Managing Partner, Earth Capital
Partner, Head of Crowd Funding, Downing LLP
Since co-founding britishairways.com in 1994, Julia has invested a combination of her time and money in a series of new businesses in the digital and environmental sectors, including most recently Trillion Fund, a loan based crowdfunding platform for renewable energy projects. She co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2012, and has been instrumental in reforming regulation for crowd investors, and in the creation of the new Innovative Finance ISA. Julia joined Downing in March 2016 to lead the crowdfunding business www.downingcrowd.co.uk, offering asset-backed bonds to retail investors.
Dr Rob Wylie
Chairman, Cambridge Agritech
Rob has focused on technology commercialisation and impact investing in resource efficiency sectors for around 30 years. He is co-founder and Chairman of a number of impact investment firms including WHEB, Cambridge Agritech and Five Seasons VC. He is a board director of several companies promoting reduced chemical use and resource efficiency in agriculture and founder trustee of the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation which helps disadvantaged children and homeless teenagers achieve their self-worth and aspirations.
A chemist with an MA and PhD from Cambridge, Rob spent ten years in Shell’s agrochemical business before working in the 1980s with Rothschild’s Bioscience unit investigating environmental investment opportunities. He then joined KPMG where he worked on numerous M&A and privatisation transactions as well as on the development of environmental funds in Central and Eastern Europe.