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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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 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.
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’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).
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.
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.