Chris looks after key commercial activities across the university including Farm491. He joined the RAU from Rothamsted, the oldest agricultural research institute in the World where, as Enterprise Director, he oversaw significant capital investment into the campus. Prior to joining Rothamsted, he was Head of NPD and Marketing at Ipsos Retail Performance and the founding director of The Sparc Technology Network and Bright Sparc Awards for Technology Led businesses while he himself has a background in business incubation. Married with three teenage children, Chris lives in rural Northamptonshire listing his hobbies as very average guitar playing, cycling and the great outdoors.
Luke has a range of experiences working with environmental and social impact orientated start-ups, helping them develop their business models and raise investment. Luke has worked in California on Mission Investing portfolios that fill market gaps by seeking out and investing in innovative solutions to problems in the field of climate change and human rights. He has been involved in all parts of the portfolio including investment diligence, deal execution, monitoring, as well as portfolio analytics. This has included The Schmidt Family Foundation and Alpha Impact Investment Management Partners. Previously Luke was at Social Finance, UK, where he worked on a number of successful Impact Bonds, the development and fundraising for a care & wellbeing fund and an affordable property fund. Luke holds a BA and Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University.