The Team

Richard Gourlay Managing Partner. Richard has been managing venture capital funds and making venture capital investments since 1995. For the last eight years he has been MD at Sussex Place Ventures. After an Economics degree at London University and a short career with Citibank, financing ship owners, he spent 14 years as a journalist. The last 10 of these years he worked on the Financial Times as a foreign correspondent in Asia and latterly writing about the venture capital and technology start-up sectors. 

He is a non executive director on the boards of Phosphonics  and Infinitesima and he has overall responsibility for investors relations for all SPV managed funds.  

John Brimacombe has been Operating Partner at Sussex Place Ventures since returning from the US in 2005 where he was COO of Hands-On Mobile, a major venture-backed mobile content delivery technology and publishing business with worldwide operations. He is on the boards of Skimlinks and Endomagnetics and is also Chairman of Linguamatics, a provider of advanced knowledge discovery tools to the Pharmaceuticals sector. John previously founded Jobstream Group Plc, a software business serving the institutional offshore finance market.

John has an MA in Law and Diploma in computer science from Trinity College, Cambridge.


Barnaby Terry Managing Partner. Barnaby has been a partner at Sussex Place Ventures since 2011 after spending the previous 18 years at 3i and Elderstreet investing in UK technology businesses. Investments included Edenbrook and Content Technologies, which was acquired by Baltimore for $1billion. Barnaby leads the software investing team at Sussex Place Ventures. Prior to his career as a technology VC Barnaby worked in enterprise sales in the data communications industry. He is on the board of Kimble Applications, a cloud based ERP vendor, and is an advisor to Jacana, a Sub-Saharan African private equity group. Barnaby is an engineering graduate of Imperial College, London and holds an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Ivan Shyr Investment Director. Ivan joined Sussex Place Ventures in 2011 after five years of operational experience in the Shanghai based semi-conductor manufacturer, Gulf Semiconductor. He is non-executive director of Sinewave. He has an Economics degree from University of California Berkeley and an MBA from London Business School. He moved to China in 2004 after a cross border sales and business development management role for Dare Technologies, San Francisco. 

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