The Growthdeck Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board members have a deep understanding of a wide range of commercial sectors. Their expertise helps us identify and assess what we believe to be the best investment opportunities. The members have experience of building and managing many businesses which means they can provide a fantastic level of insight into the businesses we seek to support.
Douglas is currently the UK’s no.1 ranked Travel & Leisure analyst (Institutional Investor small mid-cap Awards). He has been a top ranked equity analyst throughout his 25-year career in the city, and has worked on numerous M&A and IPOs transaction over this period. Also qualified in economics, accountancy and fund management, Douglas spent eight years at both Panmure Gordon and Numis, before joining investment bank Peel Hunt in January 2017.
Nick has over 25 years’ experience in leisure and consumer-oriented sectors, working across private equity, public and private family-run businesses. Nick is Chairman of Ten Entertainment plc, and previously was a non-executive director of Elegant Hotels plc, Brakes Group and on the Board of Directors for “Wimbledon” (the All England Club). Nick has also been Chairman of Peoples First. Nick is Deputy Chairman of the Growthdeck Advisory Board. Nick is a lead Investor and Adviser to WePlay, leading digital marketing sports agency. Nick is also Founding Operating Partner of bd-capital, a new mid-market European growth equity firm. Nick was previously the CEO of Essenden plc and Paramount Holdings, and before that held leadership roles in Unilever, Granada, Rank Group, First Leisure and Goodwood Group. Nick studied at London Business School and Harvard Business School. He is currently a visiting Professor designate at ESADE Business School in Barcelona.
Fraser is a visionary and highly entrepreneurial senior executive with over 40 years’ experience in branding, business development, multi-channel management and a particular specialism in customer experience. He has held several CEO/COO and senior executive positions in high profile consumer brands, including SpaceNK, Bang & Olufsen, Liberty of London, Linley, and Fired Earth, where he led a successful MBO backed by PPM Ventures. Fraser has now joined as Executive Chairman of Your Favourite Teacher, a Growthdeck investee company, which is engaged in online tuition.
Technology and software leader with successful track record of working with private equity, venture capital and PLC to assess, build, scale, transform and internationalise products, teams and businesses to drive growth and high value exits in the £50m to £500m range.
Adam is currently the Senior Independent Director at Ten Entertainment Group plc and a Non-Executive Director at both Loungers plc and Gymfinity Kids Limited. In addition, Adam is a Board Advisor to digital marketing agency WePlay Limited and an investor in a number of early stage businesses. Prior to this Adam, who is a qualified accountant, enjoyed a long career in finance and served as the CFO for a number of private equity backed consumer facing businesses. His last executive role was as CFO for PureGym (2012-2018), during which time Adam completed two successful sales to Private Equity buyers, after which he then served as a Non-Executive Director for PureGym until March 2020.
Richard began his career in the leisure sector working for Allied Leisure as they built a portfolio of nightclubs and Ten pin Bowling alleys before working for Whitbread and Mansfield Breweries. Following the demise of Mansfield he moved into the IT sector initially helping establish a leisure based B2B site from seed funding to sale and then moving onto work for Fujitsu, BAE systems and now Capgemini where he is a Vice President delivering Cloud and Infra projects across the UK and Northern Europe. He came to know Growthdeck via their involvement and support of portfolio company, CFP Composites Limited. Richard is also Chair of a charity for the homeless and vulnerable called Streetlytes which operates in West London. He is married with three children and lives in Surrey.
Hugh is a member of the Clark family, creators of the world-renowned Clarks shoes brand, and acted as a non-executive director of the group for more than a decade. He is also very experienced in terms of supporting growing businesses, having been involved with The Institute for Family Business as a non-executive director and, since 2017, as non-executive chairman. Hugh was also Managing Director of Rohan, the outdoor clothing business, for seven years whilst backed by private equity ownership. Since 2019, Hugh has been non-executive chairman of Growthdeck investee company, Kirk & Kirk, a luxury eyewear business.
Kieron has over 30 years of experience working in the Financial sector with wide ranging senior responsibilities from proprietary trading (trading the bank’s own capital) to Head of Strategic Advisory Services (advising UHNW families on long term investing) at Rothschild, Chief Investment Officer at Schroder Private Banking and Head of Investment Strategy at Cazenove Capital. While these roles required multi-disciplinary skills across most asset classes investing in unlisted private companies has been a personal passion for over 20 years.
Roger Mitchell comes from a strategic finance background, having been involved in financing innovation across creative industries like advertising, publishing and music at WPP, Panini and EMI. He was the founding CEO of the Scottish Premier League and represented Scotland on the UEFA Professional Football Committee. For 20 years, through his own advisory and investment business, he has invested in many of the most exciting SportTech startups, with successful exits. He co-founded the leading international sports business podcast AreYouNotEntertained, and is regularly included in lists of top influencers in sport.
A Cambridge educated engineer, Mike has been in business for over 40 years, the first half in vehicle related engineering and service-based corporates. As part of an MBO in 2000, Mike started a journey of direct investment in businesses which accelerated following a very successful exit in 2006. Mike now has a portfolio NED/Chair career in the private equity arena. His particular areas of expertise are vehicle and waste industry related, as well as broader innovation in engineering. Mike has been closely involved with developments towards zero emission trucks and associated technologies in recent years.
Greg is a highly experienced Consumer Sector senior executive, advisor and investor in particular across the fashion, sports, hospitality and leisure sectors. As a former CEO of Mothercare plc, MD at Arcadia and director of Next, Greg has an extensive track record in international omni-channel retail. This track record also extends to the SME, private equity and privately owned business sector. Skilled in new business launch, turnaround, acquisitions and raising investment, Greg has built his own portfolio, founding Prime Advantage Capital Partners, an FCA regulated business advisory and corporate finance company specialising in the Consumer, Energy and Renewables, Automotive and Mobility, Financial Services and Manufacturing sectors.
We expect to appoint more sector experts to the board in the next 12 months.