Rob Chapman

Head of Direct Origination

Rob joined BGF in July 2013 to head up Direct Origination across the firm.  He is based in Birmingham, but with a national remit to increase the volume of off-market investments made through establishing direct channels of contact with attractive organisations.  Prior to joining BGF, Rob was Managing Director of Cadenza Partners, an independent Deal Origination boutique which sourced investment opportunities for High Net Worth Individuals and Private Equity firms across the UK.  He began his career in Deal Origination after designing and building the highly successful MBI Programme at Leeds-based recruiter Ellis Fairbank, before transferring to global headhunting firm Odgers Berndtson.  He brings with him a track record of sourcing more than two dozen investments since his first deal completed in October 2006.

“Having run my own business previously – albeit on a much smaller scale than the majority of our portfolio – I appreciate some of the challenges facing entrepreneurs.  Being part of an organisation specifically set-up to support British-based entrepreneurs whilst maintaining a commercial outlook was the big attraction in joining BGF.  It seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity to get involved in the most exciting new initiative I’d ever come across in our industry, and it still feels like that today”.

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