Angels 2024


George Anson

George Anson was born in Canada in 1960 to a Canadian mother and British father. He spent most of his formative years in Iowa in the American Midwest. He went to the University of Iowa where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance in 1982.

In 1984 he moved to the United Kingdom and started his career in The City working initially for GT Management, before moving to Hancock Venture Partners (later HarbourVest Partners) in 1990 where he was a founder and partner for 27 years overseeing their European and Asian activities. George retired from HarbourVest Partners in June 2017.

George is involved with a number of charitable and not-for-profit organisations and is a keen golfer and sportsman.

Why do I want to be an Angel?

‘Having spent my business career backing entrepreneurs and their ideas, I was naturally attracted to the Angels Den. I would like to apply that knowledge and experience in business to the VCSE sector, particularly in Buckinghamshire.’

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Peter Jones

Peter Jones CBE is one of the UK’s best-known entrepreneurs.

As well as being the longest standing investor in the BBC TV series Dragons’ Den, he is owner, chairman and chief executive officer of a large portfolio of businesses, ranging from telecoms and leisure to publishing, media, recruitment and property.

Peter’s business interests mirror his non-stop enthusiasm for innovation and fresh approaches to established industries. His investment group currently has over 30 different businesses in the portfolio and he is also long term investor in the equity markets and continues to back businesses that offer differentiation.

He is extremely passionate about SMEs, investing his time and money in seeing them succeed, and in 2025 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing his Foundation, which has provided millions of pounds in start-up funding to young entrepreneurs in its mission to help young people and disadvantaged groups develop the skills they need for successful employment or self-employment.

Why do I want to be an Angel?

To be fair, I’m more of a Dragon than an Angel but I’ve known Mike as a friend and entrepreneur for many years and admire his contribution to philanthropy and charitable work, especially across Buckinghamshire so when he asked me to join him as an Angel for the day I couldn’t refuse. Both Mike and The Clare Foundation have been very supportive over the past three years of our Young Entrepreneurs Programme and I am really looking forward to a great event, hearing some inspiring entrepreneurial ideas and meeting new people.’

Matt Storey

Matt Storey

Matt Storey is an entrepreneur with multiple businesses spanning various sectors.

His journey began on market stalls, and from there, Matt embarked on establishing M&M Supplies UK PLC, a food wholesale business specialising in the clearance of food and household products from renowned manufacturers, with a focus on the discount sector. This venture is strongly committed to working alongside food banks across the UK and MK Snap for adult learners.

Matt’s primary focus now revolves around SPDL, a strategic land promotion business boasting approximately 4,500 plots earmarked for future development in various locations across the UK. In addition to this, he owns Storey Homes, a reputable housebuilding company based in the South-East.

Why do I want to be an Angel?

‘I always find it truly amazing how hard people running charities work and the fantastic job that they do.

 I support various charities and I am always humbled by so many good causes and great needs I come across so I am really happy to be part of the Angels Den Event.’

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Sarah Leslie

Sarah is a founding Director of ndapt ltd, a purpose-driven business delivering board advisory and professional trustee services. Acting as a force for positive change and driving progress for the clients and charities she works with, Sarah focuses on robust governance and future fit decision making and has been instrumental in driving the charitable giveback program launched by ndapt in 2023.

Sarah is strategic, commercial and risk focused, with a drive to deliver efficiency and effectiveness, as well as transparency, diversity, and sustainability. Sarah’s flexible approach focuses on delivering the right outcome. prior to setting up ndapt, she led the Russell Investment’s fiduciary management team in the UK through a period of sustained growth.

Sarah works with a range of clients including charities, family run businesses and household names.

Why do I want to be an Angel?

‘Angels Den makes a difference to so many charities. It broadens understanding of the challenges being faced and provides insight into how positive change can be delivered. I hope my skills and knowledge can be applied, along with the other Angels, to drive the change needed and make meaningful impact.’

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