OUR TEAM

The team behind the day to day running of Heropreneurs is a small and dedicated group of subject matter experts who deliver over and above their job description every day. They all have an understanding of the military through personal expereince which lends itself well to the needs of the roles they undertake.

 

BECCI PARRISS

CEO

Peter has decades of experience behind him in investing and financing. He has provided strategic advice as chairman and board member of a number of successful companies. He is one of the UK's leading experts in investments and has floated three of the most successful companies ever floated on AIM. 

His involvement in the veteran community stems from a personal interest in ensuring that opportunities and support for those from a military background are readily and, more importantly, freely available.  

He is also chairman for The Veterans' Foundation, a charity which provides a nationwide source of funding for military charities that may otherwise struggle to raise funding.

ESME JEPP

Events and Awards Manager

Major General Tom Copinger-Symes was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets in 1992.  He served as commanding officer of the 5thBattalion, The Rifles, in Afghanistan between November 2011 and April 2012. 

 

He became commander of 1stIntelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade in April 2014, Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) at Army Headquarters in June 2016, and General Officer Commanding Force Troops Command in December 2017.

Tom was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours.

 

After a number of  interactions with the charity, realising the need for the supportin the veteran community he joined Heropreneurs as a Trustee in 2019. 

AMY NOWLAN

Mentor Programme Manager

Following a six year career in the military and a further four years in the reserves, Stuart gained over 20 years experience in investing in over 50 high growth UK firms. 

His passion is in investing in small companies and helping them grow and develop. He gets a kick from working with entrepreneurs, especially those with a purpose and has mentored a number of veterans on the Heropreneurs Mentoring Programme.  

He currently runs the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund and runs his own business coaching high growth firms. 

Stuart joined Heropreneurs in 2011 and has personally mentored over 20 entrepreneurs himself as well as providing invaluable support in publicising the service across his networks. 

CLARE OTRIDGE

Marketing Manager

Simon Banks-Cooper joined Heropreneurs as a Trustee in Autumn 2019. 

Simon brings first hand experience of transition from a military career to successful entrepreneur. He was formerly an Infantry Officer, before leaving regular service in 2000, and is currently the Honorary Colonel of the Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force.

 

He has overseen the growth of his accounting and corporate finance practice which he started in Hull but now also with offices in both Leeds and London. As well as founding his own company, he has also held appointments as CEO, investment director, board member and Chairman in a number of public and private companies and currently has a number of active investments across a variety of business sectors.

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