Paul Atkinson – 

Paul is a professional investor, venture capitalist and board advisor with a track record of creating value for companies and investors in the technology and business services sector.

He is founding partner of the boutique investment business, Par Equity LLP, which provides EIS Funds in the technology venture space as well as investment funds in other asset classes, including residential property and forestry. In addition, Par operates one of the UK’s most substantial professional investor networks, the Par Syndicate.

Prior to founding Par, Paul established Direct Resources, which was acquired by NASDAQ listed iGate Corporation in 1999 and which was acquired by another NASDAQ listed business, TMP Worldwide in 2000.  

He is now executive chairman of a group vehicle with huge ambitions in the recruitment space.  Having founded Head Resourcing in 2001, Paul has brought it together with Head Medical, Atkinson McLeod and Change Recruitment, acquired in 2017, to form a recruitment group with a turnover of around £65m and a true global reach.  He is now guiding the Group towards a turnover of £100m by 2020. 

He is highly active as an angel investor, having personally invested in over 30 fast growing technology companies, including Rocela Group, which was acquired by Version 1 of Ireland and Mobiqa, which was acquired by NYSE listed NCR Corporation.

Paul has a BSc in Physics from Manchester University.


Chris Grange – 

Based in Aberdeen, Chris specialises in executive search services for companies and organisations helping place senior leaders, executive management, specialists and senior technical positions in UK and International markets. He handles a broad spectrum of appointments ranging across all executive, senior managerial, professional and technical functions, from Board Directors to Senior Engineering and Business Support Professionals.  

Chris has over 26 years’ experience of executive recruitment, headhunting, senior management and specialist roles recruitment, UK and International executive search and client account management.  Chris has worked with major global firms and specialist natural resource focused organisations, including working with and running businesses in the UK and Australia.  Working across the EMEA and APAC regions, Chris has worked successfully with a broad range of companies, primarily but not exclusively, within the natural resources sector.