The principals of Imprimatur all have wide experience working with early-stage businesses as investors, operators and advisors.

Member Description

Michael Brooke

Interim Non-Executive Chairman

Throughout his career Michael has been a serial entrepreneur, founding or co-founding a number of businesses, largely in the computer and communications related industries. Several of these companies have been subsequently acquired while others have been listed on the London Stock Exchange. Significant among these were Datasolve International (sold to BOC in 1973), Micro Business Systems (floated on USM in 1982), Telephone Information Services (sold to management in 1991), Azlan Group (floated on the full market in 1993), Active Imaging (floated on AIM in 1996), Comino (floated on AIM in 1997), C-Dilla (sold to Macrovision in 1999), AppliedNet (sold to form AIM & Euronext listed Sopheon) and Maxima holdings (floated on AIM in 2004). Michael is currently Chairman of Prelude Trust Plc and Maxima Holdings Plc.

Gil Huber

Non- Executive Director

For the past 26 years, Gil has been running first a single-family office, which he developed into a multi-family office over the years. His expertise is in straight - and convertible bonds, European, US and Far Eastern equities, currencies.

Over the last 15 years he has financed a number of startups, buyouts and repositionings of seasoned companies. From structuring the financing to liquidity events, Gil was involved in the companies, either as an advisor or as a board member. 

Ian Watson

Chief Executive Officer

Ian has a corporate finance legal background with SJ Berwin & Co and Sheridans (where he was an equity partner) both being well known City of London law firms. He left law in 1995 to become a founding director and shareholder of one of the UK’s first significant e-commerce retailer which was sold to a major UK publicly listed company for c.$30m in 1999. He then founded a digital distribution and corporate communications group (Tornado Group plc.), which floated on AIM in March 2000 raising c.$22m. Ian was the group CEO and then, following a successful merger, the Executive Chairman before stepping down in 2002 to form Imprimatur with Andy Bottomley. Ian was also a founder of the radio marketing group Inmedia plc, which floated on AIM in Dec 2003. Ian has substantial private and public company board-level operational and advisory experience including fundraising, listings and M&A transactions.

Christopher Hunt

Chief Operating Officer

Christopher founded Fair-Lead Partners which was a FCA regulated boutique advisory firm, in 2009 after a seventeen year career with blue chip Investment banks, predominantly in Asia. As a Managing Director and Head of Asian Equities, at Cazenove Asia, Christopher was responsible for the regulatory operation of the platform, with ninety research, sales and trading staff in five global locations. He had operational oversight of the business and was an integral part of the sale of Cazenove Asia to Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, he was an Executive Director of Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and Global Head of Asian Equity
Syndicate at Morgan Stanley Asia. He has extensive experience in ECM transactions, Initial Public Offerings and allocations and operational risk.

Christopher currently holds three Non-Executive Directorships at his Investee Companies and a BSc Hons Chemistry from the University of London.

Toby Moore

Managing Partner ICFM

As a banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), for the past 12 years Toby Moore has been originating, structuring and implementing equity and debt transactions in a variety of sectors in Central and Eastern Europe, primarily in the Baltic States and Russia. In addition to a number of direct equity investments and board positions, Toby’s main focus has been on private equity funds where he represented EBRD as a core investor and was active on a number of fund boards or investment committees. Based in Riga for six years he headed EBRD’s operations in Latvia for more than three years. He was one of the founders of the Latvian Venture Capital Association and has assisted the Latvian
government in developing their innovation and venture capital policies.


He has a BSc in biochemistry from Adelaide University (Australia) and an MBA from Durham University (UK).


Dr. Benjamin Ferrari

Chief Strategy Officer

Ben has previously been involved in a wide range of technology and knowledge transfer programs in the UK higher education sector including leading the technology transfer team at the University of Surrey. In particular, he has developed extensive networks of both private and public sector partners to deliver major transactions, projects and high-quality deal flow. With Imprimatur Capital he has been responsible for international commercial partnerships with universities and research institutes across 14 territories including Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe, and South America. Ben has established incubation space, accelerator programmes and
seed funds to support high-tech spin-outs from universities and has had direct involvement in more than 50 investments in university-sourced technology.

He has worked extensively on innovation programmes with international organisations such as the UN and multi-national companies with a certain focus on development of major low-carbon technology campaigns in China, India and the Gulf Region. He has undertaken consultancy and other advisory roles for government organisations in Russia, Sweden and New Zealand among others (including working with the UK and Brazil patent offices to harmonise IP provisions in technology transfer agreements) and has represented the UK as an expert at both the European Commission and the European Council. He is currently a member of the BIS UK-China Experts Working Group.

Stephen Hughes

Head of Portfolio Management

Steve has been active in international intellectual property exploitation; company start-up – notably in legal technology; licencing; and business support and incubation for over 15 years. He is an expert in business development and the creation of major business partnerships and networks.


Prior to re-joining Imprimatur Steve held senior positions in both angel investment companies and Higher Education institutions and has worked with and for many ‘World Top 200’ universities. He has served on the boards of several major UK business support and early stage investment programmes, including the PARK investment fund; Westfocus consortium; and the South East Enterprise Hubs, having been an integral part of the fund-raising team for each of these ventures.


Steve holds honours and postgraduate degrees in Economics; and European Economics and Finance respectively and is an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) for services to knowledge transfer.