Meet the iUK Academy Team

Your Programme Mentors

Our programme mentors are subject matter experts, engaged role models, and passionate about developing others.

As guides to our learners, they support the team in delivering a high-quality learning experience and fostering the course community in a number of ways. Their primary role is to teach and provide support to on particular subjects.

Programme Leaders

Mark Farrer-Brown

Mark Farrer-Brown

Founder, Fit to Lead, Coach and Mentor

Mark has experienced the entrepreneurial journey from all perspectives – as an entrepreneur, director, mentor, coach and investor. He is uniquely placed to help entrepreneurs survive and thrive as they go on the rollercoaster ride.

Mark supports and challenges Founders through Fit to Lead’s holistic approach to discover their true potential and become great CEOs who are built to last. Mark is also a business angel and have invested in over 60 companies in the UK, US and India.

Jonathan Bannister

Founder & CEO of Make Happy, Coach and Mentor

With 25 years of experience working with individuals and teams from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies in both Europe and Asia, Jonathan facilitates a wide range of approaches to help clients develop innovative solutions grounded in strategic insights.

Jonathan helps entrepreneurs, business leaders and their teams exploit their creativity and collective intelligence to strengthen their business models, marketing and innovation programmes and organisational development.

Maria Fandrakis

Maria Fandrakis

Head of Business Outsourcing, Evelyn Partners

Maria heads up the firm’s business outsourcing services offering on a National basis. The services covered include: Unaudited statutory accounts, VAT, Bookkeeping, Management accounts, Accounting software advice, Budgeting, Cash flows, Forecasting, Payroll, Company secretarial services and related services.

Maria’s service orientated approach has benefited clients during her past 22 years of business experience.

Asif Khan

Lawyer, LawBite

Asif Khan is a corporate, commercial and financial services solicitor. Before joining Lawbite, Asif worked in private practice with a silver circle international firm and in-house with FCA regulated investment and asset management firms. 

As a Consultant Solicitor with Lawbite, Asif has helped start-ups and SMEs on a wide range of corporate, commercial and finance matters including company and business sales and purchases, shareholder and joint venture agreements, share buybacks, restructurings and fund raisings.

Industry Experts

Anna Downey

Anna Downey

CEO, Buzzbar
Digital Marketing


Dave Vann

MD, Aba Creative Agency

Machael Mateer

Michael Mateer

VirtualNonExecs Networking

James Setchell

James Setchell

Trade Mark Owners Association

Sophie Paton-McDermott

Facilitator, Make Happy

Mandy Hargun

GDPR/Data Protection Lawyer

Edward Emblem

Personal Tax

Claire Perrett

Corporate Tax

Shamiala Zahir

Finance for SMEs