Christopher van Essen

MA (Cambridge), DPhil (Oxford), CEng, FIET

Co-founder and Executive Director of TTP Venture Managers Ltd from April 1998 to April 2005.  Responsible for £35 million venture fund, investing in 20 early-stage technology companies.

One of the founders of TTP (The Technology Partnership) in 1988.  Had various marketing, business development, licensing, management and director positions in what became TTP Group plc.


With PA Technology from 1974 - 1988. Divisional Director of the 50-person Applied Sciences Division from 1982, and from 1985 Marketing Director (based in Copenhagen).

A visiting lecturer at the SAID Business School, Oxford in 2004/5 and chair of judges for the Oxford University Business Plan Competition in 2005 and 2006.  Also on the judging panel for the IET's Innovation awards 2010 and 2011, and the selection panel for SBRI awards - see 'Detailed CV' tab

Currently  Chair of an Oxford spin-out company, Oxbridge Pulsar Sources Ltd, which is just coming into revenues.

Also an investor in a number of other unquoted companies.

Christopher's other interests include ancient automobiles (he runs a 1927 Rolls-Royce), competitive croquet (he is a county player) and art (his wife is an artist specialising in Book Art) - see 'Links' tab for some of these.