Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze
Chris Merry, CEO, Stonehage Fleming

Chris Merry, CEO, Stonehage Fleming

September 5, 2022

In this episode of the PepTalks Podcast we are joined by Chris Merry, CEO of Stonehage Fleming, an independent advisor to some of the world’s leading family and wealth creators. Prior to this Chris has held CEO positions at 4 other businesses, both in the public and private sector. Chris looks back at his career and shares the lessons he learnt along the way to becoming a high growth PE CEO and shares his current experiences in building a comprehensive and efficient M&A strategy.

Richard Madden, CEO, DC Advisory UK

Richard Madden, CEO, DC Advisory UK

August 2, 2022

In this episode of the PepTalks Podcast we are joined by Richard Madden, CEO of leading international investment bank and PepTalks Advisory Partner, DC Advisory UK. DC provide buy and sell-side advice during PE transactions and other M&A activity. Richard will be drawing on this expertise and current state of the market to make predictions for the future. This podcast is a vital piece of listening for any PE backed leader looking to prepare for the potentially turbulent times ahead and stay on track to exit.

Andrew Howe, Executive Chair, Largo Leisure

Andrew Howe, Executive Chair, Largo Leisure

June 29, 2022

In this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Andrew Howe, Founder and former CEO or Bridge Leisure. We discuss Andrews Exit journey with Bridge, including taking a business you have started from scratch into PE ownership, orchestrating a successful off market PE deal and the complexities of completing a PE backed Trade Sale. We also discover Andrew’s key learnings from his career and how he will be taking them into his new role as Exec Chair at Largo Leisure.

Andrea Pattico, Chief People Officer, MVF

Andrea Pattico, Chief People Officer, MVF

May 17, 2022

For this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Chief People Officer at MVF, Andrea Pattico. Over the past 6 years Andrea has been responsible for creating and implementing a strategy that makes MVF a great place to work, resulting in the business coming first in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For in 2020. In this pod, Andrea reveals how she nurtured a high performance and learning driven culture that empowered MVF employees to reach their potential and exceed expectations.

Adrian Gardner, COO, Stonehage Fleming

Adrian Gardner, COO, Stonehage Fleming

April 6, 2022

For this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Adrian Gardner to discuss the role of CFO under PE ownership. Adrian is currently COO at Stonehage Fleming and has held several positions as a PE backed CFO. He draws on these experiences to discuss the transition from FD to CFO, the importance of building a strong partnership with the CEO and how to professionalise the finance function under PE ownership.

International Women’s Day - Dr Gabrielle Silver, Former CEO, CHS Healthcare

International Women’s Day - Dr Gabrielle Silver, Former CEO, CHS Healthcare

March 8, 2022

In this special edition of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast we are reflect on an episode we recorded last year with Former CHS Healthcare CEO, Dr Gaby Silver. During this podcast we asked Gaby her thoughts on what can be done to encourage and promote women into senior leadership roles in PE. Now, whenever we get challenged on this at a PEPTalks event, Gaby’s response is something we always refer back to. So, if you are a PE professional, interested in helping resolve the gender gap present in PE leadership positions, then the following insights can truly help set you on the path to meaningful change. 

Rob Boland, COO, Reward Gateway

Rob Boland, COO, Reward Gateway

March 2, 2022

For this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Reward Gateway COO, Rob Boland. Rob explains how he laid the operational foundations that allowed Reward Gateway to grow rapidly, culminating in the sale of the business to Abry Partners and Castik Capital in 2021. Rob also discusses the importance of operational hygiene, diligent tech implementation, employee mindset and how to remain resilient through the exit process.

Mike Jones, CIO, loveholidays: Private Equity Power Talks:

Mike Jones, CIO, loveholidays: Private Equity Power Talks:

January 11, 2022

For our first episode of 2022 we are joined by loveholidays CIO, Mike Jones. This is the first in a series of episodes where we dive into the world of a PE executive outside of the CEO role. Mike explains how he implemented tech transformation programmes at uSwitch and loveholidays in order to help them scale effectively under private equity ownership. He also discusses the importance of authenticity and incremental improvements in his approach to innovation, value creation, hiring talent and the exit process.

Don Henshall, Chairman, Bruce’s Doggy Day Care: Private Equity Power Talks

Don Henshall, Chairman, Bruce’s Doggy Day Care: Private Equity Power Talks

December 14, 2021

In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we are joined by Don Henshall, Former CEO of Farrow & Ball and Chair at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, an award-winning UK market leader in dog day care. Don discusses his journey as a retail CEO and how leading with an entrepreneurial spirit and owner’s mindset can help you succeed and grow under PE ownership. Don also discusses life after the CEO role and gives his advice to how to start and nurture a successful plural career.

Andrew Hodgson, Executive Chairman, Recycling Lives Ltd: Private Equity Power Talks

Andrew Hodgson, Executive Chairman, Recycling Lives Ltd: Private Equity Power Talks

October 27, 2021

In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Andrew Hodgson, Former CEO of SMD and Exec Chairman of Recycling Lives, an award-winning recycling and waste management services provider, and a champion of UK communities. Recycling Lives unique social programmes are game-changing in offender rehabilitation and ending food poverty & homelessness. Andrew discusses how building a business that is as focused on social value as it is EBITDA can create growth, make you more attractive to your potential buyers and help solidify your culture.  

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