Chair
Shakeeb Niazi FBCS CITP FIOEE

Shakeeb NiaziShakeeb is active in the London Tech scene, through a decade of mentoring hundreds of start-ups and training mentors in his Alchemy ‘active mentoring’ methodology, involvement in Tech London Advocates and many entrepreneurship and mentoring events and initiatives.

Shakeeb’s support of entrepreneurs through programmes with universities, incubators and accelerators takes early stage start-ups through to scale-ups, applying technological innovation and business skills to create positive social impact.

Diversity and inclusion is at the core of all his activities to ensure the widest-possible benefit across demographics, business models and sectors. An “everyperson mentor”, he is willing to give an hour of his time to any person that would like his help. 

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Secretary
Jonathan Exell

Jonathan ExellAn experienced intellectual property lawyer, with a background and hands-on experience in IT, working for clients from the concept / start-up stage through to major enterprises.

He provides guidance and help to clients in all areas of IP, although as a qualified patent attorney, advising on and securing patents for clients forms a major part of his work. Expertise also in litigation - when this is the only option remaining - with a good success rate.

A member of the BCS for many years, and actively involved in the Kent BCS branch, he also authored the IP portion of the BCS publication IT Law: An ISEB Foundation.

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Treasurer and operational excellence
Ian Golding

Ian Golding15 years’ international experience as Global Partner for IT in a leading global environmental and engineering consulting firm with 5,000 staff spanning 140 offices across 40 countries worldwide. He is now sharing his operational experience, ranging from Group CIO, CTO and Data Privacy Officer roles, to help guide and mentor others in their progression to growing their business.

Ian is now more sustainable than ever, as he is travelling less, based in his home city of London and getting acquainted more with the thriving UK start-up scene. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian’s aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.