Dr. Michael Penington serves as Partner at Longwall Ventures. He has a DPhil in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley as an investment banker, in the last few years advising private equity houses on leveraged buyouts, IPOs and trade sales. In 2001, he was asked to support the turnaround of a listed media company as Interim Finance Director. He subsequently invested in and worked on the turnaround of a small Australian public company in the security industry, resulting in the sale of the business to a US buyer. He has also made a significant number of angel investments in early stage technology businesses in the UK and until 2014 was Chairman of NaturalMotion, an Oxford-based start up in the mobile games industry which was sold to Zynga for $527m. He predominantly focuses on applications of physical sciences and mathematics in areas such as security, media and business software.