WAYNE GIBBINS - BIO
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FOUNDER & CEO, BLISS FARMS
Bliss Farms is a forward-thinking agricultural business dedicated to delivering environmental, social, and economic sustainability within the farming sector. Bliss Farms is enabling regenerative, sustainable, and circular practices and technologies across UK farms including Dairy and Livestock.
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT / ADVISOR / NED
Supporting early-stage startup founders, typically seed & series A, as non-exec director or board / founder advisor. Supporting accelerators with advisory work. Supporting VCs and investors with AgTech due diligence. Current clients include Mona Dairy & Fieldmargin (see clients)
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, WERCKER (ACQUIRED BY ORACLE)
As Chief Commercial Officer for Wercker I built and led the commercial team. This included Business Development, Partnerships, Marketing (inc Growth, Content, and PR roles), Customer Success and Sales. The team was distributed working either remotely or from the London, San Francisco and Amsterdam offices.
VICE PRESIDENT, NOTION CAPITAL
Leading B2B SaaS Venture Capital firm. I expanded the firms brand across Europe, covering deal origination and deal evaluation, focusing on Seed and Series A investments, and running technical due diligence process. I evaluated over 500 companies in this space.
CLIENT DIRECTOR, CORPORATE EDGE
Managed business development and account management team, serving clients such as JTi, INEOS Chemicals and Richemont. Delivering technology and branding solutions to startups and corporates alike including a 3 month stint as interim Marketing Director for Rightster
GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, VIADEO
I held a variety of Director level roles at this startup from Country Director responsible for all P&L, to EU marketing director and global comms. I was with the business during the fast growth stage from 80 to 400 staff and through 2 venture funding rounds.
PRODUCT & MARKETING MANAGER
Cut my teeth in the product management of SaaS software products, delivering management solutions to governments at Local, Regional and European level, whilst moving in to Digital & Product Marketing.
FULL-STACK SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Lead developer, responsible for all areas of development of a complex online project management tool developed using ASP.NET and SQL server. Involved in user interface design, architecture, database design, full stack coding, deployment, mentoring, and team management.
EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS / TRAINING
Wayne has a masters degree in agricultural technology and innovation from the RAU, a bachelors in software engineering from Manchester, is a fellow at the RSA, a visiting fellow at Zinc.VC and a member of a number of professional associations and he holds a Permaculture Design Certificate
MASTER'S DEGREE, ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, AGTECH & INNOVATION (MSC) ~ DISTINCTION AWARDED
Dissertation Title: How can blockchain enabled technologies accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture in the UK?
Focused my research on:
-Soil Health & Soil Science
-Sensor Technologies inc Remote Sensing
-Regenerative Agriculture & Vertically Stacked Farming Enterprises
-Ecology, Community & Dynamic/Complex Systems
-Blockchain: Cryptocurrencies, Decentralised Finance, Regenerative Finance & DAOs
BACHELORS DEGREE, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, BENG (2:1), UMIST, MANCHESTER
Bachelors Degree including:
Sponsorship of final year by N.G. Bailey & Co Ltd, Electrical and Mechanical Contractors. Developed an online document management system in .Net & SQL server for remote CAD engineers