At the heart of Circularity’s ability to create value for investors is its focus on combining specialist expertise in the circular economy with institutional quality private equity capabilities.
Fostering strong relationships and nurturing talent are core to our business and Circularity Capital's approach. When it comes to successful private equity deals, it is the people and their relationships that make the difference. We work together with management teams, advisors and investors in a collegiate and transparent manner. Our strong partnership culture at Circularity Capital, borne out of growing our own owner-managed business, is evidence of our approach to team work.
Our team lies at the heart of what we do and brings together three key competencies:
- The ability to identify, select and support successful management teams of high growth SMEs that can generate further growth by adopting or supporting the circular economic model;
- A deep understanding of the circular economy and the ability to work with businesses to drive value through both continued business innovation and access to the Circularity Capital network; and
- An active approach that not only supports the continued development of businesses but also measures and reports the positive social, environmental and financial impacts from their continued transition to circular economic business practices.
Ian has three decades' of experience in finance, private equity and investment management. Ian was most recently Chief Investment Officer of the UK Green Investment Bank between 2012 and 2014. Ian started his career at 3i Group in 1987 becoming Chief Investment Officer in 2009 with responsibility for managing £10 billion of assets across Europe. He has a diverse range of global equity and debt investment experience that includes the infrastructure and alternative energy sectors and was also a member of various of 3i Group's executive and risk management committees, including the Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Risk Committee and Conflicts Committee.
In 2012 he set up the UK Green Investment Bank and was the Chief Investment Officer through 2014. Since inception the bank has mobilised £5 billion into the UK alternative energy sector.
David has spent over 11 years working in a number of senior positions within venture capital and private equity. Most recently David was one of the founding members of the £480m private equity portfolio manager, Caird Capital, where he had direct responsibility for the investment management and divestment strategy for a portfolio of investments. Prior to Caird, David worked as a senior member of Bank of Scotland’s Integrated Finance Team (BoSIF) and also as an Investment Director with Botts & Company. Through the course of his roles at Caird, BoSIF and Botts, David had direct responsibility for the origination, execution, investment management and/or divestment of 18 mid-market investments. Prior to his work as an investor David spent 5 years as a corporate finance adviser focused on the UK SME market. David is a qualified CA with very strong analytical skills and direct experience of representing investors at numerous investee company Boards. David also has direct executive and non-executive director experience with a portfolio of UK SMEs.
Andrew has more than 10 years' experience in the finance and investment industry. He began his career in the London M&A team at Société Generale. Focusing on the energy, transportation and infrastructure sectors, Andrew built valuable relationships with key industry players across Europe. In addition, Andrew gained valuable experience in the debt markets whilst in New York, where he was part of a leverage finance team working with US based private equity clients financing mid-market deals. In 2010, Andrew left Société Generale to join the leading energy and utilities advisory team at UBS. Whilst there, he provided strategy advice to major UK and European utilities. In 2011 Andrew left UBS to take on a role with Foresight, a leading UK SME private equity and venture capital manager focusing on SMEs. Capitalising on his strategic advisory, M&A and financing skills Andrew has successfully led several UK SME deals in a number of sectors, including plastic recycling and solar generation.
Jamie is the former CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global hub for circular economy innovation. Jamie has developed a deep understanding of how the circular economy drives value, working with a number of the world’s leading brands to support them in successfully deploying circular business models. Jamie has also been instrumental in developing and launching the Circular Economy 100, a platform for multinationals, SMEs, academic institutions and municipalities to capture the commercial opportunities of the circular economy. Jamie has a proven track-record in building and growing European SMEs both in his role at the Foundation and prior to this at B&G, a leading UK SME and manufacturer of instrumentation and navigation systems. Jamie is a business fellow of Oxford University’s Smith School and has contributed to a number of forums on the circular economy including at the World Economic Forum and the European Commission Resource Efficiency Platform.
General Partner Advisory Committee
Circularity Capital is supported by a General Partner Advisory Committee which provides strategic advice and guidance, in addition to expanding Circularity Capital's network. The Advisory Committee is made up of highly experienced individuals with backgrounds in industry, private equity and venture capital investing and resource productivity.
Robert is Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy and Global Head of Sustainability at Philips and is responsible for initiating and driving strategic programs and transformation initiatives across Philips Innovation, Strategy, Design and IP&S. In addition to this, as global leader of Philips Sustainability function, he focusses on strategy and policy development to realise the organization’s sustainability program. Robert is passionate about the potential for innovation to address sustainable development challenges and to create long term value for society and has been instrumental in Philips's role as a pioneer of circular economy design and business models.
David has recently retired as Chief Executive of SL Capital Partners, a fund of funds manager, located in Edinburgh and Boston, USA. David has 33 years of private equity experience commencing with 3i in 1979 and including 7 years with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority where he was responsible for establishing and developing the private equity programme. In 1998 David set up Standard Life’s fund of funds business. David led the partial buyout of SL Capital Partners from Standard Life in 2007 when the executive partners acquired a 40% ownership share. While at Standard Life David also led the creation of Standard Life European Private Equity Trust Plc, a fund of funds structured as an investment trust and listed on the London Stock Exchange. David has served as an executive and non-executive director on a range of company boards and on the advisory boards of a number of leading private equity groups.
Sonia leads on the energy portfolio and China strategy for the Children’s Investment Foundation Fund (CIFF). Prior to CIFF, Sonia acted as COO of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa. Previously, Sonia worked at EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisitions by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010. During a seven year period at EcoSecurities she held the position of US Country Director based out of New York and before that Global Head of Origination managing 20 local teams on five continents. In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader and in 2014 a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Brian is a seasoned private equity investor in small-mid-market SMEs, having spent over 25 years in private equity with Charterhouse, Royal Bank of Scotland and Dunedin. He has wide experience of buying and selling private companies and investment portfolio management, sitting on numerous investee company boards. He was formerly manager of a quoted investment trust and a member of the steering committee of LPEQ, the listed private equity group. A chartered accountant, Brian now advises a number of private companies.
Philipp has over 25 years of investment experience and currently works for MAB Partners, with a focus on investor relations in Central and Northern Europe. Prior to his role at MAB, Philipp spent 15 years as CEO of EIM, a specialist fund of funds group managing bespoke hedge fund portfolios. Philipp ran the asset management department of a multi-family office (now called Holbein Partners) and spent 7 years in the UK and Switzerland for Swiss Bank Corp in private banking and M&A. Previously he worked for Carnegie International responsible for Corporate Finance operations in Spain & Italy.
Jamie is a qualified CA and has worked in the City as an investment analyst. For the past decade he has been an investor in resource-efficient technologies. His focus is on energy efficiency, investing at an early stage and supporting companies for the long-term. He is interested in driving new business models that align incentives and reduce the barriers to the adoption of resource efficient technologies and he founded the Tellus Mater Foundation as a catalyst for the shift to sustainable capitalism.
Alison is Managing Director of Toniic Europe, having previously led business development at the Social Stock Exchange in London since launch in 2013. She developed the SSE community of investors; working with institutions, family offices, private banks and the retail investor. Throughout her career Alison has worked across multiple industries and geographies with companies of all sizes and stages of development. Alison started her career in the Corporate Advisory team at Deutsche Bank and prior to joining the Social Stock Exchange, she was one of the founders of Four Elements Capital a corporate finance advisory business working with entrepreneurs in environmental and social impact sectors.