“I feel blessed to have a job that allows me to indulge my passion.”
I have always enjoyed breaking new ground and now oversee our international offices as well as our UK mid market teams outside London. I love the exposure to new people and new industries that this brings.
Looking back over nearly 20 years, the investments have been fascinating but the fun has been about the people I have worked with. Many of the managers and founders of our investee companies have become multi-millionaires and many are now faced with the problem of where to park the yacht. Yacht envy is not an issue for me and I am proud to count a number of ex-investees as personal friends.
It’s hard to pick a favourite investment but I think I learned most from our time with Wiggle. It was an early mover into e-commerce and had an opportunity to turn the cycle retail industry on its head. Over five years we worked with a terrific founder then professional team to make what we could of a great market opportunity, and the business grew almost tenfold. What Wiggle was doing was really novel so we were at the bleeding edge of cross border e-commerce in the latter years
I grew up in Newcastle and read economics at Nottingham. I’ve been with Livingbridge since 1999, following a secondment some years earlier. I’m not as old as I look – much of my working life has been spent here. I previously dabbled in banking with Barclays, moving between London, New York and Hong Kong.
Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym (honest!), running (half marathon is plenty) and ski and sail when I can.