John was the Founder of E-Synergy and instrumental in creating Rivers Capital Partners with Jonathan Gold in 2009.
After a career as an electronics engineer and research manager, he led the MBO of Thorn EMI Central Research Laboratories, successfully floating the buy-out vehicle, Scipher, on the main London Stock Exchange in February 2000 at a capitalisation of €450m.
He developed spinout companies from Scipher technology and has special expertise in exploiting commercial value in intellectual property. John is also a business angel investor and on the board of several technology companies including OLED-T Ltd.
Jonathan GoldManaging Director
Jonathan is a co-founder and Managing Director of Rivers Capital. He came to the North East of England to help create NStar in 2003. He is a specialist in seed and growth investment and with a background in technology development and licencing including 5 years marketing and sales into the Japanese market while working in AEA Technology at Harwell Laboratory.
He established several venture funds attracting capital from public and private sources. These include the Rainbow Seed Fund and a range of funds in the North of England. He served as the Chief Executive of Northstar Ventures, for its first year of operation, overseeing the creation and establishment of the £10m Proof of Concept Fund and a £23m Co-Investment Fund. He has a degree in chemistry, a diploma in Marketing and is a full professional member of the CIM and IoD. Jonathan is also currently Chair of Council at Josephine Butler College at Durham University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts manufacturing and commerce (RSA).
Malcolm HollowayFinance Director
Malcolm is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty five years’ experience in general practice with medium sized accountancy firms. He is currently Director at EFM, a specialist financial management services provider with locations across the country.
Malcolm has held several key roles over the course of his career, including Director of technology services in Bentley Jennison, Regional Finance Director at Tenon Group PLC and prior to its acquisition, Equity Partner in Jennings Johnson, the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants in the North East.
Dr Chris CatheyDirector
Christopher Cathey enjoyed a successful fifteen year career as a trader. He was employed by Goldman Sachs as an equity trader in London, New York and Frankfurt between 1993 and 2006. He then worked as a proprietary trader at Merrill Lynch Strategic Investments Group between 2006 and 2008. Since then Christopher has worked for The Institute of Trading and Portfolio Management as a trading mentor. Christopher holds a First class degree in Natural Sciences and PhD in Chemistry from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.
John has over 25 years experience of UK and international business consultancy specializing in creativity and innovation in the formulation of strategy and project managment.
Simon JohnsonHead of Debt Funds
After launching his own funding and consultancy business, Simon joined Rivers Capital Partners in June 2016 to work on several specialist debt projects and reinforce RCP’s overall debt offering into the future.
He has led on many debt based deals from current Finance for Business North East Funds attracting high levels of private finance into local companies as a result. Simon is a Maths graduate joining Barclays plc from university where he specialised in Corporate Relationship Banking. He currently holds the Investment Management Certificate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals, the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction and is an FCA Approved Person.
Simon joined NEL Fund Managers Limited in 2003. Until February 2016 he was responsible for the marketing and successful investment of the North East Growth Fund, the £26 million mezzanine debt fund within the JEREMIE programme.