Small Cap Awards Nominees:

Meet the Leading Lights of Aquis Stock Exchange

5 June 2024 | Online | 12:30pm

In association with

Small Cap Network

About this webinar

The Aquis Stock Exchange makes a point of championing entrepreneurship, investment and growth, and this is very much reflected in a particularly strong set of nominees for this year’s Small Cap Awards. This webinar will provide an overview of AQSE and give investors and advisors the chance to hear from and interact with the senior management of the nominees for the Aquis Award.


Sara-Louise Porter

Sara-Louise Porter

Director & Head of Business Development

Sara-Louise is a Director and the Head of Business Development at Aquis Stock Exchange: a UK-based primary and secondary market for equity and debt securities which focuses on listing and developing growth companies on the public markets.

Passionate about helping companies to find the scale-up capital they need to develop and grow, Sara-Louise has assisted several hundred dynamic businesses to navigate the complex requirements of a primary market and capital markets journey.

Sara-Louise has over 20 years’ experience in public markets, with roles spanning events and marketing as well as her primary focus on relationship management and business development. She is a UK market expert, having spent the majority of her career based in London, but has also overseen international dual-listings and spent time working on international account management from Hong Kong.

Sara-Louise is a supporter of companies who deliver social and environmental impact alongside their financial performance, and champions the role of public markets in ensuring companies manage and disclose their broader responsibilities to all stakeholders. A vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion, Sara-Louise has led multiple formal and informal Women in Business networks and initiatives.

Jonathan Neame
Shepherd Neame

Jonathan Neame

Managing Director & Chief Executive

Jonathan Neame was educated at Harrow School, Pembroke College Cambridge, The City University and Inns of Court School of Law. He achieved 2.1 MA Cantab Classics; Diploma in Legal Education and is a Barrister at Law.

After qualifying as a Barrister he joined the COBA Group, London specialists in mergers and acquisitions work, as a Strategic Consultant. Jonathan joined Shepherd Neame in 1991 as Company Secretary. In 1999 he became Managing Director and Chief Executive in 2003 until today.

He was Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association from 2012 to 2015 and a Non-Executive Director of the St Austell Brewery Company Ltd from 2002 until May 2018. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers in 2022-2023. He is currently the Vice President of the Brewers of Europe.

He was a Chairman of Visit Kent from 2015 till 2020 and a Chairman a Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation from 2011 to 2022.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and High Sheriff-in-Nomination (Kent) for 2025-26. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent in 2016.

Jonathan is married to Lucie and they have one daughter, Violette.His interests include cricket, real tennis, skiing, country pursuits, walking and cycling.

Adam Binns

Adam Binns


Adam joined One Health Group as Project Director & COO in January 2018, taking on the role of FD & COO in May 2018 and CEO in July 2019. Prior to joining One Health, Adam worked extensively in senior financial, operational and commercial roles across retail, logistics and manufacturing. He takes great pride in recognising and developing talent and bringing out the best in his senior team and colleagues. Adam is looking forward to further developing One Health’s relationship with the NHS across multiple geographies and extending the delivery of free, first-class clinical care to a wider population of NHS patients, supporting the drive to reduce record post-pandemic waiting lists. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Derek Bickerstaff

Derek Bickerstaff

Founder and Non-Executive Chairman

Derek is a (recently retired) Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon who specialised in knee surgery, with senior positions in Sheffield NHS teaching hospitals. He founded One Health after leaving the NHS in 2000 in pursuit of a better way of operating through outsourcing services from the NHS. He is recognised as one of the UK’s leading knee surgeons and took referrals nationally and internationally including many high-profile athletes. He held appointments as the Knee Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and served as an executive member of the British Association of Surgery of the Knee. He has also served on the board of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Derek is frequently invited to lecture on knee surgery at national and international meetings.

Ian Foley

Ian Foley

Chief Executive Officer 

Equipmake is led by Ian Foley, a highly-experienced engineer who has worked in global motorsport at the highest level – from Le Mans to F1. Alongside his top-level motorsport role, Ian developed his own paddle shift gearbox in 1997 for endurance racing. Further developing this role, Ian supplied engineering and EV consultancy services to many industry sectors. In the early 2000s, Equipmake was born and focused on researching electric motors and flywheels which were later engineered and developed for hybrid buses – Equipmake’s foundation business.

Equipmake is a UK-based engineering specialist with over 20 years’ experience developing and producing industry-leading electrification products. At the forefront of the transition from fossil-fuelled to zero-emission powertrains, Equipmake has emerged as a leader in the production of complete electric vehicle (EV) drivetrains for high-performance and heavy commercial vehicles.