Our expert faculty give their time and skills to our entrepreneurs through delivering information sessions and 1:1 mentoring. Their support is the success of our companies.

Angela Kanwar

Business Connector

A dynamic professional with experience in marketing and combining first-class communication and interpersonal skills with creative flair and extensive client liaison experience. In my spare time, I am studying a Diploma in Digital Marketing accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Alex Potter

Investment Readiness and Business Growth

I head up the Allia 'Serious Impact' Accelerator based in our Future Business Centre in Hackney - creating and delivering a programme designed to scale local business, with a major focus on East London, to the next levels of success.

I've set-up, supported and directed valuable acceleration initiatives in the London & UK startup ecosystems - in addition to mentoring, advising & consulting with some of the world's best startup & venture partners.

Paul Hughes

Tech and Investment

Paul leads Allia’s “Serious Impact” enterprise support activity, including its accelerators, incubators and Innovation Lab at all Allia locations. Paul joined Allia in 2013 as a Business Advisor for the Cleantech and Environmental sector.

Prior to Joining Allia, Paul worked with range of technology businesses (including Agritech, Biopharma, ICT, Cleantech) around the world, primarily in the areas of strategy, fundraising and corporate development. Paul has co-founded a significant biofuels business in the UK and worked in international investment banking in the USA.

Paul is on the Advisory Board for a number of exciting ventures and is a Global Judge for the MassChallenge accelerator programme.

Sorrel Carmichael

Leadership and Team capacity

Currently at Allia supporting and co-ordinating incubator and accelerator programmes that focus on East London startups and entrepreneurs.

History in Anthropology and development in South Africa.

Developed a passion for innovation in education while teaching in a play-based learning school in Hanoi.

Went through a years training at Knowmads Amsterdam in facilitation, innovative business methods, deep democracy, non-violent communication, art of hosting, entrepreneurial mindset development, and leadership capacity. Founded Knowmads Cape Town and LearnSpace initiative – programmes and consultancy for leadership and entrepreneurial mindset development.

driven // passionate // changemaker // joker // environmentalist // dancer // creator //

Andrea Gamson

Business model validation

Andrea spent 15 years developing & launching digital and above the line media projects for some of the world’s largest brands and charities. She spent 2 years mentoring people with short term convictions in HMP Brixton, plus travelled & worked extensively throughout Africa & Asia. Her adventures also led to a stint in the Cayman Islands building up a publishing business prior to sale. In 2010, after witnessing some of the previous decades biggest news stories at News UK she joined award winning social enterprise Livity, driving forward a youth media project that saw partnerships with Google & the Guardian. Since then she works as a purpose-driven business consultant, specifically with organisations dedicated to changing young people’s lives, including The Princes Trust, Young Urban Arts Foundation and National Citizen Service (NCS). She's a lean start-up trainer, design thinker and marketer. She has a passion for personal development and when she's not running Allia's Serious Impact Incubator, she spends her time helping corporate professionals share their skills with social entrepreneurs.

Neil Prem

Social Enterprise

Neil provides specialist advice to new and existing social entrepreneurs. He specialises in showing entrepreneurs how to define and communicate their mission in order to achieve their goals and facilitate business appeal.

Neil qualified as a coach in 2001 with the Coaching Academy before being appointed to the National Executive of the UK College of Life Coaching overseeing the training and development of new coaches. He has developed several models of coaching and has assisted with the training of over 600 coaches in 4 nations.

Neil has worked with hundreds of business leaders looking to enhance their performance and grow their enterprises. He has extensive experience working with business leaders in enhancing their performance and growing their enterprises through his expertise in business development.