Top Influencers: 38 UK Senior Partner’s To Follow in 2022

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Co-founder and Senior Partner play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co-founder and Senior Partner role. We have selected these Co-founder and Senior Partner’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Co-founder and Senior Partner’s. The list is in no particular order!

David Till

Co-founder and Senior Partner @ Oakley Capital

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David Till co-founded the Oakley Capital Group in 2002 with Peter Dubens. David plays a key role within the group and has overall responsibility for operations, finance, due diligence, compliance and fund formation. David worked with Peter Dubens on the development of 365 Media Group plc and Pipex Communications plc where he led all the 26 acquisitions and disposals between 2002 and 2007. In 2007 following the sale of both 365 Media Group plc and Pipex Communications plc, Peter and David launched Oakley Capital Private Equity. David holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from Essex University. He started his career in the British Army, then later qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and worked in industry as a finance director, before returning to the profession holding senior M&A roles. Learn more about David Till on Crunchbase…

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Gernot Lohr

Senior Partner, Global Head of Financial Institutions Group @ Apollo

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Gernot Lohr joined Apollo in 2007 after having been a Founding Partner at Infinity Point LLC, Apollo’s joint venture partner for the financial services industry since 2005. Before that time, Lohr spent eight years in financial services investment banking at Goldman Sachs & Co in New York. He also worked at McKinsey & Company and B. Metzler Corporate Finance in Frankfurt. Lohr oversees Apollo’s investments in the financial services sector and serves on the board of directors of Athene Holdings, Athene Lebensversicherung AG, Tranquilidade, BKB Bank, Catalina Holdings and AP Alternative Investments. Lohr graduated from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, with a joint Master’s degree in economics and engineering and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is currently a member of the MIT Sloan Advisory Board. Learn more about Gernot Lohr on Crunchbase…

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Mustafa Kiral

Senior Partner @ Letterone Holdings SA

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Ajay Chowdhury

Managing Director and Senior Partner. Regional Chair: Western Europe, South America, Africa @ BCG Digital Ventures

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Ajay Chowdhury is a Managing Director and Partner at BCG Digital Ventures. Learn more about Ajay Chowdhury on Crunchbase…

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Nic Humphries

Senior Partner @ Hg

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Nic Humphries is the Senior Partner and Executive Chairman of Hg and has ultimate responsibility for Hg’s strategy, management and governance. He focuses on larger software investments that provide daily-use mission critical applications for accountants, lawyers, tax/compliance professionals and designers/engineers/scientists. Nic is currently a director on the boards of IRIS, Sovos Compliance and Visma. He has led or co-led more than 30 investments over the last 27 years, including Addison (accounting software – sold to Wolters Kluwer), CSG (legal/ERP software – sold to Advanced plc), e-conomic (SaaS ERP – sold to Visma), Foundry (design & VFX software – sold to Roper Technologies Inc), Geneva Technology (telecom OSS software – sold to Convergys Inc), IRIS (Accounting/ERP software), NextGenTel (telecoms), RAET (payroll software – sold to Visma), Rolfe & Nolan (banking software – sold to ION Trading), Visma (ERP software), Xyratex (storage networking – listed on Nasdaq and sold to Western Digital). Nic started his investing career in 1990. He focused exclusively on Technology since 1994 and joined Hg in 2001 as founder of the firm’s Technology Team. From 1990-2001 he was a director at Barclays Private Equity (now Equistone), Geocapital and 3i plc. He holds a first class degree in Electronic Engineering and was a IEEE and National Engineering Council scholar. He is a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Learn more about Nic Humphries on Crunchbase…

Hg is a private equity firm that invests in software and services, focused on backing businesses. Read more aboutHg on Crunchbase…

Nicolaus Henke

Senior Partner @ McKinsey & Company

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Nicolaus Henke is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he advises leading companies on how to improve decision making and performance through advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and end-to-end data enabled transformations, and is the global leader of McKinsey Analytics, which has more than 2,000 dedicated analytics practitioners and translators, where he oversees partnerships between McKinsey and the wider artificial intelligence, data, and computing ecosystem. Nicolaus is the chairman of QuantumBlack (acquired by McKinsey in 2015), a company operating at the intersection of strategy, technology, and design, and a member of McKinsey’s global board, the Shareholder’s Council. He helped found and is a member of the Board of Innovative Healthcare Delivery at Duke Medicine and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Nicolaus frequently speaks on big data, analytics, and healthcare topics at global forums such as the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute, and Forbes. He holds a master’s degree and PhD in business from the University of Münster, Germany, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University, where he was a John J. McCloy Scholar. Learn more about Nicolaus Henke on Crunchbase…

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Mike Reid

Founder & Senior Partner @ Frog Capital

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Mike Reid launched Frog in 2009, after seven years in industry and 12 years at 3i. As Managing Partner, he represents Frog on the boards of Rated People, and Dynamic Action. Mike was the lead partner on Frog’s successful investment in GB Group, OrderDynamics & Dealflo, and was closely involved with Frog’s successful investments into Journey Group and SiC Processing. Prior to Frog, Mike spent 12 years as Director at 3i investing in a range of technology businesses. He was actively involved on the boards of high-growth companies across the UK, US & Nordic regions. Mike started his career at Centrica. He is a member of the BVCA GP Committee and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bath. Learn more about Mike Reid on Crunchbase…

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Mintoo Bhandari

Senior Partner & Managing Director @ Apollo

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Mintoo Bhandari is a Senior Partner & Managing Director at Apollo Global Management LLC. Learn more about Mintoo Bhandari on Crunchbase…

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Jens Düing

Senior Partner @ Frog Capital

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Jens Düing joined Frog in 2012 and became a Partner in 2016. Active across all Frog’s investment themes, he has a particular focus on investment opportunities in German-speaking Europe and BeNeLux. Jens represents Frog on the boards of Sofatutor, McMakler and Azimo. Jens joined Frog from Pioneer Point Partners, the European mid-market private equity investor. Previously, he was part of the Fidelity Equity Partner team in London, Fog City Capital’s team in San Francisco and Apax’s Munich based TMT team. Jens began his career with four years as a corporate finance advisor at Dresdner Kleinwort. He holds an MSci in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks German, English and French. Jens holds an MSci in Theoretical Physics from Durham University (UK) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Learn more about Jens Düing on Crunchbase…

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Quentin Michard

Founder & Senior Partner @ Ekimetrics

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Darren Forshaw

Senior Partner/co founder @ Endless LLP

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Darren, our co-founder and Partner, splits his time across all of the Endless offices. Having seen the business grow from the very beginning, he’s a key team member and big believer in the Endless way of doing things. MORE ABOUT DARREN He’s been at the helm throughout history, seen thousands of jobs saved and been instrumental in raising our funds now nearing a total of £1billion. Leading from the top, Darren keeps the team motivated. And he’s as determined to make businesses succeed now, as he was the day he first walked through the door. “I love it when we continually surprise people, be it with a quick transaction that flies in the face of all expectations, we invest into a tough turnaround and sort it out or we do a buyout with partners people don’t expect. It’s in our DNA that we keep pushing the edges of what we do and keep pushing ourselves.” Outside of work, father of three Darren goes out as often as he can in his pride and joy, a Volkswagen T5 campervan, and refers to himself as a “slow and steady runner”, which isn’t a world apart from the performances of his favourite football club, Liverpool. Learn more about Darren Forshaw on Crunchbase…

Endless is an investor that specializes in supporting management buyouts, acquisition of non-core businesses, and turnaround investments. Read more aboutEndless LLP on Crunchbase…

Ralph Bragg

Senior Partner @ RAiDiAM

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Ralph Bragg Senior Partner RAiDiAM Ralph’s career began at the London Stock Exchange, delivering cutting edge, ultra-low latency trading platforms before he was lured into investment banking. As Technical Architect at Societie General, Ralph crafted a globally distributed, mission critical pricing and execution platform for Retail and Professional Finance Clients supporting multiple Asset classes including FX, Fixed Income, Precious Metals and Semi Structured Products. Moving to the Royal Bank of Scotland in a senior role, Ralph led the IAM Architecture team. The team delivered a modern platform for RBS which ensured the business is able to quickly adapt and embrace transformative changes like PSD2 and the Open Banking initiatives. Ralph holds a Bachelor’s of IT degree from the Queensland University of Technology, (Australia) and is currently completing an MBA (Banking) at the University of London. Learn more about Ralph Bragg on Crunchbase…

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Nick Astaire

Senior Partner @ Daedalus Partners

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Paul Richard Malan

Senior Partner @ iCON Infrastructure

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Paul Malan is the Senior Partner of iCON Infrastructure which is an employee owned, independent asset management group focused on infrastructure investment in Europe and North America. iCON Infrastructure has approximately €1.5 billion of funds under management invested across a range of infrastructure businesses including firmus energy, Oslofjord Varme, Verbrugge International, Bristol Water, Capstone Power Corporation, Service Terminal Rotterdam, Spinelli Terminals and Mountaineer Gas. Paul has over 20 years experience in infrastructure investment having worked for Macquarie Bank where he established and led their European utilities business and Deutsche Bank where he established and led an infrastructure investment business within its Global Markets division. Learn more about Paul Richard Malan on Crunchbase…

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Kevin Genieser

Senior Partner @ Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Kevin joined Antin in 2017 and is a member of the Investment Committee. He was previously with Morgan Stanley where he was a Managing Director and the Group Head of Power & Utilities EMEA in the Investment Banking department. Prior to that position, he headed Morgan Stanley’s Clean Technology Group based in New York and Silicon Valley. During his 20 year career at Morgan Stanley and in his three years at Credit Suisse First Boston, Kevin advised on over 100 completed transactions in the power, utilities and clean technology sectors in Europe and across the Americas. Learn more about Kevin Genieser on Crunchbase…

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James O’Riordan

Senior Partner and UK Financial Services Leader @ Deloitte

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Antoon Schneider

Senior Partner and Managing Director @ The Boston Consulting Group

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Antoon is a Managing Director and Senior Partner in the Principal Investor and Private Equity practice at Boston Consulting Group. Antoon has advised most of the 50 largest private-equity firms globally on topics that include deal sourcing, due diligence and firm strategy, as well as working with their portfolio companies on 100-day plans and operational-improvement. He also has extensive experience in corporate M&A. Before joining BCG in 2011, Antoon spent nearly 14 years with McKinsey&Co, where he led the private-equity practice in the UK. Prior to that he worked in M&A at Hambros Bank and as a Chartered Accountant. Learn more about Antoon Schneider on Crunchbase…

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Mark Henderson

Senior Partner @ True Potential

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Mark Henderson Senior Partner, True Potential LLP Mark began his financial services career in private banking with Lloyds, covering investment management, and executor and trustee work in the north of England and Scotland. He then moved to Merrill Lynch’s International Private Client Division before joining Positive Solutions where he held the position of Director of Wealth Management. Mark is one of the founding partners of True Potential LLP, initially heading up provider relations. In this role, he was responsible for gaining industry-wide agreements that enabled the firm to develop technology for evaluations, electronic payments and commission statements. Instrumental in building the True Potential Wealth Platform, Mark is responsible for enhancing the platform’s product range which now covers ISAs, GIAs, Pensions and Investment Bonds (both onshore and offshore). He has also been the key driver in the development of the True Potential strategy fund range, and the continued evolution of the Wealth Platform’s product and fund range, as well as its benefits for both advisers and clients. In 2013, Mark launched two new Goldman Sachs Institutional funds. These are a first of their kind for retail investors, often reserved for ultra-high net worth and institutional clients, and available only to True Potential clients. In addition, he helped develop one of the first free pension wrappers in the UK, the TPI Pension. Most recently, Mark has overseen True Potential Investments LLP’s success in gaining investment management permissions. This allows True Potential to create and retain greater control over a range of strategy funds. The funds help to drive down charges and provide better value and choice to clients. Learn more about Mark Henderson on Crunchbase…

True Potential is one of the fastest growing and most innovative financial services groups in the UK. Read more aboutTrue Potential on Crunchbase…

Boris Farber

Senior Partner Engineer @ Google

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Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, CFO and head of portfolio @ Frog Capital

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Steven Dunne has been a partner at Frog Capital since 2015, leading the finance, operations and portfolio management functions. He joined following two successful exits and wide-ranging operational experience as CFO in growth-stage companies that is now invaluable in helping our portfolio through their scale-up journey. Previously Steven worked at Livingbridge (Portfolio director), HSBC Investment Bank and PWC. Steven is a fellow of the ICAEW and in addition to holding a MA in Economics from Cambridge University, he has a diploma in Organisational Psychology. Learn more about Steven Dunne on Crunchbase…

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Torben Luth

Senior Partner @ JZ International Ltd.

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Mr Luth is responsible for managing JZ International’s key intermediary relationships across Europe. He joined Jordan Industries in the US as Director of European Business Development in 1998, and has also worked as the Special Attaché for Invest in Denmark, a department of the Danish Foreign Service based in Chicago. Mr Luth founded Hans Luth Processor, a manufacturer of graphic arts equipment, in 1985. He holds a MBA from the Robert Kennedy College in Zurich. Learn more about Torben Luth on Crunchbase…

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Toby Holt

Senior Partner @ Hesketh James

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Toby’s hospitality career began at the age of 6, working in his grandparent’s restaurant the Oak Cottage in Knutsford Cheshire. His grandfather an astute business man had come to realise that no customer could resist a chubby six-year-old upselling a sherry trifle (it was the 80’s). And I guess this is where Toby’s passion for the hospitality industry began. Leaving his trifle selling days behind, Toby went on to study at the University of Liverpool and in 2003 began a career in hospitality recruitment. Berkeley Scott approached Toby to join their business in 2008, with his early career focusing on managing temporary recruitment teams in the North of England. Toby successfully trebled the Berkeley Scott Manchester temporary business in his first two years, demonstrating his ability to deliver business growth in challenging market conditions. Working closely with friend and colleague Amanda Hesketh, he rose quickly through the management ranks to the position of Director of Operations at the Kellan Group. Co-founder of Hesketh James, Toby reunites with his friend and former colleague to take everything that they have learnt, unlearn it and reapply their shared knowledge and experience into their new venture. Toby and Amanda are immensely passionate about the hospitality industry and believe that customer care and delivering an exceptional service are key to success. Toby brings over 14 years of Hospitality Recruitment to the business, has a proven track record in terms of team management and galvanising his people around a common goal of business growth. Whilst Toby has managed temporary, contingent permanent and search businesses. Toby prides himself on his in-depth knowledge of the temporary recruitment market. Providing high volume, well trained, professional colleagues to a broad range of hospitality businesses across the UK. Learn more about Toby Holt on Crunchbase…

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Sakate Khaitan

Senior Partner & Founder @ Khaitan Legal Associates

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Sakate is the senior partner at Khaitan Legal Associates. Sakate divides his time between London and Mumbai. Sakate heads the corporate M&A, funds, restructuring and insurance practice at Khaitan Legal Associates. Sakate advises clients on inward investments into India and on an array of India-focused cross border transactions. Having started his career in litigation, Sakate has over 11 years of litigation experience advising various clients in their disputes that included high profile joint venture disputes, tax disputes and disputes with regulators. Sakate also serves on the boards of several companies as a non-executive director, lending his legal and business acumen to businesses around the globe. Sakate assists clients with pragmatic and commercially sound advice on dealing with Indian rules and regulations. His clients include multinationals, private equity funds, financial institutions, fund managers, and HNIs. In his experience that spans over two decades Sakate demonstrates a deep commercial understanding of several industry sectors and significant transactional insights that offer immense value to the client. Sakate is the alumnus of London Business School (“LBS”) and is also the co-founder of the India Business Forum (“IBF”) at LBS. The IBF is a platform that was created to build awareness and facilitate discussions on and encourage cross border investments to/from India. Sakate is dual qualified and is a member of the Bar Council of India and is also admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. However, he exclusively practices Indian law. Learn more about Sakate Khaitan on Crunchbase…

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Paul McGowan

Senior Partner @ Kantar Consulting

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As a Senior Partner at Kantar Consulting, Paul manages some of the organisation’s most significant client relationships. His main focus is to lead the development of the consultancy’s growth agenda but he also steers the thought leadership programme for Europe. He works with leaders across the business identifying the need to develop inspiring and impactful new approaches to the important marketing challenges their clients are facing. In recent years this has led the re-invention of the company’s approach to Portfolio Strategy, Brand Positioning, Innovation, Cultural Strategy and Cultural Traction. Paul joined Added Value (now Kantar Consulting) in 1991 when it was a 20 consultant business in the UK. Over the years, Paul has helped to build many of their relationships with major global organisations including Unilever, Levi’s, IKEA, PepsiCo, Heineken and Pernod Ricard. Learn more about Paul McGowan on Crunchbase…

Kantar Retail, Kantar Added Value, Kantar Vermeer and Kantar Futures have joined forces to create Kantar Consulting. Read more aboutKantar Consulting on Crunchbase…

Michael H. Bork

Senior Partner @ Equistone Partners Europe

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Michael H. Bork joined Equistone Partners Europe in 1999. Michael is a Senior Partner and a member of Equistone’s European Management Board and thus responsible for the strategic execution of the European private equity business. He is a member of the European Investment Committee and chairman of the administrative board of Equistone Partners Schweiz AG. Prior to joining Equistone Partners Europe Michael gained substantial experience in the banking industry, especially as a corporate and acquisition finance banker at Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt and Dresdner Bank and as Co-Head of corporate finance and corporate clients at Bankhaus Reuschel & Co. He holds a degree as trained banking professional from the Bankakademie Frankfurt am Main. Learn more about Michael H. Bork on Crunchbase…

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Gabriel Parrish

Senior Partner @ Fitzgerald & Law

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Ken Munro

Senior Partner @ Pen Test Partners

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Ken Munro has been working in IT security for over 15 years. He writes for various newspapers and industry magazines, and regularly advises the broader press and news broadcasters. He works at Pen Test Partners who specialise in helping organisations understand and quantify risk to their business. In an effort to get beyond the unhelpful FUD put about by many security vendors Ken speaks widely on computer security, the Internet of Things, and takes great pleasure in highlighting vulnerabilities Learn more about Ken Munro on Crunchbase…

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Ross Marshall

Senior Partner @ Dunedin LLP

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Ross joined Dunedin in 1994. He led the negotiations for Dunedin’s own buyout in 1996. He was Managing Director of Dunedin from 1999 to 2011 and was involved in raising Dunedin Buyout Fund I, II and III. He is a member of the Council of the BVCA. Ross represents Dunedin on the Boards of Red, UPOL and Formaplex. Learn more about Ross Marshall on Crunchbase…

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Stewart Darling

Senior Partner @ The Rubicon Partnership

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Graham Mann

Senior Partner @ H2O Building Services

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Paul Richer

Senior Partner @ Genesys Digital Transformation

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Simon Deans

Senior Partner @ B P Collins

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Kevin Johnson

Senior Partner @ Northern Escalator Installations

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Andy Gray

Senior Partner Member of the Management Board @ Graphite Capital

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Mr. Andrew John Kennedy Gray, Andy, serves as Joint Head of Direct Investment, Senior Partner, and Member of the Management Board at Graphite Capital Management LLP, Manager of Graphite Enterprise Trust PLC. Mr. Gray focuses on Buyout investments in the team. Mr. Gray joined Graphite in 1992 and is also responsible for recruitment. Prior to this he worked at Morgan Grenfell for five years, initially in the Financial Analysis Department and then in Private Equity at Morgan Grenfell Development Capital. In the later stages, Mr. Gray was closely involved in a number of management buy-outs. He is also a Director of Leading Edge Labels. He was also a Director at Graphite Capital Management Limited. Mr. Gray holds an M.B.A. from Warwick Business School and a first class degree in Economics from Stirling University. Learn more about Andy Gray on Crunchbase…

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Vardhan Rajkumar

Senior Partner @ Privet Capital

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George Watson

Senior Partner @ Portland Communications

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George advises the leaders of some of Britain’s biggest firms, charities and organisations on their corporate communications and government relations strategies. His work spans a huge range of corporate sectors including FMCG, defence, banking, financial technology, retail, health and pharmaceuticals. George enjoyed a 22-year career on The Sun newspaper. He was the Political Editor for five years, widely regarded as one of the most influential positions in the UK media. He has been a regular panellist on BBC Question Time, Sunday AM, Sky News, BBC News Channel, Any Questions, The Week in Westminster and BBC Radio 5 Live. This experience makes him a sought-after media trainer for some of the UK’s most high profile business leaders. He is a former chairman of Parliamentary Lobby Journalists and is the author of Total Politics’ The Insider column, widely read by Britain’s decision-makers. George advises clients on all aspects of media handling, crisis management and campaigning, providing formidable insight into the political world. Learn more about George Watson on Crunchbase…

We design and deliver communications strategies for some of the world’s highest profile organisations, governments and individuals. Read more aboutPortland Communications on Crunchbase…

Alastair Glasir

Senior Partner @ Glasir McGee LP

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Ian Powell

Chairman and Senior Partner @ Price Waterhouse

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Ian Powell Chairman and Senior Partner, joined the UK firm’s Executive Board in 2006 and he was elected Chairman and Senior Partner in 2008. He joined the UK firm as a graduate trainee in 1977 and is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW). After becoming a partner in 1991, he worked in Manchester building a team which established a reputation for complex turnarounds. After the merger in 1998 he developed the Continental European BRS Advisory practice and in 2000 was responsible for the UK BRS business. Learn more about Ian Powell on Crunchbase…

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