About us

Our London Team

Oliver woolley

Oliver Woolley
CEO & Co-Founder

After university and travelling, Oliver decided not to become an accountant, but instead raised private equity and bank debt to start his own venture in the food industry - including a retail catering business in central London and a chain of organic sausage shops in the south-east. In 1997 he sold the business and moved into the world of early-stage investing and fundraising.

From 2008 to 2014, Oliver sat on the board of the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA). He has an MBA from Imperial College Management School. Oliver is a shareholder and Co-Founder of Envestors in 2004.

Scott haughton

Scott Haughton
COO & Co-Founder

After 16 years working in senior sales and marketing roles for multi-national blue chip FMCG corporations, including Mars Confectionery and GlaxoSmithKline, Scott left the corporate consumer product world to set up a unique premium quality family leisure concept. In doing so, he personally secured funding totalling £680,000, including venture capital backing, business angel investment, bank debt and DTI Small Firms Loan. Scott has a degree in Economics and Business and an MBA. Scott is a shareholder and Co-Founder of Envestors in 2004.

Nick taylor

Nick Taylor
CFO & Co-Founder

After qualifying with Price Waterhouse, Nick worked with private and public companies in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Most recently he was co-founder of the Sportscard Credit Card Company, which was listed on AIM and later sold to on-line bookmaker UK Betting Plc. He is also co-founder and director of an established private restaurant group and has investments in five other ventures. Nick is a shareholder and Co-Founder of Envestors in 2004.

Penny avis

Penny Avis
Non-Executive Director

Penny Avis trained as an accountant and until 2009 was a corporate finance partner at Deloitte LLP, specialising in consumer products and hostile takeovers, having joined the firm from Arthur Andersen in 2002. Penny advised multinational companies on their growth, through M&A, IPO and other transactions, providing strategic advice to investors and boards.

Answering a long-held ambition to be a writer, in 2009 Penny switched careers to set up Avisberry Ltd with Joanna Berry. Together they created the Never Mind the Botox series of books about the lives of professional women in the modern world. Penny and corporate lawyer Joanna are in discussions with a production company about the development of a television series based on the books.

Writing realistic fiction about women in the City has given Penny the opportunity to showcase a new generation of exciting female protagonists, while showing people that such careers are not always glamorous and trouble-free. Penny remains involved with Deloitte as regional chair of the former partners association for London and the South of England and is a volunteer mentor for Girls Out Loud, an organisation that seeks to empower and inspire teenage girls.

Lea bescond

Lea Bescond
Communication & Events Manager

Lea has a Masters Degree in Communications & Marketing from "Institut Superieur de Communication (ISCOM)" in Paris. She manages the everyday Envestors' communications and works her magic to produce attractive information material such as the Investment Bulletin. She is also in charge of events.

Lea brings a Gallic flair to the company and has previous experiences in Public Relations and Media working for a PR agency in France (C'est Dit C'est Ecrit) and a Music/Lifestyle publication in London (The Guestlist Network).

Simon harris

Simon Harris MA

Simon’s earlier career was in advertising, where he worked for several leading London agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, running campaigns for large corporate and financial clients. In 2003 he turned entrepreneur, co-founding and raising £5 million for Quotient, a medical diagnostics company. He repeated this success in 2005 with Lysanda, a green transport business. He joined Envestors in January 2011 and focuses on healthcare and environmental projects from his base in Cambridge.

Monica tanase

Monica Tanase

Monica has pursued a career in Mergers & Acquisitions with Morgan Stanley where she helped execute multi-bilion-Euro transactions in a variety of sectors in Europe. She later specialised in the telecom industry and worked with Vodafone Group on its major M&A projects throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2008, she left behind all travels around the world and other people's billions, to go it alone and invest in her own catering business in London. Monica holds a BA degree in business and economics in Paris and a MSc in corporate finance in Milan.

Victoria collin

Victoria Collin
Investment Manager

Victoria has been an Equity analyst for the past twelve years, having joined an investment bank straight after university. She started her career researching emerging markets and travelled to Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East covering Industrial Stocks. She then moved into Western Europe and then switched sectors to cover Consumer Staples. For the last five years she has worked in a London equity research boutique covering US Consumer Staples stocks such as P&G, Colgate and Estee Lauder.

Victoria joined Envestors in 2014 and holds an MA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.

Jessica wilson

Jessica Wilson
Investor Relationship Manager

Jessica has ten years' experience in Private Wealth Management, having moved to UBS from Deloitte Consulting where she completed their Graduate Trainee PRogramme specialising in Financial Services. She has worked at Barclays Wealth and UBS Wealth Management managing relationships with international and domestic private clients, as well as financial intermediaries and advisors.

In the last three years she has set up and run a small online retail business specialising in personalised products for children, while spending more time with her young family. Jessica holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (Spanish and Portuguese) from the University of Oxford, Trinity College.

Harry raikes

Harry Raikes
Investment Analyst

Harry joined Envestors in September 2014 after graduating with a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol. He has internship experience with the Fidelity Biosciences venture capital team and has also completed the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). He is passionate about early stage investment and forging a career in venture capital.