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Dr Mark Volanthen

Investment Director, Head of Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing & Engineering


Mark heads the Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing & Engineering sector and has over 20 years' experience in this area of expertise. He supports existing portfolio companies with their operation and growth, whilst also sourcing new investments.

Previous experience

Mark has extensive experience in founding, growing and supporting businesses across a wide range of industries, including energy, defence, instrumentation and communications. Before joining Mercia, Mark built and sold a number of technology business and is named inventor on over 65 patents. He held the position of managing director oil & gas at Guralp Systems, and has also been CEO for WFS Technologies and Insensys Aerospace & Defence. After his executive career, Mark took up positions as chairman and non-executive director on the boards of several technology businesses. He has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, a PhD in Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton, and an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

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