LDBEN is a network of senior business people and entrepreneurs, determined to do everything they can to keep Britain open for business. Here is our team.

President and Founder

Andrew Dixon

Founder, ARC InterCapital

Andrew is President of LDBEN. In 2000, Andrew left Goldman Sachs to set up his angel investment business – ARC InterCapital. He has invested in more than 30 early-stage companies. Andrew is an Enterprise Fellow at the Prince’s Trust and is the founder and Trustee of the Woodhaven Trust. He is particularly excited about Prosper4 (supporting ex-offenders back into employment) and Code4000 (prison coding programme). He earned an Executive MBA from London Business School in 2009.


Tilly McAuliffe

Founder, Think Publishing

Tilly is Co-Chair of LDBEN. She is the founder and director of Think Publishing, a top ten content agency and the UK’s leading membership publishing agency. Think creates magazines and content for 42 of the UK’s major membership organisations and has offices in London and Glasgow. Co-owner of Wanderlust Magazine. Recipient of the Individual Achievement Award by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

LDBEN Executive

Katie Merrell


Katie is a full-time Executive of LDBEN. She started her career on a graduate programme with insurance broker, Marsh, part of Marsh & McLennan Companies, where she spent five years advising FTSE 250 companies on insurance and risk financing strategies. She has volunteered with the Liberal Democrats since 2016, before joining HQ in October 2019.

Executive Members

Simon Curtis, Senior Counsel at Haynes & Boone LLP

Caroline Kenyon, Founder and Director of The Food Awards Company

Laura Lomer, Co-Founder of Relevant Now

Juergen Maier, Chairman of the Board for Digital Catapult & Former CEO of Siemens UK

Mark Petterson, Director of Warwick Energy

Geeta Sidhu-Robb, CEO & Founder of Nosh Detox

Chuka Umunna, Columnist for The Independent & Former Member of Parliament for Streatham

Guy Vassall-Adams, Barrister at Matrix Chambers