Board members & backers
We are proud to have a breadth of business and technology experience represented on our board and within our backer group.
Co-founder & Chairman
Giles was part of the team that founded Zopa in 2004. He became CEO in 2007 and moved to the role of Executive Chairman in 2015. Prior to Zopa, Giles co-founded Caverdale, a start-up taken to a £250m revenue motor retailer and sold in 1997. He also set up his own consultancy, with large clients in the General Retail and Financial Services sectors, and which also provided start up advice and early stage funding for new businesses. Giles is also non-executive Chairman of Bethnal Green Ventures, the accelerator for start-ups using technology to make social or environmental impact. He received an OBE for services to financial services in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Before joining Zopa in 2014 as COO, Jaidev spent 12 years with Capital One, both in the US and the UK. He was the CMO for Capital One UK, responsible for Marketing, Product, Credit and Risk Operations for the UK business and was instrumental in bringing the UK business back to profitability and growth.
Phillip J. Riese
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 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 since helped start and develop a number of innovative technology businesses for both startups and corporates, including rentify.com, Homeserve PLC and ConsultantConnect.org.uk. Greg is currently CEO of Octopus Energy and sits on the Executive Committee of the Octopus Group.
Charles is a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners where he focuses on disruptive companies in financial services, software, and consumer internet. Some of his current and recent prior investments include Betterment, Bread, United Capital, Quantopian, Abacus, BrightBytes and Main Street Hub. Charles started his career in corporate finance at Deutsche Bank and was an early employee and later Director of Business Development at Foursquare before joining BVP in 2013.
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.
James van den Bergh
James began his career at Merrill Lynch before transitioning into investment management in 2003. He was formerly a partner at Walter Capital Management LLP and Ivaldi Capital LLP and has recently been instrumental in making a number of investments, on behalf of Arrowgrass Capital Partners LLP, in the alternative finance space.
Nigel is the managing partner of QED Investors. He also works with General Atlantic Partners and Oliver Wyman Consulting in an advisory capacity, and he serves on the board for numerous companies and organisations, including Red Ventures, CAN Capital, Media Math, Prosper, National Geographic, ideas42, and the London Business School. In 1994 Nigel co-founded Capital One Financial Services, transforming the consumer lending industry and growing the business from an emerging startup to an established public company now worth over $30bn.
Arrowgrass is a European-focused alternative asset manager, head-quartered in London. It has more than 100 employees operating from offices in London and New York, and manages three funds with combined Assets Under Management (AUM) of approximately $5 billion.
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.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Bessemer Venture Partners backs teams who are building market-transforming companies. They have been amongst the earliest investors in the likes of Skype, Pinterest, Shopify, LinkedIn, and Yelp. Bessemer Venture Partners has over 100 years of investing experience with more than $6 billion under management around the world. Visit the Bessemer Venture Partners 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.