Speakers

Jason Howard

Jason Howard

COO

Headway Capital Partners

Jason Howard

Jason joined Headway Capital in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. He previously spent over 5 years as Managing Director of EQT Services UK, EQT’s London based AIFM. Prior to this, Jason worked as the COO for Neovara LLP, the spin out of the Lehman Brothers European Mezzanine Fund which he joined in 2004. Jason has also held roles at Deutsche Bank, 3i plc and Nestlé. Jason is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CGMA) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Surrey.
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Natalia Ramsden

Natalia Ramsden

Founder

Sofos Associates

Natalia Ramsden

Natalia Ramsden is a business psychologist and the founder of SOFOS Associates - a brain optimisation clinic. SOFOS works with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and High-Net Worth Individuals to improve brain health and enhance cognitive ability.

After starting her career in clinical services, Natalia moved into talent consulting, specialising in leadership assessment and succession at board level. She’s worked with FTSE250 companies in the UK and global clients across EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

As a pioneer in neuroenhancement and its applications she speaks at events on boosting brain power and why its where the future of self-development and cognitive maximisation lies.
Stuart Mair

Stuart Mair

IT Special Projects

BC Partners

Stuart Mair

Stuart Mair joined BC Partners in London in 2011 as Applications Manager and was promoted to Head of IT in 2014. Previously, Stuart was a founding partner at Cognite, an internet and IT services consultancy, where he was responsible for all aspects of project delivery and software development for 12 years. Prior to this, he was development manager at ThinkIT. Stuart also held various IT consulting roles with CMG, Texas Instruments Software and James Martin Associates. Stuart was also part of the ICI computing and telecoms graduate programme.
Maria Durkan

Maria Durkan

Director of Fund Finance

Beringea

Maria Durkan

Maria is a Chartered Accountant through the ACCA. As Director of Fund Finance at Beringea LLP, she is responsible for all fund finance and related regulatory matters. She has 8 years’ experience in the VCT industry, having previously worked with another VCT fund manager.
Anne Sheedy

Anne Sheedy

ESG Advisor

Bowmark Capital

Anne Sheedy

A CFO with over 15 years’ Private Equity experience. Strong Finance and Investor Relations background with both operational and investor-facing skills. Developed best-in-class investor and stakeholder reporting. Advises on ESG and Sustainablity in PE. Recently completed studies in Sustainability and Sustainable Finance with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart

Business Development Director

Ocorian

Andrew Stewart

Andrew is a Business Development Director at Ocorian in Europe. Having worked in investment banking for a number of years, he moved into the management of financial services companies and then into fund services. Andrew now has almost 30 years of experience in providing a range of financial and administration support to alternative investment and listed funds in EMEA, North America and Asia.
Steve Darrington

Steve Darrington

Partner & Chief Financial & Risk Officer

Phoenix Equity Partners

Steve Darrington

Partner at Phoenix since 2001 and CFO / CRO and a member of Phoenix’s Board & Management Committee. Also a director of the Fund General Partner in Guernsey. Before Phoenix held senior finance positions in the US and UK, including four years as CFO at Netnumber.com in Boston (previously Unifi Communications), and five years as Controller at The Economist in London.

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, BA (Hons) in Business Studies and Computing from the Leicester Business School and an MBA from Manchester Business School. Rugby, Tennis & Golf enthusiast along with a love of Italy.
Malcolm Goddard

Malcolm Goddard

CFO/COO

Zetland Capital

Malcolm Goddard

Malcolm Goddard is a Partner and CFO/COO of Zetland Capital; a European distressed and special situations manager which was established and whom he joined in 2016. Zetland presently manages €1.2bn of assets, has a team of 25 and was voted Special Situations House of the Year, 2022. It invests in both listed and private assets.



Before Zetland he spent 10 years as a Partner and COO of Altima, who managed $5bn of hedge and private-equity assets in a number of strategies and markets. He joined Altima after 15 years in investment banking iwhere he performed a number of development and operational roles.

Malcolm is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on operational and fund matters; has sat on industry committees, has consulted to emerging and developing managers and was the Drawdown’s COO of the year in 2020.
Tom Cole

Tom Cole

Managing Director - UK & Europe

Abacus

Tom Cole

As managing director of the UK and Europe regions at Abacus Group, Tom leads strategy, client service, technology infrastructure and business development in the UK and European markets. Abacus is a global IT services firm for alternative asset management firms, providing an enterprise technology platform specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the financial services industry. Abacus currently provides managed services to over 600 firms globally. Tom is an expert in critical technology topics for hedge funds and investment management firms, such as cybersecurity, managed cloud solutions and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Abacus, Tom was the Chief Technology Officer for a multibillion global macro hedge fund, responsible for technology strategy, cybersecurity practices and group business continuity planning. Tom was awarded distinction for MSc studies from the University of Liverpool.
Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson

Finance Director

Anthemis

Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson is Anthemis Group’s Finance Director, with overall responsibility for fund operations, including regulatory/compliance and fund structuring, and a with focus on governance.

He joined Anthemis in 2019, having previously been CFO at 8c Capital. His previous roles include heading up Fund Reporting at 3i Group plc, and Vice President in Deutsche Bank’s infrastructure funds business.

Patrick is a chartered accountant and holds a BA from Cambridge University.
Diana Meyel

Diana Meyel

COO/CFO

Cipio Partners

Diana Meyel

Diana Meyel is a Managing Partner and the company’s COO/CFO. She is located in Munich and leads our funds’ operations and investor relations. In addition, she also oversees transaction structuring and represents Cipio Partners on the board of selected portfolio companies. Prior to joining Cipio Partners in 2004, Diana was a Finance Manager at Wellington Partners, the pan-European venture capital firm and worked as a Senior Risk Analyst for Dresdner Bank Group nka Commerzbank in Germany and Bogotá, Colombia.
Diana holds a degree in Banking Administration from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Miles Chan

Miles Chan

VP/GM Insight

Ontra

Miles Chan

Miles is the VP / GM of Insight at Ontra. Prior to Ontra, Miles practiced corporate and securities law at Weil Gotshal in London and Simpson Thacher in New York. Miles holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. In his spa
Ash Hall

Ash Hall

Senior Partner

Alpha FX

Ash Hall

Ash is responsible for leading Alpha’s institutional FX team, whilst developing the company’s service offering to ensure it best meets the needs of investment managers.
Launching Alpha’s institutional FX division with co-partner Sam Marsh, Ash joined Alpha after eight years of successfully growing an institutional foreign exchange division from the ground up, delivering 70% YoY growth over five years.
Ash is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and
Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham

CFO

Helios Investment Partners

Paul Cunningham

Mr Cunningham has overall responsibility for all matters relating to accounting, financial control,
taxation, fund administration and reporting and regulatory compliance for the Helios group
entities. An experienced private equity finance and administration executive with 32 years in the
industry, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Private
Equity (“BPE”) for six years prior to joining Helios in May 2008, and previously as Director, Head of
Finance & Product Control Projects at Barclays Capital. His responsibilities included the reporting
and administration of various managed funds as well as internal reporting / administration for
BPE’s proprietary business. Mr Cunningham is Chairman of the International Private Equity and
Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines (“IPEV”) Board. Prior to joining Barclays, he worked within
the finance functions of various major investment banks, including Deutsche Bank and Credit
Suisse, since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney in 1989. He graduated
with a BS (Hons) in Mathematics from Imperial College.
Allan Dowie

Allan Dowie

CFO

N4 Partners

Allan Dowie

Allan has a wealth of experience operating at Board level across public and private markets, both regionally and globally. He has undertaken numerous finance, strategy, advisory and operational roles within a multitude of sectors including Financial and Professional Services, Industrials, Technology and Healthcare over the last 25 years.
Robert Sroka

Robert Sroka

ESG Director

Abris

Robert Sroka

dr Robert Sroka is the ESG Director and Chief Ethics Officer for Central Europe at Abris Capital Partners. He is responsible for developing and overseeing a responsible investment policy and all ESG areas. He has 15 years of experience working on business ethics, ESG, corporate governance, ant-bribery, human rights, and sustainable development projects.
Previously, Manager at EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services and EY Business Integrity and Corporate Compliance practices. Robert is a member of the Invest Europe Responsible Investment Roundtable and the European Business Ethics Network. Author and co-author of many research reports, books and articles available on www.robertsroka.pl.
Jennifer Flood

Jennifer Flood

Sustainability Vice President

InvestIndustrial

Jennifer Flood

Jennifer Flood, Sustainability Vice President. Jennifer joined Investindustrial’s Investor Relations team in 2014 and has been managing all ESG issues at both the Firm and portfolio company level since 2016. Jennifer majored in Business and has an MBA from INSEAD. In 2021 she obtained a Sustainability Certificate from NYU Stern School of Business.
Raxita Kapashi

Raxita Kapashi

Chief Finance Officer

Dawn Capital

Raxita Kapashi

Raxita is the CFO at Dawn and manages all the finance and operations for Dawn.

Before joining Dawn, Raxita was a CFO of a Fintech group called TruFin plc. Raxita was instrumental in taking the group to IPO on AIM raising £70m of proceeds. Prior to TruFin, Raxita has held senior finance roles at Inflexion Private Equity and before that Oakley Capital Private Equity.

Raxita qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO and has a Civil Engineering degree from Cardiff University.
Rebecca Noyes

Rebecca Noyes

CFO

Stable Asset Management

Rebecca Noyes

Rebecca Noyes, Director of Finance, Stable Asset Management. Rebecca Noyes is the Director of Finance at Stable Asset Management, an Emerging Manager specialist dedicated to building Partnerships with ambitious Founders across public and private markets. Rebecca is based in Stable’s London office and is responsible for financial strategy and operations, fund accounting and development and monitoring of control systems. Rebecca was previously CFO at Alderwood Capital and Senior Group Financial Controller at Northill Capital, as well as a Financial Controller at Kedge Capital. Rebecca is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (CGMA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Philosophy (Hons) from King’s College, London.
Iain Katimbo

Iain Katimbo

Head of Funds

LDC

Iain Katimbo

Iain is Head of Funds at LDC and oversees LDC’s fund reporting and operations function.
He has over 15 years’ experience in Investment management spanning across several strategies including Private Equity, Debt, Real estate and infrastructure, Venture and Growth capital across numerous jurisdictions globally, having worked at ARES, ICG, Valiance and Apax. Iain is a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and trained as an auditor with Deloitte
Shakeeb Ahmed

Shakeeb Ahmed

Compliance - Director

Permira Credit

Shakeeb Ahmed

Shakeeb is responsible for regulatory compliance across the Permira Credit business.

Prior to joining Permira Credit, Shakeeb spent nine years at Citigroup, most recently within the Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Markets Product Compliance team. Shakeeb has also held a variety of operations and business management roles at both Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley
Ryan McNelley

Ryan McNelley

Managing Director

Kroll

Ryan McNelley

Ryan McNelley is a managing director in the London office of Kroll, and leads the Portfolio Valuation service line for the EMEA region. Ryan’s clients primarily include alternative investment fund managers, including private equity and private debt fund managers, hedge fund managers, infrastructure fund managers, real estate debt fund managers, etc., in both Europe and in the U.S.

Ryan is a regular speaker at conferences across Europe and is part of several industry working groups and trade organisations. Most notably, Ryan was a contributing author to the AIMA Guide to Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Valuation, and is a member of Invest Europe’s Working Group on Accounting Standards, Valuation and Reporting.
Matthew Kirsch

Matthew Kirsch

Managing Director

Pemberton

Matthew Kirsch

Matthew is an experienced Credit Analyst having spent over 15 years investing in the European Leveraged Finance market.

Prior to joining Pemberton in 2022, Matthew was a founding member of Apollo’s European Private Credit team, where he focused on the origination and execution of investments in support of mid-market Private Equity backed transactions. Previously, Matthew was a Director at both Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe and GE Capital in their respective Leveraged Finance teams.

Matthew holds a BA (Hons) in Business and Finance from Oxford Brookes University and a BSc in Financial Services from the University of Manchester.
Kirsty Joly

Kirsty Joly

CFO

Px3 Partners

Kirsty Joly

Kirsty is Chief Financial Officer at Px3 Partners and is responsible for corporate and fund accounting, tax, financial management and reporting, regulatory and compliance functions of the firm. She has over two decades of experience within the private equity industry, and prior to Px3 held finance roles at Kings Park Capital, Actis and Morgan Grenfell.

Kirsty qualified as a chartered accountant with EY in Guernsey before spending some time in New York with PwC and ultimately settling in London.