Judges

Ben Lynch

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Ben Lynch is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cleantech Capital Advisors Limited (CCA), a firm he established in 2012. CCA is a sector-focused boutique corporate finance advisory firm, providing financial and strategic advisory services for investors and companies in the cleantech & resource efficiency sector.
Ben has 25 years of experience in technology-oriented industries globally and has worked in the financial services sector since 1997. Though European, Ben is a committed internationalist, having also lived and worked in North America and Asia, regions to which he retains strong links. During his time at Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Ben was responsible for the firm’s Cleantech Practices, completing numerous landmark transactions. Ben is Irish, and speaks French fluently and German competently. He gained a First from Trinity College Dublin in Electronic Engineering (1988, thesis on photovoltaics) and an MBA (1995, with Distinction) from INSEAD.

James La Terriere
James-La-Terriere James is a partner at Lancea Partners LLP, an investment advisory boutique. He specialises in raising money for early stage companies and smaller scale projects. His sector focus is exclusively the environmental industries, in particular renewables, energy efficiency, storage, agriculture, waste to energy and all aspects of the circular economy. James joined Lancea in 2010. Prior to that he worked for 20 years in equity sales in the investment banking industry, where he was an early developer of the Socially Responsible Investment industry. He also publishes a weekly email called Environmental Titbits highlighting industry news stories.

John-Marc Bunce
John-marc-Bunce.png John-Marc has been a specialist cleantech analyst since 2004. He has a background in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham and is currently employed at Cenkos Securities. He was formerly at Mirabaud Securities and Nomura Code Securities and has also held positions at DkW, Durlacher and Ambrian. Amongst his many commitments in the sector he sits on the FTSE Environmental Markets Advisory Committee.
 

 
Philip Holbeche
philip-holbeche.png Philip has co-founded three technology companies and built them to maturity, taking responsibility for strategy, finance, teambuilding and direction. During the past 15 years he has worked closely with Imperial College: he was Executive Chair and CFO of Ceres Power, a fuel cell company, taking it through a highly successful IPO and a JV with British Gas; he was Executive Chair of Plaxica, a biopolymer company; and NED of Quantasol, a concentrated PV venture, which was sold to a major US company.
Philip has consulted for several VC companies in the high-tech space, plus advising an energy storage company under the umbrella of the Energy Technologies Institute, a £500M public-private partnership. Earlier in his career, he was a Gateway Team Leader for HMG, advising on major infrastructure projects in defence, health and the Home Office.
Philip holds an honours degree in Economics from Hull University passed the Princeton graduate test in Business in the top 1% of graduates; and has an MBA from London Business School. Philip was a finalist of FT/EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Robert Hokin
Robert-Hokin.jpgChief Executive and Managing Partner, Greenbackers Investment Capital
Considered a leading figure in UK green industry, Robert has spent over 25 years in technology and finance with the last 10 focussed on cleantech. He heads up Greenbackers, specialists in growth capital for low carbon, cleantech and climate change companies. Prior to Greenbackers, Robert Chaired ecoConnect, a green industry business network, was Founder of The Cleantech Innovate Showcase and held senior management positions at ABB, Worldcom, GEC-Marconi plc, Netstore plc and McAfee (now Intel Security). Robert serves as Independent Director at Aether Limited – an international Greenhouse Gas Consultancy, is on the Main Board of Directors at Our Power Community Benefit Society – an Energy Services Company (ESCO) and is a Technology Assessor for Innovate UK. He is also a member of The Environmental Industries Commission and PRASEG (The Westminster All Party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group).

Robin Palmer
Robin-Palmer.jpgWith over 25 years’ experience in Industrial international senior management, and 15 years in Corporate Finance (investment banking), Robin runs the strategy consultancy Deerfield Group and has several Non-Executive Chairman/Director roles, focussing on the Cleantech, Energy and Manufacturing/Technology sectors. In GE’s Corporate International Business Development team, he worked with the major GE business units before heading up Strategy & Business Development for (what is now) GE Energy Management. At Plessey plc (telecommunications and aerospace & defence products/systems), Robin was Director of Marketing (International). Robin started at Mather+Platt, a leading UK engineering company in pumps, electric motors, textile machinery, food machinery and fire protection. He built up a new business in Anti-Pollution Systems (water and air treatment) before moving into fire protection when Mather+Platt was acquired by Wormald (now Tyco).
Robin has a MA in Engineering from Cambridge, MBA from Cranfield and the FT NED Diploma.

Sarika Jain
Sarika-Jain.jpgDr. Sarika Jain is the Programme Director for Cleantech Innovate with a specialisation in economic, social and environmental feasibility of clean energy technologies. As a Research and Policy Manager for the World Biogas Association and Analyst for ADBA, Dr Jain focuses on the growth potential and application of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas technologies in the emerging, frontier and developed markets.
With a diverse breadth of experience in environmental research and consultancy, Sarika has lived and worked in India, USA, the UK and Singapore.
 

Thomas Prock
Headshot-Thomas-Prock.jpeg Chartered (UK), German and European Patent Attorney. Thomas advises clients in the high tech field, in particular, in the electronics sector on internet related subject matter and computer-implemented inventions. He is active in protecting inventions in the Cleantech and medical device field as well as working on patent applications relating to non-volatile semiconductor storage devices, data processing and exchange, mobile telecommunications, smart grid related inventions, waste reduction and medical imaging, to name a few.
Thomas obtained his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research, where he investigated the interaction between radio frequency electromagnetic fields and conducting tissue, with particular emphasis on its application to the design of phased array resonators. In the LMG Life Sciences Guide 2014, Thomas is listed as a ‘Life Sciences Star’ for his work in the medical devices area. He is also commended in the inaugural Who’s Who Legal – Patent Agents, which refers to him as a “definite inclusion on any list”.

Tony Gayle
Tony-Gayle.jpg Tony Gale is Managing Director of Artifice12 Consulting Ltd a company providing Strategic business and market development services to SME’s and investors with a speciality for innovative solutions in the Energy and built environment infrastructure.
His training and experience enables him to cross technical boundaries to present synergistic and innovative solutions to the challenges of climate change and energy usage to for example.
Commercial Strategist and market facilitator – PDE Drives
Strategy advisor technology sponsorships- Dubai Expo 2020
Commercial Consultant – Digital Daylight Solutions
Business Development – Regeneras Tidal Energy
Consultant Energy infrastructure technology for Tokyo 2020 – GE
Commercial mentor – GE Advanced Aviation Technology
Tony spent 17 years with GE as General Manager of GE’s Olympic Sponsorship programme and Director of Commercial Operations for Enterprise Infrastructure projects.
He was a Senior Panellist and advisor for the RBS Innovation Gateway and a member of the GLA low carbon vehicle steering committee.

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