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Hugh Chappell

Entrepreneur and Investor, Lovestruck.com

Hugh ChappellHugh has worked in the IT and publishing industry since 1976. He worked for Apple Computer in the UK from 1979 when the personal computer industry was in its infancy.

In 1985 he established Taxan (Europe) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaga Electronics, Japan. In an 18 month period at the helm the business sold five million computer displays and graphics adaptors. His personal goal to own and manage his own business was realised when he founded TrustedReviews.com in 2003 and acquired bit-tech.net in 2005.

Both online only publications quickly became market leaders in their respective sectors. The sale of TrustedReviews.com in 2007 to Time Warner/IPC Media and bit-tech.net in 2008 to Dennis Publishing completed his ultimate goal.

Hugh is now involved with several start-up organisations and companies either as a mentor and/or investor.

He also works with more established companies in non-executive roles using his considerable experience to provide advice and an independent voice on strategy, performance, risk and people. He has invested in Net Communities (network and publisher), Lovestruck.com (dating), and ParkatmyHouse.com (car parking).

His non-executive director roles include Time Out Group, Dennis Publishing and MyVoucherCodes.com.