East Investment Readiness team.  She ensures the smooth running of the application process, governance and compliance requirements and events.  Sarah has a background in fundraising and project management across the education and environmental sectors.

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Emma Muntingh

Administrator

Emma is an experienced administrator with a background in Private Equity and Investment Banking.  She joined the Innovation Funding team at UEA in 2018.  Emma is responsible for all administrative aspects of the investment process - including deal flow tracking, documentation control and database management.