Meet the team
Zopa is run by a small team drawing experience from a range of industries including financial services. We're all passionate about making Zopa a great place for our members.
Phillip J. Riese (Chairman)
Phillip spent 18 years as President of American Express Consumer Cards Services Group, where he successfully relaunched the consumer lending business, as well as developing the co-branded card business. Before American Express, Phillip served as division executive of Chase Manhattan Bank's Visa and MasterCard businesses.
Greg Jackson (Non-executive Director)
Greg started his working life programming video games before joining Procter & Gamble in brand management. He was founding partner of digital agency C360, acquired by Tangent PLC in 2006 and has spent the last few years helping develop the online business of established and innovative organisations including SAP and Nails Inc.
Trevor Oelschig (Non-executive Director)
Trevor is a Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners where he focuses on disruptive companies in software and the consumer Internet. Some of his current and recent prior investments include Zopa, Shopify, 2tor, Knewton and Hunch (acquired by eBay). Trevor first started working with startups as an investor at JPMorgan Partners.
Tim Levene (Non-executive Director)
Founding employee in London of Flutter.com, and then Commercial Director at Betfair.com - the world's No.1 betting exchange. A seasoned entrepreneur, Tim was also one of the founders of Crussh, which has 29 stores throughout London. Tim is co-founder and Managing Partner of technology private-equity fund Augmentum Capital, which is backed by RIT Capital Partners PLC, the FTSE-listed £2bn (US$3bn) investment trust in which Jacob Rothschild and family are substantial investors. Tim was made a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012.
Giles Andrews (CEO & Executive Director)
Spent the first ten years of his career pursuing all things automotive. This included co-founding Caverdale in 1992, a start-up taken to a £250m revenue motor retailer, renamed Godfrey Davis Motor Group and sold in 1997. He then set up his own consultancy business whose clients included Tesco and Tesco Personal Finance and which also provided start up advice and early stage funding for new businesses, until co-founding Zopa in 2004.
Bessemer Venture Partners
The oldest venture capital practice in the United States, Bessemer manages more than a billion dollars of venture funds. And they're good at what they do – over 100 Bessemer companies have gone public, including Staples, Gartner Group, American Superconductor, Verisign, Ciena, Ingersoll Rand, International Paper, Maxim, Parametric, Perseptive Biosystems, and W.R. Grace. Visit the Bessemer Venture Partners website to find out more about them.
Since 1991, Wellington Partners has been investing in young and creative companies that embrace, create and utilize global technology trends. They take early-stage companies and help them become global leaders in their specific markets. Currently they have over €400 million under management. Visit the Wellington Partners website to find out more about them.
Tim is the founder and a managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley. He has invested in and contributed to Skype, Overture.com, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Tumbleweed Communications, PLX Technologies, Digidesign (AVID), and Redgate (AOL), among others. Read more about Tim Draper
Augmentum Capital is a London based VC fund targeting dynamic businesses that disrupt traditional sectors. The fund is backed by RIT Capital Partners, an LSE listed investment trust with more than £2 billion AUM in which Lord Rothschild and his family are significant investors. Augmentum was founded in 2009 by Tim Levene and Richard Matthews. Augmentum's investments include Borro.com, the online asset-backed lender, and BullionVault.com, the World's leading online bullion market. Visit the Augmentum Capital website to find out more about them.
Runa Capital is $135 million technology-focused venture capital firm whose founders and partners have created or incubated companies with more than US$10 billion in assets. They seek rapid growth opportunities in the the tech sector, focusing on cloud computing and other hosted services, virtualization and mobile apps. Runa Capital invests in promising teams to drive and support them on a global scale, turning them into international champions. Visit the Runa Capital website to find out more about them.