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Advisory Board

Emanuela Cisini

Investindustrial

Emanuela Cisini

Investment Professional

Bernard Dale

Connection Capital

Bernard Dale

Managing Partner

James Hales

Northedge

James Hales

Senior Director

James leads Origination at NorthEdge having spent seven years in Corporate Finance at Clearwater International where he was a Director responsible for generating mid-market opportunities and managing the Deal Origination team.

James has experience across a number of sectors meeting with management teams to understand their plans and joined NorthEdge to identify new investment opportunities via growth and development capital, management buy-outs, equity release and buy-and-build opportunities.

Wol Kolade

Livingbridge

Wol Kolade

Managing Partner

Wol joined Livingbridge in 1993 and has led the business since 1998. He was previously a Chairman of the BVCA and the Chairman of the Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation. In 2018 he was appointed as an NED of NHS England & Improvement and more recently as Trustee of Somerset House. Wol is a co-founder of the 10,000 Black Interns Initiative. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in 2014 and a CBE for services to Financial Services in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours. Wol became the 25thinductee into the “Private Equity Hall of Fame” in September 2021

Neil MacDougall

Sophora Unternehmerkapital

Neil MacDougall

Chairman

Neil has over 35 years’ of private equity experience. He led Silverfleet Capital, a pan-European PE fund for 15 years from its buyout from Prudential plc until his retirement as managing partner. He raised and successfully invested 3 buyout funds, the most recent, being the European Development Fund focussed on lower mid-market deals. Silverfleet invested in 22 buyouts in DACH and Benelux. Neil served on the board of two German and one Dutch company. He studied German at school and at work to develop proficiency before gaining a B1 CEFR certification.

After reading Natural Sciences and Computer Science at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and receiving an MA, he joined Bain & Co.

Neil is a member of the board of UKBAA, Past Chair of the BVCA and an active angel investor

Scott Moeller

Bayes Business School, City, University of London

Scott Moeller

Director, M&A Research Centre

Scott Moeller is the Director & Founder of the M&A Research Centre at Bayes Business School where he also Professor in the Practice of Finance. Scott is widely published as an author or co-author, including Why Deals Fail & How to Rescue Them: M&A Lessons for Deal Success (in The Economist business book series, published in September 2016). Prior to his teaching and research, Scott was at Deutsche Bank in London for 6 years in several senior banking positions. He worked first at Booz Allen & Hamilton management consultants for over 5 years and then at Morgan Stanley for over 12 years in New York, Japan, and then as co-manager of Morgan Stanley in Germany. Scott is a graduate of the Yale Graduate School (MA) and the Yale Management School (MBA).

Rudi Pattni

Zetland Capital

Rudi Pattni

Partner

Rudi is a Partner at Zetland and a member of the Investment Committee. Rudi leads all corporate investments for Zetland, focusing on mid-market special situations in Europe. Zetland Capital is a London based private equity firm with over EUR 800m of assets under management. The firm invests across Europe, leveraging decades of investing experience, a unique skillset and flexible capital solutions to bring about better outcomes for businesses, asset owners and the wider community. Zetland is currently raising its second fund.

Garry Wilson

Endless LLP

Garry Wilson

Managing Partner

Garry Wilson is the Founder and Managing Partner at Endless, a private equity house which focuses on Special Situations – Turnarounds, Value Buy Outs and Carve Outs. Endles works closely with Management Teams, Advisors and Stakeholders to inject capital and drive improvement in Business Performance. Since its launch in 2005, it has invested in over 100 businesses in the UK and Europe, investing funds from world leading Universities, Charitable Foundations and Pension Schemes and its own money. To date, together with its SME Fund, Enact, Endless has raised over £1.5 billion and invested much of that. The firm’s recent and best known investments include Hovis, Findel Education, BSW Timber, Karro Foods, American Golf, Crown Paint, Imtech, Amscan and The Works Stores.

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