The team

The Root Capital team is made up of entrepreneurs and managers who in total have built and run more than 20 companies.

We only invest when we see the potential to build a much larger business, but possess the long-term vision and real-world experience to understand that this takes time and hard work.

Who we are

Root Capital is run by three Partners; Simon Philips, Frank Hyman and Sanjay Jawa. Our team also includes five further experienced professionals.

1

Simon Philips
Managing Partner

Simon is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur. After starting his career at Bain & Company, Simon has gone on to develop an enviable track record of delivering exceptional returns on investments in the software, digital and business services sectors

2

Frank Hyman
Partner

Frank has five years of investing experience at Root and ten years as CEO within the portfolio. With a background in strategic consultancy, Frank’s expertise lies in turning around and growing tech-based SMEs in the broadcast, education and travel security sectors.
3

Sanjay Jawa
Partner & CFO

Sanjay has extensive experience in senior, financial and operational management roles for high growth technology and services firms. A qualified chartered accountant, Sanjay also possesses a decade of  experience in the quant investment management industry.

4

Chris Hall
CTO

Chris works on product, technology and operations to build exceptional platforms for Root’s technology led businesses. Prior to Root Capital, Chris spent almost a decade in CTO roles for web businesses at Bloomberg following several successful start up exits.

6

Clair Porteous
Marketing Director

Clair leads the marketing function. She’s hands-on. Prior to joining Root Capital, she worked both agency and client-side in media, digital, Ed-Tech and other sectors launching & building world & market-leading brands.

8

Michael Allen
Investment Director

Michael is responsible for Root’s deal origination and execution. He is a chartered accountant and investment professional with over 10 years’ experience across investment, financial and operational roles. 

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Rob Henderson
Investment Director

Rob is responsible for Root’s deal origination and execution. He qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG and then spent four years at Albion VC, investing £1m-10m in early stage companies.

7

Karen Steadman
Team Support

Karen joined Root Capital in August 2015 and has previous experience in marketing and event organising. Karen supports the Senior team and is involved in projects across the company portfolio.

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