top of page


Heropreneurs is governed by an unpaid board of Trustees, each with a specific interest and expertise in issues affecting enterprise and the Armed Forces community.


Our Patrons and Ambassadors freely give up their time and energy to ensure that Heropreneurs is well publicised and supported within the veteran community and beyond. 






Peter has decades of experience behind him in investing and financing. He has provided strategic advice as a 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 has personally mentored a number of veterans on the Mentoring Programme.

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.





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. 

Stuart Nicol 2.png




Stuart has been an active Trustee of heropreneurs since 2012.

Following a six-year career in the regulars and a further four years in the reserves, Stuart gained over 20 years’ experience in investing in over 70 high growth UK firms with firms such as Crowdcube and Octopus.

He currently invests is quantum technology and also runs his own business assisting high growth companies.

His passion is investing in purpose-led companies and helping them accelerate. He gets a kick from working with entrepreneurs and has personally mentored over 20 veterans, spouses & dependants on the Heropreneurs Mentoring Programme.

SBC (no tie).jpg




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.

bottom of page