Ian Taylor

 Corporate financial services for science, space & technology 

We (Fentiman Consultants Limited) are an international team providing commercial and strategic advisory services to companies and organisations with a view to increasing effective delivery of corporate objectives.

We listen and learn before we advise. The aim is to help clients sustain a change in their trajectory.

We are currently associated with a wide range of firms and institutions, mainly connected with the technology, science, space, energy and security sectors.

Ian Taylor 



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mobile: +44 (0) 7860 327 416

Sarah Chilman (Executive Assistant)


mobile: +44 (0) 7887 952 640

Sarah has worked with Ian for many years - from 1997 until 2010 in the House of Commons as Research and Office Manager and since then as his Executive Assistant, supporting all the team's client relationships. 

Separately, Sarah is also Deputy Secretary-General of The Digital Policy Alliance & Secretary to the Conservative Group for Europe. She was Secretary to the Parliamentary Space Committee (APPG) 2010-17.


Stephanie Liston (Business Development)


+44 (0) 7713 786 666

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Stephanie Liston is an acknowledged international legal and strategic advisor with 25 years of experience in the communications sector.  She advises clients strategic, regulatory and business issues, contractual negotiations and commercial transactions.  In addition to her position as an Independent Member of the BT Equality of Access Board, Stephanie is Associate Director of Innovation Advisors, and Chair of the International Chapter Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association.  She is currently advising the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on spectrum allocation. She has become Senior Legal Counsel at Coffey Graham (UK) Limited.

Peter Orbell-Jones (Finance)


phone: +44 (0) 1843 866 423

Peter has assisted SMEs in various sectors for over 30 years. His expertise ranges from accounts preparation and management to compiling financial material for business plans and fund-raising exercises.

Katie King (Digital Business) 


+ 44 (0) 1892 520 123


Katie is the Founder and Managing Director of Zoodikers, a PR and digital business agency based in London and Kent. She was previously appointed as Director of global PR agency Text 100, before co-founding her first PR agency on 2002. As a regular commentator on the BBC TV and radio and an experienced communications strategist, Katie addresses international conferences, galas and corporate events on digital business issues.

John French II (Venture Capital)


John lives in New York.  He has been a venture capitalist for 50 years with an extensive portfolio of predominately early stage US and international companies. During that period he was President of Research & Science Investors Inc and also had involvement with Chinese, Korean and European companies. He has been a director of OSI Pharmaceutical.  He is now Advisor to Brighton Biotech Inc, Private Access Inc, & Atmos Digital Inc, to each of which FCL are also advisers.

Lavender Carole Taylor (Administration)


Carole is responsible for corporate governance issues and administration.  She was one of Ian's Office team during his period in Parliament.  Carole recently passed the Access Course in Arts & Languages at the Open University. She has chaired the Residents' Association at The Academy

Tim Gocher (Asia)


Tim is a venture capital and urban development executive with a background in energy and technology. His MBA was from the London Business School.  After Deloitte and J.P. Morgan, he managed venture capital funds in the UK and is the co-founder of Academy IP in New York working with leading East Coast universities.  He is an Honorary Professor of Sustainable Business at the University of Nottingham.

Tim has a UK home but is mainly based in Katmandu, Nepal, and has advised urban development schemes in several countries in Asia, including China.  His major focus is as Chairman of the Dolma Development Fund which he founded and which concentrates on sustainable business ventures in Nepal.  www.dolmafund.org

Dr Alex Orlov (Environmental & Material Technologies)


Alex is Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His major research and teaching focus is in development of novel materials for energy generation, structural applications, environmental nanotechnology and environmental protection.  He was a Research Fellow at King's College Cambridge 2005-2008.  

Alex has been a member of the UK Government's Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee at DEFRA.   


Stephen Taylor (USA)



Stephen was a director of Fentiman Consultants in the 1990s advising technology companies on business strategy and market development. His MBA was from the University of Surrey Business School. He then emigrated to the USA where he qualified as a US attorney at Marquette University Law School.

As an attorney he represented businesses in complex litigation before federal and state trial and appellate courts for several years.  He was also the Vice-Chair of the international commercial dispute resolution group for a global association of law firms and a judge of the annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan contest since 2008.  

Stephen recently returned to an industry executive role, heading strategic development & diversification for a long-established non-ferrous metals foundry, cookware & food preservation equipment manufacturer & vendor: Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co. Inc.  (WAFCO). 

Contact details:

42 The Academy, 20 Lawn Lane, London SW8 1GA, UK.

rue Saint Georges, 24550 Villefranche du Périgord, France.

Main phone number: +44 7860 327 416  (Ian Taylor)