As founding members of the UK Crowdfunding Association we’re really pleased and proud to see how much it has grown over the years and become a mighty force for progression within our industry.

Earlier this month we held our AGM to elect the Directors who will represent us over the next year. As you can see the caliber of our representatives is very impressive.


Julia Groves, the UKCFA’s outgoing Chair, said: “The message going out from today’s AGM is that whatever stage you’re at in your business journey, whatever sector you’re in, and whatever form of financing suits you best, the breadth and diversity of our industry means there is a good chance have an answer. Crowdfunding is a fast, regulated alternative to traditional lending and investment, and is fuelling some of the UK’s most innovative companies day by day.”


This years Directors offers a wide range of experiences, representing platforms involved in equity, peer-to-peer, bonds and donations, and channeling funding into sectors from cutting-edge renewable technology to inspiring charity appeals.


(We’re proud to be providing the technology for two of the nine listed below!)

The full list of Directors is as follows:

Bruce Davis, Director, Abundance Generation, Investment based crowdfunding: Debt based securities

Paul Massey, General Counsel, Crowdcube,Investment based crowdfunding: equity and debt based securities

Martin Smulian, Head of Legal & Compliance, FundingKnight, Loan based crowdfunding: peer to business

Karen Kerrigan, Chief Legal Officer Seedrs, Investment based crowdfunding: equity

Kate Eggleshaw, Marketing & Communications Manager, JustGiving, Donation based crowdfunding

Justin Hubble, General Counsel, Property Partner, Investment based crowdfunding: equity

Atuksha Poonwassie, Co-Founder, Simple Backing, Loan based crowdfunding: peer to business

Julia Groves, Partner and Head of Crowdfunding, Downing LLP, Investment based crowdfunding: debt based securities

Frank Mukahanana, Founder, QuidCycle, Loan based crowdfunding: peer to peer

The role of Chair will continue to rotate between Directors.


About The UK Crowdfunding Association

The UK Crowdfunding Association was formed in 2012 by fourteen crowdfunding businesses.

Our aims are to:

  • Promote crowdfunding as a valuable and viable way for UK businesses, projects or ventures to raise funds.
  • Be the voice of all crowdfunding businesses in the UK  (donations, loans and equity) to the public, press and policymakers.
  • Publish a code of practice that is adopted by UK crowd funding businesses.


The full article can be found on the UK Crowdfunding Association’s site.




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