Rory joined BGF in 2012 and is based in London. He is responsible for finding and completing new investments in London and the South East, and then working closely with them to achieve their growth plans. Rory sits on the boards of Flowline, McMillan Williams Solicitors, Renal Services, The Good Care Group and, formerly, Cass Art, Plastique and Thames Card.
Rory has 18 years of private equity experience gained mainly at Advent International where he was a Partner. Having joined Advent in 1998 based in London as part of the UK and Western European deal team, Rory moved to Japan with his family in 2007 to open Advent’s Tokyo office returning to Advent’s London office in 2010. Whilst at Advent he focused on transactions predominantly in the healthcare, life sciences and industrials sectors including Alcala Farma, Aviagen International, Delft Instruments and The Priory Group. Prior to Advent, he worked at Baring Brothers in London and Singapore with a focus on the sale and flotation of private companies across all sectors.
Rory holds an M.A., first class, in Natural Sciences, Biochemistry from Oxford University. He is married with four children and lives in Hampshire where he pursues his passion for all activities in the great outdoors.
“I haven’t had this much fun at work for a long time. It is a real privilege backing business creators and working with them to grow their businesses”.
- McMillan Williams Solicitors
- Renal Services
- Furniture Village
- Thames Card Technology
- Cass Art
- The Good Care Group
Mark joined BGF’s in March 2012 and is based in Milton Keynes. He is responsible for deal origination, execution and portfolio management.
Mark previously worked at Hermes Private Equity and HSBC Principal Investments, investing capital across a number of sectors. Prior to that Mark qualified with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant, spending nine years in KPMG’s Birmingham and London offices in audit and transaction services.
When not at work or with his young family, expect to see Mark cycling at a rate of knots across the Chilterns.
“The best thing about my role as an Investor is meeting and working with teams who have exceptional energy and vision who have built something of value, typically from scratch. It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to help those teams achieve their immediate and long-term ambitions.”
- Olive Communications (Board Director)
- Rethink Group plc
- Molecular Products Group (Board Director)
- The Consulting Consortium (Board Director)
- 3sun Group
- PTS Consulting Group (Board Director)
- Broadbandchoices.co.uk (Board Director)
Rodney is an investment professional, board observer and former investment banker with over 9 years’ experience in leveraged finance, TMT M&A and venture capital transactions. As a member of the London & South East investment team Rodney is responsible for originating investment opportunities, leading new transactions and working with management teams on the board post investment. Rodney is also responsible for covering Cambridgeshire and supporting BGF’s CSR initiatives.
Prior to joining BGF, Rodney was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and completed over 15 transactions ranging from £40m to £3.4bn in size, advising PE sponsors on leveraged finance transactions and telecom, media and technology corporates on M&A activity.
In his spare time, Rodney is a business advisor to a number of start-up businesses, a mentor to aspiring undergraduates from ethnic minority backgrounds and a school governor for an East London based Academy. Rodney holds a Bsc in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London and lives in North London.
“If you are an ambitious owner manager of a growing UK business then there has never been a better time to consider your funding options. Take a closer look at BGF and you may be surprised by what we could do for you and your business.”
- Oliver Sweeney (Board Observer)
- Abacus e-Media (Board Observer)
- The Consulting Consortium
- Unruly Media