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Chairman, NovaQuest Capital Management

2010 - present

A Private Equity fund of $1.3bn focused on the Healthcare sector. A spin out from Quintiles, the anchor investors Quintiles, TPG, Bain Capital, and Mitsui.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Chairman, NFT Distribution Holdings Ltd

2006 - 2010

A temperature controlled distribution company servicing leading retailers and manufacturers; an MBO from Northern Foods plc financed by Phoenix Equity.

Chairman, Biocompatibles plc

2006 - 2010

A medical devices company focused on Drug Eluting Beads and Stents in the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The company was acquired by BTG plc at a very good premium.

Chairman, UPOL Ltd

2003 - 2006

A leading international manufacturer of premium branded consumer products for repair of damaged vehicles. A family business founded in 1949. In 2002 an MBO funded by Graphite Capital private equity made a successful exit when sold to ABN AMRO in a secondary buyout.

Independent Director, Michael Gerson Ltd

2003 - 2005

An international removals and relocation business providing services to multinational companies, investment banks, law firms and international agencies.  In 2002 it was the subject of an MBO funded by the Bank Of Scotland via its Integrated Finance offer.

Senior Independent Director, Keller plc

2001 - 2013

A global construction services group with subsidiaries in over 30 countries specialising in foundation, structural repair, and maintenance and building refurbishment. Growing from a niche player into a more broadly based global business with a wider portfolio of services and greater geographic coverage.
Represented 3i on the Board, Vantec Corporation (Japan)

2001 - 2006

An international logistics company; until 2001 it was a subsidiary of Nissan Motors. Then subject to the biggest management buy-out in Japan, funded by 3i and PPM Ventures together invested £85 million. In 2003 a successful exit was achieved when a secondary MBO funded by the Japanese bank Mizuho. Now quoted on the Nikkei Exchange.

Independent Director, CH Jones Ltd

2001 - 2006

A UK business focused on Information Technology. A privately owned holding company which has diversified from fuel management bunkering systems into providing comprehensive fuel management information. A successful exit achieved when the business was sold to a US trade buyer.

Independent Director, Quintiles Transnational Corporation (USA)

1998 - 2010

Market leader in integrated product development and commercial solutions globally to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. In 1993 became a quoted company on NASDAQ and is now quoted on the NY Stock Exchange. Very fast growth rate and diversification, it has also developed internationally into over 55 countries. In 2003 it was taken private, the principle investors included TPG, Temasek, Bain Capital and 3i.

Chairman Mainland Europe, Tibbett & Britten Group plc

1998 - 2000

UK based International Group, providing Logistics services in 33 countries, focusing on Retail, Clothing & Textiles, High-Tech, Food, Consumer and Automotive Sectors. In 1986 became a plc and was acquired by Exel plc. It had grown at 30% p.a. and developed internationally with 50% revenue outside of the UK.

Independent Director, Datrontech plc

1996 - 2000

Communications & Computer Products Distribution becoming a plc in March 1995. It was a rapidly growing company, diversifying away from memory distribution to PC components and network products. It grew internationally. Then was consolidation and substantial disinvestment, because of global market changes.

Executive Director, TDG plc

1996 - 1998

A UK-based European business, with subsidiaries in Supply Chain Logistics, Vehicle Rental, Contract Hire, and Plant Hire. TDG was a holding company with over 100 subsidiaries consolidated into a few big companies, to grow faster. Due to shareholder pressure it decided to downsize.

Operations Director, NFC plc, Exel plc (now DHL)

1995 - 1997

A diverse group covering, international supply chain logistics, contract hire, vehicle rental and car leasing for grocery retail, grocery manufacturing, non-food retail, automotive, petroleum and chemicals and utilities market sectors. NFC became a plc in 1982.  The business grew fast from £400m to £2.3bn in 1995, with 50% turnover outside UK.

Senior Independent Director, Forth Ports plc

2003 - 2011

A leading player in the UK ports industry based in Edinburgh. It operates 6 ports and has an extensive property portfolio It was acquired by Arcus Infrastructure Fund for a good premium. It became a plc in 1991 and has continued to grow and diversify.

Experience