Head of BGF Talent Network
Cate joined BGF in 2012 to set up the Talent Network. Her role today is to oversee a national team, dedicated to continuously building and developing BGF’s external network of Board Directors; and plugging this network into a wide range of opportunities to partner with BGF to support our current and future investee companies. This spans, ensuring that the widest community of business leaders know which companies to connect with BGF, introducing a range of Non-Executive leadership to our investee company Boards, supporting our CEOs with the development of their leadership teams, and ensuring our businesses are well positioned to network and influence across the business community.
Before BGF Cate was with 3i Group plc, where she was part of the Business Leaders Network team, developing and managing the firm’s relationships with senior executives and non-executives across a range of sectors and geographies. Prior to this, Cate worked in the Private Equity practice of executive search firm Korn/Ferry | Whitehead Mann, where she focused on Chairman, CEO and CFO appointments for private equity backed businesses. She initially joined Whitehead Mann as part of the Consumer and Retail team, focusing on a variety of senior appointments across the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA.
“BGF is continuously challenging and disrupting the traditional approaches to deal making; and taking a fresh approach to building our Talent Network, and the way we introduce highly experienced people from a wide range of backgrounds to our investee companies is no exception. It is hugely exciting to work with some of the UKs most successful business leaders, and give them the opportunity to help the next generation of success stories”.
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BGF Appoints Head of External Talent Network
London – Business Growth Fund (BGF), established to help Britain’s fast growing smaller and medium sized businesses, today announces that it has appointed Cate Poulson as Head of BGF’s Talent Network, to develop the firm’s relationships with a broad network of experienced business leaders.
The BGF Talent Network will cultivate the firm’s relationships with a range of experienced senior business leaders in order to offer BGF investee companies unique access to a pool of expert and inspirational talent. This will increase BGF’s capacity to offer valued executive and non-executive support to the businesses it backs whilst enabling those leaders to work with some of the fastest growing and most ambitious businesses in Britain today. BGF already boasts an impressive list of non-executive directors on its board including amongst others, Audrey Baxter, the CEO of Baxters Food Group and Stephen Murphy, who is now an adviser to Richard Branson’s Virgin group of companies, having recently stepped down as CEO.
Cate joins the London team and will work across BGF’s regional network which includes Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland, the Midlands, London and the South East, and the South West of England and South Wales. Cate was formerly with 3i Group, where she managed the firm’s relationships with senior executives and non-executives across a range of sectors and geographies. Prior to 3i, Cate worked in the private equity practice of executive search firm Korn/Ferry|Whitehead Mann, where she focused on significant senior appointments for private equity backed businesses. Cate has a BA (Hons) in English from Brasenose College, Oxford University.
Since its launch in May, BGF has scaled its local capabilities so as to be able to meet its long term objective of offering equity investment to up to 40 businesses a year and contributing to the growth of the UK economy. BGF now employs over fifty people across its network of 6 offices in the UK.
BGF makes long-term equity investments in established businesses across the UK. BGF operates in partnership with the businesses its backs, investing between £2 million and £10 million in return for a minority equity stake.
Cate Poulson, Head of Talent Network at BGF, commented:
“I am excited to be joining Business Growth Fund which is fast establishing itself as one of the leading players in funding for SME businesses. BGF builds partnerships with management teams and our aim is to develop a broad network of experienced directors with wide ranging skills, in order to drive the growth and development of the businesses that we invest in.”
Richard Bishop, BGF Head of Investments, commented: “Cate’s appointment is testament to our determination to build and nurture senior business relationships across the UK. The businesses that we invest in will have the extra advantage of unique access to some of the most successful business leaders in the UK.”