The management team is made up of specialists in venture capital, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship.
- Dr Stephen Hampson – Chief Executive Officer (+64 27 227 9854)
Steve’s career has been dedicated to transforming new knowledge into commercial success. Stephen’s commercialisation career in Europe included fast-growth execution and business improvement in several acquired companies he was appointed to lead, including trade sale of one of these companies and domination of a global niche in another. Returning to New Zealand, Stephen was inaugural CEO of the award winning Canterbury Innovation Incubator (Cii) before establishing powerHouse in 2006. In this role, he has overseen the incubation and growth of more than 50 new companies.
- Stuart Whitham – Chief Financial Officer (+64 22 420 2404)
Stuart brings to powerHouse his international experience working with young growth companies on audits, cash flow modelling and insolvency projects, financial instrument valuation, fund management and financial control. Stuart qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in London, working with global financial institutions on the valuation of derivative financial instrument portfolios. After making a permanent move to Christchurch in 2004, Stuart took up a role with global fund of funds, Infiniti Group, before later becoming Financial Controller at Allied Telesis.
- Miles Hockley – Commercial Manager (+64 27 271 5077)
Miles has over 25 years of management experience in IP commercialisation, technology start-ups, strategic management consultancy and international finance. A metallurgist by degree, Miles has been involved operationally with a number of early stage businesses and has experience of building and managing strategic alliances internationally and the raising of equity from private, institutional and corporate investors. Miles graduated from Trinity College, University of Oxford with BA Honours in 1979 and MA Honours in 1985.
- Leonard Bloksberg – Investment Manager (+64 27 290 7891)
Lenny spent 25 years in the lab developing core technologies in both academia and industry followed by a decade in executive and governance roles delivering technology to market. His PhD is in biotech where he has made contributions to both agricultural and medical science. As an entrepreneur/investor he founded and exited one company and contributed to commercialising innovation at several others. Lenny is part of the commercialisation team and is responsible for helping early stage ventures reach markets and achieve exit.
- Anya Hornsey – Regional General Manager (+64 27 205 8404)
Anya has a background as a co-inventor in a corporate spin-out which developed a significant patent portfolio sold to a multi-national company. Anya’s key focus is developing IP strategies for the powerHouse portfolio and conducting due diligence on potential investment opportunities, checking freedom-to-operate and the strength of any existing IP position. Anya is responsible for deploying powerHouse Seed Funds into pre-revenue early stage ventures, including IP negotiation and investment deal processing.
- Marcus Haggers – Investment Analyst (+64 22 411 6624)
Marcus has a background in engineering and business development, holding an engineering master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a business master’s degree from Manchester University, along with a scholarship from the Kauffman Foundation in the United States. His professional experience entails a similar mix of business and technical development roles; working with medical device start-ups in the UK through to venture capital and medical device companies in the United States.
- Dr Stuart Lansley – Investment Analyst (+64 21 134 9684)
Stuart obtained his MEng(Hons) in Engineering and Materials Science at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford and a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College London. He has been a Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST) Post-doctoral Fellow in Medical Physics at the University of Canterbury.
- Dr Charlie Tomlinson – Investment Analyst (+64 22 313 5128)
Charlie has a broad background that spans IT, geospatial risk assessment and engineering, working with a variety of businesses in the UK and NZ. Following a joint honours in Civil Engineering and Geography at the University of Birmingham he completed a PhD bridging academia, industry and local authorities. Charlie has worked on secondment as interim CTO of CropLogic, a powerHouse portfolio company.
- Steve Silvey – Regional General Manager (+64 27 487 7827)
Steve oversees the Dunedin operations of powerHouse. Formerly CEO of Upstart Business Incubator in Dunedin, Steve has spent his career in commercialisation roles and creating shareholder value at general management and governance level. He has exposure at all stages of the business lifecycle, from start up to corporate including successful trade sales. Steve has an Honours degree in Biology, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the New Zealand Institute of Management.
- Conrad Anderson – Investment Analyst (+64 27 252 0141)
Conrad has over 10 years of experience assisting new and expanding business ventures, holding senior management roles within the new and expanding business sector with a focus on debt and equity transactions up to $3million. With a finance sector background, he has a large network in Dunedin, with a focus on the start-up, IT and investor communities. Conrad has a bachelors’ degree in finance, a post-graduate diploma in economics, and an MBA.
- Rueben Skipper – Investment Analyst (+64 21 181 4147)
Rueben followed a Masters of Science from the University of Otago with an academic role as a Research Fellow at the University’s Higher Education Development Centre and has built a wide network within the University. He also has experience of working internationally in market research in an investment banking environment, consulting in the healthcare sector and of creating and running a number of businesses in New Zealand in the Food/Beverage, Financial Services and Social Media spaces. Rueben has an extensive network within Maori organisations across New Zealand and is a business mentor for start-ups in Dunedin and Otago.
- Melissa Yiannoutsos – Regional General Manager (+64 21 241 5423)
Melissa has spent nearly 15 years commercialising science for industrial, medical and biotechnology applications in New Zealand. She has extensive experience of developing and implementing strategies for technology-led organisations and leading negotiations with international corporations. Prior to setting up Kerasi Limited, which merged with powerHouse in 2014, Melissa was responsible for administering business incubator programmes, managing the commercialisation portfolio and pre-seed and equity funds at Industrial Research Limited. Melissa is an active investor in technology start-ups and has been on a number of boards.
- Jennifer Anderson – Investment Manager (+64 21 226 5304)
As an active investor and consultant in the early-stage biotechnology, human nutrition and medical devices sectors, Jennifer has worked with Crown Research Institutes, universities and the private sector in both technical and commercial roles to commercialise intellectual property into the international market. During her time with Industrial Research and Massey University Jennifer developed a passion for seeing science move from the lab-bench into financially-sound businesses.
- Tijs Robinson – Investment Manager (+64 21 411 466)
Tijs has extensive experience in commercialisation and market development of industrial technologies. Tijs joined powerHouse from Kerasi, where he assisted Wellington-based clients with technology commercialisation. Prior to this he managed new product development and business growth in international markets at HTS-110 Ltd, a high-tech manufacturing company. Tijs has experience of managing a high-tech international manufacturing supply chain, and negotiating OEM supply agreements. Earlier in his career, Tijs worked at a Crown Research Institute where he was involved in business development, securing investment and market validation.