Peter Norris - Chairman of Advisory Board

Peter Norris is currently the Chairman of Virgin Group. In 2007, Peter became the CEO of Quayle Munro plc on its acquisition of New Boathouse Capital, an advisory firm which he founded in 2000. Peter has over 30 years’ corporate finance and international capital markets experience, having begun his career at Barings in 1976, where his roles included head of corporate finance in South East Asia. In 1994 he became CEO of Barings Investment Banking Group. Peter read Modern History and Modern Languages at Oxford University.

Hedley Goldberg - Member of Advisory Board

Hedley Goldberg is a Managing Director at Rothschild. He led the Rothschild team advising on the £925m sale of the Priory Group to Advent, advised Bridgepoint Capital on its £424m bid for Care UK, and advised Envoy Services on its sale to WorldPay. Hedley joined Rothschild in 2001 from Baring Brothers where he worked for three years in their M&A team. Hedley read Classics at Bristol University.

Helen Jones - Member of Advisory Board

Helen Jones is a Non-Executive Director of international fast-dining restaurant group Vapiano SE, motor accessories and cycling retailer Halfords Group plc, where she chairs the CSR Committee, UK pub and hotel group Fuller, Smith & Turner plc, UK food manufacturer Premier Foods and British premium tea, coffee and hot chocolate brand Whittard of Chelsea. Helen has previously held senior roles at a number of consumer and hospitality groups, having been Group Executive Director at Caffé Nero, Managing Director of Zizzi, the Italian casual dining chain as well as Vice-chairman of the Ben & Jerry’s Board.

Stuart McKee - Member of Advisory Board

Stuart McKee was the Global and UK Head of Corporate Finance within PwC for the last 10 years and has over 35 years’ Corporate Finance experience, having previously worked in industry with Coats Viyella, the multi-national textile business. He is an M&A specialist, with a Retail and Consumer sector focus and extensive experience across acquisitions, disposals, fund raising and private equity deals. His clients include public and private companies as well as numerous private equity funds.

Sir Geoff Mulcahy - Member of Advisory Board

Sir Geoff Mulcahy is Chairman of Javelin Group, a retail consultancy, providing strategic guidance for retailers (offline and online) and private equity investors.  Previously, he spent 20 years at Kingfisher plc and, as CEO, grew it into one of the largest non-food retailers in Europe before overseeing its demerger into three quoted companies. Sir Geoff was knighted in 1993 and became Chairman of the British Retail Consortium in July 2006.

Sir John Redwood MP - Member of Advisory Board

Sir John Redwood MP has been chairman of both Norcros plc, an industrial conglomerate and Concentric plc, a niche global engineering business. He has also been an executive director of NM Rothschild and Sons. John is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee at Evercore Pan Asset and an adviser to Haldex Hydraulics Division, the current owners of Concentric. John is currently a Member of Parliament for Wokingham. He has held fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford and is an Associate Professor of Middlesex University Business School.

Richard Spiegelberg - Member of Advisory Board

Richard Spiegelberg is a Director of Cardew Group and Public Relations Adviser to EPIC Private Equity LLP. He previously spent 11 years at Merrill Lynch as Director, Marketing & Communications for Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Director of Corporate Communications for the International Private Banking Group. He previously held senior posts at J Walter Thompson, Coopers & Lybrand and Streets Financial Strategy, where he was Joint Managing Director. Richard began his career as a journalist on The Times where he was Business News Features Editor and Management Editor. He is a director of the City of London Sinfonia and a graduate of New College, Oxford University.