Over the past 30 years he has operated at senior levels in both politics and business. In his political career he was a Member of Parliament for 18 years and served in the Cabinet at the time of the Coalition as Secretary of State for Scotland.
After his period as a minister he served as European Business Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. He also successfully piloted legislation through Westminster which enshrines the UN’s ‘0.7%’ aid spending commitment in UK law.
Following the 2015 General Election Michael became a Senior Adviser at PwC, working with boards and ‘C-suite’ executives on the strategic implications of Brexit and other political issues.
Meet the rest of the BVCA senior team below.
Amy Abbott is the BVCA's Director of Events. Prior to joining the BVCA in 2012, she was Head of Events & Awards at the Royal Academy of Engineering where she led a small team of event managers to deliver a highly regarded programme of events for the engineering fellowship comprising eminent chartered engineers, business leaders and Royal patrons. During her nine years at the Academy Amy was secretary to several awards committees including the prestigious MacRobert Award; involving events at Buckingham Palace. She also played a fundamental part in the launch of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering where she was responsible for the launch event involving the former three party leaders. She has a BA Hons in Business and Marketing from Oxford Brookes University.
Leon de Bono is the BVCA's Assistant Director General and Director of Membership Services. Before joining the BVCA in 2010 he was the Publishing Director and a member of the team that launched Private Equity News, part of eFinancialNews, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2007. He began working in the private equity industry with Caspian Media in 2001. He has a BA from University College London and an MA from The Courtauld Institute.
Gurpreet Manku is the BVCA’s Deputy Director General and Director of Policy. She is responsible for leading the BVCA’s response to a wide range of issues and challenges facing the industry from a legal and regulatory perspective, both in the UK and Europe. She is also the executive liaison to the Private Equity Reporting Group, the body responsible for monitoring the industry’s compliance with the Walker Guidelines on Transparency and Disclosure. Before joining the BVCA she worked at Deloitte LLP and specialised in advising private equity funds and their managers. Gurpreet studied at the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Jayne Mould is the BVCA's Chief Operating Officer and Head of Finance. Jayne qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC where she worked in the audit, transaction services and structuring departments. Prior to joining the BVCA, Jayne was an Investment Manager at a LSE listed self-managed investment trust. She has also worked for an international media company where she was responsible for the assessment of investment opportunities and the on-going portfolio management held by the group. Jayne holds a B.A. (Hons) in Medieval and Modern History.
Sara Rajeswaran is the BVCA’s Director of External Affairs. Prior to joining the BVCA in 2021, she worked in the UK Government as Special Advisor to the Environment Secretary. Before her time in government she was Executive Director for Government Affairs and Devolved Nations at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Associate Director at Edelman; Deputy Head of the BME Research Unit at Policy Exchange; and Chief of Staff to the CEO and Strategy Adviser to the Chairman of Network Rail.
Prior to that Sarah spent 4 years working for the Conservative Party in opposition as their Transport Special Adviser. Sara has co-authored A Portrait of Modern Britain with Rishi Sunak and was researcher to Professor Alison Wolf for her book The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society.
Sara originally trained as an opera singer at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and she maintains her passion for the performing arts as a Trustee of Sedos and Chair of London Drama Societies.