The CODE Investing Team

Since our launch in 2013, CODE Investing has grown to become a leading alternative finance marketplace for small and medium enterprise growth capital. Our management team and board have a wealth of financial experience in everything from investment banking to online trading and asset management.

Our shared knowledge and experience are drawn from having worked with companies including Barclays, Orange, HSBC, IG, Bank of America, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch.

Ayan Mitra, CEO & part of the Code Investing team

Ayan Mitra

CEO & Founder

With a background as an enterprise architect and technical manager, Ayan has a track record of successfully delivering mass market consumer facing systems across an array of diverse industries. His expertise has helped the likes of M&S, Orange, EE and FirstDirect to vastly improve revenue streams and enhance their performance.

Ayan took his LBS MBA to follow his passion and used his knowledge and experience to launch CODE Investing (previously CrowdBnk) in 2011. Since then he continues to be instrumental in the company’s evolution and growth.

Sunil Aggarwal, part of the Code Investing team

Olivier Staub, CFA

Head of Debt Financing

Olivier heads up CODE Investing’s Debt Financing team and is responsible for the strategy and structure of our debt offering. As an entrepreneur himself, he has first-hand experience of setting up and raising capital for his own start-up, giving him a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing SMEs.

A debt and credit specialist, Olivier has extensive financial expertise gained whilst working for J.P. Morgan, Commerzbank, Barclays and BBVA over the last 20 years.

Rob Cotterill, part of the Code Investing team

Rob Cotterill


A successful tech entrepreneur and experienced senior manager, Rob plays a crucial strategic role at CODE Investing. As a former founder and managing director at two technology start-ups, Rob’s comprehensive management experience make him an ideal advisor in developing, driving and refining entrepreneurs’ Business Plans.

Rob also fulfils the vital role of managing due diligence requirements aspects of our business, and is fundamental to ensuring that the opportunities we offer are investor ready.

Rob Cotterill, part of the Code Investing team

Andrew Green

Head of Technology

Andrew has over 20 years of experience in finance technology gained at First Direct, and as Worldwide Head of Java Development Practices for HSBC.

He heads up the Technology Department at CODE Investing and is in charge of leading the creation and delivery of new and innovative technical solutions. Andrew is also responsible for driving our technology architecture and strategy, as well as micro-services platform security and compliance.

Sunil Aggarwal, part of the Code Investing team

Sunil Aggarwal


A qualified Chartered Tax Advisor, Sunil manages the financial and human resource aspects of the business. His 15 years of industry experience make him ideally qualified to advise at every stage of the entrepreneurship life cycle.

Specialising in EIS, SEIS and corporate taxation, Sunil consults management and our Board of Directors on financial analysis, organisational support and management.

The CODE Investing Board

Ian Pearson, Chairman of the Code Investing Board

Ian Pearson


Ian has worked in strategy and business development since retiring from politics in 2010. Previously, Ian was an NED at GLE Capital and joint-CEO of WMEB Group, which provided growth capital and consultancy to SMEs.

Christopher Humphrey, Director on the Code Investing Board

Christopher Humphry

Senior Independent Director

Christopher is a Partner at Eden McCallum, working with clients in the financial and professional services sectors. He previously worked with Barclays and Bank of America and, after an MBA at INSEAD, spent 10 years with Mac Group/Gemini Consulting/CGE&Y.

Derek Wyatt, Director on the Code Investing Board

Derek Wyatt

Non Executive Director

Derek has held chairman, CEO and board roles with various media companies over three decades. He founded the Women’s Sports Foundation, and the Oxford Internet Institute, amongst others. Derek was also an MP for 13 years.

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