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.
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.
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.
Dani has worked as a mentor to veteran entrepreneurs since 2010 as Director and Board Member of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Foundation in the United States.
In addition to her role at the EBV Foundation, Dani is the Director and Co-Founder of Insight Philanthropy and Brand Consulting where she works with small businesses, start-ups, and charities in three areas - evaluating current activity to see how the company could operate more effectively, creating and executing strategy for growth, and project management.
Dani is proud of the relationships she builds with her clients and the longevity of her consulting partnerships. She has worked with refugees and IDPs in South Sudan, Kenya, and Senegal and researched health issues in South Africa and Ghana. Dani has a BA in French from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Global Affairs - Human Rights from New York University.
On joining the board, Dani said “I am thrilled to be part of an organisation committed to helping the military community transform their ideas and passions into successful businesses and look forward to working with the Heropreneurs team to deliver the strongest services and support possible.”
We are so pleased that Dani has kindly agreed to join our Board and we know that her advice and support will be very useful as Heropreneurs continues to grow.