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Commercial background

Alex has worked in the technology industry since the 1980s. He co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including Web Browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As CEO at nCipher he raised a total of £14m ($25m) in venture capital funding before he led the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350m valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.

Alex lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children, where he is an active member of the local entrepreneurial community. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Social and philanthropic background

Alex is an angel investor in various social enterprises,  was a Patron of the Princes Trust, donates to the Academy of Ancient Music and is on the committee for Kettle's Yard, an art museum based in Cambridge. 

 

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Testimonials

Leigh Daynes

Leigh Daynes

Doctors of the World UK

Executive Director

Alex had such useful insights

Alex read my organisation and our key challenges really well. His insight and feedback - delivered in a constructive and considered way - will certainly help me reframe the challenges I face in my role and will enable us to move forward.

Adi Kasliwal

Adi Kasliwal

Speakset

Co-Founder

A fantastic experience!

Alex constructed a perfect world for our business to exist in and helped us think about how to create that world. - A fantastic experience!

Rajeev Nayyar

Rajeev Nayyar

Fixflo

Co-Founder

Alex's advice was incredibly valuable!

This was an incredibly valuable hour of discussion with an expert in my field in which we cut through the detail to the underlying business model and opportunities for improvement.

Chester Mojay-Sinclare

Chester Mojay-Sinclare

Charity Checkout

Founder

A great session.

It was really useful to get some objective advice from someone with Alex's experience. 

Christian Wilse

Christian Wilse

Seniors Helping Seniors

Founder

Truly validating

Alex quickly grasped our concept and mission, and could quite accurately point to weaknesses that hindered growth. It made me sure that we are on the right path and implementing the right actions.

Deven Ghelani

Deven Ghelani

Policy in Practice

Director

Will definitely accelerate our progress!

Alex understood the business in no time at all, and in one hour made five clear recommendations, some from leftfield, which are now going to be done in an afternoon, instead of over the next three to six months.

Niall Alcock

Niall Alcock

CPD Bee

Founder

Really Helpful

Alex was honest, frank, candid, helpful and creative. It was a pleasure to meet him and our conversation was really helpful.

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