Keith Willey has been a faculty member at UCL since since 2009 at London Business School since the late ’90s. He chairs the London Business School’s long-established angel investor club – the Enterprise 100. He is formerly Executive Director of the School’s Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management and was founding CEO of the Centre for Scientific Enterprise – LBS’s joint venture with UCL – in 1999. He is also a faculty member at UCL.
He undertakes Executive Development work at a number of companies including Bertelsmann, EDS, Ernst & Young, Mars Inc, Ericsson and the Young President’s Organisation. Along with Deloitte UK he developed the Annual Entrepreneurship UK Survey and Report.
As an Adjunct faculty member, he has extensive business interests outside LBS. He is Investor Chairman of PXP Solutions Ltd (Payments processing) and Chairman of Fern Trading Limited (£800m Secured Lending vehicle) and Non-Executive at Vitesse Media plc (AIM-listed, Publishing) and Feedzai S.A. (Enterprise Software). He is an investor in a number of other ventures alongside other angels and venture capitalists – mainly technology-based – in the US, Europe and India.
Previously he was COO and acting FD of a venture capital firm, involved in all aspects of raising and investing venture capital funds in early stage businesses. Before this he sold out of a boutique consulting practice that grew entrepreneurially during the 90s when it was closely associated with major corporate restructuring initiatives. Some of this work was published: ‘Building a transnational organisation for BP Oil’, Long Range Planning, 1992; ‘From hierarchies to networks’, in Successful Change Strategies, IoD Publications, 1994. He has also written on strategy: ’Do Top Management Add Value to Strategic Investment Decisions?’, with Professor P Marsh (LBS) Long Range Planning.