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Meet the board

Karen Slatford, Chairman

Karen Slatford, was appointed Chairman in June 2009. She is currently Chairman of Volex plc and e-conomic international and is Non-Executive Director of Micro Focus and Intelliflo Ltd.  Karen has also served on the board of several other technology companies in the UK and internationally.

Prior to 2001, Karen worked for Hewlett Packard in a variety of sales and marketing roles. Her final position was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing and Chairman of Hewlett Packard UK Ltd.

Alex Mahon, CEO

Alex Mahon is CEO of The Foundry.  Alex joined The Foundry to spearhead the next stage of its development following the company’s acquisition by HgCapital for £200m in July 2015 and leads the team at a time of dynamic change and rapid growth.

Prior to this, Alex was Chief Executive Officer of Shine Group for three years where she successfully completed the sale of the company into a new joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management. She joined Shine as Managing Director in 2006 and built the group through M&A and organic growth into an organisation with 27 creative labels in 12 countries and £700m in revenues alongside founder Elisabeth Murdoch.  Ahead of this she had an extensive career in media organisations across Europe, at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group. 

Alex started her career as a PhD Physicist and then worked at strategy consultants Mitchell Madison Group as an internet retail expert before leading the European Young Astronauts. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ocado Plc and The Edinburgh International Television Festival, Chairman of the RTS Awards, serves on the DCMS advisory panel on the BBC and is also Appeal Chair of The Scar Free Foundation, a national charity pioneering and transforming medical research into disfigurement and lives in her London home with her four noisy children.


Bill Collis, President

Bill Collis is President and sits on The Foundry's board. His full-time role is to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit of the company by focussing on the new initiatives and technology partnerships that have characterised The Foundry’s impressive growth across media production, games and design. 

Bill has extensive experience in venture capital and private equity funding, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions and accessing international markets. Bill previously led the company as CEO, building the organisation from a niche, London-based visual effects software company into a high-growth global force, and his leadership skills earned him an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2012. Bill also has a PhD in signal processing, numerous patents, a major feature movie credit, plus a prestigious Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for technology contributions to film.

Nic Humphries

Nic is the Managing Partner of HgCapital and the head of the TMT team.

Nic joined HgCapital in 2001, having previously worked at Geocapital Partners where he founded its European business. Prior to that, he was head of Barclays Private Equity’s IT and telecoms team. He started his career at 3i plc and has over 25 years’ experience of the private equity and venture capital industry. Nic’s investment experience has focused on the TMT sector.

Nic is a member of HgCapital’s Executive Committee, as well as its Investment, Portfolio Review and Valuation Committee. He has led investments including The Foundry, e-conomic, Visma, IRIS, Rolfe & Nolan, Xyratex, Geneva Technology and NextGenTel. He has co-led investments in Addison Software, CS Group plc and SiTel Semiconductor. He is currently a director on the boards of The Foundry, e-conomic, Visma and IRIS. Nic is also a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Nic holds a First Class degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Salford and was an IEEE and National Engineering Council scholar.


Jonathan Boyes

Jonathan is a member of the TMT team at Hg Capital.

Jonathan joined HgCapital in 2006. He sits on the boards of The Foundry, Ullink and IRIS and has been involved in the investments in The Foundry, Ullink, TeamSystem, Lumesse, Epyx, Computer Software Holdings, SHL, Voyage and PBR. Prior to joining HgCapital, he worked at Mercer Management Consulting.

Jonathan holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.