The management team is made up of specialists in venture capital, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship.
- Dr Stephen Hampson – Managing Partner
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
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 – Operating Partner
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 PhD MBA – Investment Partner
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 – Investment Partner
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, as part of the IP Extraction Team, is responsible for deploying powerHouse Seed Funds into pre-revenue early stage ventures, including IP negotiation and investment deal processing.
- Marcus Haggers – Investment Analyst
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
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
Charlie has a background that spans geographical information systems and engineering, working closely with industry and local authorities. He has a PhD through the University of Birmingham, UK.