Contributor Profile

Simon Calver

Job TitleHead of Investments - Ventures

Company NameBGF


Simon Calver grew up in the family supermarket business in Gloucester but, after a degree in Computer Science, followed a career in large blue-chip companies such as Unilever, Pepsi and Dell. He returned to his technology roots leading early stage digital businesses as COO/President of the EdTech business Riverdeep plc and CEO of LOVEFiLM, which he managed for seven years up to the ultimate sale to Amazon Inc in 2011. He left to become Chief Executive of Mothercare plc, leading their transformation and digital turnaround plan. Following this, he chaired and Chemist Direct, leading the latter through a merger and ultimate sale. In 2015 Simon became a Founding Partner of BGF Ventures to launch a £200m early stage venture company. He is now Head of Investments for venture and early stage and sits on Boards including Gousto, where he was previously Chair and Firefly Learning.

Conference Sessions

  • Making the big decisions on investing in the future of retail

    Thursday15:40 - 16:1002 May 2019
    Headline Stage

    The number of things you need to spend on is increasing, but budgets are becoming tighter than ever. This session will help you answer those investment big ques...

    • Language: English

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