The Team

Our team have over 200 years experience between them in corporate finance, commercial strategy and running and growing businesses of all sizes and stages.

Robin Rowland Hill
Robin Rowland Hill CEO

After his first degree, Robin went to Cranfield School of Management before starting in business, where he led growth in a number of businesses at a senior level, principally in technology and media including two he founded. He is today a highly versatile, commercially experienced strategy and investment professional with international experience. His clarity as founding entrepreneur, investor and professional advisor is invaluable in advising others and was instrumental in founding Ruffena Capital.

Dwight Makins
Dwight Makins Director

Dwight was MD of John Govett before becoming an independent director and advisor to many start-ups, and smaller companies. He has also worked on the board of a number of quoted companies and is a key relationship builder between investors and investees. Dwight has a wealth of experience in business, business planning and in the funding of small and medium sized companies.

Simon Heywood
Simon Heywood Director

Simon has twenty years management experience in sales and marketing of technology products in various technical sectors. He is a graduate in Engineering Science and has experience in defence systems development. Simon leads the Life Sciences team and investor relations at Ruffena Capital. He has been involved in a range of successful Healthtech related fund raisings some of which have progressed to flotations or trade sales, as well as other technology related sectors.

Xavier Pullen
Xavier Pullen Director

Xavier was joint founder, shareholder and main board Director of Capital & Regional PLC, a commercial property investment and development company which listed in 1986 and is a fully listed PLC today, managing over £1billion in assets. Xavier also joint founded a commercial publishing and poster advertising company, Primesight, which became a listed PLC and was later sold to Scottish Media Group and continues to trade today.

As an active and experienced entrepreneur and property investor, Xavier heads up our newly formed property team and is already looking at a number of interesting commercial and residential property opportunities for Ruffena investors.

Patrick Angier
Patrick Angier Partner

Patrick has many years experience in funding young rapidly growing unquoted businesses with equity and near equity financing. He has advised companies, in a variety of sectors, on equity funding through all stages of the funding process. Educated at Oxford with an MPhil in Management and at Reading with a BSc in Agriculture, Patrick also has experience of business both in the UK and in the developing world.

Dr Bernard Cummings
Dr Bernard Cummings Partner

Previously an Investment Manager at Inventages Venture Capital in London & The Bahamas and a Healthcare Associate at Endeavour Capital Limited, New Zealand, Bernard is registered as a medical practitioner and has a Sloan Fellowship in Management from the London Business School and Bachelors degrees in Medicine and Surgery from Otago University, New Zealand.

Maarten van den Belt
Maarten van den Belt Partner

Maarten is an experienced international finance professional, having worked in multiple roles from Netherlands to the UK, Central & Eastern Europe and the Far East.

In recent years he has focused on Fintech opportunities and since early 2018, Maarten runs the European office for Ruffena Capital.

Dr Olga Shvarova
Dr Olga Shvarova Associate

Olga joined Ruffena in September 2015 with experience in intellectual property, investment and innovation management, and technology translation with specialisation in advanced engineering, medical devices, and precision medicine technologies.

Olga also holds positions as an Operations Director at New Medicine Partners, a global specialist advisory firm that accelerates the translation of new precision medicine technologies into commercial and clinical practice, and a Senior Consultant at Oxentia (formerly Oxford University Innovations’ consulting arm) and McGrigor Group, a global M&A advisory firm in health insurance and medical products and services. Olga holds a doctorate degree in Materials from the University of Oxford.

Jamie Cumming
Jamie Cumming Associate

A graduate of Strathclyde University in Accountancy, Jamie served his time with ToucheRoss, latterly in Insolvency, before focusing on the Mining and Energy sectors and raising money for international resource businesses.

Jamie took over as CEO to complete the Brewin Dolphin merger with N+1 in Spain and later advised the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, which led to him establishing an Edinburgh Office for Cantor with the introduction of the Life Sciences & Pharma team from Shore Capital. Jamie currently sits on the Boards of two public companies as a non-exec.

Mark Walenbergh
Mark Walenbergh Associate

A Dutch national, Mark has had a career in banking and technology, graduating from Eindhoven University of Technology with an MSc. in Chemical Engineering and subsequently a BSc. from Maastricht University in International Business. He started his banking career in Tokyo, before moving to London to join Barclays Capital. He subsequently worked for 7 years at PIMCO helping to build the Benelux business and he then moved back to investment banking with Jefferies and Santander.

Mark has nearly 20 years experience across asset management, investment banking and growth technology companies and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Richard Crosfield
Richard Crosfield Associate

Richard works principally with digital technology companies at Ruffena Capital. He has a strong strategic drive, is a fluent Spanish speaker and has excellent technology skills as well as day-to-day management of the complexities of advisory and investment work.

Richard began his career in the Corporate Development team of Acciona, a global infrastructure and renewable energy company. He then founded a mobile payments technology company in London, where he gained experience working with investors to raise equity and debt financing.

Richard holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Cass Business School in The City of London.

Graham Jordan
Graham Jordan Financial Analyst

Graham joined Ruffena after a successful career in commercial banking, having worked with HSBC Bank plc for 33 years. He has also had over 25 years experience working with commercial clients of all types, with turnovers of up to £50M, across a wide variety of business sectors to ensure strong financial rigour.

Graham compliments our team and client work with a crucial skill and depth of experience in assessing and developing the financial aspects of the investment and lending opportunities that Ruffena Capital works with.

Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill Associate

Jonathan trained in Business and French at Canterbury, and then worked for two years in Canada. Having returned to the UK in 2017, he joined Ruffena Capital in the autumn that year to support the wider team in both research as well as working closely with the technical team, who have been undertaking a systematic review and upgrade of the company's investment platform.

He also undertakes some work for Ruffena Property Partners, who are focused on larger scale property investments for family offices.

Jonathan is a keen jiu-jitsu martial arts student and lives outside of London.

Ezgi Senturk
Ezgi Senturk Associate

Ezgi joined Ruffena in late 2018. She previously worked as an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, Dubai, covering Turkish non-financial equities in consumer cyclical, industrial and retail sectors and also worked as an investment analyst at Athene Capital, London with a special focus on consumer-tech businesses.

Ezgi started her career in financial audit at PwC, Istanbul before joining EY, London where she worked with the Financial Services team, managing advisory projects at major European investment banks, insurance and asset management firms. Ezgi holds an MSc in Global Banking and Finance form European Business School London and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Joost Snoep
Joost Snoep Associate, Amsterdam

Joost has joined the Amsterdam office and is an all-round finance professional with broad international experience in mergers and acquisitions, acting also as CFO. Hands on, strong communicative and analytical skills he is an experienced advisor in acquisition, valuation, reporting and financing matters.

Marilyn Stemler
Marilyn Stemler Associate

Marilyn joined Ruffena in January 2019. Her background is in Retail organisation and systems, budgeting, supply chain and management and she began her career with Marks & Spencer, working within other retailers before joining IBM as a management consultant. Following this, she set up her own consulting business working with retailers in UK and Europe advising on their sales and profitability strategies through improved processes, systems and organisational structures. Within the Ruffena team she is focused on Consumer, Digitech and Life Sciences projects.

Marilyn has two grown sons, is a keen walker and holds a BA (Hons) in History.