Our Board

Dr Alison Fielding

Non-Executive Director

About Alison

Alison joined QMI in April 2016. Alison holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a first-class degree in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow and an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen.

Alison started her career at Zeneca plc (now Astra Zeneca) followed by five years at McKinsey & Company and later co-founded Techtran Group Limited, which was acquired by IP Group in 2005, where she held the role of Director and COO until 2013. Whilst at IP Group, she also sat on the board of and advised several early stage and quoted IP Group-backed technology companies. Alison is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Nanoco plc, Getech Group plc and Maven Income and Growth VCT plc and trustee of Royal Voluntary Service and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Mary Elford

Non-Executive Director

About Mary

Mary Elford is Vice Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and community services in East London and Bedfordshire. She is a non executive director of Health Education England and a Council member of the General Pharmaceutical Council. She also sits on the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for the NHS and the National Committee of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards. Mary served on the Council of QMUL between 2004  and 2012. Mary has a commercial background in retailing , having held a range of senior executive roles with the John Lewis Partnership.

Peter Thackwray

Non-Executive Director

About Peter

Peter is currently Vice Chairman of Capital Enterprise, and serves as a Non-Executive Director at Prevista.  He is a board advisor to the Innovation Warehouse, sits on the board of the Social Investment Panel of the City of London Corporation and is a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Advisory Group. Peter brings over 35 years of experience as an adviser to growing SMEs and has served as a Non-Executive Director at London Business Angels, the UK’s most active network until its sale in 2017, spent 14 years working as an Executive Director for an economic development company that provided business support and funding, and for over 10 years directed the international trade teams in London and the South East that supported and guided the international expansion of 5,000 companies annually for what is now known as the Department of International Trade.

Peter has raised, managed and supported several early stage funds including London Seed Capital, the London Co-investment Fund, Seraphim Space, and AI Seed. 

Peter was awarded an OBE in 2009 for long-term contribution to international trade and small businesses in London.

Reitesh Desai

Secretary

About Reitesh

Reitesh joined QMI in 2008 and became Finance Director in 2012. He is responsible for the financial oversight of the company and its subsidiaries. Prior to QMI, he worked in new media for over seven years and gained valuable insight into managing the finances of a growing company. Reitesh has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 10 years.

r.desai@qmul.ac.uk
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