Gavin Petken

Regional Director – South

Head of BGF Quoted

Gavin is responsible for leading the investment and portfolio teams in London and Birmingham, covering London, the South East and the Midlands. He is a member of BGF’s executive team and sits on the national Investment Committee.

Gavin is also responsible for managing BGF’s national investment activity in public companies and sits on the board of our first AIM-listed investee business, Victoria plc. He also works closely with BGF’s new Ventures team, funding early-stage technology companies across the UK.

Prior to joining BGF, Gavin was a Managing Director with RBS for over 12 years, latterly as a senior member of the team responsible for the restructuring of RBS’ £270bn non-core businesses, managing the operational improvement and exit of a number of companies including the $7.3bn sale of the bank’s aviation leasing business where he was also a member of the board. Before that, he worked in the Bank’s private equity division, investing in, managing and selling over 20 businesses with 16 directorships of portfolio and bank companies. Gavin also had responsibility for the Bank’s Natwest IT Fund, the South of England Technology Fund, the restructure and sale of an RBS subsidiary, and large US co-investment deals such as Clear Channel, Univision and Alltel.

Before moving to RBS, Gavin headed the investment team of a venture capital fund backed by US fund Providence Equity Partners. He also spent four years in M&A working for Close Brothers Corporate Finance on public market and private transactions.

Gavin is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Arthur Andersen in London, with a degree from The University of Leeds, where he studied Psychology, Management Studies and Geography.

“BGF’s goal is to support entrepreneurs and management teams that are focused on growth and have the potential to achieve it. When we meet people who fulfil this criteria we do all we can to align ourselves with their aspirations. Every company we invest in is different – each with its own history, values, structure and risk profile. The fact that we can be flexible in the way we invest makes BGF a hugely rewarding and exciting place to be.”

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