Humphrey Battcock

Independent Non-executive Director

Humphrey Battcock was previously co-head of Europe and on the executive committee of Advent International which he joined in 1994. Advent International is one of the world’s leading private equity firms with operations in 10 countries. During his tenure, the firm increased its assets under management from £200 million to £30 billion. Prior to Advent, Humphrey was at Trinity Capital Partners, a UK-focused, technology venture capital firm.

Humphrey is a chartered accountant, with an MBA from London Business School and a Physics degree from Cambridge University.

Humphrey is a member of the Cambridge University Campaign Board and the Downing College Investment Committee. He is a trustee of the Woodland Trust and the Institute for Research in Schools and Sadler’s Wells.

Edward Benthall


Edward Benthall has been involved with CIC since its inception. He was Chairman of Cambridge Enterprise Ltd, the University of Cambridge’s commercialisation arm, between 2010 and 2014. Before that he was Chairman of the Campaign Council for the University’s 800th Anniversary Campaign.

Until April 2012, Edward was a Partner of Charterhouse Capital Partners, a leading UK private equity firm. He was a member of the investment team of Charterhouse from 1991 to 2009. During his tenure, Charterhouse raised six funds totalling around €13 billion. In this period Charterhouse realised over 40 investments (made in the same period) achieving a gross internal return rate in excess of 40%.

Edward is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.

Clive Birch

Independent Non-executive Director

Clive Birch is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers’ partner. Clive’s role at PricewaterhouseCoopers was that of an auditor and reporting accountant and his industry specialism was in early stage technology and healthcare companies. He was also partner in charge of the Cambridge office for 15 years up to 2010, during which time he was responsible for all aspects of that stand alone business.

The majority of Clive's clients were technology and healthcare companies and, as the partner responsible for them, he not only looked after their audit needs but also helped them deal with the rigors of setting up systems and processes, dealing with outside stakeholders and corporate governance. He was also part of the teams involved in fund raising and listing those clients on various markets.

Prior to moving to Cambridge in 1984, Clive worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Vancouver and London and had exposure to corporate recovery work which gave him hands-on experience of running a number of businesses.

Clive is a Governor of Birkbeck College, part of London University, and is Chairman of Pigeon Land Limited and Pigeon Land 2 Limited.

Ian Leslie

Non-executive Director

Ian Leslie is Director of Information Services at the University of Cambridge.  He was previously Professor of Computer Science at the University with interests in operating systems, distributed systems, and networks.

From 1999 to 2004 he was Head of the Computer Laboratory, and from 2004 to 2009 he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research.  The Pro-Vice-Chancellor role involved co-ordinating research policy, providing academic oversight of the handling of research grants and contracts and interacting with both industrial sponsors and the UK government on research and third stream funding.

Ian has taught courses in communications, introductory hardware design and computer systems modelling.  Since 1985 he has been a Fellow of Christ's College, and until 2002 was Director of Studies in Computer Science at Christ's.

Andy Neely

Non-executive Director

Professor Andy Neely is Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and founding director of the Cambridge Service Alliance. He is widely recognised for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management.

Previously he was a Fellow of Churchill College and has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, Nottingham University and British Aerospace. He was also Deputy Director of AIM Research, the UK’s management research initiative, from 2003 until 2012.

Andy was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2007, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2008 and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.

Rob Sprawson

Partner and CFO

Rob has more than 25 years of professional and commercial experience providing strategic, financial and corporate finance advice to boards and shareholders, especially in the life science, technology and technology consulting industries.
His previous roles have included CFO of Altacor, an ophthalmic specialty pharmaceutical company, CFO of Warwick Ventures, the Technology Transfer Office of Warwick University, CFO of an AIM listed drug development company and Senior Manager, Corporate Finance at PwC. Rob was also a consultant to Lumora, a molecular diagnostics company spun-out from the University of Cambridge.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Andrew Williamson

Managing Partner

Andrew Williamson is the Managing Partner of CIC and focuses on technology investments.

Andrew’s background combines R&D, start-up formation and technology investing. Before joining CIC he spent ten years in venture investing at Physic Ventures in San Francisco and True North Venture Partners in Chicago. Before moving into Venture Capital, Andrew led a research group applying High Performance Computing to materials science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Andrew has an MA and PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Andrew manages CIC's investments in Audio Analytic, AudioTelligence, Origami Energy, PragmatIC,, and Riverlane.

  • Humphrey Battcock

    Independent Non-executive Director

  • Edward Benthall


  • Clive Birch

    Independent Non-executive Director

  • Ian Leslie

    Non-executive Director

  • Andy Neely

    Non-executive Director

  • Rob Sprawson

    Partner and CFO

  • Andrew Williamson

    Managing Partner