Tim started his professional career as a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford University where he obtained a doctorate and specialised in American and British Government. He became a journalist at The Times assuming the roles of Assistant Editor, chief leader writer and columnist. He regularly edited the newspaper as a whole between 2006 and 2008 as part of his duties. He has also served as Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009-2010. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism.
Meet the rest of the BVCA senior team below.
Amy Abbott is Director of Events and Training. 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.
Tom is the BVCA’s Director of Communications, which includes responsibility for both the public relations and marketing functions of the organisation. Tom started his career as a journalist, most recently writing about private equity and venture capital at Thomson Reuters between 2004 and 2010, including two years as editor. He holds an MSc in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics.
Noelle is the BVCA's Director of Research. Previously she was Head of Research at the Wealth Management Association where she established a number of industry research initiatives including the Millennial Forum, the Pension Freedoms Roundtable and the Annual Risk Survey. She graduated with a degree in Commerce from University College Cork, Ireland and an MSc in Market Research. She recently studied Behavioural Economics at the London School of Economics. She has been working as a researcher in the financial sector since 2006. This has included roles in asset management, wealth management and investment banking.
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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.
Phil is the BVCA’s Regional Director. He is responsible for leading the BVCA’s focus within the regions across the UK. Phil's early career was spent at 3i and in 1995 he moved to HSBC Private Equity, co-leading the management buyout in 2002 when HSBC Private Equity became Montagu Private Equity. In 2006, Phil co-founded Fusion Capital, one of East Africa’s leading real estate developers and fund managers, and where he remains Chair. Phil also advises a number of private equity businesses, and is Chair of growth companies Gas Tag, Country of Origin and Sandymount House, as well as a trustee of children’s charity Kibera Kids.
Lisa is the Director of Political and Business Relations at the BVCA. She is responsible for leading our engagement across the political community and reaching out to business. Lisa started her career at the House of Commons, followed by roles including Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the CBI and most recently leading political engagement at KPMG. Lisa holds an MSc in Politics and Administration and is Chairwoman of Westminster Forum, an organisation bringing politics and business together.
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 member 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.
Peter Sandberg is Director of Membership & Commercial Development. Prior to joining the BVCA in 2013 he was part of driving the strategic business and brand development of Swedish business abroad, most recently as Director of Program for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York and before that as Communications Manager for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK in London. Prior to this he was Press & Information Officer for the Embassy of Sweden in London in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He has an MSc in Political Science and Economics from Lund University.
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