Paul has been the non-executive chairman of The Gym, the UK’s leading low cost gym operator, since February 2012. In June 2013 Phoenix Equity Partners acquired The Gym from founding investors Bridges Ventures. In March 2014 Paul invested in Clothingsites.co.uk Ltd, an online branded menswear retailer, as non-executive chairman alongside Bridges Ventures.
Previous roles include senior finance positions at Matalan (private company) as Finance Director and acting CEO, TJ Hughes (backed by Silverfleet), National Car Parks (backed by Cinven), GUS plc, Littlewoods and News International plc.
An economics graduate from Cambridge and a Chartered Accountant, Paul lives in South Manchester with his family. His interests include most ball sports and running. Paul has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity through various sponsored events and currently sits on the North West Development Committee for The Prince’s Trust.
BGF portfolio company: Better Bathrooms
Peter is the Chairman of BGF portfolio company Xercise4Less.
He also currently holds Chairmanships in three other companies – The Harley Medical Group, Drum Cussac and The Original Bowling Company – all backed by private equity. Prior to this, Peter held the positions of CEO or MD in a number of successful private equity backed companies including Fitness First and Maxinutrition.
BGF portfolio company: Xercise4Less
Keith is Non-Executive Director of BGF portfolio company Rutland Cycling.
He is a Chartered Accountant who has considerable experience working with SMEs, publicly listed companies and private equity, predominantly in the retail sector.
He has held the position of both CEO and CFO at Woolworths in the 1990s and was also CFO and deputy CEO of Blacks Leisure Group.
BGF portfolio company: Rutland Cycling
Paul is Chairman of BGF portfolio company Gymbox.
He has been involved in the creation, development and sale of a number of the UK’s most highly regarded leisure businesses. In the restaurant industry these include Gourmet Burger Kitchen, PizzaExpress and Hawksmoor. Before this, he founded one of the UK’s leading group of Health and Fitness clubs. Paul’s experience within these businesses includes brand development and roll out, international expansion, corporate and financial strategy and exit planning.
Earlier in his career, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouse, before running the Corporate Finance advisory business of FTSE100 company, The Capita Group PLC.
Paul currently acts as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the boards of several high growth businesses in the restaurant, hotel and leisure sectors.
BGF portfolio company: Gymbox
Bill Holroyd CBE
Bill studied Hotel Management at Courtfield College in Blackpool. Realising that hotel management was not for him he joined Trusthouse Forte’s supply division where he stayed for eight years, ending up setting up and running their national distribution network.
In 1982 he left THF to set up his own foodservice distribution company, Holroyd Meek. From a standing start, by 1994 the company had a turnover of £190m serving over 7,000 restaurants across the UK . In 1995 Booker acquired the company and Bill started his own investment company.
Between 1995 and 2015 he has invested in over 20 start-up and second stage companies. Major successes have been Millies Cookies, Positive Solutions, and AO World.
In 2008 Bill set up OnSide Youthzones, a charity providing safe and inspiring, state-of-the-art facilities for young people in their leisure time. Six Youth Zones are now completed with a further fourteen in process. At present over 20,000 young people are regular users of the Youth Zones. In 2013 Bill was awarded the CBE and in 2015 he will be High Sheriff for Cheshire.
BGF portfolio company: Boost Juice Bars
Graham is Non-Executive Chairman of BGF portfolio company Barburrito, the award-winning chain of fast-casual Mexican restaurants that offer healthy food to eat in or take away.
Graham is also Non-Executive Chairman of The Liberation Group the leading pub and drinks company with 75 pubs in the Channel Islands which recently acquired Butcombe in the UK with an additional 19 pubs and an award winning brewery.
From 2005 – 2012 Graham was the CEO of Tragus Group, one of the UK’s largest independent restaurant companies, with more than 290 sites across the country serving over 22 million meals every year. Tragus’s portfolio of brands included Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Strada. Prior to this he was the CEO of the Unique Pub Company with some 4,000 leased pubs in the UK.
BGF portfolio company: Barburrito