I spent ten years with Credit Suisse Asset Management in London, most recently as a Vice President in their private equity placement team, the Private Fund Group. Following that I joined Coller Capital where I helped to raise their $5.5bn global fund, Coller International Partners VI. I concurrently spent ten years serving with the army reserves, training during weekends.
The people, the team. The openness, the integrity, the sense of shared commitment to create and pursue value for our investors and our portfolio companies, that desire to do our best, all interspersed with a tremendous sense of humour, originality and camaraderie unlike any other.
"Stand tall, shoulders back, and go out there and be outrageous” – my father to my younger self. Possibly joint-first with the equally practical “the only thing that you actually need to do is breathe”, advice which has often radically distilled a difficult or complex situation.
My young son rushing in to tell me in an excited whisper that he’s a dinosaur/pirate and that I need to save him from the crocodiles.
Improving individuals’ physical fitness and nutritional awareness. Through serving with the Honourable Artillery Company I undertook various courses to become a qualified Physical Training Instructor, working until recently to teach, inspire and train new reserve army recruits here in Edinburgh and, previously, with British Military Fitness in London. Seeing first-hand over many years the role that exercise and the correct nutrition can play in improving mental and physical wellbeing and robustness inspires me to continue to gallivant around the hills and wolf nutritious fare.