“I don’t think I could have enjoyed any other job as much as working in private equity. It can be very challenging but at the same it can also be very rewarding watching the businesses that we invest in grow and flourish. Some of the businesses can develop beyond all recognition. And the same can be said of some of the management teams we back. Being a part of that dynamic is something that I value very highly.”
I was responsible for founding KCP in 2007 along with two other partners, so I understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. In my time at KCP I have been responsible for a number of investments including Neville Johnson, TSC Foods, Gear4Music and WHP Telecoms. I still have an involvement with Neville Johnson, twelve years after making the initial investment even though we realised our investment in 2015. I think this demonstrates the strong relationships that we develop with our management teams. I still keep in touch with the management from all of these investments.
My current role at KCP is a part-time one with my main responsibility being as a member of the Investment Committee, although I still enjoy meeting management teams whenever I can.
I qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC (or Price Waterhouse as they were) in Leeds.
After a spell working in Insolvency with Deloitte, I got into the private equity industry in 1985, when the industry was almost in its infancy. After six years with NatWest Ventures (now Bridgepoint) and eight years as a partner with Apax Partners I founded KCP with Mike Fell and Owen Trotter.
In between all of that I managed to gain a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Manchester Business School, which was something I enjoyed enormously and can recommend to anyone who wants to go back to University for eighteen months!
Out of work I do all sorts of adrenaline sports including rock-climbing, caving and mountain biking. As well as just walking anywhere in the hills.