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David Hall

Managing Director

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Manchester

David Hall

Managing Director

07799 473 503
Manchester

Joined: 2000

Responsibilities: Running the YFM business which includes all aspects fundraising and managing investments including Chairing the Investment Committee.

Experience: David has been Managing Director of YFM Equity Partners since 2003 after heading the Manchester office for three years and led the buy-out in September 2013. He was previously a Director at Enterprise Ventures the investment arm of Enterprise plc.

Interests: All sporting things Wigan (both rugby league and football), real ale enthusiast and by some distance the member of the Hall family least likely to be picked for Pictionary.

Paul Cannings

Director

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London

Paul Cannings

Director

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London

Joined: 2005

Responsibilities: Based in London, Paul is a member of Investment Committee.   He is responsible for new investments in the South as well as sitting on the Boards of existing investments.

Experience: 25 years experience of investing with 14 years at 3i in Cambridge and leading the smaller buyout and growth capital team in London, and 10 years as Director at YFM.

Interests: Bad at mountain biking, golf and skiing and knows nothing about football.

David Bell

Director

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London

David Bell

Director

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London

Joined: 2009

Responsibilities: Portfolio management processes across YFM Equity Partners and management of a number of investments directly. Based in London, he also spends time in Leeds and Manchester.

Experience: Prior to YFM he spent 10 years at 3i, where he was Portfolio Director, realising over £100m of cash proceeds from investments. Before this, David worked as a management consultant in Europe and North America for five years specialising in supply chain optimisation.

Interests: Used to enjoy squash, wind surfing and snow-boarding but now spends much of his limited free time providing low-cost taxi services for his young family.

David Gee

Director of Investments

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Leeds

David Gee

Director of Investments

07710 835 674
Leeds

Joined: 1988

Responsibilities: Sits on the Investment Committees and Portfolio Panels of all YFM Private Equity funds as well as making direct investments.

Experience: Over 26 years of investing in fast-growing businesses.

Interests: A fearsome, competitive table tennis player and Leeds United season ticket holder.

Mike White

Investor Relations

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Leeds

Mike White

Investor Relations

07867 500 543
Leeds

Joined: 1999

Responsibilities: Mike splits his time between London and Leeds and is responsible for investor relations and fundraising.

Experience: Spent 10 years working in the software industry, co-founding a software company in the US that specialised in selling business intelligence and performance management solutions. During his software career Mike focused on business development, strategy formulation and establishing new business partnerships.

Interests: A keen cyclist and landscape photographer.

Paul Cook

COO & Compliance Officer

07739 952 993
Leeds

Paul Cook

COO & Compliance Officer

07739 952 993
Leeds

Joined: 2013

Responsibilities: Fund Accounting and Reporting, Finance, HR, IT, Compliance and Legal.

Experience: A Chartered Accountant by training, Paul has held senior management roles in the FMCG, food, textiles and electronics industries, across companies ranging in size from £670m to £5 million.  Since 1996 most of these roles have been in PE-backed businesses.

Interests: A big sports fan, Paul is a lifelong Gooner.

Roger Pett

Chairman

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London

Roger Pett

Chairman

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London

Joined: 2010

Responsibilities: Oversight of the regulatory affairs of YFM and its risk management activities

Experience: An accountant by training, Roger moved into the private equity world in 1979. He has since worked in most areas of private equity, with a career including 3i plc, the European Investment Fund and BlackRock. He joined YFM in 2010 and took up his current role in 2012.

Interests: Skiing and snowboarding in winter, boating in the summer and wine-tasting all year round.

Colin Granger

Investment Director

07931 467 236
London

Colin Granger

Investment Director

07931 467 236
London

Joined: 2016

Responsibilities: Based in London, Colin is responsible for the sourcing, execution and management of new investments principally across London and the South of England.

Experience: Colin spent nine years as an Investment Director with Milestone Capital focusing on making new investments in the UK lower mid-market. Prior to this, he spent 4 years with PwC latterly within the Transaction Services Deal Team.

Interests: All things sport with a focus on playing golf and cricket (equally badly) and a season ticket holder at Harlequins Rugby.

Steve Harrison

Portfolio Director

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Leeds

Steve Harrison

Portfolio Director

07922 582 101
Leeds

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities:  Based in our Leeds office, Steve is responsible for a number of YFM's investments across the North of England.

Experience: Before joining YFM Equity Partners, Steve spent six years as an Investment Director in Santander's Growth Capital Team. There he was responsible for sourcing and executing mezzanine debt investments in support of high growth SMEs and management buy-out transactions. Prior to this, Steve spent four years as a founder member of private equity fund Endless LLP where helped to establish the business as the UK's leading turnaround investor. Steve also spent eight years in corporate finance at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.

Interests: Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include running and cycling (when time allows!).

Ian Waterfield

Investment Director

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Leeds

Ian Waterfield

Investment Director

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Leeds

Joined: 2007

Responsibilities: New and existing investments. Ian is based in Leeds and works across Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Experience: Ian has been investing in growing businesses at YFM Equity Partners since 2007.  Prior to this, Ian spent five years supporting private equity-backed and listed businesses on a wide range of transactions in a senior transaction services role with KPMG in Leeds. Ian also spent two years in Vancouver, working predominantly with hospitality and property development businesses.

Interests: Running and cycling.

Charlie Robinson

Investment Director

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Birmingham

Charlie Robinson

Investment Director

07947 250 812
Birmingham

Responsibilities: New and existing Investments.  Charlie is based in Birmingham covering the Midlands market and also spends time in Manchester.

Experience: Charlie spent eight years in the Growth team at ISIS Equity Partners based in Birmingham and working on a number of successful investments across the country.  He started his career with Deloitte Transaction Services.

Interests: Rugby (watching), running, golf. and coffee.

James Savage

Portfolio Director

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London

James Savage

Portfolio Director

07711 915 708
London

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: Based in London, James manages a number of investments across the South of England.

Experience: Prior to joining YFM, James was at Barclays for nearly 10 years, latterly in the Principal Investments team and before that at Barclays Ventures. During this time James worked with a number of businesses across a range of sectors with a primary focus on value creation and realisation. James had previously qualified as Chartered Accountant at BDO and then spent two years in the Corporate Finance team, focused on buy-side advisory mandates.

Interests: Running (reasonable), golf (room for improvement) and football & tennis with a young family.

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Angela Warner

Portfolio Director

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Manchester

Angela Warner

Portfolio Director

07734 356 200
Manchester

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: Based in Manchester, Angela manages a range of investments across the UK.

Experience: Prior to joining YFM,  Angela had gained c.14 years’ experience in the private equity and venture capital markets having been with Royal Bank Development Capital, North West Equity Fund & latterly Barclays Ventures. During this time she had both invested in and exited from a number of businesses across a variety of sectors.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Banking & Finance; A.C.I.B.

Nigel Owens

Investment & Portfolio Director

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Sheffield

Nigel Owens

Investment & Portfolio Director

07876 345 378
Sheffield

Joined: 2005

Responsibilities: New and existing investments.  Nigel is based in Sheffield and works across Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

Experience: Nigel has been investing in growing businesses at YFM Equity Partners since 2005.  Prior to this he spent 5 years at Deloitte in London, supporting technology, software and telecoms businesses across Europe with transactions and restructuring. He started his career in production engineering and logistics.

Interests: Running and eating cakes, usually in that order.

Eamon Nolan

Portfolio Director

07540 667 524
London

Eamon Nolan

Portfolio Director

07540 667 524
London

Joined: 2014

Responsibilities:  Based in London, Eamon manages a number of investments across the UK.

Experience: Prior to joining YFM Equity Partners, Eamon spent 15 years at 3i having started his career at Allied Irish Bank. At 3i, Eamon’s focus was on managing higher value minority growth and buy out investments across a range of sectors.
Eamon’s primary role with YFM is managing portfolio investments including Ferrabyrne (a manufacturer of rubber-to-metal components for OEM and for repair/ renewal), IO Outsourcing Limited (a provider of business process outsourcing services specialising in the legal sector), Heritage Windows (an aluminium window retailer and manufacturer), Deep Secure (a provider of high security network gateway products) and Bagel Nash (a bagel bakery and chain of coffee & bagel shops).

Interests: Horse racing, running and travel.

Tracey Nice

Investor Relations Support Manager

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Leeds

Tracey Nice

Investor Relations Support Manager

07500 330 986
Leeds

Joined: 2000

Responsibilities: Investor relations for British Smaller Companies VCTs. Tracey is the contact point for investors, Registrars, Receiving Agents and Independent Financial Advisers. She also organises the annual  VCT workshops for shareholders and IFAs.

Experience: Tracey has been working with the investment team for 15 years and has worked closely with shareholders for all this time.  Having been dedicated to working on so many rounds of fundraisings for the VCTs, and the experience gained through working with the investment team, she is able to provide information needed by shareholders and Independent Financial Advisers.

Interests: Tracey can normally be found at her golf club at weekends and if she is not out on the course, you may find her on the driving range practicing, or having a lesson with her very patient, but tortured golf instructor. If you can't find her...then she will be at home supping a large glass of white wine.

Jamie Roberts

Investment Director

07715 122 055
London

Jamie Roberts

Investment Director

07715 122 055
London

Joined: 2012

Responsibilities:  Sourcing and making new investments

Experience:  Prior to YFM Jamie worked at Lloyds Bank where he held a variety of roles including providing debt funding for Private Equity backed transactions and maximising value from a distressed portfolio of assets.

Interests:  Young family which keeps me busy, golf when time allows and recently started running.

Viktoria Harrison

Business Marketing Support Manager

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Manchester

Viktoria Harrison

Business Marketing Support Manager

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Manchester

Joined: 2007

Responsibilities: Working principally on a national basis providing the Marketing function, compliance and investment support to the Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield offices, and PA to the Managing Director.

Experience: Always worked within the Financial Services industry, working for large outsourcing companies and call centres.

Interests: Travel, shopping and walking

Andy Thomas

Investment Director

07813 455 632
Manchester

Andy Thomas

Investment Director

07813 455 632
Manchester

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: New and existing investments. Andy is based in the Manchester office covering the North West market.

Experience: Prior to joining YFM, Andy was at Maven Capital Partners for 4 years, working on Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Mezzanine investments across a wide range of sectors. He previously spent 9 years at RBS, working in various structured finance roles, most recently leading the Williams and Glyn Corporate Transactions Team in the North of England, providing senior debt for buyouts, acquisitions and growth.

Interests: Cycling (watching more than doing), athletics, football and a dog that thinks it’s in charge.

Chris Morley

Fund Financial Controller

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Leeds

Chris Morley

Fund Financial Controller

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Leeds

Joined: 2015

Responsibilities: Fund Accounting and Reporting, Finance, Treasury and Technical Guidance.

Experience: Qualified at KPMG as a Chartered Accountant, Chris has previously held senior management roles in the chemical distribution business, including Group Chief Accountant at Ellis & Everard plc and European Finance Director for Univar NV.

Interests
: Music, walking, reading, and most sports, Chris has been a season ticket holder at Manchester United for over 30 years.

Molly Lyne

Office Manager / EA

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London

Molly Lyne

Office Manager / EA

0207 182 4240
London

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: Managing the London office and the company website, organising internal and external events, portfolio support admin and assisting with marketing.

Experience: Molly started her career in healthcare and spent four years working at a private practice on Harley Street. In 2014 she moved into finance as a personal assistant in communications at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association before joining YFM in January.

Interests: Travelling, comedy, yoga and cycling.