Team

Lily Cheng, Founder & CEO 

Prior to the Rising Network, Lily worked for a technology industry network bringing together a diverse set of hi-tech companies through high quality networking events to discuss and promote innovation in the development and application of wireless, mobile, internet, software and related technologies. Lily was responsible for business development, growing the network, engaging with the tech community, members and partners as well as managing the overall marketing and PR function.

She has held various roles within the healthcare sector for over a decade, working within mental health for a mental health provider played a fundamental role in fueling her desire and interest to work within the health and wellness market. Combining her experience in healthcare and in technology, her passion and commitment is to bring women together from across the globe, from all industries and communities to promote the progression and advancement of women. She is also an advocate in raising the awareness of mental health in a positive light.

Email: [email protected]

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David Roberts, Acting CTO – We are looking for a techie! Get in touch.

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. As an independent consultant, he is currently working for a Cambridge-based SME in the C-IoT space where he runs a multi-national R&D department that is developing silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. Prior to this role he was responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company.

Prior to this he worked in India as CTO for an innovative UK-based start-up that was bringing exciting mobile lifestyle products to market. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Samantha Morgan, Events and Partnership Manager 

Samantha has spent the past four years working within project management and operations in the areas of health and international education for a global consultancy. Alongside her work, she is currently in her final year of an undergraduate Business Management degree. Prior to this, Samantha worked in the hospitality industry where she discovered her love for events and passion for building strong customer relationships. She is excited to be part of the Rising Network movement to learn from other women’s experiences and to gain a greater understanding of her inner self.

Betty Rose, Staff Writer

Betty Rose studied at Hereford College of Arts where she cultivated her love of expressing the human form through an array of mediums and styles, from large oil paintings based on inspiring articles about current and world events, to playful watercolour illustrations depicting self-love and self-care.

Betty Rose was fortunate to grow up in a loving environment where she was encouraged to practice mindfulness and philosophy to support her highest well-being and full potential. As a result, self-care and well-being are a huge part of her daily routine and identity, often reflected in her writing and art. When she’s not directing her energy inwardly, Betty also channels her creative and self-development energy into supporting all-inclusive equality; LGBT+, Black Lives, Woman’s rights, trans rights, and many more. Her belief that we should all have the equal right and opportunity to education, employment, healthcare and respect is a passion that shapes the person she is and the work she does.

We are looking for people to join the team, if you would like to join the team, contribute or volunteer please get in touch with Lily Cheng: [email protected]

Our Advisors

Alan Barrell Advisor

Professor Alan Barrell DBA, FRSA 

Biologist with experience in NHS medical technology, turned salesman turned businessman, entrepreneur, venture capitalist fund manager, and labelled now “pracademic”, Alan is a champion of the next generation and the vision of A World Without Borders – through Education Without Borders and Open Innovation. Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning Judge Business School University of Cambridge, Visiting Professor at University of Sunderland, Portsmouth in UK and International Executive Fellow University of Essex , and in China Guest Professor at Xiamen University, Shanghai University, Shanghai College of Science and Technology and University of International Business and Economics Beijing.

International Research Fellow at Laurea University Helsinki and Lahti University in Finland, and at the Tohoku Fukushi University Sendai Japan, Alan is also engaged in support of NHS Healthcare Reforms after being Chair of NHS Health Enterprise East Ltd for eight years. His next generation work extends to Board Membership / shareholdings in four early stage health care companies and to having been Chairman of Trustees of NACUE – National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs and advisor to Start Up Generation International and Youth Business China.

In his spare time raises money for the charitable causes he supports. Best selling book out July 2013 – co-authored with David Gill and Martin Rigby – “Show Me The Money – how to raise the money needed to get your business off the ground” Knighted in Finland by the President there in 2012 for services to education – Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland having earlier been one of the first ten recipients of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Very proud to be an Advisory Board Member to Innovation Forum and MedCity London. His article in Cambridgeshire Business “Sharing China’s Dream” displays his deep interest in China and its history and his love of the country and its people. Travels widely but always loves coming home to Cambridge and visiting Yorkshire.

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Dr Soraya Jones

Soraya Jones is a director of her own consultancy company after being an Entrepreneur in Residence at St. John’s Innovation Centre Cambridge for one year( May 2016), where she supported ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs within the incubator community and the wider region. She is currently a board member of: Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); SeeChange Films (Charity); Cambridge Phenomenon Advisory Editorial Board: Venturefest East.; The Rising Network Advisory Board. She is also now one the UK Ambassadors for Women In Innovation.

Prior to this, Soraya was the founder CEO of the successful Cambridge Wireless(CW) cluster, growing the business to a membership of over 400 companies and setting up 20 Industry Special Interest Groups Forums which delivered around 50 technology events per year. During her time there, she also led the launch of two major technology focused conferences: Discovering Start Up Competition and the Future of Wireless International conference (FWIC). Before CW, she served as the Director of Commercial Partnerships at Tribal Plc, and as a Programme Development Manager at the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry. Born in Malaysia, Soraya holds BSc and MSc degrees from Indiana University, USA, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College).

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Dr Lynn Morgan

Lynn Morgan joined the Charity as Arthur Rank Hospice Charity as CEO in Spring of 2010. Lynn’s previous role was Director of Business and Enterprise at the East of England Development Agency and prior to that she was the East of England Regional Manager for the Big Lottery. Both organisations were about supporting strategic and service development across the East of England. Lynn had experienced the wonderful care provided by the hospice when her own father had been an inpatient and she realised the value of the work the hospice does and at the first opportunity, applied to join the Charity. The priority over the last six years has been to focus on two important areas: firstly taking the hospice out of the NHS to an independent hospice, whilst retaining NHS funding for some services. This was achieved in 2015 with 100 staff TUPEing over from the NHS to the Charity. The second priority was to build a larger hospice with facilities fit for the 21st Century. The new hospice should open to patients on the 14th of November of this year. Lynn grew up in Cambridge, did a BA (Hons) and MA at Anglia Ruskin and has a PhD in Organisational Psychology from Manchester Business School. All three degrees, in one way or another, reflected a lifelong interest in the empowerment of women and Lynn has always been interested in supporting all staff to develop to their potential, but particularly encouraging women to take that next step.

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Miranda Western-Smith 

Miranda helps early stage biomedical businesses attract investment and develop their business strategy. She founded and runs BioBeat, a programme to inspire the next wave of bioentrepreneurs and business leaders.

Miranda has worked with many entrepreneurs and is experienced in fundraising, business planning and technology transfer. She is a long standing Mentor for Cambridge Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre, contributes to the University of Cambridge Masters in Bioscience Enterprise course, is a Coach for the SME Instrument of the European Commission and a member of the St John’s Innovation Centre Training Team.

She brings experience as a Technology Manager at Cambridge Enterprise, where she assessed and marketed life science technologies, negotiated licences and spun-out companies. She was responsible for technology transfer at the University of Cambridge for the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In her five years at the seed capital firm, Cambridge Research and Innovation, she invested in early stage technologies. Miranda co-founded Cambridge Network with Hermann Hauser.

Miranda studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and has a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.