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 of Rivers Capital and also Finance Tree. He came to the North East of England to help create NStar in 2003 and set up Finance Tree following a management buyout of part of NStar in 2008. A specialist on investment readiness, concept and seed finance. Jonathan has a background in business development and licencing technology with extensive experience of the Japanese market from working in AEA Technology.
He established several early stage seed capital and venture funds attracting capital from public and private sources for investment in small companies and academic spin-out companies. He has created several early stage funds worth in total £19m including the Rainbow Seed Fund and a range of funds in the North of England.
He served as the Chief Executive of NorthStar Equity Investors (now 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. His first degree is chemistry and he has 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.
Nikita BazkoFund Manager
Nikita joined the Rivers Capital team in July 2011. He is now the Fund Manager for the North East Microloan Fund with a supporting role to the North East Angel Fund’s investments and portfolio companies. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for both Funds.
During his time with Rivers, Nikita has been involved with a broad range of investment and exit transactions and is currently a board observer with over 8 businesses.
Nikita is multi-lingual having worked in numerous other countries across Europe; he is fluent in Russian, Latvian and several other languages. He is also an active sportsman enjoying tennis, football and swimming outside of his Rivers Capital work.
He holds a BA in Business Management from Newcastle University and an IMC (Investment Management Certificate) authorised with the FCA, No. NXB01617.
Malcolm HollowayHead of Finance
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.
Karen BestryPortfolio Manager
Karen joined the Rivers Capital team in October 2014 as Portfolio Manager for the North East Microloan Fund. She has been part of the Microloan Fund since its inception in June 2011, which currently covers over 400 loans in excess of £5m.
She previously worked for Entrust where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the loan portfolio in excess of £10m. During her time at Entrust she also managed the Street North East portfolio.