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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. 


  • Will help with
  • Business development
  • Governance
  • Raising investment
  • Technology
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Art
  • Health


Doctors of the World UK

Doctors of the World UK

Leigh Daynes

Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian movement working at home and abroad to empower excluded people to access healthcare.

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

SpeakSet is the world's simplest remote care service. We provide a video connection from a health professional to a patient's TV in their own home.

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

Fixflo is the leading repair reporting software in the UK. Fixflo makes reporting repairs easy for agents and tenants, available in 40+ languages.

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.

Charity Checkout

Charity Checkout

Chester Mojay-Sinclare

Charity Checkout is a charity payment solution that enables small and medium size charities to accept donations online.

A great session.

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

Seniors Helping Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors

Christian Wilse

Seniors Helping Seniors® award winning in home elderly care services.

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.

Policy in Practice

Policy in Practice

Deven Ghelani

Policy in Practice makes the benefit system simple to understand.
We help people and organisations to make the decisions that are right for them.

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

Founded by teachers, CPDBee is on a mission to support teacher development by building a marketplace for Teaching School courses in London to make them simpler to find and more affordable to access.

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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