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Team Horizon

Our People

We have a diverse and experienced team with backgrounds in private equity, business management, consulting and corporate finance. Crucially, we have a deep understanding of entrepreneurs, the challenges they face and the support they need to achieve their ambitions.

Simon Hitchcock

Co-Managing Partner

I am a founder and Managing Partner of Horizon and have responsibility for the strategy and management of the firm. With my fellow partners I set up Horizon to be a specialist provider of equity capital focused on Business Services and Technology Companies with ambitious plans to grow in the UK and beyond.

I started my career in the Corporate Finance team at PwC, having graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Business Administration. I moved into an investing role early in my career as I wanted to work with management teams beyond a deal. I now have nearly 20 years investing experience and in that time have had the privilege of working with some exceptionally talented management teams.

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Jeremy Hand

Co-Managing Partner

I am Co-Managing Partner of Horizon and Chairman of our Investment Committee. I currently sit on the boards of Style Analytics and Totalmobile.

At Horizon, we back talented and entrepreneurial management teams. I love the constant challenge of helping them achieve their goals faster and more effectively. Right now, I’m fascinated by how software tools and data can help accelerate growth and increase customer satisfaction.

I’ve worked in Private Equity for over 30 years and am a past chairman of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA). I hold a joint BSc in Computer Science and Accounting from Manchester University (where I remain an honorary teaching fellow). In my early career, I qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, where I enjoyed working closely with the owners of small and mid-sized businesses.

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Luke Kingston

Partner

I focus on finding new investment opportunities, structuring and executing transactions and supporting our management teams to deliver on their exciting growth plans. I also sit on the Horizon Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Horizon, I originated and led transactions for the leverage finance team at RBS, Sovereign Capital, and the M&A team at EY. I currently sit on the boards of Wireless Innovation and DMC Canotec.

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Adam Lewis

Partner

I am a Partner of the firm and a member of Horizon’s Investment Committee. I have invested in fast growing entrepreneurial businesses for over 10 years, helping managers and entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the UK and internationally. I currently sit on the boards of three of our portfolio companies; AgriBriefing, Bellrock and Churchesfire.

Before joining Horizon, I spent four years at NBGI Private Equity where I focussed on investments in mid-sized businesses. Prior to that my background was in strategy consulting at Deloitte. I hold a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath.

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Martin Squier

Partner

I am a Partner and member of the Investment Committee at Horizon. I enjoy working with management teams and business owners on a wide variety of initiatives, including international growth, new products, and transformational acquisitions.

I have been involved with numerous portfolio companies and currently sit on the boards of Sequence Care, Style Research, and Isotrak. I hold Commerce and Science degrees, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, and am a CFA charterholder.

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Anne-Sofie Staunsbaek Veyhe

Director

I focus on sourcing and executing platform investments as well as working with portfolio companies on add-on acquisitions. Before joining the firm, I worked at Advent International focusing on investments in Business and Financial Services and TMT.

Prior to Advent International, I worked at J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank on M&A and Capital Markets transactions. I hold a B.Sc. in International Business and an M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Copenhagen Business School.

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Jeremy Westhead

Finance Director

I am Horizon’s Finance Director, responsible for financial control, monitoring and reporting as well as regulatory and taxation matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, I worked for a hedge fund for three years. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and hold an MA in Classics from Trinity College, Oxford.

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Chris Rixon

Director, Portfolio Growth

I work with our portfolio companies’ leadership teams to transform and professionalise commercial strategy and execution. I focus on three key outcomes: predictable pipeline generation, sales excellence and maximizing customer lifetime value.

Prior to joining Horizon Capital, I was Chief Marketing Officer at Totalmobile. I hold a BSc in Computer Science and am a visiting speaker at Cranfield University.

Tom Maizels

Director

I am focused on sourcing, structuring and executing platform and portfolio add-on acquisitions. I currently sit on the board of Sabio and DMC as well as being actively involved in the M&A programme on Wireless Innovation.

Prior to joining Horizon, I spent over 4 years at Spayne Lindsay working on M&A deal execution with corporate and private equity clients. I hold a first class degree in History and French from Bristol University. I’m also a merit holder of the ICAEW/CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance.

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Alistair Gray

Manager

At Horizon, I focus on sourcing, structuring and executing platform investments as well as providing support to the portfolio’s organic growth initiatives and add-on acquisition programmes.

Before joining the firm, I spent four years at KPMG working in Corporate Finance and Audit, where I worked with a range of mid-market clients. I’m a Chartered Accountant and hold a BA in Economics from Exeter University.

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Matt Morris

Executive

My role at Horizon is to source and execute both new deals and strategic add-on acquisitions across our key sectors of software, technology, data and business services.

Before joining Horizon, I worked at Preqin, a data provider to the alternative assets industry. I hold a first class Economics and Politics degree from the University of Exeter.

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Lucy Hollingdale

Personal Assistant

I am Personal Assistant to the Managing Partners, and help support the running of the Horizon Capital office.

Prior to joining Horizon, after studying Marketing Management and spending four years as Marketing Executive, I moved into an EA role supporting the CFO of a Technology company – assisting a small team to successfully complete numerous corporate transactions.

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Charlotte Parsons

Personal Assistant

I work as a Personal Assistant supporting our investment team in undertaking their day-to-day roles. I am involved with many aspects of the business ranging from liaising with Portfolio Companies, organising key events as well as office management and ensuring the smooth running of the workplace. I joined Horizon Capital in 2016 and hold a PA Diploma from Oxford Media and Business School.

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Gareth Denley

Special Advisor

Gareth is a Special Adviser to Horizon.

Gareth has chaired many private equity-owned companies and has particular expertise in the software and technology services sectors. Most recently he was Chairman of Access Group, an enterprise software company backed by Horizon until it was sold to TA Associates in 2015.

Gareth started his career at P&G, before moving to IBM, where he was a director and board member of IBM UK and IBM Financial Services. He has also held senior executive roles within a number of technology and support services businesses, including as CEO of Rebus HR Group, where he grew EBITDA from £6 million to £14 million and sold the business to Northgate I.S. He holds an honours degree in Physics from the University of Wales.

Our Advisors

Our Advisors all have direct, hands-on experience of helping businesses overcome growth challenges. They draw on their significant board-level experience to provide strategic guidance to the management teams we support.

David England

Advisor

David holds a number of non-executive positions with private-equity backed businesses.

For Horizon, David is currently a non-executive director of Style Analytics and was previously a non-executive director at two realised Horizon portfolio companies: Access Group (enterprise software) and Clearswift (cyber security software).

David has more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles at a range of software and technology services businesses, including Computer Software Group, Solution 6 Group and Tyco International.

He has significant experience of performance improvement, M&A and international growth, and particular expertise in the field of sales and marketing processes.

David holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Gehan Talwatte

Advisor

Gehan is Non-Executive Chairman of Agribriefing.

Gehan’s expertise is in helping business people use data to make better decisions. He was CEO of Ascend, the leading provider of data, advice and analytics to the aviation finance industry. He expanded the business globally and quadrupled revenues before a successful exit to trade. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Hoover's Online, eccelerate.com and Cognizant Technology Solutions; all of which made strong trade or public market exits.

He currently holds several non-executive chairman roles on both sides of the Atlantic. Gehan has an MBA and Master of International Affairs degrees from Columbia University (New York) and a BA (Honours) in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania).

Gerry Higgins

Advisor

Gerry is an experienced chairman with deep expertise across the B2B services sector.

A fully qualified materials scientist he brings a wealth of knowledge of engineering practice, lean management processes and specialist experience in how technology drives improvement in operational efficiencies.

He is currently Chairman of Bellrock, a facilities management company backed by Horizon. Previously he worked with the Horizon team as Executive Chairman of M&C Energy.

Prior to his work for Horizon, Gerry spent 14 years as the Managing Director of Bodycote Testing Group, where he was a member of the Plc board and responsible for leading over 50 add-on acquisitions. Gerry was also a director of Select Pharmaceutical Ltd which was sold to trade on a 240x money multiple.

Joe Edwards

Advisor

Joe has worked with Horizon as a non-executive director and board advisor to Adapt (enterprise managed hosting) and is currently a non-executive director at Timico (managed cloud services), focussing primarily on sales development and market growth.

Over the last 30 years Joe has held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles across the technology services sector. In 2002 he joined Atos where up until June 2013 he led the successful sales transformation of the UK business as executive director for sales and marketing. Prior to this, Joe was Cap Gemini’s board member for sales and marketing following 13 years at Hewlett Packard where he held a number of senior client-facing positions.