The Board

Gordon Hurst


Gordon joined Featurespace’s board in November 2014. Prior to that, he joined Capita in 1988 and was first appointed to the Board as Commercial Director in February 1996.

Through a combination of acquisitions and ground-breaking white collar outsourcing deals–initially in the public sector–the company continued its rapid growth and entered the FTSE 100 in 2001. Through this period Gordon was instrumental in managing acquisitions, large outsourcing deals, and building a team of commercially-focused Finance Directors to enable continued development of the business.  Capita plc has turnover of c£4.5bn, employs 65,000 people, and spans numerous markets and sectors including Financial Services and Banking. Gordon also is Non Executive Chair of the PE funded services business, Marston Holdings, and a Non Executive Director of Motorpoint Plc.

Martina King


Martina is responsible for the strategic direction and corporate vision at Featurespace. She has served as CEO since October, 2012.

Former Managing Director of augmented reality company Aurasma, Martina King has an extensive career in media technology. Her previous leadership roles include Managing Director of Capital Radio PLC, where was a key contributor to the trebling of the radio industry’s advertising revenue and successfully defended the radio station’s number one position in London. Martina was also Managing Director of Yahoo! Europe where she led the team to rebuild the European business after the ‘dot com’ collapse.

David Excell

Co-Founder and CTO

As Chief Technology Officer, David oversees core development and delivery of Featurespace’s enterprise Adaptive Behavioural Analytic solutions.

David co-founded Featurespace. He has more than 15 years’ experience in software development and turning research into commercial reality. Under his leadership, Featurespace has grown from a concept into a commercial success with blue-chip company customers. Before founding Featurespace, David worked as a research engineer at the Wireless Signal Processing Group at National ICT Australia (NICTA). He was also a self-employed consultant offering IT services to small and medium-size businesses in Canberra, Australia. David graduated with honours from Australian National University, completing degrees in Engineering and Information Technology. He has been awarded more than ten prizes and scholarships for his academic and commercial achievements, including the 2011 ITC Enterprise Award for Young Entrepreneur.

Dr Robert Sansom

Non-Executive Director

Robert is an active angel investor and mentor to high-technology start-up businesses in the UK and US.

He is the Founder of Cambridge Angels, a group of seasoned technology and bio-technology entrepreneurs who invest in and mentor technology start-ups in the Cambridge area. Prior to being an angel investor, he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of FORE Systems, a leading developer of high-speed data communications systems which was sold to Marconi in 1999. Robert is also Chairman of CCS Ltd and Netronome Systems Inc, and a Director of Ubisense Ltd and CRFS Ltd.

Laurence Garrett 

Highland Europe

Laurence Garrett is a Partner of Highland Europe, Laurence focuses on growth opportunities in the information technology sector for the European market.

Laurence represents Highland Europe on the boards of Intersec, NewVoiceMedia, LoveCrafts, Starleaf and Condeco.  His track record at Highland Europe also includes investments in SocialPoint.

Prior to joining Highland Europe, Laurence was a Partner with 3i Group where he was responsible for investments such as CSR (IPO), UbiNetics (acquired by Aeroflex and CSR), Trigenix (acquired by Qualcomm), Insensys (acquired by Moog and Schlumberger), Ezurio (acquired by Laird), and Icera Semiconductor (acquired by Nvidia).


Dr Mike Lynch, OBE 

Invoke Capital

Mike is the founder of Invoke Capital and founder of Autonomy, an HP company, where he served as CEO for over fifteen years. Autonomy is the pioneer and leader in analysing information for the enterprise, whether in structured or in unstructured format.

One of the best-performing stocks on the FTSE100, the company was acquired by Hewlett Packard for $11 billion in 2011. Autonomy was spun off from Dr. Lynch’s previous company, Neurodynamics, and its core technology is borne out of Cambridge University, where Dr. Lynch studied Information Sciences, received a Ph.D. and held a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition.

Dr. Lynch is regarded as Britain’s most successful technology entrepreneur and as such has won numerous awards, including Computer Weekly’s UK IT Most Influential Person of the Year, and the Chartered Institute for IT’s award for Outstanding Contribution to IT in 2011. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Enterprise in 2006. Dr. Lynch is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an honorary fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge, as well as being one of the Prime Minister’s scientific advisors.

Gardiner Garrard

TTV Capital

Gardiner is a co-founder and a Managing Partner of TTV. He has more than 16 years of venture capital experience. In 2000 Gardiner founded TTV with Tom Smith.

Gardiner was one of the first venture investors to recognize the transformative impact technology would begin having on the constitution and delivery of financial services. He has not only served as an active director, but also has direct operating and leadership experience in financial technology.
Gardiner earned a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he was awarded the Art Dietz faculty award for excellence in finance, was the Chairman of the honor council and was recognized in 2004 with the Goizueta Business School’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. He is a member of the advisory board at the Emory Eye Center.

Alex Hook


Alex is responsible for managing Nesta’s portfolio of direct investments in early stage UK technology companies, as well as Nesta’s fund of fund investments.

Alex joined Nesta in 2008 having previously worked for Foursome Investments (now Frog Capital), a privately backed venture capital firm for 9 years.

Jon Edington

Touchstone Innovations

Jon joined Touchstone Innovations plc (formerly Imperial Innovations Group plc) in 2010 from Sovereign Capital, a mid-market buyout firm, where he specialised in transactions in the healthcare services market. Prior to Sovereign, Jon spent seven years at 3i where he was a director in the venture capital business and managed a number of technology investments from deal origination through to exit.

At Touchstone Innovations, Jon focuses mainly on software and IT investments. He is on the board of Featurespace, Acunu, Econic Technologies, Mycologix and Permasense and works with Get Fractal and PSE.

Jon’s investment experience includes Nimbus Partners (acquired by Tibco), OST Business Rules (acquired by Microgen), Kavado (acquired by Protegrity) and FMS (acquired by Temenos). Prior to 3i, Jon worked at Deloitte Consulting in London after having gained six years’ manufacturing and industrial experience in the US and Japan. Jon has a BEng from Imperial College, London and an MBA from INSEAD.

Professor Bill Fitzgerald (1948-2014)


Bill was Professor of Applied Statistics and Signal Processing and Head of Research in the Signal Processing Laboratory, in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University.

The Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory is active in the areas of image and 3D data processing, computer vision and computer graphics, audio and music processing, statistical methodology – especially Bayesian methods and life sciences data including genomics, tracking, and machine learning. Bill’s research focused on Bayesian inference applied to signal and data modelling and he was particularly interested in the applications of Sequential Monte Carlo particle filtering methods to signal processing and communication problems. Professor Bill was recognised for contributions in applications of Bayesian theory in signal processing, and he won the EURASIP 2014 Technical Achievements Award. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Bill worked in Neutron Scattering at the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble and as a Professor of Physics at the ETH in Zurich.

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Our Investors

Featurespace is backed by institutional investors Highland Europe, Worldpay, TTV Capital, Touchstone Innovations, Invoke and NESTA, and by Europe’s most successful technology entrepreneurs, including Dr Mike Lynch, Dr Robert Sansom and Cambridge Angels.