Praetura Ventures, a Manchester-based venture capital investor, has appointed three industry experts to its team of operational partners.
The appointments come a year after Praetura launched the initiative to support promising founders with additional expertise and mentoring, as it continues to build its more than money approach.
Helen Verwoert, who oversaw Dr. Martens’ transformation from a heritage brand to an iconic global brand as Chief HR Officer, is among the hires and will mentor Praetura’s portfolio companies on areas including staff wellbeing and company culture.
Entrepreneur Paul Johnson, who spent more than two decades building MPP Global before its GBP37.1 million sale in October, also joins as a newly appointed operational partner.
Tech guru Andy Barrow completes Praetura Ventures’ trio of new hires after 12 years as the Chief Technology Officer for Manchester tech giant ANS, where he was responsible for technical strategy across cloud computing, data analytics, application development and managed services.