Leadership

At Tyson & Blake®, we believe innovation comes from passionate explorers in pursuit of endless possibilities. Our shared vision enables us to invest in unique companies that will make a profound contribution to society.

Background

Tyson & Blake® was founded in 2015 by Chris Tornblom with a singular purpose; provide growth capital to game changing companies that makes a positive impact in society. Within every sector that we operate in, we empower the communities around us to have the knowledge, the tools, and the voice to define and achieve their own outcomes.

“I have a penchant for dogs; their unwavering loyalty, integrity and courage inspired me on my own journey and laid the foundation of our firm, which we always strive to preserve.” – Chris

Board of Directors

Carl Christopher Tornblom

Carl Christopher Tornblom

Group Chair

Chris is investor in several growth companies and has vast experience of the global financial markets. He was previously the CEO of Metacon AB, which he took on to the stock exchange at fall of 2018, building the shareholders base from a mere few hundred to more than 20 thousand and increasing the value of the company from about USD 5 million to USD 265 million as of early 2021. He serves on several boards and highly dedicated to philanthropic matters. He has lived and worked in among others, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa. He is educated at Shenandoah University, USA and the Graduate School of Business Administration in Zurich, Switzerland.

Aaron Michelin

Aaron Michelin

Director

Aaron is the founder of Corporatum OY, a Finnish based venture capital firm established in 1990. He is also the founder of Enersense International Oyj, a Nasdaq listed resource management company specializing in large scale projects and services in the field of energy, communication, digital products and industrial platforms with annual revenues of €200m. He is the Honorary Consul of Hungary in Finland. Aaron serves on many board of directors and act as mentor to many organizations that supports start-up companies with strategic advice and financing. He has an executive MBA from the university of Tampere.

Casimir Robert Arnold West

Casimir Robert Arnold West

Director

Having studied marketing at IHM Business School and accounting at FEI Institute for Business Administration, Casimir has extensive experience as a consultant and entrepreneur, specialising in restructuring and turnarounds in financial services, hospitality, IT, life sciences, media and real estate.

Christian West

Christian West

Director

Christian is a founder and investor in a number of growth companies with a particular interest in introducing new technologies to traditional industries. He began his career as a fund manager before moving into the venture capital arena as principal and investor. He is a founder and Director of CD Processing Limited and has served on the board of a number of private and listed companies where he focused and advised on Capital Market and investment opportunities.

Executive Officers

Mark O’Dwyer

Mark O’Dwyer

Chief Executive Officer

Mark has a proven track record of delivering organisational transformation for global leaders in international health and insurance markets. Skilled in improving customer outcomes, digital investment, business turnaround, M&A, driving P&L and bottom-line improvement leading to stabilisation and management of cash and working capital. Mark’s most recent role was as Managing Director of Bupa Global and previously as Corporate Development & Performance Director at Royal London Group, Commercial Director at Legal & General and CEO & COO of AIG Isle of Man. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

David C Dwek

David C Dwek

Chief Investment Officer

Founder of DC Dwek Corporate Finance Limited with over 35 years’ business and finance experience including 15 years at UBS in London and Zurich. David has completed over $16 billion of transactions and has a vast experience advising corporate, private and public clients and building businesses globally. He has advised on corporate restructuring, M&A, private equity, venture capital, strategic transactions in a wide variety of sectors including technology and renewables.

Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander

Chief Technology Officer

Founder and CEO of Parsyfal® AI, the award-winning Data Protection Management Platform.
Nick has deep experience in cyber security, data protection, risk management and strategic planning, helping multinational corporates to understand their risk of data breach and how to effectively mitigate them, and overseeing technical software development.
20 years international experience within the equity derivatives markets and advised two funds on multi asset SPC structures, where functions included senior regulatory oversight (UK-FSA, Cayman-CMA, and Jersey –JFSC); extensive marketing; legal; tax and trading / implementation strategies.

Advisors / Strategic Partners

Peter Bruce-Clark

Peter Bruce-Clark

Strategic Partner

Partner at Social Impact Capital, former Head of Business Development at Real Capital Innovation and founder of Kalytix Partners (both acquired). Peter is an advisor to global funds focused on the environment, health, and sustainability, such as Counterfactual Ventures, Brace VC, and Extantia, an active angel investor in multiple global impact startups and Ambassador to the Rockefeller family’s BankFWD initiative designed to transform the carbon footprint of global banking. He is also a member of Clearstone VC, Impact Capital Managers, TTI and GBx.
A leading theorist on private market impact investments, Peter has led research over the last ten years on impact finance, collaborating with Oxford University, Stanford University, Planet Heritage, and White Sand Investor Group. Publications include: Impact investments: a call for (re)orientation (2021) and Sovereign Development Funds: The Governance and Management of Strategic Investment Institutions, The Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds (2018.)
Peter has an MPhil in Business Administration and Finance from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a first-class honors BA Queen Mary, University of London.

Tim Morris

Tim Morris

Senior Advisor

Tim brings an extensive high-level network in Government and business and a career in trade and investment diplomacy. A former British diplomat with years of experience, including as Ambassador to Morocco and Mauritania, South Sudan and Head of Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as Senior Trade Advisor on Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he spent eleven years on Japan running the inward investment programme from the British Embassy in Tokyo and the Exports to Japan Unit in the Department of Trade and Industry, and has multilateral experience including as Deputy and then Head of the United Nations Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Tim has worked with investors and advisors in the consulting, financial, power, healthcare and communications sectors to promote development issues and investment more widely, is a frequent public speaker and writer on conflict and development issues, and advocates for greater high quality private investment in Africa and the developing world as the only viable means of eliminating poverty and grappling with global challenges. He supports initiatives promoting advanced economic, social and governance (ESG) programmes, and the wider understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Tim is a Senior Advisor to the Coalition for Global Prosperity advising Government on development issues and soft diplomacy, a Managing Director at ESG Validation advising investors on economic, social and governance issues, a partner at The Ambassador Partnership solving problems for international business and is Chair (designate) of NorthEast Capital, a fund for early stage technology companies in the North East of England.

Tahani Saridar

Tahani Saridar

Adviser

Tahani has worked across the health and not-for-profit sectors for 14 years. With a passion for delivering social impact, she has spent her career managing change and innovation initiatives focused on health value creation and sustainability.
Tahani began her career in health policy, lobbying for better awareness, service provision and research for people affected by brain and spine conditions. She has worked for both private and charitable health providers, redesigning services for improved consumer health outcomes and experience.
Tahani’s academic background is in psychology, and she holds a Masters in Psychological Research Methods and an MBA.
In addition to her work with Think Through Nutrition, she is a Board Director at the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse and has acted as Project Manager for TEDxHackney.