Meet the Team

The Smiling Barracuda team are here to help! If you have any queries or need some extra support on a particular challenge you are facing, please reach out to hello@smilingbarracuda.co.uk and we’ll put you in contact with one of our experts.

Freddie Talberg

London Director

Experienced founder with a demonstrated history of scaling businesses in the tech sector and working with fellow growth tech entrepreneur founders.

Emily Holgate

Barcelona Director

Emily is the founding partner of Utterly Events. Emily designs and coordinates entrepreneurial events for scale-up business to strengthen their culture and help them grow.

Colin Nunn

Finance Director

Colin has been a part-time Finance Director for many start ups. He is the expert finance person everyone needs but cannot afford full time!

Nic Mason

SME Operations Expert

Nic is an experienced startup and scaleup COO. Currently at Guru Systems, he has previously worked with a range of businesses to help define their operations and product strategies.

Glenn Elliott

Programme Facilitator

Glenn is an employee engagement expert, entrepreneur, and author. As the founder of Reward Gateway, he is now an advisor to boards on getting the best out of their people.

Lauren Horton

Programme Manager

Lauren has several years of managing projects ranging from film shoots, radio productions, and international conferences. She’s a pro when it comes to making sure all of the moving parts of any project are in their place and working together smoothly.

Michele Bowers

Communications Manager

With over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications in startup companies and nonprofit organizations, Michele uses her know-how to manage all programme communications both external and internal.

Maggie Pancheva

Content Coordinator

Specialising in content and communications, Maggie works with a range of speakers and experts to organise the club’s engaging and insightful workshops.

Amar Mistry

Finance Specialist

With over 10 years of business experience in finance management and working with globally diverse SMEs and blue-chip enterprises, Amar advises our founders on all matters related to finance.

Hannah Bryant

Eyes & Ears Application Support

Hannah advises tech startups and scaleups in how to apply for grant funding. She supports our members in identifying suitable opportunities and works with them to draft their submissions.

Robert Albornoz

Digital Marketing

Robert uses his expertise in marketing and advising startups to head up Smiling Barracuda’s digital development, ensuring our cohort of founders are well and truly supported in their online network.