Team Ki

Meet the expert team behind Kaleidoscope Investments

Hardeep Rai
Founder and CEO, Board

Hardeep is the Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Investments. 

 

He has spent 25 years in the Financial Services industry: 15 years in Hedge Fund and the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, investor and business growth specialist.

He has also worked as client director at HB Prime Advantage, a growth advisory business founded by James Caan (Ex-Dragons Den), which was focussed on helping to aggressively grow SME's businesses with a view to preparing them for an Exit. 

Tim Sherwood
Non-Executive Chairman, Board

Tim is a trustee of the Sandhurst Trust and Chairman of Satellite Applications Catapult.

 

He is an experienced Non-Executive Director, and has been Chairman of the Hospedia Group Ltd and CVLV Group Ltd, and Deputy Chairman of Redstone plc. Before starting his non-executive career, Tim held several directorships within the Vodafone Group.

 

Tim is also the Chairman of the Investment Committee at Kaleidoscope Investments.

Chris Newson
Chief Operating Officer

Chris Newson trained as a chartered accountant before transitioning to financial services, working at such prestigious companies as Janus Henderson, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, gaining a wealth of varied experience. He has been involved in industry forums working to promote the benefits of equity ownership and champion the role of good research. He has been a regular conference speaker.

 

As COO for Kaleidoscope Investments he is responsible for overseeing the Investment process.

 

Tony Washington
Business Plan Analyst
 

Tony is a professional and highly skilled Project / Change analyst. He is well motivated and conscientious with considerable experience in broad technical background areas of business, systems and change processes, gained within a wide range of different I.T. and Transformation projects the largest being at the Co-operative Bank where he was for 15 years.

Wishing to utilize the wide project and stakeholder management and communication skills developed through career so far; moving towards the next challenge and aspirations to advance within a dynamic and innovative business. Tony is PRINCE2 qualified.

Jacqui Sim
Investment Committee
 

Jacqui’s background in the HR Technology market along-side her entrepreneurial style has led her to drive business growth initiatives.

 

During the last 25 years she worked on delivering successful high-end HR ERP programs across a wide spectrum of business sectors and countries. Jacqui then established a Recruitment Business on a global scale called Star Capital that provided SAP and technology professionals. She entered into a partnership with Hamilton Bradshaw (James Caan) where she successfully exited that business.

Jacqui has a particular expertise in understanding how technology can be used to maximise potential and accelerate growth.

Mary-Rose Portelli
Advisor, Investment Committee
 
Shane Bratby
Co-Founder

Shane is an inspiring, dynamic and highly successful business entrepreneur.

 

He sold his first business, when he was just 27 years old and is the founder of a number of companies including www.disabledentrepreneurs.co.uk, the UK's largest website for Disabled Entrepreneurs. Shane is highly respected by friends and family because of his inherent ability to look for what is positive.

 

He has won the battle against depression due to his mobility problems by proving his statement: "If I can do it, so can you."​

Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE
Clinical Psychologist, Board

With 42 years of clinical and senior management experience in the NHS and Social Services in the Learning / Intellectual Disabilities field as well as in the mental health services-influencing service planning, service provision and service delivery within the profession at national and international levels.

She is also Professor at the University of West London and an Honorary member of the British Psychological Society and has been awarded 3 Doctorates from universities across the UK. 

 

Hayley O'Connor
Start - Up Manager

Hayley is a former professional golfer who represented the Wentworth Club for 10 years before travelling to the United States of America to study and train at the renowned IMG Academy in Florida.

 

Hayley has been a successful entrepreneur launching a website that had over 20,000 hits on the first day of launch. The website successfully developed a wide range of branded products into the marketplace. 

In recent years Hayley has worked for a private family office, working closely with their Foundation. 

David Morris
Investment Committee

David has a successful track record in Food and Beverage with an expertise in building restaurant concepts. He successfully ran his Familys’ multi-million pound Bakery business and was then head-hunted by Starbucks where he oversaw the opening of 411 Starbucks stores across the UK.

 

In 2006 he was appointed as a Director of Food, Beverage and Restaurants at Harrods where he was responsible for 34 restaurants and the Food hall with a collective budget of over £36m.

 

David has significant expertise in ensuring the operational infrastructure behind any business is robust and scalable.

John Stapleton
Investment Committee
 

John Stapleton is the 'Authentic Entrepreneur' with over 30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing consumer-led businesses in both the UK and the USA.

 

He is the co-founder of three start-ups, including the The New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd., which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK reaching £20m in revenues. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year old and sold it in 2017.

 

John has a particular expertise at deciphering revenue models and ensuring their assumptions are realistic and achievable.

Mary-Rose is a consummate sales professional and specialises in client conversion techniques. She has a career in Financial Services spanning almost 40 years having worked for Telerate, Dow Jones, Bridge and Thomson Reuters.

She spent much of her career at Thomson Reuters as Head of Sales for the UK & Israel and her team had an annual budged over £100m in sales.

Mary-Rose has a particular expertise with analysing sales models and determining whether or not they are realistic and attainable. 

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