Name: Wol Kolade
Personal Assistant: Bee Patel
Telephone: 020 7506 5601
Title: Managing Partner
My job is to lead the Living Bridge team. My workload is varied; from meeting management teams of prospective new investments or visiting existing portfolio companies to explaining “why Living Bridge?” to potential new investors. A few years ago, I was appointed to Chair the Private Equity Industry Association. It was a difficult time for the industry but I learnt a whole lot of new skills and met some very interesting people. PE doesn’t operate in a vacuum and increasingly I find myself explaining to government, the media and other stakeholders that the work we do with entrepreneurial companies is hugely beneficial to the wider economy.
I am a Kings College London engineering graduate and I have an MBA from Exeter Business School. I started my career with Barclays in 1990 and after short period in various Head Office roles I joined a predecessor firm of Living Bridge in 1993. I remember learning about “venture capital” as it was called back then in an economics class at my secondary school and from then on it was very clear to me what I wanted to do. I am utterly fascinated by the world of business and PE gives me the privilege of being able to interact with some of the UK’s best and brightest business people.