Management structure

Tate & Lyle Ventures is managed by Simon Barnes and David Atkinson (working as Circadia Ventures LLP), who between them have a wealth of venture capital and investment banking experience in the biotechnology and food sectors.

Our long-term investment policy is supported by an advisory board comprised of members of the senior management team of Tate & Lyle as well as external advisers providing us with excellent insight into industry trends and dynamics. At the request of the companies we back we are also able to draw on advice from a range of senior Tate & Lyle managers and researchers in building their businesses and getting products to market.

This access to Tate & Lyle provides us with excellent insight into food industry needs via one of the world's leading ingredient players. The funds, however, are structured as limited partnerships – the structure chosen by the vast majority of venture capital funds – to ensure that they focus on helping the companies we back to grow into successful independent ventures that generate financial returns. 

Simon Barnes - Managing Partner 

Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes has a background in life sciences venture capital, first with the London office of Atlas Venture and subsequently with GIMV Venture Capital. He has focused on investing in early stage life sciences ventures throughout his career. He currently serves as a director of Evolve Biosystems Inc. (USA).

Simon was trained as a scientist and has a first class honours degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Plant Biochemistry from The University of Cambridge. He spent two years as a NATO Research Fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York, before becoming Head of The Laboratory of Cotton Biotechnology in Singapore. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Imperial College Business School, later joining the faculty and becoming Director of Imperial's Entrepreneurship Centre where he co-authored 'Raising Venture Capital' (Wiley 2006).

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David Atkinson - Managing Partner

David Atkinson

David Atkinson having held a number of senior management positions in the City brings a background in investment banking with a close association with the food industry to the team. He currently serves as a director of BioFilm Holdings Ltd. (UK), Nutriati Inc. (Canada) and Prolupin GmbH (Germany).

David spent over 14 years in equity research specifically focused on the food processing industry. David worked at SG Warburg Securities before joining NatWest Securities to head up the pan-European Food Producers research team. During his time in charge the team was consistently top-three ranked in the Extel and Institutional Investor buy-side surveys. David was appointed Managing Director and Head of European Research at NatWest Securities in 1996 and was a member of the Equities Management Committee. In 1998, David co-founded Stamford Partners, one of the leading investment banking firms providing merger and acquisition and strategic consulting services to the European food industry, where he further developed his extensive food industry network. David has also held several senior management positions in the equities operations of Banc of America Securities as well as providing consultancy services to HSBC and the VC industry.

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