Laura Mercurio / Founder, Chief Connector, & Virtual COO

Laura Mercurio is an experienced change agent with over 15 years' experience in the financial services sector, specialising in innovation programs and intra-preneurial transformations for multinational corporates.

Previously Laura was a Director as BlackRock as part of the Global COO team, where she integrated two of the largest and highest profile acquisitions in the asset management industry and witnessed first hand, the transition of BlackRock from a small organic growth model to one of the largest asset management firms in the world.

Her insight into this aggressive expansion and an innovative approach to exploit the latest technology systems has provided Laura with the experience & expertise to help similar business do the same as well as appreciate what best practice can be applied across different contexts.

In 2016, Laura created Global Front Room with the aim of connecting and servicing small to medium enterprise (SME) communities across the Commonwealth. In particular, to encourage investment, assist in access to efficient technologies and provide practical support to businesses seeking to “land, expand and integrate” into European and Australian and New Zealand markets.

William Neill / Advisor

William is Managing Director at Lavaic, an exclusive ideation and strategy firm serving entrepreneurial leaders to transform business landscapes.

As an active supporter of alternative finance, William works with some of London’s most connected and innovative FinTech businesses and was a founding partner in the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia. William holds a PhD in marketing, and is a leading authority on tools and processes that help companies re-imagine their customer experiences and craft efficient business models.

Charles Ward / Advisor

Charles is a highly experienced and extensively networked technology professional providing business mentoring to SMEs.

Charles is a Beachheads advisor with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, providing go-to-market support to New Zealand companies entering or expanding in the United Kingdom and Europe. Charles’ career includes marketing and sales roles with 3M, J&J, De La Rue, and Compaq. Charles is also a director of Pegasus Bridge Corporate Finance, providing funding and advisory to the defence and security sector.