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2020 Judges

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John Barber

Senior Partner
Bridgepoint Advisers

John is a Senior Partner who concentrates on Bridgepoint's Investor Services activities, which he led or co-led from 2007 until 2018. He also served on the Bridgepoint Group Board, Investment Advisory Committee and Operating Committee during these years. For ten years before joining Bridgepoint he was a managing director at Helix Associates, the private equity placement agent, in London. His previous experience also includes private equity investing at WSGP Partners in Los Angeles and investment banking at Morgan Stanley. John also served for numerous years on the Mid Market Platform Council and Board of Directors of Invest Europe.

David Ewing

Managing Partner
ECI Partners

David is a member of the ECI Investment Committee and has overall responsibility for ECI's investor relations, marketing and origination activities. He joined ECI in 2001 following an early career in software development. His current and past investments include Send For Help, Make It Cheaper, MiQ, Auction Technology Group, Encore Tickets, Fourth, Ascribe, M and M Direct, Think Money, and LateRooms. David has a degree in engineering from Glasgow University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Torsten Grede

Spokesman of the Board of Management
Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Torsten Grede holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Prior to his university education, he completed a bank apprenticeship. Directly after graduating, he started his career in 1990 at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG; he now has 28 years of experience in the private equity business in Germany’s mid-market sector.

Bruno Ladriere

Managing Director

Bruno has been a Managing Director with Ardian since 2002. He was previously a Director at PAI Partners. He has extensive investment experience in the food, chemicals, industrials and healthcare sectors. Bruno has worked in the pharmaceutical industry with Rhone-Poulenc, in management consulting with Corporate Decisions and in investment banking with Triago. He qualified as a Medical Doctor got an MBA from The Wharton School. Currently sits on the board of Envision Pharma Group, Inula, DRT and Solina.

Tony Lissaman

Chief Operating Officer, Private Equity

Tony joined 3i in 1998 and became Chief Operating Officer of its Private Equity business in 2010. He is a member of the Private Equity Leadership Team, with responsibility for both the strategic oversight and the operational and financial management of 3i’s Private Equity business. As part of his role, Tony has responsibility for the oversight of portfolio performance and valuations. Tony is a member of the Private Equity Reporting Group (PERG), an independent body set up following a UK government review of transparency and disclosures within the Private Equity industry.

Mark McDonald

Managing Director, Global Head of Private Equity
DWS Private Equity

Mark McDonald is Global Head of DWS Private Equity and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. He joined DWS in 2017 from Credit Suisse, where he was global head of secondary advisory and won several awards for orchestrating various innovative and solutions driven PE transactions. Mark has over 21 years of experience, including 18 years in private equity with Barclays Capital, 3i and Pomona Capital; where he led EMEA and sat on the boards of various underlying investment partnerships. He holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi Milan and a BA (hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Leeds.

Lindsey McMurray

Managing Partner
Pollen Street Capital

"Lindsey has been a private equity investor for more than 20 years with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector. Before she founded Pollen Street Capital in 2013, Lindsey led the team managing the £1.1bn Special Opportunities Fund within RBS and also spent six years as a Partner at Cabot Square Capital, focusing on operating investments in real estate and other asset backed investments, together with investments in the financial services sector. Lindsey serves as non-executive director of a number of portfolio companies including Shawbrook Bank, Cashflows Europe and Bidx1."

Nino Tronchetti Provera

Managing Partner & Founder

"Nino is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ambienta. Earlier in his career, Nino was a consultant at McKinsey where he established the environmental practice. In 1997, Nino founded Cam Tecnologie to develop clean technologies and products. From 2002 to 2007, Nino worked within the Telecom Italia group, first as CEO of Finsiel, and subsequently as General Manager of Olivetti. Nino is a Board Member of AIFI and part of the Mid-Market Council, EVCA. Nino holds a degree in Business Administration from Luiss University, Rome, and an MBA from INSEAD. Nino speaks Italian (native), English (fluent) and French (proficient)."

Mark Weston

Head of Investor Relations
Triton Investments Advisers

Mark is responsible for Investor Relations. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse before starting his private equity career with 3i in 1983. Prior to joining Triton, Mark was a partner at Close Private Equity, Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and Cognetas. Mark has a degree in Economics and Politics from the University of East Anglia.

David Whileman

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

David joined Inflexion in 2013 as a Partner and is a member of the Investment Committee. David oversaw our investments in Mountain Warehouse, Huws Gray, CloserStill Media, Radius Payment Solutions, K2 Partnering Solutions, Medivet, Lane Clark & Peacock, Outdoor Plus and Mobica. Previously, David worked at 3i for 16 years where most latterly he was Head of UK Private Equity. He was a founder partner of the €1.2bn Global Growth Capital fund and specialised in numerous successful minority investments into entrepreneurially led businesses including Foster + Partners, Hyperion and Hayley Conference Centres.

Carl Nauckhoff

Senior Principal & Head of Investor Relations

Carl joined Investindustrial in 2009 and he is the Head of Investor Relations. He previously worked with the Firm during the raising of Investindustrial III in 2005. From 2007, he was a partner and managing director at Garrison Investment Group, a $2.5 billion special opportunity investment firm in New York. Prior to working at Garrison, he was a director and partner with MVision Private Equity Advisers, an international private placement agent in London and New York. He began his career in the merger and acquisitions group of Lehman Brothers in London.

Davide Deagostino

Principal – Portfolio Management
BT Pension Scheme Management

Anne Fossemalle

Director, Equity Funds

Anne Fossemalle has been the Director of Equity Funds at the EBRD since 2009. She has over 25 years of private equity experience and holds numerous Supervisory Board and Investment Committee memberships with major fund managers within the EBRD’s countries of operations. Anne joined the EBRD in 1993 from Natixis in Paris, and has worked in a number of capacities prior to heading the Equity Funds team, notably leading EBRD’s debt and direct equity investments into financial institutions. Anne holds Masters degrees from Stanford University, Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts and Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon.

Mark Hedges

Chief Investment Officer 
Nationwide Pension Fund

Mark has responsibility for the performance and implementation of the asset allocation strategies agreed with the Trustees and fund investment advisors. Mark is responsible for a £6.3bn asset portfolio; with investment manager selection across liquid assets (equities, liability hedging, credit) and illiquid investment (infrastructure, real estate, distressed, opportunistic and buyout equity funds, real estate debt and private credit). He has experience of structuring both Covered Bonds and RMBS as well as Commercial, PFI and Social Housing lending.

Richard Hope

Managing Director
Hamilton Lane

"Richard is a Managing Director in Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team. Richard is based in the firm’s London office and focuses on both co-investment and secondary transactions. Richard represents Hamilton Lane on several fund advisory boards and is a regular conference speaker. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Richard worked as a Director with Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he helped establish a private equity fund investment business together with making a number of direct investments. Previously, Richard worked in the UK at Noble Group, where he was responsible for making and managing venture and growth capital investments. "

Roy Kuo

Team Head - Alternative Strategies
Church Commissioners for England

Roy is the Team Head of Alternative Strategies at the Church Commissioners, which manages the Church of England’s endowment. He is responsible for managing the endowment’s allocations in the alternatives sector. Roy was previously the Head of Research at Dexion Capital, where he was responsible for the firm’s mandates and for establishing investment partnerships with major investment managers in the credit, hedge funds, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Prior to this, he was the Alternatives Fund Manager at Bramdean Asset Management. Roy holds a MBA from Said Business School (Oxford) and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Peter Linthwaite

Head of Private Equity
Royal London Asset Management

Peter has 30 year career in private equity and venture capital as a GP in UK and Asia and latterly as an LP heading up the The Royal London Group’s private equity operation investing in funds globally. From 2006 to 2008 he was Chief Executive of the BVCA, the UK’s representative body for the private equity industry. He is also Chairman of Maven Income and Growth VCT 4 plc

Graham McDonald

Head of Global Private Equity
Aberdeen Standard Investments

Graham is Head of Global Private Equity with responsibility for the Private Equity and Venture Capital businesses within Private Markets Division of Aberdeen Standard Investments. Graham joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2014 as part of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership heritage. He has extensive experience in the Private Equity sector with a strong network of leading private equity funds and sits on a number of advisory boards. Graham is a chairman of the investment and portfolio committees and a regular a speaker on private equity. Graham is a Chartered Banker and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland)

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