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George WHITEHEAD - CHair

George Whitehead is Venture Partner Manager at Octopus Ventures and Chair of the VCTA. George has worked in the venture capital industry for over ten years and has built up relationships with many of Europe’s leading investors and entrepreneurs. 

He joined Octopus in July 2011 and is the co-founder and Chairman of the Angel Cofund, a £100 million Government backed fund focused on co-investing with angel investors. Prior to Octopus George held the position of Business Development Director at NESTA Investments’ £50 million Venture Capital Fund where he ran a portfolio of programmes aimed at supporting growth companies. He began his career as an investment manager at Oxford Innovations, where he managed the Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), one of Europe’s most successful private investment networks, before moving on to successfully turnaround and manage the incubations programme for the University of Toronto’s Technology Transfer Office.

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Tim Levett - Vice Chair

Tim Levett is Chairman of NVM Private Equity and Vice Chair of the VCTA. He has been key to building up the company’s broad range of investee companies. Tim is responsible for investor relations and continues to represent NVM on the board of Channel Mum, Crantock Bakery, Gentronix and Intuitive. He has also worked with Alaric Systems, Control Risks Group, Liquidlogic, TFB, Keith Prowse and DxS – to name but a few. Tim is also a non-executive director of Northern Venture Trust PLC and Northern 3 VCT PLC.

He is also twice winner of the prestigious BVCA Deal of the Year award. Prior to NVM, he spent several years in senior management with companies such as Shell UK and International Paints before becoming general manager of Tremco. In Tim’s early career he was an officer in the Royal Navy.