Under the microscope

Our team

Passion, experience & expertise

Our founders have real-world experience of funding numerous successful investment projects specifically in this area. They also have a proven track record of growing good projects into a reality. But what really makes us different is that we combine specialist investment experience with commercial and business know-how. So, when a good project needs a little help, we’re able to step-in and make a success of things.
At the heart of DUGUUD are our co-founders from Amberside Capital. DUGUUD is a trading name of Amberside Capital which is authorised and regulated by the FCA. To set DUGUUD up for success they use ‘experts-in-the-field’ specialist advisors, support from major media owners, and extensive research into what to fund and how people want to see a fund operate.
David Scivens
David Scrivens
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

David is both a successful entrepreneur and corporate financier. David Scrivens has built several successful businesses and brings in-depth knowledge of the investment market, particularly from a retail perspective (the public as investors). David has set up, scaled, and exited, direct to consumer financial services brokerage Clubfinance. He was a founder of all the companies within the Amberside Group. Before Amberside, he qualified as an accountant and was a practicing corporate finance advisor.

David is a keen advocate of the concept of impact investment and driving best practice in this area. He was instrumental in Amberside’s investment in the Impact Investment Network. He also supported Amberside’s involvement as part of Capacity, the Public Services Lab LLP, a joint venture to build the capacity of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to compete successfully for public sector contracts across North West England and Wales. David is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

David Lomas
David Lomas
Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer

David is an experienced infrastructure investor familiar with the rigour required to make and manage successful investments. With Barclay’s Infrastructure Funds he oversaw £1.7bn of institutional investment in greenfield and brownfield assets with corporate and project finance structures. He also sat on the boards of 28 investee companies for Barclays. David recognises both the broader value of responsible investing and the challenges it brings. He was asked by Big Society Capital, the UK’s leading social impact investor, to build the business case for an independent social investment institution to help communities buy local assets which were important to them - but not necessarily commercially viable.

Dan Scowcroft
Dan Scowcroft
Investment Manager

Dan is a qualified accountant with a background in financial modelling who has worked on over 100 assignments, of which 40 were in the renewable energy sector, on behalf of 15 funds. He has 7 years of infrastructure experience including 2 years in fund management. He supported, in a modelling or advisory capacity, acquisitions and refinancings in the renewable energy sector exceeding £750m in value. Dan has a BSc in Mathematics and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and was placed fourth out of over 4,000 in his final exam.

David Pickles
David Pickles
Co-Founder & Head of Marketing

David specialises in generating business growth through collaboration. He is CEO at Simbiotik, a leading brand partnership consultancy, which he co-founded in 2008. Simbiotik clients include M&S, PepsiCo and WaterAid. David has also co-founded seven businesses including Tango Tab UK which will help feed Britain’s hungry, in partnership with the Sustainable Restaurants Association, and The Million Tree Pledge which encourages and enables UK SMEs to reach carbon sub-zero. He also holds a board advisory role for Dash Rides an e-bike subscription business.

Alan Brydon
Alan Brydon
Co-Founder & Head of Media

Alan spent over 35 years in various roles in the media industry. Most of the time dealing with the commercial return for investment of multi-million media budgets with various agency groups. Alan also had a four-year sojourn onto the sales side of media with Associated Newspapers. Alan advised Apax Partners on an equity for media fund model during dotcom 1.0. He is a board advisor for 3 early-stage businesses and acting COO at Tharos, an animal microbiome company.

Douglas Dundonald
Douglas Dundonald
Co-Founder & Science Advisor

Douggie has been actively engaged in the deeptech start up world for over 25 years. He has co-founded six businesses in the science discovery space and is co-founder of both Anglo Scientific and Scientific Venture Partners. He has extensive connections into the commercial, academic, institutional, and scientific worlds. In addition to his real-world business experience of taking a scientific innovation through to a proven business, he also has more ability than most to understand the technological

considerations of how a company can do good. Douggie has also been Chile’s honorary consul in Scotland for 25 years, and when a member of the House of Lords, was council member of The Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM). Douggie was originally an agronomist, before moving into commercial property, then into mining finance, and served as an executive board director of the quoted public company, Anglo Pacific Plc.