Gemma joined BGF in August 2013 and is based in the Edinburgh office. Gemma’s main role is to identify and successfully execute investments for BGF across the Central Belt of Scotland. As part of her role, she works with the boards of ACS Clothing, Mono Global Group and Stevenswood.
Prior to joining BGF, Gemma worked at Maven Capital Partners for four years and was based in their Glasgow office. At Maven she was involved in executing and completing private equity transactions, including mezzanine finance to Scottish SMEs across multiple sectors and assisted with successfully securing fund management mandates.
Gemma began her career as a corporate solicitor at DLA Piper Scotland, where she was involved with private equity and M&A transactions. She has an LLB Honours Degree and Diploma in Legal Practice from Edinburgh University.
“The best part of my role at BGF is meeting ambitious entrepreneurs, getting to understand how their businesses operate and then working with them to deliver their growth plans – you learn something new from every company you meet.”
Regional Director – Scotland
As the Regional Director, Scotland, Simon is responsible for leading the Scottish investment team’s activities around sourcing and executing investments and managing the portfolio post investment. He will sit on a number of portfolio company Boards and is a member of the BGF’s Investment Committee.
Simon has 20 years of experience advising and investing in companies, predominantly in the oil and gas industry. He spent eight years with RMD Corporate Finance before leaving as part of a team of five to establish the European office of Simmons & Company International, the boutique energy investment bank. He then spent a year in Hong Kong in JPMorgan’s Oil and Gas Industry Team. In 2002 Simon joined Lime Rock, the specialist energy private equity firm, to help establish its presence in Europe. He became a Managing Director in 2008 and sat on the firm’s Investment Committee and on numerous portfolio company Boards.
- Task-Fronterra Group
- Mono Consultants
- ACS Clothing (Board Director)
- Aubin (Board Director)
- Magma Global
- STATS Group (Board Director)
Patrick joined BGF in March 2012 and is based in Edinburgh. Patrick covers the central belt of Scotland and Northern Ireland, where he identifies and invests in growing businesses.
Patrick has 11 years’ investing experience and has led investments into over 30 businesses. His experience was initially gained at Sigma Capital Group, where he was investment director focused on providing development capital into the general tech and clean tech sectors across the UK and Europe. In a number of cases, Patrick also joined the board of the companies. Patrick began his career at Deloitte & Touche, working in the financial services team as well as the corporate finance department specialising in SMEs.
Patrick has an honours degree in Law from Edinburgh University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is married with one child and lives in Edinburgh.
“My role at BGF gives me a fantastic platform to meet and interact with a vast array of entrepreneurs and business people. It is immensely rewarding to have the opportunity to work with these individuals, and the wider management teams, to create further value in their businesses.”
- Braidwater (Board Director)
- Stevenswood (Board Director)
- Jumpstart (Board Director)
- Duncan and Todd (Board Director)
- AFG Media
- M Squared Lasers (Board Director)
- Campion Homes (Board Director)
- RiverRidge Recycling (Board Director)