The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. Our aim is to aid understanding around the activities of our members, promote our industry to entrepreneurs and investors as well as to Government, the EU, trade unions, international media and the general public. We communicate the industry's impact and reinforce the crucial role our members play in the global economy as a catalyst for change and growth.
Our membership comprises more than 500 influential firms, including over 230 private equity and venture capital houses with an accumulated total of more than £500 billion funds under management, limited partners, professional advisers, service providers and international associations, working together to provide capital and expertise to growing businesses, to unlock potential and to deliver enhanced returns to the millions who directly and indirectly invest in our industry. Further details on the BVCA’s activities can be found in our Annual Review.
The BVCA, like the industry it represents, has changed immeasurably since its foundation over 30 years ago, as the sector has grown into one of the biggest success stories in the British economy.
During this quarter-century, the private equity and venture capital industry has been transformed from a cottage industry into part of the mainstream economy - making Britain one of the leading centres for private equity in the world.
In the early eighties, the BVCA's primary objective was to secure recognition from the government and policy organisations. Today, governments and policy makers at home and abroad seek our opinion on a wide range of issues - regulatory, fiscal, technical and legal - as the BVCA has become the respected voice representing a world-class industry, as well as a model for new and existing national private equity and venture capital associations across the globe.
Current Chairman: Simon Clark, Managing Partner, Fidelity Growth Partners
We have an eminent list of past chairmen from the industry:
2012 Robert Easton, Managing Director and Co-Head, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners
2011 Richard Anton, Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
2010 Hugh Lenon, Managing Partner, Phoenix Equity Partners
2009 Simon Havers, CEO, Baird Capital
2008 Jeremy Hand, Managing Partner, Lyceum Capital
2007 Wol Kolade, Managing Partner, ISIS Private Equity
2006 Rod Selkirk, Chief Executive, Hermes Private Equity
2005 Vince O'Brien, Director, Montagu Private Equity Ltd
2004 Anne Glover, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Amadeus Capital Partners
2003 Richard Green, Managing Partner, August Equity
2002 Michael Queen, Finance Director, 3i
2001 Edmund Truell, Chief Executive of Pension Corporation and founder, Duke Street
2000 David Thorp, Director, ISIS Private Equity
1999 James Nelson, Non-executive Director, Intermediate Capital Group
1998 Clive Sherling, Former Chairman, Football Licensing Authority
1997 Norman Murray, Chairman, Cairn Energy
1996 David Quysner, Non-executive Director, Private Equity Investor
1995 Andrew Joy, Partner, Cinven
1994 Brian Larcombe, Non-executive Director, Gallaher Group
1993 Ron Hollidge, Chairman, Kleinwort Capital Trust
1992 Robert Drummond, Chairman, Acta
1991 Adrian Beecroft, Partner and former Chief Investment Officer, Apax Partners
1990 Michael Denny, Executive Chairman, Northern Venture Managers Limited
1989 Richard Hargreaves, Chairman, SPDG Technologies
1988 John Nash, Chairman, Care UK
1987 Lionel Anthony, Non-executive Director, Ariadne Capital
1986 Colin Clive, Non-executive Director, Thompson Clive Investment
1985 Sir Ronald Cohen, Founder, Apax Partners
1984 Tony Lorenz, Managing Partner, ECI
1983 Sir David Cooksey, Director, Bank of England, Former Governor, Wellcome Trust
For further information please contact the BVCA:
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