People

Founding Team

NICK CHARMAN

Nick Charman

Chairman

Expertise: Responsible Investing, Cleantech, Real Estate

Focus: Direction, Governance, Innovation

Nick co-founded Elbow Beach Capital in 2021.

As an experienced investor in and founder of several businesses, Nick has a strong understanding of the opportunity landscape. Nick moved into responsible and impact investing in 2017 and was the principal architect of Elbow Beach Capital’s investment thesis. He pursues a keen interest in both academic and applied science research and innovation, focusing on real world solutions to global issues. Nick also sits on Elbow Beach Capital’s Investment Committee and Advisory Board.

Nick holds a BA (Hons) in Business Economics from the University of Reading and an MSc in the History of Science and Medicine from Birkbeck, University of London.

JON (JP) POLLOCK

Jon (JP) Pollock

Chief Executive Officer

Expertise: Go-to-Market Strategy, Commercial Analysis, B2B Technology Sales

Focus: Purpose, Growth, Delivery, Mentoring

JP co-founded Elbow Beach Capital in 2021.

Having held several senior leadership roles over nearly 20 years within large telecoms and tech companies including BT Group, the FTSE 100 media and telecoms company, JP has expertise in targeted investment and go-to-market strategy, transforming business units’ scale and profitability.

JP leverages this experience alongside market analysis to advise growth enterprises on resource optimisation and in-turn revenue generation.

JP holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a BA (Hons) in Business Economics from the University of Reading.

TOM HARDY

Tom Hardy

Chief Technology Officer

Expertise: Sustainability, Environmental Science, Technology

Focus: Innovation, Impact Solutions

Tom co-founded Elbow Beach Capital in 2021.

Tom is responsible for the technical and environmental impact analysis of prospective investee companies. Following investment, Tom supports founders in optimising their technologies and building their Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) frameworks.

With two decades of experience working in conservation, sustainability and environmental technology, Tom has specialised in helping businesses balance growth and sustainability. As an environmental consultant, he has advised companies and individuals on the legislative and regulatory drivers for nature conservation and sustainability.

Tom holds a BSc and an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton.

Advisory Board

ANDY SUMMERFIELD 

Andy Summerfield 

Expertise: Leadership and Management, Sales Transformation, Organisational Integration and Transformation

Andy provides a wide scope of support to the Investment Committee, including feedback on investment memos, supporting investee companies through participation in quarterly reviews and building recognition of Elbow Beach Capital as a leader in Impact Investing.

With nearly three decades of experience at large PLCs at a senior level and more recently as the founder of his own telecommunications business, Andy has a wealth of experience to support Elbow Beach Capital.  His career has encompassed telecoms, enterprise software and professional services and he has overseen significant organisational integrations. This experience positions Andy ideally to support and consult early-stage businesses as they navigate the complexities of moving to scale.

DR JOHN MCGRANE

Dr John McGrane

Expertise: Clinical Research and Trials, Digital Health Solutions

John has been working as a consultant clinical oncologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital since 2014. He is the clinical lead for radiotherapy and specialises in systemic anti-cancer treatment of urological and gynaecological cancers. Alongside his clinical practice he is actively involved in recruiting into clinical trials. He is UK Chief Investigator in the IMReal, CA022-009 and RAINBO immunotherapy studies and Principal Investigator for multiple urology and gynaecology clinical trials.

John has a keen interest in identifying and supporting digital health solutions for cancer patient follow up and care and provides valuable insight when reviewing social impact investments. In 2018, he co-founded the award winning MySunrise cancer patient support app which is now available throughout Southwest England.

Lucy Boreham

Lucy Boreham

Expertise: Sustainability Strategy, Strategy Activation and Integration, ESG Reporting and Disclosures, Stakeholder Management

With over a decade of experience leading sustainability strategies across the financial services, construction and consulting sectors, Lucy is a passionate advocate for sustainable business practices and environmental transparency.

Lucy co-founded a successful boutique sustainability consultancy which now works with a range of PLCs, private companies, and public sector bodies. Lucy works to develop the strategic and creative thinking to ensure companies maximise their positive social and environmental impact. She also has experience in strategy development, ESG governance, stakeholder engagement and sustainability marketing.

Lucy holds a BSc Hons from Cardiff University.

Johnathan Matlock

Dr Johnathan Matlock

Expertise: Scientific Due Diligence, Life Sciences, HealthTech, BioTech, Advanced Materials

Johnathan is an experienced scientist and Angel Investor with a portfolio of 24 frontier science and technology companies, he co-founded Science Angel Syndicate in May 2021. Johnathan’s focus is on the identification and commercialisation of high-potential, early-stage businesses founded by scientists with a particular emphasis on companies tackling environmental and medical issues.

Johnathan sits on the board of a variety of Science and Healthcare focused start-ups including Glaia, Argonaute RNA, Anaphite and Genome Key. Johnathan also acts as an advisor to Ascension Ventures’ Life Fund.

Johnathan holds an MChem in Chemistry from the University of York and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bristol; he is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ben Miles

Dr Ben Miles

Expertise: Scientific Due Diligence, DeepTech, Nanomaterials, HardTech, Digital Health, Diagnostics

Ben is the founder and CEO of Spin Up Science, an organisation that works to create frontier science ventures based on university IP by empowering and upskilling scientists and engineers in entrepreneurship and innovation. Through Spin Up Science, Ben has worked as a catalyst of innovation activity supporting over 100 early-stage scientific ventures.

Ben co-founded Science Angel Syndicate in May 2021 with fellow Advisory Board member, Johnathan Matlock. Ben works with Elbow Beach Capital to identify and support the company’s investments into the Science Equity asset class.

Ben holds an MS in Physics and a PhD in Nanophysics and Optics from the University of Bristol.