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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 including all aspects of fundraising and managing investments. Dave also chairs the Investment Committee.

Experience: David has been Managing Director of YFM since 2003. Before that he was head of 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

07831 346 348
London

Paul Cannings

Director

07831 346 348
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

07990 577 669
London

David Bell

Director

07990 577 669
London

Joined: 2009

Responsibilities: David sits on the Investment Committee and supervises the portfolio management process across the partnership. He is also responsible for the management of a number of investments directly. David is based in the London office and also spends time in Leeds and Manchester.

Experience: David spent over 10 years at 3i as a Portfolio Director, realising over £100m of cash proceeds from investments. Before moving into private equity, David worked as a management consultant in Europe and North America specialising in supply chain optimisation.

Interests: Used to enjoy squash, wind surfing and snow-boarding. Now spends much of his limited free time providing a complimentary taxi service for his young family.

David Gee

Director of Investments

07710 835 674
Leeds

David Gee

Director of Investments

07710 835 674
Leeds

Joined: 1988

Responsibilities: David sits on the Investment Committee and Portfolio Panels of all YFM Private Equity funds. He is also involved in 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

07867 500 543
Leeds

Mike White

Investor Relations

07867 500 543
Leeds

Joined: 1999

Responsibilities: Mike is responsible for YFM's investor relations and fundraising. He splits his time between the London and Leeds offices.

Experience: Before joining YFM over 15 years ago, Mike worked in the software industry, co-founding a software firm in the US that specialised in business intelligence and performance management solutions. During his software career Mike was 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

07941 731 440
London

Roger Pett

Chairman

07941 731 440
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: Colin is responsible for the sourcing, execution and management of new investments in London and the South of England.

Experience: Colin spent nine years as an Investment Director at Milestone Capital, making new investments in the UK lower mid-market. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCooper and went on to hold several executive roles within the Transaction Services Deal Team in his five years there.

Interests: All things sport - playing golf and cricket (badly) and watching The Harlequins.

Steve Harrison

Portfolio Director

07922 582 101
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

07771 578 416
Leeds

Ian Waterfield

Investment Director

07771 578 416
Leeds

Joined: 2007

Responsibilities: Ian is based in Leeds and works across Yorkshire and the Midlands. He is responsible for sourcing new investments and managing several existing investments.

Experience: Ian joined YFM from KPMG where he spent five years supporting private equity-backed and listed businesses on a wide range of transactions in a senior transaction services role. Ian also spent two years in Vancouver, working predominantly with hospitality and property development businesses.

Interests: Running and cycling.

Charlie Robinson

Investment Director

07947 250 812
Birmingham

Charlie Robinson

Investment Director

07947 250 812
Birmingham

Responsibilities: Charlie is responsible for sourcing new investments as well as managing several existing investments. He covers the Midlands market and is based in the Birmingham office.

Experience: Charlie spent eight years in the Growth team at ISIS Equity Partners (now Livingbridge) in Birmingham where he worked 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

07711 915 708
London

James Savage

Portfolio Director

07711 915 708
London

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: James is based in London and manages a number of investments across the South of England.

Experience: Before joining YFM this year, James spent 10 years at Barclays in the Principal Investments Team and at Barclays Ventures. During this time he worked with a number of businesses across a range of sectors with a primary focus on value creation and realisation. James qualified as Chartered Accountant at BDO and spent two years in their Corporate Finance team, focused on buy-side advisory mandates.

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

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Angela Warner

Portfolio Director

07734 356 200
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

07876 345 378
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:  Eamon is based in London and manages a number of YFM's investments across the UK, 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) and Deep Secure (a provider of high security network gateway products).

Experience: Eamon joined from 3i, a leading international investment management firm. During his 15 years at 3i, he was focused on managing higher value minority growth and buy out investments across a range of sectors. Eamon began his career at Allied Irish Bank.

Interests: Horse racing, running and travel.

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.

Andy Thomas

Investment Director

07813 455 632
Manchester

Andy Thomas

Investment Director

07813 455 632
Manchester

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: Andy is responsible for sourcing new investments as well as managing several existing investments. He based in the Manchester office and covers the North West market.

Experience: Andy joined from Maven Capital Partners where he spent four years working on private equity, venture capital and mezzanine investments across a wide range of sectors. Before Maven he spent nine years at RBS, working in various structured finance roles, including 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.

Tracey Nice

Investor Relations Support Manager

07500 330 986
Leeds

Tracey Nice

Investor Relations Support Manager

07500 330 986
Leeds

Joined: 2000

Responsibilities: Investor relations for British Smaller Companies VCTs and the LP Fund. 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 18 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.

Viktoria Harrison

Business Marketing Support Manager

07786 241 037
Manchester

Viktoria Harrison

Business Marketing Support Manager

07786 241 037
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

Chris Morley

Fund Financial Controller

07776 162 139
Leeds

Chris Morley

Fund Financial Controller

07776 162 139
Leeds

Joined: 2015

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

Experience: Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. He has held several 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.

Julie Simpson

Compliance and HR Manager

0113 261 6471
Leeds

Julie Simpson

Compliance and HR Manager

0113 261 6471
Leeds

Joined: 1983

Responsibilities: Compliance, HR, Company Secretarial and Regulatory, Leeds office management.

Experience: Julie has been at YFM for most of her working life.  She spent several years on secondment to a law firm where she undertook compliance and company secretarial work for YFM and other clients. Julie is a Chartered Legal Executive.

Interests: As well as her busy family life (including three ‘grown up’ children who are all still living at home!), Julie enjoys walking her dog, Pilates and dancing (tap, ballroom and Latin).

Barbara Bracken

Senior Fund Accountant

0113 244 1000
Leeds

Barbara Bracken

Senior Fund Accountant

0113 244 1000
Leeds

Joined: 2009

Responsibilities: VCT statutory and other external reporting, fund statistics and fund taxation.

Experience: Barbara joined YFM from PricewaterhouseCoopers where she held a management position in the technical financial reporting department. She has over five years audit experience in a range of sectors including insurance, finance, manufacturing and retail. After graduating from the University of Leeds, Barbara originally trained as a civil engineer before taking up an ACA training contract.

Interests: Films, books, music and getting out to the countryside.

Danielle Armitage

Fund Management Accountant

0113 261 6472
Leeds

Danielle Armitage

Fund Management Accountant

0113 261 6472
Leeds

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: Fund management accounts.

Experience: Danielle has been working in finance departments for the last 16 years in various sectors, including private healthcare, cosmetics and manufacturing.

Interests: Spending time with family and friends, stand up comedy (watching, not taking part!) and girlie movies.

Paul McNulty

Business Finance Controller

0113 261 6476
Leeds

Paul McNulty

Business Finance Controller

0113 261 6476
Leeds

Joined: 2002

Responsibilities: Accounting, budgeting and reporting, VCT status compliance, IT & telecoms projects.

Experience: Paul is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. Before joining YFM he worked for the Press Association.

Interests: Guitars, Bradford City AFC, live music and cinema.

Stephanie McMillan

Accounts Assistant

Stephanie McMillan

Accounts Assistant

Joined: 2013

Responsibilities: Managing the sales & purchase ledger, processing expenses, monitoring the monthly cash flow, and assisting in the running of the Leeds Office

Experience: Before moving into the accounts department, Stephanie was the office manager for Leeds. Before joining YFM she worked as the office manager at ACS, a Xerox company.

Interests: Stephanie enjoys spending time with her young family, going to concerts when she can, reading, watching films and American TV shows.

Carol Duke

Accounts Assistant

0113 261 6465
Leeds

Carol Duke

Accounts Assistant

0113 261 6465
Leeds

Joined: 2014

Responsibilities: Drafting management accounts, balance sheet reconciliation, managing cash flow and VAT.

Experience: Carol has been at the company for over 30 years.  She first started in 1985 and rejoined in 2014 after a short break. Her experience includes all aspects of accounts, including sales/purchase ledger, VAT and producing draft management accounts.

Interests: Cooking for friends and family, holidays, Pilates and walking.

Alison Riley

Fund Reporting Accountant

0113 261 6470
Leeds

Alison Riley

Fund Reporting Accountant

0113 261 6470
Leeds

Joined: 2015

Responsibilities: Fund accounting and reporting, statutory and investor reporting.

Experience: Alison qualified with PKF and EY. She worked as training consultant for a professional body and had the dubious distinction of being ACA ACCA for a number of years. Before joining YFM, Alison spent 12 years in Australia as the CFO in an AU$45m family-owned manufacturing and office fit-out firm. During this time she also ran a coffee shop with her husband.

Interests: Crafts, antiques and pens (in any order).

Molly Lyne

Office Manager / EA

0207 182 4240
London

Molly Lyne

Office Manager / EA

0207 182 4240
London

Joined: 2017

Responsibilities: Molly manages the London office and the company website, as well as organising events and assisting with portfolio support and marketing.

Experience: Molly began her career in healthcare and spent four years running a private practice on Harley Street. Three years ago she moved into finance as a personal assistant in communications before joining YFM in January. She has a degree in Classical Civilisation from the University of Leeds.

Interests: Comedy, yoga, cycling and travelling whenever possible.