Mark is responsible for Clean Growth UK’s industrial relationships and for its investor readiness development track for SMEs. He is based at the University of Brighton, UK and has long experience of working with business owners and investors. Before joining the university in 2016 Mark practiced as a consultant and business coach. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Hugh Parnell is closely involved with the early-stage, funding and business development arena around Cambridge and the east of England, particularly in the energy and environmental technology sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech, co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group. Manager GEIF (Business angels network) 2001-9, won mandates to manage £40m co-investment funds; since 2007 he has been mentor/NED for numerous companies especially in cleantech sector, working with public policy programme (Scale-Up, Growth Accelerator, Exdra/EIP), with Universities and with individual clients to advise on growth and access to finance..


Emma has a near 20-year background in sustainability and a keen interest in supporting entrepreneurs to develop the solutions and technologies to address the world’s most prominent issues. At Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability she ran the first two years of the Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Awards for Unilever and has since created the ‘Future 20’, supporting the founders of 20 impact focused tech-for-good start ups at Allia.


Henry specialises in advising SMEs on how to obtain protection for their IP as well as related business considerations. This work includes drafting British, European, International and US patent applications as well as developing IP strategies, performing IP due diligence investigations and advising on all forms of IP protection. Henry is experienced at supporting companies through all of the stages of their development, from their founding to successful sale. Although a lot of Henry’s clients are SMEs, in particular university spin-out companies, his clients also include a number of multinational corporations and he is an expert at prosecuting patent applications before the EPO.


Jim has 25 years’ experience in sustainable and clean technology, including 16 years’ private equity. He invests in sustainable businesses in technology, services and manufacturing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and water. STIL manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net-worth investments through private equity funds.


Hermione is a UK and European patent attorney based in our London office. She has experience drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications, particularly in Europe and the UK. Hermione has a technical background in engineering and has handled a wide range of electrical, electronic and mechanical patent cases. She has experience working in a large variety of fields, for example, those related to medical devices, software, power tools, packaging and manufacturing methods, and lithographic apparatus. Hermione often works on cases with subject matter relating to life sciences as well as engineering. In particular, she is familiar with the considerations of agricultural companies and has worked on various agri-tech cases.