Paul Gilbert


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 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