Advisory Board 2018-01-23T07:00:22+00:00


Bestport has an accomplished Advisory Board of experienced industry practitioners and entrepreneurs who provide advice, mentoring and sector expertise to Bestport and our investee companies.

Mark Blandford

Mark is the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Sportingbet PLC, a leader in book-making and online gaming. He was voted AIM entrepreneur of the year in 2002. Mark is currently Chairman of Double Diamond Gaming, Condor Properties and FSB Technology in addition to being a Non-Executive Director and investor in several media and gaming businesses.

David Barral

David was formerly the Chief Executive of Aviva UK, the largest company within the Aviva Group with 6m customers, 6500 people and £1bn profits. In 2013 he assumed the Chairmanship of the Virgin Wines Management Buy Out. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Liverpool Victoria and Chairman of Vantage Finance.

Tim Duffy

Tim has over 30 years’ experience in telecoms and technology companies, and was the Co-founder and CEO of MeetingZone which was sold to GMT Communications Partners in 2011. Tim is currently Chairman of Private Equity backed business Essendex and a Non-Executive Board member at MeetingZone.

Will Hobhouse

Will is a serial entrepreneur and investor. His Chairmanships have included Jack Wills, Le Pain Quotidien, Heals and Explore Learning. He was previously CEO of Whittard of Chelsea and Tie Rack.

Chris Spanoudakis

Chris is a former corporate finance partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and founder of Equita Corporate Finance which focuses on M&A advisory in the healthcare and education sectors. Chris is currently Chairman/NED of several companies including The Regard Partnership, Oracle Care and Oxford International Education Group.