John O'Connell

Speciality: Entrepreneurship and business growth organisational processes serial chairman and investor capital raise
Sector Focus: B2B Saas


John O’Connell is a high-profile London based technology entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded, floated on the UK LSE and sold for $200 million approx. one of the then leading Software companies in the UK, Staffware plc. Since then, in the last 16 years, he has personally invested in and chaired 16 technology businesses, AIM Listed, private VC/PE backed and startups. Some Exits include most recently last year CloudTrade & AIM listed ActiveOps plus previously Portrait Software, Imperial College spin -out InforSense ; Opta Sports Data Ltd as well as Staffware itself.

John is currently Chairman of 2 UK based technology companies, Active Navigation specialist in Information Governance and Content Clean-up & the ScaleUp Group, which he founded.
‘SUG’s’ 30 entrepreneurs and ex-executives Partners between them have helped raise finance for more than 100 companies globally, exiting from 80+ for more than £4 billion. SUG is focused on creating Global Champions in the technology sector. Members invest personally also helping high growth B2B companies secure finance- £40 million to date; hire management talent; take a board seat; develop business connections and so on.

SUG is a sponsor of the annual ‘Enterprise Awards’, which John created and hosts, ‘The Oscars for Technology Entrepreneurs’. He has twice won the ‘Mentor of the Year’ Award.
John was recognized as a ‘Master of Information Technology’ by the US based Trade Association, AIIM International. He has been inducted into the Smith & Williamson ‘Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame’, as well as being featured in ‘Archives of IT’.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists – the WCIT, who are the
beneficiaries of surpluses from the Enterprise Awards. This underlines John as an active Philanthropist being Chairman and Founder of the Ambassador Group of Co-operation Ireland (he was born in Cork) and he was the founding Chairman of the Technology Leadership Group of the Prince’s Trust, which has raised in excess of £40 million in the last 20 years and which in turn has spawned other Leadership Groups, which have raised another £130 million approx.

He is past Chairman/co-owner of (London) Wasps Rugby Club when they were the most successful professional rugby club in Europe. He has co-authored a book ‘Mastering Your Organization’s Processes’, published by Cambridge University Press. Still being very active in business he puts down to being a terrible golfer!