Our board.

Our board brings together years of experience leading publicly listed companies - as well as expertise in technology, finance and venture.

This page was last updated on the 19th July 2021.

Non-executive Chairman.

An experienced leader and chairperson.

Jonathan McKay

Chairman

Jonathan McKay

Chairman

Jonathan has over 30 years of experience in managing and mentoring fast growth tech companies. He has a background in telecom infrastructure and has experience of scaling businesses in the UK and internationally. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was the Vice President and General Manager of Sun Microsystems’ software Tools and Integration business unit in San Francisco. He joined Sun Microsystems following their acquisition of Forte, where he held COO and CMO roles.

As an executive and non-executive chairman, Jonathan has worked on several large M&A deals, including ISG’s sale to Allvotec and Just Giving’s sale to Blackbaud. Jonathan is currently the Chairman of La Fosse Associates (a technology recruitment company), Driftrock (lead generation for consumer-facing corporates) and Poq (a leading UK SaaS based App platform).

Non-executive Directors.

Our non-executive directors bring extensive experience in finance as well as leading PLC boards.

Susanne Given

Non-Executive Director

Susanne Given

Non-Executive Director

Susanne is an experienced executive with a track-record of delivering sustained performance improvements in medium and large-scale businesses, both in the private and listed company spheres. Susanne has a background in the consumer spectrum, having held executive roles at Harrods, John Lewis and SuperDry. Susanne is currently the Chairwoman of online furniture retailer Made.com and women’s clothing retailer Hush Homewear.

Susanne also has experience in the UK public company arena as a non-executive director at Tritax BB REIT plc, where she chairs the management engagement committee and sits on the audit and risk committee, and Morrisons (WM) Supermarkets plc, where she sits on the audit, nomination, remuneration and corporate compliance and responsibility committees.

Internationally, Susanne is a non-executive director of Trent Limited, the retail arm of Tata Group listed on the National Stock Exchange of India, and the Middle East luxury retailer Al Tayer Insignia where she is also chair of the remuneration committee. Susanne’s previous non-executive directorships include at Deloitte NSE and Eurostar.

Chris Smith

Non-Executive Director

Chris Smith

Non-Executive Director

Chris has extensive corporate finance and public markets experience in a career covering 35 years in Equities and Investment Banking, most recently as a Vice Chairman at UBS Limited, which he joined in 1992 as SG Warburg. He began his banking career in 1985 in equity sales, moving over to corporate finance in 1999. From 2006 he ran the UK, Ireland and South African Equity Capital Markets business at UBS and has advised many company boards and the UK Government on a variety of major transactions. His wide-ranging experience includes capital-raising, stake sales, flotations and the market and shareholder element of public M&A transactions as well as giving strategic and general corporate finance advice.

Executive Directors.

An experienced team passionate about early stage venture building.

Nic Brisbourne

CEO + Managing Partner

Nic Brisbourne

CEO + Managing Partner

Nic is the founder and CEO of Forward Partners. He has worked in venture capital in London and Silicon Valley for over 20 years. Prior to founding Forward in 2013, he was a founding Partner at leading venture capital firm Draper Esprit. Before entering the venture capital industry he worked as a strategy consultant for Gemini Consulting and at London based startup Operis Group plc.

Outside of Forward he’s a proud husband and father of two teenage kids and a long-time season ticket holder at Chelsea Football Club. He’s developed a keen interest in mindfulness and philosophy that’s proved to be a great asset at home, at work and as a supporter of the aforementioned club.

Lloyd Smith

CFO + Executive Director

Lloyd Smith

CFO + Executive Director

Lloyd joined Forward from the ATI Group, a provider of legal technology, software and information services,  where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at several of its UK and Ireland businesses. Prior to joining ATI, he spent five years in audit at EY and four years in PwC’s Deals Team working with a mix of private equity firms, AIM-listed businesses, banks and other private companies.

Matt Bradley

CIO + Partner, Investment

Matt Bradley

CIO + Partner, Investment

Matthew used to work on trading floors at Lloyds and BarCap before seeing the light. Following an MBA at SDA Bocconi and before joining us he became an entrepreneur and investor in his own right.

Matt splits his time between investments and working across the portfolio.

Learn more about our team at Forward.

Sleeves rolled, ready to take on the world with you. The Forward team are founders. Makers. Executors. Investors and tech junkies. We support founders at board level and on the ground, through advice and expert execution.