About us

L Marks was founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur Stuart Marks. We take a practical approach to the way we work by tailoring our programmes alongside some of the UK’s best known brands including John Lewis, EDF Energy and IAG. As innovation specialists and investors, we aim to build bridges between corporates seeking to innovate and young companies with disruptive tech.

Stuart Marks

Founder & Chairman

Stuart Marks is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold four businesses over the past 25 years. They have spanned several sectors including CRM, location-based services and digital media. Every company applied innovation to challenge existing business models. Stuart has worked with a diverse and international customer-base including Sainsbury’s, British Airways, Unilever, Vodafone, BMW and various Government agencies across the world. His most recent exit was ITIS Holdings plc in 2011. The company was listed on the LSE and was Europe’s leading provider of real time traffic information and connected car technology and was the first company to commercialise crowd sourced data from GPS devices and mobile phone networks.

Liberty Mawhood

Chief Operating Officer

Liberty oversees the creation and administration of programmes for all the corporate partners. Prior to L Marks, Liberty has worked on a number of different early-stage businesses such as bringing leadership courses to an online audience in China and creating the BAFTA award-winning Disney Animated, an app recognised by Apple as App of the Year when it was released.

Daniel Saunders

Chief Investment Officer

Daniel leads the investment and strategic activities of L Marks. Daniel trained as a software engineer, starting his career within the development team of the Symbian OS. He transitioned into the world of finance before being appointed Chief of Staff for Trade and Investment at the Israeli Embassy in London. Having worked with countless startups on their international growth, Daniel is now providing funding, market access, and strategic insight to the startups of the future.

Alexandra Gilbert

Director of Delivery

Alex joined the L Marks team in early 2016 and took the helm as Programme Manager for our JLAB and BMW Innovation Labs and subsequently set up our scouting team. As Director of Delivery Alex leads on the strategy and oversight of day-to-day operations across the programme and scouting teams, whilst onboarding new partners and helping them to identify their innovation challenges. Before joining L Marks Alex built her project management experience across the corporate, social enterprise, startup lending and charity sectors.

Ella Martin

Head of Programmes

Ella has joined L Marks as Head of Programmes and has oversight of all programme activity and budgets. With a programme management background in government, not-for-profit, corporate and startup environments, she is passionate about innovation and driving entrepreneurial success.

Tom Somers

Programme Manager

Tom leads on our health and social programmes, working with third-sector and public sector bodies to design transformative programmes for startups in these areas. His previous experience is in financial planning and government policy implementation on health research.

Ben Thomas

Programme Manager

Ben leads on the aviation industry project, Hangar 51 with IAG. Prior to L Marks, Ben worked as a project manager for Amey. In 2014 he started his own tech business, creating BluPark, a smart parking solution.

Selam Zeru

Programme Manager

Selam joined as a Business Development Manager and now leads on JDWorks – our first Manchester based programme. She formerly worked with partners including Disney, Apple and BBC at leading app developer, Touchpress.

Laura Sanchez Gonzalo

Programme Manager

Laura has extensive experience in managing innovation projects and supporting companies in the development of international plans. Previously, Laura worked at the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade as an innovation consultant. During her time at L Marks, Laura has project managed our Capital One and EDF Energy projects.

Lavinia Hicks

Programme Manager

Lavinia has joined L Marks as Programme Manager to the fourth instalment of JLAB - L Marks' flagship programme with the John Lewis Partnership. Having previously worked for a fintech start up that specialised in disrupting the accounting industry, she has first hand experience in seeing the benefits of collaboration between tech startups and traditional corporates.

Nick Richards

Programme Manager

Nick has worked across a range of L Marks programmes, including BMW Innovation Lab, Hangar 51 from IAG, Capital One Growth Labs and Drive with Belron. Before joining L Marks, Nick supported the operations of a tech-based property startup.

Laxmanan Gowrishankar

Programme Associate

Since joining L Marks as a Programme Associate Lax has worked on Drive with Belron helping to ensure each startup achieves their objectives by working closely with them and the corporate partners. Before joining L Marks, Lax worked for HMRC with a focus on the replacement Customs Declaration Service and other digital initiatives within the department.

Mina Begum

Startup Scout

Mina is passionate about working closely with the startup ecosystem, and she has previously worked at different corporate accelerators. Her role at L Marks is to scout and establish relationships with market-leading startups and connect them with brands such as EDF, BMW and IAG.

Elena Gyaurova

Startup Scout

Elena is responsible for finding and building relationships with startups from around the globe. With previous experience in financial sales, she introduces the most promising startups to our programmes and helps our partner find the most innovative solutions to their challenges.

Matteo Scarabelli

Investment Manager

Matteo is working closely with the Chief Investment Officer, ensuring we make the smartest investments and support our portfolio in their growth. His previous role in L Marks was Head of Startup Support, where he leveraged his broad experience of the startup world, having led business development projects for venture-backed technology companies. He has worked with numerous startups and supported them from due diligence to further investment.

Edward Smith

Portfolio Support Manager

Edward supports startups across L Marks' programmes, tracking key targets and objectives to set them up for success in their relationship with our corporate partners and providing information and analysis to support investment decisions. He spends most of his free time working on side projects and discovering what other startups are working on outside of L Marks, with a particular interest in student startups and tech focused on improving human interaction.


Our scouting team are dedicated to sourcing and engaging with the best startups in the market. With our expertise, we’re able to find your perfect match whilst continuously growing our network and establishing ourselves as thought leaders.

Startup Support

Our startup support team are responsible for ensuring each of the startup teams are happy, and making the most of the experience. These guys help facilitate goals, track progress, manage relationships with mentors both internally and externally as well as build an ambience our startups are comfortable with. They help make great things happen.

Programme Team

Each of our programme managers have the ability to strategically analyse business challenges and build a programme that suits both the needs of our corporate and startup partners. Not only do they execute every stage of the journey with finesse, they also expertly manage the relationship to ensure the fusion continues to be mutually beneficial.

If you are an individual who thrives on delivering innovative yet practical solutions then L Marks is the place for you. Get in touch to find out more about the rewards of working at L Marks and the exceptional opportunities we offer.