MMC Ventures announces newly-formed advisory board and venture partner programme

Venture capital firm MMC Ventures has appointed senior advisers to help guide the firm’s next phase of growth.

Following major investment from the firm into its research function over the last two years, the new advisory board and venture partners will enhance the firm’s capabilities and bring even deeper experience and domain knowledge to bear.
 
Martin Morgan will take the role of chairman of the advisory board. He has over 30 years of valuable experience, having built up the B2B portfolio at Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), where he led its print-to-digital transformation and scaled up its international operations. Morgan became CEO of the FTSE 250 company in 2008. Martin is currently chairman at MMC portfolio company Signal Media, and a non-executive director at City of London Investment Trust.
 
MMC has also appointed Ian Barlow to the board. He brings corporate experience to support MMC’s governance and strategy around tax-advantaged investments. Barlow is a former UK Head of Tax and Legal at KPMG and latterly Lead Non-Executive, chairing the board, of HM Revenue & Customs. Barlow is an independent non-executive director of Smith & Nephew Plc, Foxtons Group plc, Urban & Civic Plc and The Brunner Investment Trust Plc. He has a number of investments facilitated by MMC.
 
MMC is expanding its venture partner programme with the addition of Lisa Rodwell, the former CEO of Wool and the Gang – an MMC investment – and chief revenue officer of Moo.com. She also previously held senior marketing roles at eBay and Yahoo! and brings 25 years of experience in building consumer businesses and brands.
 
Further appointments will be announced in due course.
 
Bruce Macfarlane, managing partner at MMC Ventures, says: “As we enter the next phase of MMC’s growth, the advisory board will play a key role in the firm’s strategic direction. MMC is scaling rapidly: the combination of Martin’s experience of building international businesses, and Ian’s record of leading both professional and governmental organisations, will be of huge value to the firm.”
 
“At its core MMC is dedicated to delivering the best experience to the entrepreneurs and investors we are accountable to. The creation of the advisory board and expansion of the venture partner programme will enable us to reinforce that effort.”