James Henderson – Fund Manager, InspireWales

James is fund manager at Inspire Wales – an investment consortium of twenty of Wales’ top business people. It aims to give financial and mentoring help to exciting and ambitious technology-focused start-ups and established businesses. He’s also a Director of Clarius Finance.

Before this James managed Finance Wales £7.5m Technology Seed Fund which invests in tech start-ups and IP-rich University spin-outs. During his time at Finance Wales he led the successful funding, restructuring and ultimate sale of Usk-based Unite Technologies to Panduit. He also developed an influential network of CEOs and Directors, bankers and accountants, as well as building direct relationships with hundreds of Welsh SMEs.

James left Cardiff University with a First Class Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and qualified with PWC before moving into corporate finance advisory.