Charles Winward

Head of Portfolio South

Joined: 2022

Charles Winward


Charlie is a member of the portfolio team and oversees the YFM portfolio of investments across the South of England, also taking direct responsibility for several YFM investments.


With 20 years’ investing experience, Charlie began his career as a technologist at JP Morgan, working in a variety of roles in London, New York and Brussels. He then completed an MBA at the University of  California before joining IP Group plc in 2007. Charlie’s work there included supporting the rapid growth of several companies and, latterly, he was the Board Director responsible for IP Group’s venture capital fund management. From 2016, Charlie co-led the VCT team at NVM, including re-launching the firm’s growth investment strategy, which included successfully building out a team of investors and growing the portfolio to over 40 investments. Charlie subsequently helped to deliver the sale of the NVM VCT business to Mercia and integrate the teams in 2019/20.


Outside of work, Charlie enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit playing tennis and football. He is a novice gardener and long-time season ticket holder of a prominent northern team, both of which investments have struggled to bear recent fruits.

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