Rupert has 25 years’ private equity experience with 3i, Barings, Catapult Ventures and Barclays Ventures.

He has been responsible for both new investments in, and sales of, a significant number of businesses across a wide range of sectors, as well managing the strategic and operational development of these businesses from an investor perspective in between these two points.

Latterly at Barclays Ventures, he sold 16 businesses for a combined enterprise value of £600 million, generating £100 million of equity profit and recovering £200 million of debt for the bank. This was achieved by focusing on strategic development and positioning (and supporting the associated implementation plans), assisting management to align all stakeholders and overseeing the whole exit process from preparation through to completion. One of the keys to this is a focus upon working closely with management teams to deliver the operational and cultural change required to maximise the strategic value of a business.