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Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Funds, CPPIB
Delaney Brown is the Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Funds (London Office) at CPPIB.
Prior to joining CPPIB, Delaney spent eight years at Hermes GPE LLP (formerly Hermes Private Equity) as Head of the Americas, focused on both private equity fund investment and co-investment. Previously, Delaney was an Associate Director with Almeida Capital in London and a Research Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline in the U.K.
Delaney holds a BSc (First Class Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds.
Chief Economist, EY
Mark Gregory is the Chief Economist at EY in the UK & Ireland providing knowledge, analysis and insight to help businesses understand the economic environments in which they operate. He is a business economist with over 25 years’ experience in more than 40 countries as an advisor to the Governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation. This includes working with the Governments of Argentina and the World Bank to develop solutions to the debt and economic crisis in 1989 and 1990.
Mark is the sponsoring partner for EY’s Economics for Business Programme and EY ITEM Club, the UK’s leading independent economic forecast. Mark works with both the private and public sectors, supporting economic development, growth and regeneration. Mark is a key contributor to EY’s economic offering across the globe.
Prior to Mark’s Chief Economist role at EY, he was Global Head of Strategy & Business Development for Wireless at IBM and worked with clients to understand the implications of economic and market developments for their business models, cost structures and processes.
Deputy Director-General, CBI
Josh Hardie is CBI Deputy Director-General.
An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning work.
From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone's business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.
This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can driver prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.
Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.
Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating behavior change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.
Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, BVCA
Gurpreet Manku is the BVCA’s Assistant 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.
Director General, BVCA
Michael Moore is Director General of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
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; in this role he negotiated the arrangements for the independence referendum in 2014 on behalf of the UK government.
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. Over the course of his parliamentary career Michael’s focus was primarily on business, international affairs (including the European Union) and Scotland.
After 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, such as the devolution of powers to the nations and regions of the UK. He had previously qualified as a Scottish chartered accountant with the firm and worked in its corporate finance practice before his election to Parliament.
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Cristina Alba-Ochoa is the CFO of OakNorth, the multi-billion dollar global fintech firm focused on unlocking the potential in SME lending. She is an inclusive leader who is responsible for developing, adapting and maintaining a robust control environment across the Group’s finance. She stays very close to the day-to-day financial controllership, tax compliance, Treasury, and financial planning activities, and has played a central role in helping the business raise over $1bn from several investors at a $2.8bn valuation.
Prior to joining OakNorth, Cristina spent 18 years at GE Capital International where her last role was to lead a team of experienced senior finance managers and analysts who facilitated the management of over $100bn worth of sales across multiple jurisdictions.
Managing Partner, IQ Capital Partners
Kerry Baldwin has over 20 years’ venture capital experience starting with Venture Technologies, a $50m deep tech fund in 1997 achieving high profile exits including Autonomy (IPO), Whereonearth (Yahoo), Trustbase (SunMicrosytems) and Durlacher (IPO) before co-founding IQ Capital. IQ Capital has over $400m AUM and is investing from the $175m IQC Fund III into deep tech Seed and Series A. IQ Capital recent exits include to Apple, Google, Oracle, Facebook, Huawei. Kerry focuses on GTM, competitive positioning and strategic marketing. She sits on several boards including FNA, BMLL, Apperio, KisanHub and Divido. Kerry sits on the BVCA Venture Capital Committee and is an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge University.
Portfolio Director, Development Bank of Wales
Guy Bates is the portfolio director for the Development Bank of Wales. He has overall responsibility for the Development Bank’s equity and loan portfolios. He works with a team of portfolio managers to shape the Development Bank’s follow-on investment strategy.
After completing an engineering degree, he became an ACA qualified accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Cardiff, working there for eight years.
He joined the Development Bank’s restructuring team in 2011, holding a number of senior posts before heading up the portfolio department.
Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital
Adam has been an ESG specialist for over 26 years (11 years in private equity). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (FIEMA), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Chartered Member of IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health). He holds a BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science, MA in Environmental Law and a higher-degree in Occupational Health and Safety.
Adam has experience in most aspects of ESG implementation and management, including as a trainer and coach, incident investigation and crisis management, and safety culture. He has delivered ESG risk mitigation and value creation programmes across most industry sectors in over 50 countries worldwide.
As a member of Coller Capital’s Investment Team, Adam has responsibility for integrating ESG within all investment decision-making and management processes, working across all funds with underlying GPs and fund-of-fund managers and on occasion their portfolio companies. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2016 he was an ESG Operating Partner and Head of Sustainability at Doughty Hanson.
Advisor, Advent International
Conor Boden served as the Head of Portfolio Board Development at Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity firms, from December 2007 to June 2019. As such, he was responsible for managing a network of leading chairmen, CEOs and non-executive directors with the aim of enhancing Advent's ability to originate and execute deals as well as maximise the value of portfolio companies. His main focus in the role was to develop Advent's Operating Partner Programme. He was also responsible for leading the firm’s best practice “talent” initiatives in fields such as management assessment and board effectiveness. Prior to Advent, Conor was with 3i for nine years, initially running the CEO programme and then leading the development and management of a group of chairmen and industrialists for 3i's European buyout business. Before 3i he held senior marketing and business development positions with Andersen, Linklaters and Mercer Management Consulting. Since leaving his full-time role with Advent, Conor has embarked on developing a portfolio of activities while continuing as an advisor to Advent.
Partner and Private Equity Value Creation Leader, EY
Fred Burger focuses on operational aspects of M&A transactions working across the transaction life cycle with pre-deal value creation due diligence (buy and sell side), integrations, separations and value creation projects for private equity clients and their portfolio companies. Prior to joining EY, Fred was the CEO for a global medical equipment company with operations in Europe, Australia and North America. Fred has also worked for a major American automotive original equipment manufacturer in Detroit, developing commodity strategies and conducting fact-based negotiations.
Chi Cheung is a Partner of Glendower Capital and is based in London,
Prior to Glendower, Chi spent 19 years at Deutsche Bank where he was a founding member of the SOF Business in 2006, and most recently, he was responsible for the secondary private equity business in Europe and led the implementation and management of secondary transactions. Chi joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 working as an Associate in Global Corporate Finance focusing on TMT and real estate advisory, and from 2003 to 2006 he participated in the restructuring and sale of Deutsche Bank’s €6 billion private equity portfolio. Previously, Chi completed a two-year apprenticeship with Deutsche Bank.
Chi holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University.
Partner, Rede Partners
Scott Church is a co-founder of Rede Partners and manages the global investor coverage function for mandates across all fund types and geographies. Scott brings over 25 years’ institutional sales and origination experience across private equity and debt capital markets. Prior to co-founding Rede, he led the non-US investor and business development efforts for the private equity placement groups at Lazard and Merrill Lynch, and has worked on c.130 fundraising assignments in the last 18 years representing over $150 billion in aggregate funds raised. Scott holds an MBA from The Leonard N Stern School of Business at New York University, and a BSc in Music and Business from Indiana University.
Managing Director, British Patient Capital
Ian manages the Funds activity of British Patient Capital. He is responsible for developing British Patient Capital’s investment strategy and investment process, as well as supervising all investment transactions – especially at the advanced due diligence stage and legal completion.
Ian joined British Patient Capital from the British Business Bank, which he joined at its formation in late 2014. Prior to that, he was part of the Bank’s predecessor, Capital for Enterprise Ltd. He brings with him a wealth of experience, including close involvement in the development of the Venture Capital Catalyst and Enterprise Capital Funds portfolios which have invested in 41 funds to date, facilitating more than £1bn of investment in over 400 smaller businesses. He previously worked in corporate finance at technology company Infinity SDC and in financial modelling at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Principal, Balderton Capital
Laura Connell joined Balderton’s investment team in 2018 and focuses on growth stage investing. She spent the previous three years advising tech startups on their fundraising strategies as well as their early operational and financial structure in sectors ranging from online retail to healthcare and fintech.
Laura was previously at Goldman Sachs, first in the Investment Management Division and subsequently the Financial Institutions Group in M&A.
Laura undertook neuroscience research in the Brain Sciences Department of Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine. She was a Fulbright Scholar and gained her MBA from Harvard, and she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford.
Laura speaks fluent English and French and her primary focus is the Liquidity I fund, Balderton’s direct secondary fund for growth-stage European founded tech companies.
Managing Director, British Business Bank
Ken Cooper, Managing Director Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank.
Ken Cooper is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of British Business Bank programmes that support the flow of venture investment into smaller UK businesses.
Ken has overseen the development of a number of different UK Government-backed equity support programmes such as the Angel Co-Fund, the Enterprise Capital Funds and the VC Catalyst, alongside regional funding initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine investment funds. Together these provide more than £3bn of finance to smaller businesses with at least another £200m committed to venture funds annually.
Previously Ken had a similar role in Capital for Enterprise and before that was responsible for the UK Government’s SME finance policy within the Small Business Service.
Partner, Maven Capital Partners
Andrew Craig is one of the founding partners of Maven Capital Partners, which was established in 2009 as a spin out of the Private Equity division of Aberdeen Asset Management. Headquartered in Glasgow, and with ten offices throughout the UK, Maven has over 80 investment and support professionals providing a truly nationwide coverage. Maven has £600million funds under management and ready to invest, and manages assets for a variety of client funds, including Venture Capital Trusts, UK regional fund mandates, Maven Investor Partners – a syndicate of institutional, family office and experienced investors and the Maven UK Regional Buyout Fund.
He is a member of the Maven Investment Committee and is responsible for new Private Equity investments in Scotland and has over 20 years’ experience of investing in SME’s across the UK.
Andrew joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2004 having previously been with Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking in Edinburgh where he was an Associate Director of Integrated Finance working primarily on UK mid-market buyouts. Prior to joining Bank of Scotland in 1999 he worked in Business and Corporate Banking at Clydesdale Bank for 10 years.
He is a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and the Institute of Directors and is also Chairman of the BVCA Membership Engagement Committee.
Operating Adviser, Apax Partners
Ellen de Kreij is responsible for the implementation of the Apax Partners Sustainability Programme and is a member of the Apax Operational Excellence team. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the Investor Relations team in early 2010 with a particular focus on European investors.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Ellen worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions teams at Merrill Lynch and Broadview International, where she specialised in advising transactions in the Technology sector.
Ellen holds an MA in Dutch Civil Law and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Executive Director, EMEA M&A, UBS
Sarantis is an Executive Director in UBS’s EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions team based in London with a focus on sell-side M&A from a product perspective and Infrastructure and Real Estate M&A from a sector perspective. He joined UBS in 2015 after 8 years at Credit Suisse’s European M&A team. Sarantis started his career at Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services team in Athens, where spent 2 years focusing primarily on M&A.
Sarantis has worked on a number of complex M&A transactions, including the acquisition of Reynolds American by BAT (US$49bn), the defence of EDP in connection with CTG takeover offer (€34bn), advice to Kulczyk Investments with regard to their stake in SABMiller (US$3.5bn) during AB InBev’s offer, the acquisition of Logicor by CIC (12.5bn), the take-private of Sponda by Blackstone ($3.6bn), the acquisition of DCT Gdansk by IFM, PSA and PFR (€1.2bn), the acquisition of 17% in Scotia Gas Networks by ADIA (£620m), the acquisition of a minority stake in Anglian Water by ADIA, the acquisition of Hellenic Seaways by Attica Group (€300m), the take-private of the minorities in Stallergenes Greer by Waypoint Capital (€730m), the acquisition of Findus Group by Nomad Holdings (€500m), the sale of Carphone Warehouse's 25% interest in Best Buy Mobile's profit share agreement to Best Buy Inc. (US$1.3bn), the sale of Enodis Plc to Manitowoc (US$2.7bn), the demerger or Crompton Greaves’ Consumer Products Business, the take-private of Just Retirement Plc by Permira (£230m), the take-private of SSP Holdings Plc by Hellman & Friedman (£200m), the sale of Clear2Pay to Fidelity National Information Services (€375m), the sale of Defy Appliances to Arcelik (US$330m), the sale of BSH’s Brazilian operations to Mabe, the opinion to Morrisons’ Board in relation to the commercial JV with Ocado for the establishment of an online retail business the sale of Venere.com to Expedia, the sale of Scandza to Capvest Capital Partners, the sale of Ogone Group to Ingenico (€360m), take-private of Friends Provident Plc by Resolution (£1.9bn), acquisition of Webhelp by KKR, the take-private of AB Vassilopoulos by Delhaize, the acquisition of a 51% stake in Hefei Rongshida Sanyo by Whirlpool (US$550m), the sale of NSN's Optical Networks business to Marlin Equity Partners and several defence / strategic advisory mandates including for Morrison's Plc, Premier Foods Plc, Wolseley Plc, Imperial Tobacco Plc, Heineken, Visa Europe, Deutsche Telekom, Bank of Cyprus.
Sarantis graduated with a degree in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.
Managing Director, Head of Primaries, Europe, Capital Dynamics
Mark Drugan is a Managing Director and Head of European Primaries. He has over 30 years of experience evaluating, selecting and monitoring private equity fund investments and sits on several private equity fund advisory boards. He has been closely involved in the design and implementation of the British Venture Capital Association’s annual performance measurement survey since the pilot study in the early 1990s. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.
Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners
Lisa Edgar is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. She focuses on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary investments. Leveraging her 25 years of experiences, Lisa is particularly interested in helping up-and-coming micro funds structure themselves for success in the future, including strategic fundraising, thoughtful portfolio construction, effective capital deployment and management succession. When she is not advising our GPs and LPs, Lisa is supporting diversity within private equity with the intent that the profile of venture firms mirrors those who are benefiting from the capital deployed by those firms. Lisa joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2003. Prior to Top Tier, Lisa was part of the asset management team at WR Hambrecht + Co focusing on new and emerging private equity funds. Before that, she spent ten years at Horsley Bridge Partners. Lisa began her career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Lisa graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in applied economics and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business.
Chairman, Palatine Impact
Tim Farazmand has more than 30 years’ experience in mid-market private equity with 3i, Royal Bank of Scotland Private equity and latterly LDC where he was a managing director.
He co-founded ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank and sat on the board as a non-executive director for 10 years. Tim also sat on the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing and the board of the Ethical Property Company, a provider of office space to charities and social enterprises.
In 2016 Tim began a portfolio career and is working with a number of companies. He is a member of the Advisory Board at E2Exchange and Beechbrook Capital.
Tim also sits on the BVCA Council and founded the Impact Investment advisory Group. He was Chair of the BVCA in 2014/15.
Tim is an economics graduate of the University of Cambridge.
Director, M&G Investments
Simon Faure is a Director and member of the investment committee. Simon joined M&G Private Funds Investment (formerly PPM Managers) in 2004 and has 15 years’ private equity experience investing in primary, secondary and co-investments in Europe and Asia.
Before joining M&G Private Funds Investment, Simon worked at Insight Investment in London, where he was jointly responsible for the £1 billion global private equity Fund of Funds programme.
Prior to Insight, Simon worked for AIG Global Investment, in its London private equity fund and co-investment programme focused on Western Europe. Simon has a BA (hons) from Southampton University, UK.
Head of Consumer & Retail, EMEA, KKR
Timothy Franks joined KKR in 2017 and is the head of the Consumer & Retail industry team in EMEA within KKR's Private Equity platform. He also leads the development of KKR’s activities in the UK & Ireland. Mr. Franks serves as a member of KKR's European Private Equity Investment Committee, the firm’s European Portfolio Management Committee and the firm’s Global Impact Committee. He is chairman of the board of Upfield, formerly the spreads division of Unilever, and is also on the board of The Hut Group and Webhelp. Prior to joining, Tim was a partner at Advent International based in London. At Advent, he was involved in more than 13 transactions over a 17 year period, and also opened and led Advent's New York office for three years. He focused on retail, consumer and technology transactions at Advent. Prior to Advent, he was at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and CS First Boston.
He holds an M.A. from Cambridge University, and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Founder, Haflo AB
Martin is an advisor and angel investor with 15 years’ experience as professional investor, primarily as former General Partner in Creandum (first VC in Spotify). There he was responsible for multiple exits, such as Jays AB (IPO), IPtronics (acquired by Mellanox) and Nanoradio (acquired by Samsung).
Before embarking on his journey as an investor, Martin was a serial entrepreneur who started multiple companies. In addition to angel investing, he has or have held several chairman positions on such Norwegian start-up No Isolation, British venture fund Frog Capital or US based start-up Automile. Martin’s track record includes more than 15 years of operational experience as CEO and more than 25 years of board experience from tech companies.
Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Dana Haimoff joined the Private Equity Group of JP Morgan Asset Management in May 2002 and is based in London. She has over 26 years of experience in private equity, both as a senior portfolio manager and as an advisor. She is responsible for sourcing, recommending and monitoring private equity funds, direct investments and secondary investments on behalf of institutional and private clients of JP Morgan Asset Management. She is a member of the PEG investment committee. Prior to joining the Group, she was with Merrill Lynch’s Investment Bank in the private equity funds group where she advised institutional clients about private equity investing and worked alongside global private equity firms. She earned a BS with honours in major from Skidmore College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Dana is the co-Founder of Level20, a leading European organization set up to encourage women to succeed in the private equity industry. She is also a member of the British Venture Capital Association’s Limited Partner Committee.
Senior Product Manager, Private Equity EMEA, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Ilja Hauerhof is a Senior Product Manager at S&P Global Market Intelligence, a division of S&P Global, offering multi-asset class data solutions, market research, risk and portfolio analytics to investment professionals, government agencies and corporations globally. In his capacity as a Private Equity Segment Lead, Ilja oversees EMEA’s business strategy, identifying growth opportunities and gathering customer requirements for new solutions & initiatives. Ilja is also the point person for the division’s private equity-focused research publications in the region. Ilja holds a degree in Economics from the University of Regensburg and is fluent in English and German.
Liz Jones is a Partner at mid-market private equity firm, Livingbridge, where she has spent the last eighteen years. She leads their mid-market team in London and is also sector head of healthcare and education, which has been an active sector for Livingbridge for two decades. She has also invested extensively in professional services and consultancy, and has a strong interest in people businesses with an international footprint. Her past investments include Efficio, Helping Hands, SLR Consulting, Witherslack, Digico and Portman Dental. Liz currently sits on the board of Efficio, a leading procurement specialist and Helping Hands, a national homecare provider. Prior to Livingbridge, Liz spent seven years at Barclays, including a four year spell at Barclays Ventures.
Yalin Karadogan is a member of the Investor Relations and Fundraising team, responsible for Cinven's Limited Partners in EMEA. At Cinven, Yalin previously was a member of the Business Services sector team and led the regional team for Emerging Europe, and has worked on a number of transactions, including Allegro and Pronet.
Prior to joining Cinven, Yalin spent eight years with J.P. Morgan Partners, in New York and London, completing a number of buyout, growth equity, and venture capital investments in a variety of sectors across Western and Eastern Europe. Previously, he was with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Yalin holds a BA in Mathematics & Economics from Lafayette College, USA.
He joined Cinven in 2006.
Managing Director, Hayfin
Mirja Lehmler-Brown is a Managing Director and co-head of the Private Equity Funds investment team at Hayfin Capital Management. Ms. Lehmler-Brown joined from Standard Life Aberdeen where, since 2006, she was a senior investment portfolio manager and investment committee member of the European private equity business – focusing on making primary, secondary and co-investments predominantly in the European private equity mid-market.
Outside of her role at Hayfin and linked to her commitment to ESG and sustainability, she is a Non-Executive Director on the board of the sustainability-focused investment firm Summa Equity. Prior to Aberdeen Asset Management, Ms. Lehmler-Brown was an Executive Director within the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman Sachs, Ms. Lehmler-Brown worked as an analyst with Morgan Stanley. Ms. Lehmler-Brown holds an MSc in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland.
CEO, M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, Aon
As CEO of Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, Alistair is responsible for shaping the strategy for the business and working with the whole team on the execution of the strategy. As one of the earliest practitioners in the risk and insurance related M&A community in the late 1990’s, Alistair has been personally involved in hundreds of transactions. His experience in a range of non-M&A roles at a major global broker also provided him with deeper insight on how the industry operates. He is using these insights to support Aon clients to secure investments and enhance returns in M&A.
Head of Private Equity, Funds Banking, RBS International
Mike Lewis is a career banker with 30 years experience gathered across multiple sectors and jurisdictions.
Mike's Funds Banking expertise has been developed through periods living and working in key finance centres including Guernsey, London and Luxembourg, the latter where he was responsible for establishing the RBS International branch in 2017. In addition to his current leadership responsibilities in London, Mike is also Head of Private Equity at RBS International. As well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Banker, he has attained an MBA from the University of Southampton. In his spare time, Mike has swapped extreme altitude mountaineering for family life.
Senior Vice President, Ardian Capital
Edward Little is a Senior Vice President within Ardian’s buyout team in London where he focuses on investments in the consumer, leisure and services sectors across the UK and Western Europe. Prior to joining Ardian, Edward worked at TPG in their London private equity group. He previously worked at HIG Capital and began his career in Rothschild M&A Advisory. Edward holds an honours degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Earlier this year Edward was recognized as the youngest member of the 2019 Dow Jones Financial News Rising Stars of European Private Equity.
Managing Director, HarbourVest
Craig MacDonald joined HarbourVest in 2005 in Boston, transferring to London in 2009 and then Dublin in 2019 to serve as head of office. He focuses on originating, evaluating, and executing direct co-investments in growth equity and buyout transactions, primarily in Europe and has worked on investments including CallCredit, Finanzcheck, Flexera Software, Nordax, Photobox, and Xpressdocs.
Craig joined the Firm from Morgan Stanley in New York where he was an analyst focusing on consumer finance. Craig’s prior experience also includes investment banking analyst positions with Citigroup Global Markets in New York and London.
Craig received a BA in Political Science and Information Systems (with honors and distinction) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2001, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Chief Investment Officer, Beringea
Karen McCormick is Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments include Watchfinder, Thread, Blis, Monica Vinader, and MatsSoft amongst others.
Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watch division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor. Karen has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSBA from Boston University.
Managing Director, Legal & General Capital
Paul Miller is Managing Director, Principal Investing at Legal & General Capital, which is the principal investing arm of the L&G Group. He leads L&G’s venture capital investment activities, its investment in midmarket lending via Pemberton, and LGC’s role in build-to-rent housing.
Within the Venture Capital ecosystem L&G focuses on fund investments and investing directly in start-up businesses aligned with L&G’s strategic areas of interest.
Previously, Paul was the Group Strategy and M&A Director. Paul Joined Legal & General in June 2017 from Goldman Sachs International, where he was Head of European Insurance and co-head of UK Financial Institutions within the Investment Banking Division.
Partner, Equistone Partners Europe
Steve O'Hare joined Equistone in 2004 from KPMG’s Corporate Finance department, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained an MBA. He leads the UK investment team and is a member of Equistone’s Management Board and the European Investment Committee.
Steve has broad experience across many industries. He has worked on and led Equistone’s investments in AFI-Uplift, Allied Glass, Apogee, ATPI, Concept Life Sciences, Fircroft, PD&MS, Travel Counsellors, WEALTH at Work, The Original Factory Shop, Together, Zenith Vehicle Contracts and most recently, WHP Telecoms. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of two portfolio companies.
Steve graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Finance.
Founder, Chairman & CIO, Anthemis
Sean Park is Founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Anthemis. He combines a powerful mix of entrepreneurial, investment and corporate experience and is widely recognized as a leading independent thinker on the future of financial services, informed by his many years as a senior executive in capital markets and investment banking.
He is the author of The Park Paradigm and, serving as a non-executive director on the board of a number of high growth companies, Sean has a proven track record of successfully investing in and advising innovative and disruptive startups.
A founding investor in innovative companies such as Betfair, The Climate Corporation (formerly WeatherBill), Markit and an early investor in Zoopla, before founding Anthemis Group, Sean was part of the Global Markets Management Committee at Dresdner Kleinwort where he ran a number of businesses including their groundbreaking digital markets initiative. He was instrumental in driving the introduction and adoption of electronic book building in the European fixed income markets in early 2000s and authored the seminal “AmazonBay” video exploring the future of finance in 2005.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Sean has a bachelor’s in materials science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is now based in Geneva and refuses to give up on his dream of one day skiing in the Olympics.
Global Head of Investor Solutions Group, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Phil Peters is responsible for MIRA’s global Investor Solutions Group, made up of approximately 60 professionals dedicated to new business initiatives, product development, co-investments, fund formation, capital raising and client relations across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Phil’s extensive experience spans 24 years and encompasses the acquisition, restructuring, disposal and on-going management of a variety of infrastructure assets and boutique investment firms.
Prior to rejoining Macquarie in 2017, Phil enjoyed a 10-year tenure at Challenger Limited in both London and Sydney and was responsible for the establishment of the Fidante Partners multi-boutique platform in Europe. Phil was previously the Head of the European Private Placements Group at Macquarie Bank and played a pivotal role in the acquisition of several high profile utilities during this time.
Phil has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History from Durham University, UK.
Partner and Co-Head of Consumer, Permira, and Chair, BVCA
Cheryl Potter is Partner and Co-Head of the Consumer team at Permira, an international investor focused on consumer, healthcare, financial services, industrials and technology. She has worked on numerous transactions including Allegro Group, Arcaplanet, Creganna, Dr. Martens, Homebase, Iglo Group (and its subsequent acquisition of Findus Italy), Maxeda and Schustermann & Borenstein. She has recently been appointed as Chair of the BVCA Council, for 2018/19.
Prior to joining Permira, Cheryl worked at Royal Bank Development Capital. Previously she spent six years at Arthur Andersen in Manchester and London.
Cheryl has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool, England, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Executive Director, GP Bullhound
Ben Prade is a Executive Director at GP Bullhound. After a long and varied investment banking career Ben is now passionate about helping technology entrepreneurs build the companies of the future. Ben also works closely with the many successful technology entrepreneurs in our network that want to re-invest their experience and capital to help the next generation of founders.
Partner and Head of Private Client Service, EY
Victoria Price leads EY’s Private Client Service team across UK&I. Victoria has spent 15 years supporting clients throughout their business lifecycle including the personal and corporate tax considerations around taking external investment from private equity and VC. Victoria is passionate about diversity and flexible working and is proud to support growing Northern businesses & women of today & the future.
Economist & Business Consultant
Professor Vicky Pryce is a board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research and sits on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce and on the advisory board of OMFIF, the central banking think tank. She was previously senior managing director at FTI Consulting, Director-General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and joint Head of the UK Government’s Economic Service . Before that, she was a partner at KPMG and held senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Companion of the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists. She is also co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility and a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London.
Assistant Director, Calculus Capital
Roshan Puri is an Assistant Director at Calculus Capital and leads new investments in growing companies and supports existing portfolio companies in scaling up. Having worked with businesses in the software, technology and leisure sector, Roshan has a broad industry experience. Prior to joining Calculus Capital, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young where he worked advising domestic and international companies on structuring investments, mergers and acquisitions, and preparing companies for external investment and sale.
Managing Partner, Mayfair Equity Partners
Daniel Sasaki is a founder of Mayfair and is the firm's Managing Partner.
Daniel has been investing in TMT and Consumer businesses globally for the past 20 years. Prior to Mayfair, he led the investment effort of LDC’s London office, where he completed a number of high-profile investments including Easynet Global Services, Fever-Tree and uSwitch. Before joining LDC, Daniel had a successful investment career at Credit Suisse First Boston and SOFTBANK Europe Ventures, where he was the UK Head.
Born in the US and raised in the US and Japan, Daniel started his career as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He was admitted to the New York Bar and remains a Member of the American Bar Association.
Founder & Managing Partner, Isomer Capital
Joe Schorge is the Managing Partner of Isomer Capital, investing in European venture capital through limited partner investments in funds, company co-investments, and secondary purchases.
Before founding Isomer Joe worked as an LP, GP and technology operations executive, most notably at Pomona Capital, a leading PE Secondaries firm, and Cambridge Associates, where he advised institutional investors on private equity investments. He began his career in information technology operating roles in the US and Europe.
Joe holds a BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from London Business School.
Investment Partner, Pantheon
Alex Scott, Partner, is a senior member of Pantheon's European investment team, a member of the European Investment Committee and the ESG Committee, having led Pantheon’s ESG initiatives and industry engagement since 2015. Prior to joining Pantheon, Alex worked for the West Midlands Pension Fund. Alex received a BSc in economics from the University of Southampton. Alex is based in London.
Managing Consultant, Ramboll
Aga Siemiginowska has over 10 years’ experience of working in environmental consultancy, specialising in due diligence and environmental risk management. She is an experienced environmental auditor and director of multi-site, multi-jurisdictional environmental and health and safety (EHS) due diligence projects. Aga has worked for clients based in the UK, Europe, North America and the Former Soviet States, and has managed projects assessing businesses in most industrial sectors worldwide. Her clients have been drawn from investment banking, private equity, property fund management, industry and the legal sectors.
Most recently, Aga has been involved in the development and implementation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies for Private Equity, and has undertaken ESG due diligence for portfolio companies during acquisition and divestiture. She also has experience in environmental, health and safety (EHS) auditing and reporting, compliance auditing, carbon footprint and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, climate change risk assessment and greenhouse gas management across a variety of sectors.
Aga holds an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a BA (Hons) in Geography from Rutgers University.
ESG Manager, Exponent
Partner, Clifford Chance
Anthony Stewart is a partner in the Tax Group. He specialises in taxation with a particular focus on investment funds and structured investment products.
Anthony is a member of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Tax Committee.
Managing Partner, Connect Ventures
Sitar Teli is a founder and managing partner of Connect Ventures, a venture firm she and her partners started in 2012. Since its founding, Connect has invested in over 40 companies across Europe, including Fiit, Kheiron, Citymapper, Typeform, OurPath, and Soldo. Prior to starting Connect Ventures, Sitar was at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led that firm's investment in SoundCloud's Series A.
Vice President, Industry Value Creation, Partners Group
Andreas Thors is part of the Industry Value Creation business unit, based in Zug. He is a member of the Global Direct Debt Investment Committee and the Private Equity Growth Investment Committee. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the firm's portfolio company Softonic International. He has 13 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked as Head of Operations for Appear Here (VC backed company with operations in UK, France and US), and held positions at Hennes & Mauritz AB and Investment Kinnevik AB. He has been a board member of several digital companies and he is currently advising a few start-ups on operations and scalability. He holds a master’s degree in finance and accounting from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Managing Director, Alternative Investments, Barings
Elizabeth Weindruch is a member of Barings Alternative Investments, a global real estate, private equity and real assets platform. Elizabeth is a part of the Funds & Co-Investments team and is responsible for originating and underwriting funds and co-investments in North America and Latin America. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she was with the Wells Fargo Investment Institute where she led the strategy, due diligence, implementation and support efforts for private equity and private real estate products across the alternative investments platform. She also held various private equity roles at Citi Private Bank, Brooke Private Equity Associates and Investor Group Services. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College.
Kristina Widegren is an experienced private equity professional and leads Rede’s coverage throughout the Nordic region, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. She has worked across Rede’s clients from some of the largest Pan-European managers to specialist first time funds. With over 14 years’ private equity and financial markets experience, Kristina previously worked as a Director within the Investor Relations team of Palamon. Prior to Palamon she spent seven years at Lehman Brothers in ECM, responsible for relationship and coverage of European clients and the execution of transactions totalling over $30bn. Kristina holds a BSc in Business Management, IT and Languages from the University of York.
Senior Debt Partner, Intermediate Capital Group
Kirsten Winterhager joined ICG in 2013 and is a Managing Director in the Direct Lending team focusing on origination and execution of senior debt and unitranche investments across Europe. Prior to joining ICG, Kirsten was at Lexington Partners where she was primarily engaged in secondary purchases of European private equity, mezzanine and venture capital interests. Previously she spent over three years in ICG's German Mezzanine team and five years in investment banking at UBS. Kirsten holds an undergraduate degree in economics and business administration from the University of Passau and an MSc in Management from ESCP Europe.
Partner, Balderton Capital
James Wise joined Balderton in 2013. Since then, he has led Balderton's investments in a number of sectors and geographies, covering healthtech, manufacturing, mobile productivity, developer tools and virtual and augmented reality. He sits as a board member and observer for multiple portfolio companies including Depop, GoCardless, Sophia Genetics, Sunrise (acquired by Microsoft), Cloud9 IDE (acquired by Amazon), 3DHubs and Kaia Health.
Prior to joining Balderton, James helped to launch and run one of the UK's first social venture funds, providing support and capital to social enterprises with a special focus on the education, healthcare and financial sectors. Before this James worked with entrepreneurs and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with Atomico, the Guardian Media Group and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
As well as the professional experiences above, James has worked as an adviser to a number of start-ups and social enterprises, and in 2011 as a Specialist Adviser to Parliament.
James has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and occasionally lectures for the University on aspects of responsible capitalism and the social impact of technology.
Alexander Wolf joined HarbourVest in 2008 and focuses on buyout, credit, and venture capital partnership investments across Europe and emerging markets. Alex serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships including those managed by HgCapital, Searchlight Capital Partners, Exponent Private Equity Partners, MML Capital Partners, Summa Equity Partners, Ethos Private Equity, Rockwood Private Equity, and Capitalworks Investment Partners.
He joined the Firm from Deloitte in London, where he was in the strategy consulting group working on both commercial due diligence and corporate strategy engagements.
Alex received a BA (with first class honors) from the University of Bristol in 2005.
Founding Partner, Kindred Capital
Leila Zegna is a founding partner at Kindred Capital, a London-based venture capital firm founded in 2015. Kindred is pioneering so-called equitable venture, where they share the profit of the fund (the carried income) with every entrepreneur they invest in - turning founders into partners in every sense of the word. Leila is on the board of companies including Kalo, Verve, and LabGenius, and serves as senior advisory board member to Entrepreneur First. She is both an investor and an entrepreneur, with over a decade of operating experience in technology businesses, including co-founding her own health technology business in Silicon Valley. Leila is a mathematician by training with a first class degree from Yale University and a Harvard MBA.
Shani Zindel is a founding partner of mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge. Shani joined Livingbridge in 1997 and, as Chief Investment Officer, is responsible for driving deployment and leading the new investment teams. Livingbridge has invested in over 125 growing businesses and manages over £1.6bn. Shani is a board trustee of youth charity Impetus which finds, funds and builds the most promising charities focused on transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people.