Paul Daniels - Chairman
Paul is an active and enthusiastic business developer and facilitator with a wealth of experience and worldwide network, spanning several trade and industrial sectors. His key skills are chairmanship, mentoring, deal making and empowering good ideas and bright people to succeed.
The first 35 years of Paul’s career were spent in the food industry, growing and building a small family business into a main listed Plc and then redirecting its focus from commodity trading into the acquisition and marketing of added value chilled food brands, including New Covent Garden Soups and Johnsons Juices. Daniels Foods is now part of Hain Celestial, the $4.1 billion US organic food group and trades in Europe under the name of Hain Daniels Group.
In 1995 Paul joined forces with Marco Pieters and together they brought nine start-up ideas to market and several of these were sold and moved on to second generation management for fast track development.
In recent years Paul's focus has moved from executive to non-executive participation in larger investments and he has personally invested in most of our successes. In 2017 Paul was invited to sit on the Investor Panel at the IoDs 'Dragon's Den' event and he continues to support, encourage and listen to young entrepreneurs, some of whom he believes may be the business leaders of the future. Paul is also a member of the UK Business Angels Association and was shortlisted for the Angel Investor of the Year Award in 2019. For more information on Paul's exciting career why not take a look at his Bio.
Anna Daniels, (yep, you've guessed it, Paul's daughter), joined Involved Investors in November 2017 at a time when the company was growing quickly and needed additional strategic support and development. The timing was perfect, as Anna was beginning the process of exiting her own company, Daniels Group, where she now continues in a part-time role as consultant to the new owners.
With over 30 years experience working with companies internationally to realise their health, wellbeing and financial strategies, Anna is ideally placed to support founders, having experienced for herself the highs and lows of business start-up, development, growth and finally successful sale. Counting clients in both the public and private sectors including household names from Formula 1 Racing Teams to Government departments, Anna has always had a passion for helping companies and their staff achieve their desired goals.
Rachel Kemmish is our Head of Operations, whose primary roles in the past have been PA to Chairmen and CEOs of major industrial and commercial organisations. After an early career with HSBC she joined Bricom, the largest buy-out in the 1990s, where she became PA to the Chief Executive, whom she then followed to Allied Carpets and beyond.
Her first connection to Paul was when she joined Traffic Management Products Ltd in 1998 and she's never looked back. Rachel now runs the operational aspects of Involved Investors, acts as Paul's PA and is responsible for the company's marketing activities, helps evaluate new funding opportunities and matches them with strategic investors.
Katie Lancaster is an experienced Project Manager, who started her career working for top international branding & packaging design agencies. and worked alongside brands such as Boots, Revlon, Virgin and Walkers. Katie’s expertise was in rebranding and package design and she was an integral part of the team behind the rebranding of the Boots No. 17 make-up range, before moving across to the world of Film Advertising. Working with clients such as 20th Century Fox, Universal and Pathe, she worked with the designers on all marketing material needed to release a new movie – posters, Premiere invites, even bus sides!
Katie’s final career move before joining Involved Investors was to retrain as a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor where she first worked at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London before launching her own business, 'Gym & Tonic' in South West London.
Katie’s experience is invaluable when assessing new funding opportunities with physical products at their core.
Anna & Rachel are great listeners, both love to get to know and truly believe in the companies we immerse our time in, so if you have an idea worth talking about, just give them a call!
Head of Operations
OUR VENTURE PARTNER
Marco is a passionate, high energy and imaginative investor with a large international contact capital and 20+ years experience in investing his private funds in early growth businesses and scale-ups.
Educated in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and the US, Marco started his business career with Merrill Lynch in the early 90’s spearheading a completely new business in Eastern and Central Europe. In 1996 Marco embarked on a new career as an entrepreneur in the UK.
Together, Paul and Marco built 7 businesses from scratch. In 2010, with 6 successful exits to their names – including one to a Private Equity buyer – Marco and Paul formed Involved investors and together they have invested in 9 early growth companies, 4 of which have been successfully exited – including one IPO.
Marco is now based in Amsterdam, and formed Slingshot Ventures
in 2014 to invest in early growth ventures in the Netherlands, where he likes to take a hands-on approach, assisting talented entrepreneurs where they need it most.
Paul & Marco still own holdings jointly in UK companies and liaise on a day to day basis.