Investment panels & advisory boards

Mercia has a number of external panels and committees that help its team to make the best decisions possible for its investors. Each panel or committee is populated with experienced investors and business builders across the Group.

Investment panel

Any investment that is made on behalf of a managed fund or Mercia Technologies PLC must be approved by the relevant investment panel. This ensures that every portfolio company is subjected to the same criteria and is assessed objectively. Please note: Investment panel costs are borne by Mercia Technologies PLC.

Advisory Committee – Mercia Growth Funds

Mercia Growth Funds has established an Advisory Committee to oversee adherence to the Information Memorandum by the Fund Manager. It provides an independent perspective on the progress of the funds, corporate governance and the timing of investment returns. It meets on a regular basis and is also able to remove and replace the Fund Manager in cases of negligence. Full Advisory Committee reports are available via the Investor Centre.

Digital & Digital Entertainment Advisory Board

In 2016, Mercia formed the Digital & Digital Entertainment Advisory Board to identify potential growth areas within the sector, to discuss industry trends and to help shape Mercia’s investment strategy which has a particular focus on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and serious gaming. The Board is led by Investment Director, Mike Hayes.

Software Advisory Board

The Software Advisory Board was the second sector-specific board to be formed in 2016. It is formed of industry experts who meet regularly to monitor industry developments and identify trends, particularly in Mercia’s areas of focus which are software-as-a-service, artificial intelligence, cyber security and marketing technology.

Life Sciences & Biosciences Advisory Board

The Life Sciences & Biosciences Advisory Board is formed of four industry leaders in healthcare and venture capital, and it is the third sector-specific advisory board that Mercia has formed in 2016. They meet regularly to advise the investment team, identify dealflow sources for new opportunities and provide a market-wide view of topical issues, included within Mercia’s areas of focus, which are diagnostics, digital healthcare solutions, and devices. The Board is led by Investment Director, Peter Dines.

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