Chief Operating Officer
Matt joined BGF in 2011 and is responsible for the finance, compliance and IT functions of the business. Matt worked in Australia as a Chartered Accountant before moving to the UK in 1999. Since then he has worked in finance roles in investment banking and private equity. For a number of months immediately prior to joining BGF, Matt worked with a number of start-ups which he believes was the most relevant and challenging training he received to date!
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Western Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
“I always enjoy meeting the entrepreneurs who have taken BGF on as their partner – their creativity, ambition and determination is inspiring and makes this such a great organisation to be a part of.”
As CEO of BGF, Stephen Welton is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the company. Since its launch in 2011 and under Stephen’s leadership, BGF has grown to become the most active provider of growth capital for small and mid-sized companies in the UK.
Prior to BGF, Stephen was one of the founding partners of the global private equity firm CCMP (formerly JP Morgan Partners), and Managing Director of Barclays Private Equity and Henderson Ventures, which he co-founded. In 2013 he was appointed as an Advisor to the UK government regarding the establishment of the British Business Bank. He has served as an independent director on a broad range of companies both in the UK and internationally during the past 25 years.
Stephen started his career in banking, has a law degree from Durham University and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law.
“BGF is operating at the very heart of the UK economy. We launched with the ambition to become a champion for British business, the most active provider of long-term capital and the first choice investor for ambitious entrepreneurs. I have no doubt that many of the great British companies of the future are already in our portfolio – and we have only just scratched the surface.”