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Meet the Team: Elizabeth Alderson

Why did you decide to join the world of private equity? 

My background is in strategy consulting and I liked the business building element of that, so I decided to move to the other side of the table where I could do that fully. Also, working in private equity is incredibly varied and no two days are the same. You are required to constantly test and hone your ability to make judgements across all sorts of decisions, which I really enjoy.

You joined Livingbridge in 2021. What drew you to the firm? 

Livingbridge was a client of my old firm and I had worked with them a few years prior to joining; they had a good reputation as decent people to work for, which really appealed to me. I even did my interviews virtually from my kitchen table in lockdown, but still the firm’s culture – particularly the diversity of thought and level of ambition – came through strongly and I could really see myself being a part of the team.

What aspect(s) of your role excites you the most? 

It is incredibly rewarding to go on a journey with management teams, whether that be leading up to an investment (from origination and/or first meetings all the way through a process) to sitting on the board alongside teams for a number of years and experiencing all the ups and downs. It is a constant learning journey.

What makes Livingbridge unique?

There’s so much diversity of thought at Livingbridge and this is really unique within the industry. From the first day you arrive, your opinion is welcomed, and everyone has their own way of viewing problems and their solutions. It has been great to be in an environment where you are encouraged to do the job in a way which feels authentic to you.

Your one piece of advice...

When I arrived the best piece of advice I got was to invest in relationships and I’ve learnt so much from that – both from working with a variety of people across different situations within Livingbridge, and meeting lots of interesting people across management teams and the broader industry.