Graham Cole CBE
Graham is Chairman of BGF portfolio company RVL Group.
He trained in the motor industry and then moved to Westland Helicopters Limited in 1974. In 1995, after the acquisition of Westland by GKN, Graham was appointed Director of External Affairs for the GKN Group, a position he held until 2004 when AgustaWestland was fully acquired by Finmeccanica.
In September 2007, Graham was appointed Managing Director, Westland Helicopters and Managing Director International Business for the AgustaWestland Group worldwide. These positions carried responsibility for a company with annual revenues in the UK in excess of £1bn and worldwide business circa £4bn. In February 2011, Graham became Chairman of Westland Helicopters Limited, now called AgustaWestland Limited, and also appointed to the Board of the parent Company Finmeccanica UK. He is also Chairman of Vix Global Board and main Board Director of Utilico.
Graham was President of The West of England Aerospace Forum for 4 years until 2013. He was also Regional Chairman of the CBI South West in until September 2014 and a member of the CBI Chairman’s Committee.
He was appointed a CBE in 2004 for his contribution to Aerospace.
BGF portfolio company: RVL Group
James is Chairman of BGF portfolio company Jumpstart.
Since selling his marketing services group in 2002, James has been involved in several successful private equity deals including Wood Mackenzie and Giles Insurance Brokers.
He currently serves as Chairman on the board of WRG Worldwide and Change Recruitment.
BGF portfolio company: Jumpstart
Andy is Chairman of BGF portfolio company Pureprint.
Andy began his career at Cadbury Schweppes after reading Economics and Geography at University. He subsequently worked in the healthcare and drinks industries.
In 1991 he was a principal in the £70m MBO of Taunton Cider which was floated on FTSE the following year for £150m. In 1995 the business was acquired by Matthew Clark for £280m. Two years after the takeover Andy retired as Managing Director and as a portfolio chairman has served on the boards of some 15 companies since notching up 37 acquisitions and disposals in the process. He has helped Executive teams manage PLCs and private companies with businesses in the UK, USA, Europe and the Far East.
Andy is Chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club and a director of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
BGF portfolio company: Pureprint