Meet the Team

Chris Oliver

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Innovate UK EDGE

Chris is a finance specialist who has worked in a number of different fields of finance within the last 15 years, operating within Fund Management, Private Equity, Business Advisory & Audit.

Chris started his career in finance within Fund Management, analysing investment opportunities across 2 funds and managing a significant portfolio of legacy investee companies, combining Investment & Portfolio management.

He then spent some time in audit with Grant Thornton before returning to the faster pace of private equity, sell side M&A and Business Advisory.

Immediately prior to joining Innovate UK EDGE, he worked as a finance specialist for the Access to Finance team in Cornwall, helping raise in excess of £40m of Equity, Debt & Grant finance for SMEs based in Cornwall & IoS.

Chris has a degree in Business Economics from the University of Leicester and holds a certificate in Corporate Finance via the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.

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Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.